Adults in Halloween Costumes

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On the L train in Manhattan.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times

Halloween, like adolescence and the electioneering season, gets longer each year. It also appears to get older. It is now totally common in big cities to see absolutely adult-size people roaming about in costume at any hour within a two-week period. Is that a vampire on the subway, or is it your accountant?

Waiting for the 7 train at Grand Central station. CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times On the L train, from Brooklyn to Manhattan.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times

In New York City, it’s a bit jarring for the first two days. Then it becomes real tiresome. Then, as we hit costume saturation right before Halloween itself, it’s totally hilarious and wonderful. You’re all great!

Getting pizza in Greenwich Village. CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times The L train, in Union Square.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times

What’s it all about that many fully grown people are pleased to wander public transport in adult diapers, clutching our boxes of Scooby Snacks? Are we a town of shameless exhibitionists, or permanent adolescents? Is New York a college campus, or a community of really inventive artists? Maybe it’s all of these things.

The L train, in Union Square.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times The L train in Brooklyn.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times

The long season of adult dress-up is a link back to Halloween’s long past as a time to flirt. Inside your goofy homemade robot suit, under your basic Daenerys wig, behind your Vladimir Putin mask, you’re going out to be outgoing.

A waiter at a restaurant in Greenwich Village. CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times Two women on the L train in Brooklyn.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times For others, a cab.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times

As silly as you may look, you’re breaking up the monotony of life — the rotten jobs, taxes and public benefit corporations trying to run subway systems that allow and make impossible our every day. Every costume offers an opportunity for conversation. We hope you all met each other and went home safely.

In Washington Square Park.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times On the L train in Manhattan. CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times In Bushwick, Brooklyn. CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times In Bushwick, Brooklyn.CreditJonathan Mehring for The New York Times


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