Halloween is always a festive time in New York City. The summer is over, the leaves are turning and people have been cooped up at work or school for a couple months so generally go wild over getting in costume and having fun.
This year the spooky holiday is on a Sunday so the revelry will be day long and extend into the night. There will be plenty of activities for kids, parents, young adults and singles.
Finding a costume is a must but figuring out what sort of costume to get is a bit more difficult. The weather is never predictable at the end of October; sometimes it’s freezing, snowing or raining, other times it’s been balmy. Ricky’s New York has lots of costumes and numerous locations around the city.
A lot of neighborhoods like to decorate and have trick-or-treating for kids. Mommy Poppins.com has some tips on good neighborhoods for this. Try W. 69th near Central Park for a huge street party or E. 78th between Park and Lexington Aves.
The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade: This year the 37th annual parade extends up Sixth Avenue from Spring St. to 21st St. The theme is Memento Mori – remember your mortality.
Getting there: The best way is by subway since the streets will be blocked off and traffic a total nightmare. Take the A/C to West 4th St., Spring or Canal stops. Or take the B/D/F to 23rd St., 14th St., or W. 4th stops. Alternatively you can take the 1 train that makes stops on 7th Ave, just walk one block east to 6th Ave.
Join: You can even join the parade if you are in costume, the more creative the better. To join line up on Sixth Ave between 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm south of Spring St. and north of Canal St.
Watch: If you don’t want to join but just watch you’ll have to get over to Sixth Avenue early to get a good viewing spot. The parade starts at 7 pm and goes until 10 pm.
TV coverage: The parade will be shown on WPIX Channel 11 from 7 p – 10 p and NY1 from 8 pm – 9:30 pm.
For parties check out Halloween NYC.com. So far there are some bars and restaurants with cover charges of $5-$20 at places like STK, Capitale or The Collective.
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