It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the High Line. We’ve been so busy with recovery from Hurricane Sandy that we haven’t yet had a chance to share photos and stories from our favorite fall community event: Haunted High Line Halloween.
On Saturday, October 27, hundreds of families brought their Halloween spirit to the High Line for a spooky scavenger hunt, tasty treats, a dress-up photo booth, a pop-up pumpkin patch, face painting, live jazz and swing music, and more.
Join us after the jump for more photos and details about the event.
Ghost Train Parade
In the month leading up to Haunted High Line Halloween, elementary school students at three local public schools – PS 3, PS 11, and PS 33 – worked with High Line Teaching Artist Ian Harris (left), Puppet Master Ralph Lee (center), and Friends of the High Line’s Manager of Education, Teen & Family Programs Emily Pinkowitz (right) to create spooky Ghost Train cars.
LEARN MORE about the High Line Teaching Artist Halloween Program. Special thanks to AT&T for its sponsorship of this education initiative.
Photo by Melissa Mansur
After weeks of constructing the train cars, the schools paraded their finished Ghost Train down the High Line on Friday, October 26 to kick off the weekend of festivities. Photos by (left) Juan Valentin and (right) Oliver Rich
High Line Teaching Artist Ian Harris presents the finished Ghost Train to the three schools of students who assembled in the 10th Avenue Square, on the High Line at West 17th Street. Photo by Josiah Lau
All the students joined together to sing “I’ve Been Working on the High Line” to celebrate the culmination of this month-long project. Photo by Melissa Mansur
The Ghost Train was visible from street-level. Photo by Melissa Mansur
The finished Ghost Train was paraded to the 10th Avenue Square where it was put on-view. Click the following thumbnails to see more detail.
Haunted High Line Halloween
On Saturday, October 27, we invited families to drop in for Halloween- themed activities. Many adults and children came in costume. Here are a few of our favorites. Photos by Rowa Lee
We set up a photo booth featuring a backdrop with one of Joel Sternfeld’s iconic photos of the High Line. Visitors were invited to pose in front of it in their own costumes or borrow our dress-up materials. Photo by Rowa Lee
Kids could pick up scavenger hunt activity sheets that sent them in search of ghosts from the High Line’s past, including this train conductor. Photo by Juan Valentin
The High Line’s past and present unite! From left to right, West Side Cowgirl, Train Engineer, Meatpacker, Train Engineer, Nabisco Baker, and High Line Custodian Judith Simon down in front! Photo by Rowa Lee
A few more of our favorite costumes. Photos by Rowa Lee
We invited our neighbors from Fulton Youth of the Future to host a pop-up pumpkin patch, where visitors could purchase and decorate a pumpkin to take home. Proceeds went back to support Fulton Youth of the Future and Friends of the High Line. Photo by Juan Valentin
Lady Acorn and The Band of Spirits got the crowd dancing in the 14th Street Passage with jazz tunes. Photo by Juan Valentin
Another ghost from the High Line’s past, a chef from the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), which was once housed in what is now Chelsea Market, handed out treats. Photo by Rowa Lee
Young visitors used the Children's Workyard Kit, designed by Cas Holman, to create one-of-a-kind creatures and forts in the 14th Street Passage. Photos by Rowa Lee
High Line Youth Staff painted faces at a free station at West 15th Street. Children could be seen with hearts, butterflies, painted masks, and more. Photo by Juan Valentin
group of explorers take a break from the Haunted High Line Halloween scavenger hunt. Photo by Rowa Lee
A little girl paints a pumpkin to take home. Photo by Rowa Lee
A sampling of the pumpkins painted during Haunted High Line Halloween. Photo by Lola Phonpadith
A few more great young visitor costumes. Photos by Rowa Lee
A variety of characters joined us to pose at our photo booth. Staff on smart phones and iPads took photos that printed out at our Photo Printing Station at West 16th Street. Visitors were able to pick up their free snapshots to take home. Photo by Rowa Lee
The Instaprint photo printer in action at the Photo Printing Station. Visitors could get their photos taken at the photo booth or tag their own smart phone photos with #hauntedhighline that day. Photo by Rowa Lee
A young visitor peruses the snapshots printed out at the Photo Printing Station. Photo by Juan Valentin
Here are a handful of our favorite snapshots from that day. See more by searching #hauntedhighline on Instagram.
We hope your Halloween was as fun as ours! Best witches from everyone here at the High Line! Photos by Rowa Lee