Friday, Oct. 31
The world-famous Village Halloween Parade kicks off this evening at 7 p.m. on Sixth Avenue between Canal and Spring streets, heading north up Sixth Avenue to 16th Street. Join the parade between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. if you’re in costume, otherwise watch from the sidelines. 2014’s Grand Marshall is Whoopi Goldberg, who will embody this year’s theme, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Check out the official website for more information.
If you want to continue the festivities afterwards, the official afterparty at Webster Hell takes over all four floors. Best costume wins $5,000. Tickets $75. From 8 p.m. at 125 East 11th St., Union Square.
Uptown, the Michael Jackson ”Thriller" tribute and dance takes over Lenox Avenue near 124th Street in Harlem at 8 p.m. Friday night. Join in if you know the moves.
Also Uptown, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosts its annual Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls All Hallows Eve celebration. There will be two screenings (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) of the classic “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) accompanied by live organ, then the Procession of the Ghouls. 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th Street, Upper West Side. $25 — grab your tickets here.
Keep the vibe alive by heading to Williamsburg for “A Night To Dismember,” Nighthawk Cinema's annual all-night horror movie screening on Halloween. Kicking off with the 1981 classic "American Werewolf in London," the night concludes with "Dawn of the Dead" in the wee hours. The event includes five movies, costume contests, horror movie trivia and free popcorn, coffee and scrambled eggs and bacon in the morning. From Friday midnight, $50. 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg.
Saturday, Nov. 1
Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, is being celebrated today at the American Museum of Natural History. As part of a weeklong celebration by the international origami community, members of OrigamiUSA will be on hand to help you learn the skills. A selection of completed models by origami artists will be on display to inspire you. From noon to 4 p.m. in the Grand Gallery. Free With Museum Admission of $22/$12.50. Central Park West at 79th Street, Upper West Side.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Cool weather is in the forecast for the New York City Marathon today. Check out our suggestions for some of the best places to watch the race, which moves through all five boroughs of New York City. Runners embark on the course starting at 8:30 a.m. near the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island.