Every year, the neighborhood of Cobble Hill, in Brooklyn, New York comes to life on Halloween. Trick-or-Treaters march down a main street and gather in a park, where our team editors and photographers camped out to see what they could find. Lucky for us, the kids struck a pose and the parents shared their craft tips.
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Aiden Sinha, age 4
"Some kids like cows and some like goats, but Aidan has a soft spot for chickens. He sends me off to work every day with a hug and a peck."
-- Mom, Shari Sinha
Lilla, age 2 1/2, and Mom, Vela Burke
"For Lilla's third Halloween, she chose to be a ghost. White tulle over white dresses provided the phantom look I was going for."
Nelly Otcasek, age 3
"My kids love mushrooms; they like to look for them in the woods. A friend gave us this vintage dress that we layered with white clothes."
-- Mom, Kamila Otcasek
Valentino, age 4
"We were talking about cool things in outer space and he said he'd like to be a rocket ship for Halloween. Luckily, we found most of the materials at our local hardware store."
-- Mom, Lola [last name withheld]
Charlie Hutchison, age 16 months
"He sleeps with his Blabla doll every night, and I often find them lying in exactly the same position."
-- Mom, Elizabeth Bower
Luca Pereira-Frears, age 7
"He chose to be a tiger for three reasons: It's his favorite animal, he likes their stripes, and they're orange just like his hair."
-- Mom, Amy Pereira
Anju Andren, age 7
"He's of that age that loves scary things like mummies, zombies, and ghosts. And scary, he was."
-- Mom, Mayumi Andren
Oscar G. Hernandez, age 15 months
"This one paid homage to a classic. I cut a hole in a cheap pashmina to make a poncho; then I taught him my best Clint Eastwood stare."
-- Mom, Kristina M. Hernandez
Ruth Kenny, age 7 months
"Her grandmother collects vintage chicken figurines, so I made this costume in her honor."
-- Mom, Corinne Gill
Eli Owles, age 1
"I wanted to create something cozy that would keep him warm. The tail was the best part. It dragged on the ground as Eli toddled through the grass."
-- Mom, Katie Nelson
Penelope Shulman, age 18 months
"Fairies are such cute mythical creatures, and she seems to be just about their size."
-- Mom, Jocelyn Miller
Benjamin J. Fernando, age 1
"We called him our little spaceman from the time he was born. It just stuck! His helmet was open in the back, so he could breathe just fine!"
-- Mom, Jade Doskow
Aiden Moyer, age 5
"He really wanted to sport a Mohawk, so we gelled his hair and colored it with spray hair dye. Holes in an old T-shirt and a studded dog collar completed the look."
-- Mom, Sarah Adams
"With the wig and gloves (costumescollection.com), Jack practiced looking like the creepy character for weeks before he even put the makeup on."
-- Dad, Ben Gibberd
Lucy and Pip Booth, ages 3 & 6
"They are dressed as characters from Lego Ninjago. The costumes were super simple with cardboard swords, a T-shirt headdress, and pajamas from Chinatown."
-- Mom, Nora McCauley
Sofie Jackson, age 3
"Sofie's favorite books are the Knuffle Bunny series, by MoWillems. So the costume was a must!"
-- Mom, Cari Hanzl
Benjamin Langland, age 9 months
"My wife and I have a fondness for gnomes; we even used them in our wedding invitations. That, and an infant with a white beard is totally hilarious."
-- Dad, Matthew Langland
Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Willa and Griffin Maurette, ages 5 & 3
"Every year we do a family-themed costume. I made it easy on myself and just dressed up some store-bought costumes."
-- Mom, Molly Kohl