The Today host took to Instagram the next day to share heartwarming photos of her family visiting local businesses on the Upper West Side with the caption: ‘Trick or treating New York style.’
She explained on the morning show that Haley, six, went as the Super Mario character Princess Peach — even though she was technically wearing a Glinda the Good Witch costume — while Hope, four, dressed as a butterfly.
Kotb, 59, and Schiffman, 65, not only took their daughters trick-or-treating together, but they also coordinated their costumes, opting to dress as rainbows.
Before leaving her apartment, the mother of two cuddled up to her young children and posed for a picture with them. She paired her rainbow top with red leggings, rainbow-striped knee socks, and retro round glasses.
In a family selfie that was taken on the sidewalk, a smiling Kotb and Schiffman are standing next to their children, whose Halloween pails are filled with candy.
Other images show Haley and Hope wearing their costumes at a juice bar and hair salon, which are typical stops when trick-or-treating in New York City.
Kotb included a short video of her daughters sweetly getting candy from a grocery store employee during the late afternoon outing.
Hope, who was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness earlier this year, happily showed her mother the lollypop she had received.
‘This is trick-or-treating in New York,’ Kotb explained on the Today show Wednesday. ‘You go into every hair salon, Pinky nail salon, the liquor store [and say] “trick or treat.”‘
When photos from their Halloween flashed on the screen, she pointed out her ex and noted that they wore matching rainbow costumes.
She added that they left their apartment ‘a little bit before four’ and were out for about 45 minutes before returning home.
‘We just walked up and down about four blocks,’ she told her cohost Jenna Bush Hager. ‘[Haley and Hope] were tapped out, full… before we even got to our own apartment building.’
The Today stars had their own Halloween fun on Tuesday when they dressed up as Sonny and Cher and lip-synced the legendary musical duo’s hit I Got You Babe.
Many fans took to the comments section of Kotb’s Instagram post to praise her and Schiffman for going trick-or-treating with their daughters together.
‘I love that Joel is with you. As a child of the best co-parenters, I can assure you you are doing amazing things for your children,’ one person wrote. ‘My best memories are when my parents did something like Halloween or school programs together. It means so much. Keep up the good work.’
‘Co-parenting at its finest,’ someone else responded.
‘Love this so much for so many reasons,’ another added. ‘So happy for you to be living this life full of joy, so happy for your girls who are so loved, and so happy for you and Joel whose love for these girls trumps any awkwardness. That’s how successful co-parenting works!’
Kotb and Schiffman were together for eight years and engaged for two when she announced their split on the Today show in January 2022.
‘He’ll have a Saturday, and I’ll do the Sunday. We switch each week. He’ll take the girls and do some fun things, and I’ll take some quiet time. It’s a healthy mix, and the kids love it. He’s a great dad,’ she said.
Kotb credited their open line of communication and the help of their two nannies for allowing them to navigate their busy schedules while raising their daughters together.
‘”Does that work for you?” “Do you need me to change that?” We’re very open about fixing things so that everybody’s needs are being met,’ she explained, adding: ‘He’s a great dad — but I also know I’m on the right road.’
Kotb met Schiffman at a book signing in 2013, and they immediately hit it off. They had been together for six years and had welcomed their two daughters together via adoption when he popped the question during a 2019 trip to Mexico.
They had to postpone their destination wedding three times due to the pandemic before they went their separate ways at the start of 2022.
Kotb insisted there was no bad blood between them, explaining that their relationship had merely run its course.
‘I don’t regret one day, not one minute, not one second of our time together because it brought me here. I have two incredible children I share with him. And it’s because of Joel that I have Haley and Hope, without question,’ she said. ‘I think I might have been too afraid to do it alone. That’s not something I love to admit, but it’s true.’
Kotb and Schiffman have remained dedicated to co-parenting their daughters, and they were both present when their girls had their first day of school in September.