New York Halloween Parade Guide
When I think of Halloween in New York City the first image that pops into my mind is a street full of Ricky’s and kids trick or treating in neighborhood delis. While there are an endless amount of themed bars, nightclubs, and costume contents, the greatest combination of them all is the Annual New York Halloween Parade.
Going into it’s 42nd year, spanning almost twenty blocks and encompassing an estimated two million night walkers per year, the NY Halloween Parade has become the staple of Greenwich village. The world’s largest Halloween parade, and earning the title of one of the only nighttime parades in the United States, it haunts the streets consisting of hundreds of puppets, themed building decorations, 53 bands, and over six thousand participants.
We’ve created this Ghoulproof Halloween Parade Guide to help you make the most of your Hallow’s Eve. Read on for general FAQ, or scroll down to find out how to get involved in your own Halloween Parade adventure!
The parade starts at 7:30pm at Spring Street and travels along 6th Avenue to 16th Street where it ends at 11pm (see map below). Make sure to get there early as all streets intersecting with the parade will be closed off. Please don’t get stuck in a NY purgatory. Take any of NY’s subways (although hitching a ride on a zombie might be quicker) stopping at 6th, 7th or 8th avenue. Don’t forget to pack your Scooby Snacks! (Or make a day of trick, erm, eating through the village.) No one like’s a hungry vampire.
Don’t forget to catch the Official After Party of the Halloween Parade at Webster Hall, with drinks, music, and a costume contest with a grand prize of $5000!
So, how will you be spending your Halloween?
– You must be in costume to walk in the parade
– This years theme is Shine a Light, so get creative!
– The line up starts at 7pm and closes at 9pm at 6th avenue and Canal
– Make sure to meet up with your friends before getting in the line
– Pregame/bar hop before the parade, and leave the drinks at home (or go to the after party at Webster Hall. The costume contest has a $5000 grand prize!)
– You can volunteer to be a puppet animator, crowd control, or a grand marshall
– go to www.halloween-nyc.com/volunteer to sign up for any position in the Parade
– You can view the parade along 6th avenue from Spring Street to 16th (Bleecker to 14th street is busiest, so get there early, or try another block)
– You can watch the parade from home on NY1 from 7:30pm-9:30pm
– Bring some goodies and snacks with you (parade food can be pricey!)
– Feel free to wear a costume, or not!