This was one of our most fun Halloweens, because of the bustling community of kids who live here in 5B, the family ghetto, the building adjacent to the main American Academy building, (where the best unkept secret is that we have the best apartments). Halloween really started on Friday, before dinner. The kitchen staff had prepared trays of bat- and ghost-shaped sugar cookies, icing, chocolate cupcakes, and frosting for a big decorating party. (Knowing the kitchen-witches here, the ingredients were as local as could be.)
The cupcakes were so crumbly that they required adult hands, so the Roving Locavore got to work:
Cheers, Aurelia & Lisa!
Mid-day on Saturday, Halloween proper, Jack and Lulu got to work on the papier-mache components of their costumes. Lulu’s parrot head paint was drying, so she helped Jack paint his fireman’s helmet:
After we returned from Halloween party #1, at Nico’s house at 4:00 (boy, was it a heavy candy-eating day!), the Academy kids paraded and trick-or-treated around the apartments and studios of the Academy building, where the fellows were dressed as witches, death in various forms, Bacchus, a princess, John the Baptist, devil & angel, and a fortune teller.
Later, when the kids were spinning and running and staggering from their sugar overdoses, we had a potluck dinner. Everyone loved the meatballs, sangria, and the zucca lasagna. I made a pear-apple-almond crumble with mostly local or at least organic ingredients.