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Eat, drink and be scary!

photo courtesy of The Guardian and Villafane Studios

Treats & Eats

1. With Halloween being this weekend, it's only appropriate that we focus on where we can find some of NYC's finest candy. Luckily, Sugarfina has opened its first NY location just in time for us to get our sugar fix! Located right at the front entrance of the Shops at Columbus Circle, this small boutique carries all of the candies that make Sugarfina special - Single Malt Scotch Cordials ("rich dark chocolate shells hold a mini dram of Scotland’s finest"), Bling Rings ("The interlocking rings..are sculpted from dark chocolate. They have a thin sugar shell brushed with edible silver or edible gold, and are available in gold and platinum."), and Bella Rosa ("candy rosettes infused with the delicate flavor of pure Italian rosewater"), or create your own Bento Box! 

2. I go to Sugar & Plumm for their phenomenal ice cream sundaes, but they have a great selection of candy and chocolates in their boutiques, as well. "Thierry Atlan, [their] Master French Chocolatier is at the helms of [their] chocolate laboratory, where only the very best raw products go into making every piece in [their] exclusive line of all-natural chocolates." Everything at Sugar & Plumm looks beautiful, so they're excellent additions to any party, shower, or gift!

Sights & Sounds

1. There are several fall foliage events run by NYC parks this weekend where you can enjoy some leaf peeping right here in the city. On Saturday, at Prospect Park from 10am-3pm, Pop-Up Audubon: Fantastic Foliage is a free event divided into 3 parts. From 10a-2p, join Alliance naturalists and learn to appreciate the beauty of nature while developing self-reliance, creativity, and problem-solving skills through different outdoor play-based activities. At 1pm you can learn about how trees help each other and how mulch protects tree roots. Then, get involved by spreading some wood chip around the trees. At 2 pm there's Family Bird Watching, where you can learn about the diversity of migrating birds that Prospect Park supports. On Sunday Nov 1st at 11am, there's a Fall Foliage Hike at Crotona Park in the Bronx and a Fall Foliage Photography class at Von Briesen Park on Staten Island. Both are free!

2. And of course, this Saturday is Halloween. So, expect to see lots of crazy characters schlepping around town. Timeout has a great list of all the haunted houses here. My top pick would definitely be the New York Haunted Hayride on Randall's Island where "Hay filled wagons wander through a high-octane fantasy world in the woods to tell an original story that exploits the most disturbing fears that live in us all. A tractor drawn hay wagon will slither its way through enchanted Halloween portals of ghostly apparitions, demonic possessions, orphanages of burnt children, creatures of leviathan proportion, Psychopathic Clowns of the Night and much, MUCH more." There's a shuttle bus running every 15-30 mins to make it even easier to be terrified.

As always, if you'd like our help planning your weekend, or booking tickets, let us help!