New Yorkers can be ultra-competitive about - well, pretty much everything.
Designer clothes. The latest "it" bag. Getting your kids into the "right" school. Over-the-top birthday parties for three-year-olds. Houses in the Hamptons.
This month, it appears something else has been added to the mix:
Competitive Halloween decorating has taken over Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Elegant side streets lined with $20 million to $50 million townhouses are adorned with webs, skulls, graveyards and more. (You might say some of these mansions are 'vaunted' houses).
These are not houses where Dad ran out to Party City and put up a few decorations on a Saturday morning. Some of these are serious, professionally-decorated homes.
One thing the houses have in common, though, is the presence of ginormous hairy spiders - which definitely seem to be a "thing" this year.
Even with the Pinterest-worthy displays in the fancy zip codes, happily, the brick apartment building around the corner from us appears to be a bit more DIY (still...those spiders!)
If you're trick-or-treating in our Yorkville neighborhood, stop by our apartment. We, along with our neighbors next door and across the hall, give out the good stuff.
Do you decorate for Halloween? If so, are you pretty basic - or do you go all out?
* All photos original to Shop with Style.