Halloween Parade 101New York City's Village Halloween Parade is the nation's largest public Halloween celebration and has been a New York institution for almost 40 years. It's crazy, crowded, and chaotic. And it's one of those things you just have to experience live at least once.
The parade is even listed in the book, 100 Things to Do Before You Die: Travel Events You Just Can't Miss.
More than 2 million spectators will show up to watch 45,000 costumed participants -- along with 42 marching bands, dancers, artists, and plenty of giant puppets and creative floats -- march through the streets of downtown Manhattan on October 31, 2012.
Because New York City is a magnet for creative, bold, and exhibitionist personalities; you can also bet on seeing some of the world's most unique and spectacular Halloween costumes. See photo gallery of images from past Village Halloween Parades.
If you show up in costume, you're welcome to join the parade. See our New York Halloween costume ideas and guide to NYC costume shops for help in creating the perfect disguise.
But you don't have to dress up to enjoy the parade. Just line up on 6th Avenue between Spring and 21st Streets to watch the fun (or catch it on NY1 if you're scared of drunken ghosts and crazed goblins).
Learn more about the history of the Village Halloween Parade
Find out how to participate in the 2012 Village Halloween Parade