Introduction by Chad Love
If you really want to lay your finger on the pulse of the American people, forget the media. The most dead-reliable snapshot of what's on our collective mind this time of year is found not in a newspaper, a website or on television, but at the Halloween costume party, where once a year we - deliberately or not - revel in our deep-seated fears, insecurities and morbid fixations.
And judging by the following photos, this year New Yorkers fear Sarah Palin more than Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, the bear market and Darth Cheney combined. Why? Because she (rightly or wrongly) is the embodiment of the vision most New Yorkers have of the great unwashed masses that inhabit those frighteningly large and mysterious areas that begin somewhere past the Hudson River. Take a look and see for yourself.
Photo by Tim Romano