Now that Halloween is less than a week away, it's the perfect time to take a walk through some of Harlem's prettiest neighborhoods and get into the holiday spirit. Choose one–or all–and don't just admire the gorgeous architecture, but the creatively spooky decor while you're at it.
1. Sugar Hill
The landmarked brownstones between Convent and St. Nicholas Avenues between 145th and 150th Streets are some of Harlem's most beautiful, but make sure you don't skip Convent Avenue itself: there's a pretty spooky stretch on the southeast corner of 147th Street.
2. Hamilton Heights
For a glimpse of some of the most impressive homes in Harlem, stroll down Convent Avenue between 141st and 145th Streets. Then take a detour through Hamilton Terrace, just one street east of Convent. Both the architecture and the decorations–think townhouses covered in skeleton pirates (above)–are always amazing.
3. Strivers' Row
Historic Strivers' Row–located on 138th and 139th Streets between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevards–may be small, but it packs a punch. There you'll find all sorts of ghosts and spiders haunting the stately facades designed by McKim, Mead and White and other celebrated New York architects.
4. Mount Morris Park and vicinity
The stunning stoops between Mount Morris Park West and Lenox Avenue are a great place to go hunting for jack o'lanterns and other ghoulish details. But if you want a taste of how Hollywood does Halloween, follow Fifth Avenue across 125th Street to the home of Harlem's most famous resident. This year the facade has been taken over by a bunch of clambering skeletons.