The unseasonably warm weather on Saturday made for a magical autumn day, as hundreds of people attended Socrates Sculpture Park’s free Halloween Harvest Festival dressed up and ready for some fun.
Judging by the size of the long line by mid-afternoon, the most popular attraction was face painting, provided by Agostino Arts. The dynamic results were detailed, gorgeous and frightful all in one.
“They can become nice or spooky; she’s becoming spooky,” said Britt Lower as she painted Delannie Ramos, a 3-year-old girl from East Elmhurst. Lower is an actor who works part-time as a face painter with Agostino Arts.
Keeping with the Halloween theme, the children were surprised by what was painted on their faces. They told Lower only if they wanted a spooky design or not, and she picked the motif. By the looks of the final results walking around the park, most fittingly chose to become spooky.
The Halloween Harvest Festival concluded with the main attraction and crowd pleasing Annual Canine Costume Contest.
Emceed by Shaun Leonardo, spokesman of Socrates Sculpture Park, 27 dogs took part, exciting the children as each pooch was revealed.
The grand prize winner was a Yorkshire terrier named Benji, who was dressed as a gangster, in a black and white suit, red tie and small black and red hat.
He won a gift bag from Pooches Sport & Spa in Long Island City and a pet photo shoot by KiKi LIC Photography. Benji’s image will also be featured to promote Socrates Sculpture Park events next year.
“This is our first time,” said Benji’s owner Albina Tatlybaeva of Astoria.
“I saw the picture of the costume online and I loved it. I just said, ‘why not.’”