Steve Hopkins for MailOnline
06:21 EST, 29 October 2014
06:26 EST, 29 October 2014
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio channeled the Gods as he opened the doors of his official mayoral residence last night to host a Halloween party at Gracie House.
Hundreds of children flooded through the property which was decorated to look like a graveyard and was littered with jack-o’-lanterns and cobwebs.
The Mayor, clutching a trident and wearing a chest plate and cape, appeared to be dressed as a Greek God, but said he wasn’t trying to ‘affiliate too closely’ with any mythological figure.
He did, however, concede his outfit did suggest a ‘Neptune kind of thing’.
The First Lady, Chirlane McCray, appeared to be dressed as the mayor’s goddess, wearing a long cream gown and gold headpiece.
The Mayor said she was the God of wisdom, or beauty ‘or perhaps both’, poising to sweep her up in a romantic embrace for the cameras.
Guests were entertained by a ghoulish-looking woman who read from a book of scary tales, while another similarly dressed woman played eerie tunes on the piano and served refreshments by servers dressed as ghosts and vampires.
IN character: Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray hosted a Halloween party at Gracie Mansion; the mayor dressed as a Greek God’ and his wife as his goddess
Open home: The mayor and the first lady pose for pictures at the bottom of their front steps
Eerie outdoors: The mayor’s residence was decked out to look like a graveyard and featured a ghost
The eyes have it: The mayor pulls his wife close, and leans in to plant a kiss on her lips
Godly embrace: The mayor and the first lady, lock lips for the cameras, before the festivities begin
Cemetery scene: Gracie House was decorated to look like a cemetery and feature headstones and cobwebs
High five: Hundreds of children turned up to tour the mayoral residence and meet Mr de Blasio
Nice to meet you: The mayor shakes hands with a child who wears a mask, while his goddess watches on