Halloween in New York City – There’s nothing like it!
Well, it should come as no surprise – New York, in all its freaky costumed glory, ranked as the number one city in the country for Halloween festivities. Yes, according to a recent study, New York City is the top Halloween town.
I witnessed my first NYC Halloween in 2007, shortly after I moved to the city. I couldn’t believe the seriousness and passion with which New Yorkers embraced the spooky holiday. I had never seen anything like it. Apartment buildings and brownstones bedecked with ghosts, goblins, spider webs and blood-drenched corpses, not to mention the scariest creatures ever to roam the streets of the Big Apple: rats. From jack-0-lanterns to zombies, to evil witches and monsters, a cast of characters emerges on this night every year – the one evening when any New Yorker can be as wicked as they want.
People of all ages take to the streets for trick-or-treating and Halloween shenanigans in search of fun, fright and whatever else they can uncover on the evening of October 31. There are no rules on Halloween, except don’t break the law!
Even our four-legged friends dress up (well, their owners dress them up) in playful getups and parade around Tompkins Square Park. Check out these fantastic photos of costumed pooches in the East Village.
Some of New York’s greatest Halloween parties of all time took place in the 1970s and ’80s when the city was uber-scary and horror could occur when riding the subway after 8 p.m.
Now, New York is safer, even into the wee hours. Each Halloween, the NYPD is out in full force patrolling the streets and guarding revelers. But some police officers celebrate too, turning their station house into a fright fest!
And of course, the biggest Halloween party happens on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village. Thousands of New Yorkers march and millions gather to watch the Village Halloween Parade. If you’re not crazy enough to brave the crowds, you can watch the pomp and circumstance from your sofa.
And if you plan to participate or watch the parade in person, here’s everything you need to know.