Halloween Parade, New York City

8 Reviews

Know about this?

hide
  • Michael Jackson: the new dead celebrity costume?
    Michael Jackson: the new dead celebrity...
    by footstool
  • THIS is why I don't drink
    THIS is why I don't drink
    by footstool
  • can't wear this Next year
    can't wear this Next year
    by footstool
  • Tijavi's Profile Photo

    Halloween Parade at the Village

    by Tijavi Updated Dec 8, 2012

    It is one of NYC's biggest festivals drawing 2 million spectators and thousands of participants, a must see if you happen to be in NYC on Halloween's Eve. So colorful and creative are the costumes that the parade has been even called New York's Carnival.

    I got the chance to witness the Halloween Parade in 2009 - it was a cold, rainy night, but that didn't dampen the revelers' and visitors' spirits (no pun intended). The costumes and make up were indeed fantastic, albeit some smudged from the rain. The props - flying ghosts, dancing skeletons, puppets, etc. - were the highlight for some, as they were amazing. So much time and effort - and money - went into making them, and it showed how New Yorkers know how to throw parties.

    One practical tip is to be there early so that you can get the best spot. I've seen people taking portable chairs to stand on so that they get a better view of the parade.

    Related to:
    • Festivals

    Was this review helpful?

  • footstool's Profile Photo

    Gay Time at Village Halloween Parade

    by footstool Written Nov 1, 2009

    Greenwich Village is known to be a gay mecca. On Halloween, not every parade goer is gay, of course, but every costume sure IS! It looks like Michael Jackson is still alive. Then we see a character from the recently released "Where the Wild Things Are" movie. The Fat Lady apparently did sing at the end of the parade, whilst the Fat Cow, fittingly enough, listened nearby. 2 graceful angels, in the form of 25 foot tall puppets on sticks, swing and sway next to a streetlight. Last but not least, what the heck IS that thing?!

    Michael Jackson: the new dead celebrity costume? can't wear this Next year she nearly cracked my camera lens angels in the streetlight THIS is why I don't drink
    Related to:
    • Gay and Lesbian
    • Theme Park Trips
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Exceptional_World's Profile Photo

    Anyone can be in in the Halloween Parade!

    by Exceptional_World Written Apr 8, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I recently found out you can actually be in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. If you visit the following link, you may register and show up to be a participant. I chose to be a pupeteer for one of the large puppets.

    The Village Halloween Parade is one of the coolest parades I have ever been to. If your in NYC on October 31st, it's a must see.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Festivals
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Before the Parade...

    by halloweenmasq Written Oct 25, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When in New York, the parade is great... but sometimes you need some indoor attractions to look forward to. There are a bunch of other wild events in NYC that capture all of the weirdness, splendor, and eye candy of the holiday. My recommendation is the Annual Masquerade at The Museum of Sex. This year, it is Friday night, the 28th. They recommend you come in costume, but do provide some masks at the door for anyone without an outfit. For $30 in advance ($35 at the door), you get an open bar, food, DJ, after-hours tour of the museum (that is usually like $15-20 to get into), and a goodie bag. It is so easy to meet people when you are enjoying cocktails and surrounded by exhibits on sex--it really breaks the ice.

    Dorothy is really not in Kansas anymore... Very Eyes Wide Shut A monk gets frisky with Cruella This year's info...
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Gay and Lesbian
    • Singles

    Was this review helpful?

  • Before the Parade...

    by halloweenmasq Written Oct 25, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When in New York, the parade is great... but sometimes you need some indoor attractions to look forward to. There are a bunch of other wild events in NYC that capture all of the weirdness, splendor, and eye candy of the holiday. My recommendation is the Annual Masquerade at The Museum of Sex. This year, it is Friday night, the 28th. They recommend you come in costume, but do provide some masks at the door for anyone without an outfit. For $30 in advance ($35 at the door), you get an open bar, food, DJ, after-hours tour of the museum (that is usually like $15-20 to get into), and a goodie bag. It is so easy to meet people when you are enjoying cocktails and surrounded by exhibits on sex--it really breaks the ice.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Singles
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • latmedia's Profile Photo

    Why couldnt the witch get pregnant?

    by latmedia Written May 10, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Halloween is a HUGE holiday in NYC. The parade down 6th Avenue is a must see for anyone in the city that night or anyone who has never seen it. The costumes are fantastic and show the creativity of our population.

    I always have a large party (80-100 guests) and this year I went as a Goth Shemale Flasher,, you can guess the details.

    Was this review helpful?

  • leffe3's Profile Photo

    Hallowe'en

    by leffe3 Updated Nov 18, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hallowe'en is taken seriously in the States - I love the pumpkins etc on the doorsteps, in window boxes, on window ledges. Some people make a real effort - like this househlder in Upper East Side.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bigs's Profile Photo

    Halloween!!! Booh!

    by Bigs Updated Sep 8, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Come here for Halloween!!! Many houses are styled with pumpkins, ghosts and horrible things!!! There was this 'Trick or Treat' event in Central Park as well! I loved this time!

    Carve your own pumpkin,unfortunately only for kids

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: New York City

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

27 travelers online now

Comments

View all New York City hotels