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Here's Your Guide to the Village Halloween Parade

By Veronika Bondarenko | October 21, 2016 3:30pm | Updated on October 31, 2016 2:39pm
 Some of the onlookers along the parade route.
Some of the onlookers along the parade route.
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If ghosts and ghouls are your thing, the Village Halloween Parade is not something you'll want to miss.

Organizers of the 43rd annual edition of the parade expect to see up to 60,000 people march through Greenwich Village in costume on Monday, Oct. 31 starting at 7 p.m. 

This year, the parade, which is themed "Reverie", will kick off with a float from MAC Cosmetics


Anyone dressed in costume can join the parade lineup at Sixth Avenue and Canal street between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. But be warned: you won't be able to join the procession without a costume.


The parade will begin its march down Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street at 7 p.m., so plan on lining up along the street if you're a spectator.

Veterans know that the parade gets the most jammed between Bleecker and 14th streets. To avoid seeing the back of someone's head, you'll want to arrive at least an hour before the start of the parade or pick a spot further down the route.


Taking the subway or hoofing it is probably your best best if you want to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

The B, D, F and M trains all follow the parade route. You can hop off the subway at 23rd Street, 14th Street or West 4th Street, or take the 1, 2 or 3 train to 23rd Street, 18th Street, 14th Street, Sheridan Square or Houston Street.

You can also walk to the parade. The NYPD puts out a list of street closures closer to the big day. (Here's a look at what was closed last year)


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