Kids crowd Pier 26 for Happy Halloween

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess Train buff Jacob Krautmann came to the Halloween Kidz Carnival Pier 26 dressed as a PATH train in a costume made by him mom, Elizabeth Lara.

Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess
Train buff Jacob Krautmann came to the Halloween Kidz Carnival Pier 26 dressed as a PATH train in a costume made by him mom, Elizabeth Lara.

BY YANNIC RACK  |  Who needs ghosts when you’ve got rides and cotton candy?

The scene was more happy than haunting at this year’s Halloween Kidz Carnival on Pier 26 in Tribeca, where young trick-or-treaters from near and far whiled away the day before setting out on their annual candy hunt.

Parents said the event made for a fun-filled day in Hudson River Park, with free carnival rides, kid-friendly food trucks, a magician, storytellers, and pumpkin-painting.

“They loved it, they didn’t want to get off the rides,” said Sara Ortiz, who came all the way from the Bronx with her husband Harry and their three kids Meleah, 11, Raymond, 2, and Michael, 2 months. “My husband saw a flyer and we figured it would be a great family event to go to. I thought it was great.”

Many kids turned up in costume, and one of the most original ones belonged to 3-year-old Jacob Krautmann, who came dressed as a PATH train.

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Superboy Raymond Ortiz, 2, flew down from the Bronx to take in the sights at Tribeca’s Pier 26.

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Interactive story-tellers the Story Pirates were a big hit with the kids.

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The highlight of the event for 14-month-old Faye Cua was trying cotton candy for the first time.

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Leo and Dylan Van Der Sande, both 18 months old, came dressed as Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca, riding in a Millennium Falcon built — and powered — by their dad, Erik.

Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess (Top left) Leo and Dylan Van Der Sande, both 18 months old, came dressed as Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca, riding in a Millennium Falcon built — and powered — by their dad, Erik. (Top right) Sebastian Krautmann was dressed as an octopus, but it was him mom, Elizabeth Lara, who kept him wrapped in her arms — when he wasn’t on the merry-go-round. (Right) The highlight of the event for 14-month-old Faye Cua was trying cotton candy for the first time. (Far right) Superboy Raymond Ortiz, 2, flew down from the Bronx to take in the sights at Tribeca’s Pier 26. (Above) Interactive story-tellers the Story Pirates were a big hit with the kids.

Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess
Sebastian Krautmann was dressed as an octopus, but it was him mom, Elizabeth Lara, who kept him wrapped in her arms — when he wasn’t on the merry-go-round.

“He’s into trains, and he rides the PATH train to see his grandmother every week, so that’s the line he’s wearing,” said his mom, Elizabeth Lara, who made the outfit herself.

The family turned up seven strong, including Jacob’s little brother Sebastian, who was dressed as an octopus.

“They loved it,” said Lara. “Sebastian, even though he’s only one year old, rode on the merry-go-round. He loved the space to be able to walk around, and the food truck was also very good. Even though it was kid-friendly food, it was still healthy.”

Melecia Cua, who made the trip from Warren, NJ, said her 14-month-old daughter Faye was enthralled by the interactive storytelling show put on by the Story Pirates.

“She was painting pumpkins, and she listened to the show — she was loving it,” Cua said.

But the highlight for Faye wasn’t Halloween-related at all.

“It was her first time having cotton candy,” said Cua. “She was off the wall.”

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