New York may be home to some of the nation’s hottest Halloween parties (ahem, Heidi Klum’s annual star-studded bonanza), but thankfully, you don’t need to wrestle any decadently-clad A-listers to the ground for a chance to experience all of them.
Enter Halloween in the Village; Gotham’s yearly parade (now in its 44th year) that runs up Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St in Manhattan and is entirely open to the public, with thousands taking to the streets in costume for the procession.
This year’s spectacle champions the theme of Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie, so expect a sea of fantastic and imaginary hybrids inspired by Cryptozoology (think Barnum’s famed American Museum), and led by official parade puppeteers. Aside from a crowd of outrageously outfitted Gothamites, guests will also be treated to live music performed by over 53 bands, as well as dancers throughout the evening.
You’ll need to be kitted out to take part in the official march, and partygoers join the line from East Broome, Sullivan and Canal Streets, east of Sixth Ave. But if you’d rather sit back and enjoy the festivities as a spectator, simply arrive early at Sixth Ave to nab a prime perch.
Sated your appetite for spookiness? Once the parade comes to a close, sashay to nearby City Winery – smack-bang in the middle of town – where you can continue the festivities with live music and vino. Or, skip the show and opt instead for Med-inspired eats and 11 on-tap, eco-friendly varietals in the Barrel Room.
Halloween in the Village / 6th Ave at Canal St / Lower Manhattan / Oct 31 / parade begins at 7pm / halloween-nyc.com
City Winery / 155 Varick St / Lower Manhattan / +1 212 608 0555 / lunch Sun-Fri, dinner daily / no res for General Admission shows / book ahead for the Barrel Room / citywinery.com