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In a previous post, I noted that I had observed surprisingly few Halloween decorations with cloth masks, playing off New York City’s response to the persistent Wuhan Plague. While protective mask jokes have not been in vogue, I have found that Halloween spiders definitely are. For example, see the growing family of green Halloween spiders below, taken in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens:
This is one of many examples of people using spiders to adorn their homes for Halloween. Note the flourishes on this one. We have five spiders of varying sizes and a spider web. While I did not check to confirm, you can imagine an extra spider being added every other day just to see if anyone notices. I cannot help but note the eerie, almost radioactive green hue of our eight-legged friends in the picture. The home is only a relatively short walk from the infamously toxic Gowanus Canal – I will leave it up to you to decide if that is a mere coincidence.
While I do not know why spiders are in season this Halloween, this particular arachnid arrangement is the best implementation of the trend that I have encountered on my walks. We can only hope that the number of Halloween spiders at the home has not doubled since I last checked.