Halloween on the High Line

10th Avenue Square was transformed into a pumpkin patch, presided over by Princess Neftaly Garcia, High Line Education Leader (right). Photos by Rowa Lee

On Saturday, October 26, 2,500 kids and adults joined us for the third-annual Haunted High Line Halloween celebration. Families came in costume to enjoy art activities, music, and “real” High Line ghosts stationed from Little West 12th to 17th Streets. The celebration drew on the spooky history of Manhattan’s west side, where dark factories loomed and dangerous freight trains ruled “Death Avenue.”

We'd like to thank the students of the School of Visual Arts' Interior Design program for creating out first haunted train tunnel!

See photos from the day after the jump.

Families decorated pumpkins of all sizes with colorful paint markers. Photo by Elena Bernstein
Photo by Rowa Lee
Masters at work. Photo by Rowa Lee
Lady Acorn and the Band of Spirits cut a rug in the Sunken Overlook. Photo by Juan Valentin
We were treated to a rare koala-bear sighting. Photo by Juan Valentin
No costume? No problem! High Line Teen Amanda Feliciano painted kitties, heroes, and ghouls at the face-painting table. Photo by Rowa Lee
Student of SVA’s Interior Design program created a haunted train tunnel, where abandoned train cars held clues about the history of 10th Avenue, known as Death Avenue before the High Line was built. Photo by Rowa Lee
Young visitors searched the hazy tunnel for clues. Photo by Rowa Lee
Inside the spidery train cars, families found “artifacts” from the early 1900s, when dangerous freight trains ran on street level. Top left: Clothing from Seth Hascamp, a little boy who was hurt by the street-level trains, Bottom left: The West Side Cowboy waved a red flag to warn passersby when trains were coming. Right: This 1909 New York Times article chronicled a child-led protest against the dangerous street-level trains. Protests like these ultimately led to the creation of the High Line. Photos by Rowa Lee
High Line Food vendor La Newyorkina served up delicious Halloween-themed treats. Photo by Juan Valentin
When parents and children match costumes, everyone wins. Photos by Rowa Lee
Local children from P.S. 3, P.S. 11, and the Hudson Guild drew from to the High Line’s spooky past to create the third-annual High Line Ghost Train, a steam locomotive from Death Avenue that haunts the High Line on Halloween. Photo by Rowa Lee
Families checked out the Ghost Train. Photo by Rowa Lee
Creativity was on display in these inspired costumes. Photos by Rowa Lee and Elena Bernstein
Families posed for pictures in our photo booth. Photo by Rowa Lee
Kids constructed their own train cars out of toilet paper rolls, spools, buttons, egg cartons, and cardboard at our Train Car Construction Zone. Photo by Rowa Lee
All along the High Line, ghosts from the High Line’s past doled out history riddles and treats to kids. Clockwise: Frozen Cold Storage Worker, Mad Inventor Nabisco Baker, West Side Cowboy, Deranged Meatpacker. Thank you to Parson’s fashion design student Eva Miner for the fabulous makeup and styling! Photos by Rowa Lee
Success! This princess and prince solved a riddle and earned a sweet reward. Photo by Rowa Lee
Kids found the West Side Cowboy near a maze of hay at the southern end of the park. Photo by Rowa Lee
And after meeting the Cowboy, families could head to street level and have a ride on one of his ponies at our booth at HarvestFest run by our friends at the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA) in Gansevoort Plaza. Photo by Rowa Lee
High Line Educators Gahl Shottan and Karen Lew Biney-Amissah wowed us with their creative costumes. Gahl, left, is dressed as a butterfly, and Karen dressed as the High Line itself! Photo by Friends of the High Line
Happy Halloween from Friends of the High Line! Left to right: High Line Volunteers William Isabella and Brendan Baitch, Deputy Director of Programs and Education Emily Pinkowitz, High Line Teen Isaiah Awoshiley, Director of Public Programs, Education & Community Engagement Gonzalo Casals, and High Line Volunteer Maria Padavano. Photo by Rowa Lee
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