Village Halloween Parade

By Dom Bewley

It's coming up to Halloween, the spookiest time of the year. Feel free to start dusting off your moth-eaten Ghostface outfit from college. Or maybe go as something different this year. Variety is the spice of life. And while you're at it, how about doing something more exciting this year? We will be. There's only so many times we can lose the Halloween costume competition.

If you're in NYC, there's one event in particular that should be top of your list: the Village Halloween Parade. So play our little quiz below to discover your best costume, and read on champ.

Here's everything you need to know about the Village Halloween Parade.

What is the Village Halloween Parade?

Let's start there, ay? It's the event in Greenwich Village. Every year, over 50,000 costumed revelers take to the streets. Including dancers, puppets, and 35 bands. However, to join them on their spooky procession, you'll need a costume. And no, a bit of blood on your mouth ain't gonna cut it. Go big or go home. Sorry.

In this, it's 46th year, the theme of the Village Halloween Parade is 'Wild Thing'. So err, make of that what you will. You've got some room to get creative. Their suggestions? 'Mudman, GreenMan and Scarecrow'. I don't know what at least two of them are.

Where is the Village Halloween Parade?

It runs up 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street in Manhattan. How much more precise do you need?

When is the Village Halloween Parade?

Doy, it's October 31st. You know, Halloween. As for times, you're looking at around 7pm til 10:30pm.

How do I get involved?

As I mentioned before, you'll need a slick costume. Thankfully, as it's free to march in the parade, you can put any entrance fee money toward making it the slickest costume imaginable. Or simply above average, if you prefer. However, if you wanna feel special and march on the themed section, you can pick up a ticket for $35 a skip the line.

Otherwise, simply be at 6th Avenue and Canal Street at 6:30, in full attire. Then stagger out into the night, you little ghoul. If you're running late, you can still join up with your fellow shamblers at either East Broome, Sullivan or Canal Street east of 6th Avenue.

I hate dressing up but want to watch other people dress up.

Alright, buzzkill. You can still have your fun. Get to 6th Avenue early, and get a sweet spot to watch the procession. It might even get you in the mood to get involved next year.

And that's everything you need to know about the Village Halloween Parade. Let us know if you're going, and what you're dressing up as, below. And after the festivities are over, why not go grab a burger? Better yet, take the day off and get in a spooky mood with a Catacombs by Candlelight tour beneath the city.

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This post originally appeared in World Within Her a travel blog focused on sustainable travel and a vegan lifestyle. "New York is a cosmopolitan city, full of wonder and culture, but when you’re visiting for such a short time, what’s the best way to see the city and cram in as much as you can while not spending a fortune?" THE NEW YORK PASS This is where the New York Pass came in handy. We picked them on our first day there. The pass allows you to get into 90+ major attractions, and, yes, we are talking about the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, The Met, The Whitney, along with walking tours of the different neighbourhoods. The price varies, depending on how many days you want the pass for; for one day it’s $109, if you buy the three-day pass it works out as $80 a day. I hear you say it sounds a lot, but most attractions in New York have about a $35 entrance fee. 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He took us to Brooklyn for the street tour to commence, we walked around Bushwick and Williamsburg, which is highly recommended for the street art and the trendy hipsters, along with some colourful characters. People here have more time to stop and talk unlike the hustle of Manhattan. We ended up talking to a lot of the people we photographed, getting to know them and finding out what they would recommend from a local perspective to a tourist. Below are some of the photos taken on the day. Enjoy. All Photo Credit: Nyla Sammons
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Twilight view of the Empire State Building from Top of the Rock, New York.
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Top of the Rock vs SUMMIT One Comparison

Ever since King Kong first swatted planes like flies from atop the Empire State Building, the Big Apple has been obsessed with creating towers that reach ever further heavenwards. As a result, nearly a century after that iconic movie first astonished audiences, the Manhattan skyline is liberally dotted with skyscrapers of 1,000 feet or higher (though the Empire State Building remains resolutely within the top 10, fact fans). All of which means New York isn’t short of an observation platform or six, all vying for your dollar with their superspeed elevators, interactive displays and dizzying 360-degree views across the city and beyond. Our Top of the Rock vs SUMMIT One Vanderbilt comparison takes a look at two of the best... Top of the Rock Name: Monikers don’t come much more literal than Top of the Rock. You’ll find this stunning observatory on floors 67-70 of The Rockefeller Center. In other words at the, um, top of the Rock. 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Feast your eyes on this piece of iconic Art Deco eye candy before heading inside for more Instagram-feed-filling snaps of the Joie Chandelier, a sparkling confection that soars three stories through the Grand Atrium lobby and contains no less than 14,000 crystals. Suitably bedazzled, it’s time to step aboard the Sky Shuttle to speed skywards for the main event. And what an event! We’re talking 360-degree views across the entire city to Long Island, New Jersey and even – on clear days – as far as Connecticut. This is also where you can find some of the finest Empire State Building views in town, as well as spotting Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Yankee Stadium and more. There are indoor and outdoor spaces, with some of the very best views to be had from the 70th floor’s panoramic outdoor terrace. Drink it in at your leisure; there’s no time limit on your visit. 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Incredible NYC Time-lapse Video Gives Vibrant Color to the City

This amazing 8K video is making rounds on the Internet for a good reason. The video shows a time-lapse of New York City shot with incredible bright colors. The movement and energy of this city, day and night are captured in a series of HDR images giving way to the most vivacious colors. These are unedited stills from the video. [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_791" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Brooklyn Bridge[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_792" align="aligncenter" width="1678"] Downtown View From Empire State Building[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_793" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Love Sculpture[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_794" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] New York City at Night[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_795" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] View From ESB at Night[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_797" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Rockefeller Center[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_798" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Manhattan Skyline[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_799" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Times Square[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] We dare you to watch this video and not immediately book tickets to New York City! https://vimeo.com/179629541 Check out the author and his other stunning projects on Vimeo.
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