Pumpkin Fever All Over Queens

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    What’s the best Halloween display you’ve seen in Queens? In what neighborhood? Let us know in the comments, Queensicans. Show us pictures, as Halloween will soon be upon us!

    I wander around with a camera in hand, shooting everything that doesn’t shoot back. For the last couple of weeks, a point has been made to record the scene as Queens gets dressed up for the forthcoming Halloween holiday.

    So far, the 2013 Pumpkin Prize goes to this arrangement which I spotted on Broadway, across the street from Long Island City High School…

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    A matched pair in Astoria, the cyclops above and inebriate below lie in wait on the stoop of a bar on 31st Avenue in Astoria.

    I’ve seen some amazing Halloween decorations over in Sunnyside Gardens as well, but haven’t managed to get a decent picture of them yet. The whole neighborhood is covered in spider webs and tombstones and grinning skulls.

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    This was some sort of applique, I think, attached to the skin of the seasonal cultivar.

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    Forgive the quality of the shot above, as I only had my phone with me when I ran into this tableau nearby the borders of Astoria, Woodside, and Sunnyside. Neighborhood informants instruct that this is an “old school” Astoria Cucurbita pepo technician at work.

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    Over in Calvary Cemetery, several graves were adorned with applique clad pumpkins. One of them was hollowed out, lending an unintentional intonation of a horror movie scene to its appearance. Fear not, for I can assure you there was no zombie squash loose on the grounds, eager for pumpkin brains.

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    The culprits are a race of Lagomorphs, who exist in the cemetery in untold multitudes. (Note: the photo above is not retouched, they actually have red eyes as seen above.) 

    Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman lives in Astoria and blogs at Newtown Pentacle.

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