The last time that I went to the Village Halloween Parade is also the only time that I ever went to the Village Halloween Parade. It was also the last time that Halloween gloriously fell on a Saturday.
If you’ve never been, go check it out. I highly recommend getting there early enough to get a good spot…which I did not do on my one visit (I was busy with the haunted house in my apartment). It’s your typical New York City parade situation; LOTS of people, police barricades, etc. You should probably plan to travel there with any friends with whom you’d like to watch, since the crowds and the police may make it challenging to get to your predetermined meeting spot. In 2009, I ended up at Corner Bistro (NOT on the parade route…but very worthwhile…a classic, old New York bar) because finding my friends at the parade was impossible.
People get VERY into this parade. It’s fun to see all of the costumes and dancing and energy. Since I’m a city kid, I was confused by having to wear a jacket over my costume (ah, the joys of trick-or-treating in a high-rise!). How does anyone see your costume when it’s covered by a jacket?! Whether I attend tomorrow is still TBD, but it’s definitely worth experiencing at least once. I mean, there are HUNDREDS OF PUPPETS. That’s pretty awesome, right? If your preference is to see the parade but remain at home, it is televised on NY1. Catch it, one way or another, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, on TV, or from 7:00pm to 10:30pm, in person, on 6th Ave between Spring Street and 16th Street. The Village Halloween Parade is ALWAYS held on Halloween night.
In other news, I just heard about two really cool things happening TONIGHT:
At 9:00pm tonight, head to the David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 62nd/63rd) for a viewing party of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton. Performed by the New York Philharmonic (at the Hall formerly known as Avery Fisher…), the concert received a GREAT review from my sister and her boyfriend (that’s valid, right?). There will be drinks and refreshments available for purchase. Admission is FREE.
The 7:00pm screening is sold out, but there are still tickets left for the 10:00pm screening of Nosferatu, the 1922 classic silent film, accompanied by live organ music, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Amsterdam Ave at 112th Street). It’s a big event (the website mentions a LIGHTING DESIGNER, so, you know), and performers from the Mettawee River Theater Company create a cast of ghoulish characters. Tickets are $20.
Whatever you do, have a fun and safe Halloween!
~The New York Native