The largest Halloween Parade in the US, this hugely popular event runs up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street, Manhattan.
- When? 31 October 2017
- Where? Spring Street, Manhattan, New York City
- Price: TBC
If you were expecting a quiet Halloween in New York City, you can forget it. You might as well have stayed at home and taken your chances that the annoying little trick or treaters won't cause you havoc. The city's annual Halloween Parade is certainly one to remember and one spooky event you definitely won't want to miss.
Store bought attire will get you into the thick of the parade but be warned, you may be seriously outclassed. Some of the get ups are more works of art than costumes and many have been in production since the previous November.
Zombies, vampires, witches, skeletons... sure, but think outside the box; movie and TV show characters are always a big hit. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and finishes around 10.30 p.m. It's a good idea to arrange a rendezvous location in case you get separated by the crowds.
For spectators, unless you know someone who has an apartment that overlooks the parade, decent viewing areas can be hard to come by in the crowded streets. Get there a couple of hours before it starts to get a good viewing spot. The parade also goes along Sixth Avenue which is generally the most congested area so it may be better to avoid it unless you have the patience for the hustle and bustle of a large crowd.
Nonetheless, whether you're spectating or taking part, this event is most certainly better than answering the door every ten minutes to trick-or-treaters. 'Go big or go home' is the motto when it comes to costumes so make the effort: it's a chance for you to put those GCSE art skills to the test.
- Get there: Spring Street is in Lower Manhattan and is served by the A, C and E subways to Spring St.
- Stay: Lower Manhattan has cheaper hotel prices than other areas of the island, so you can stay nearby.
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