Village Halloween Parade
Everyone’s invited—and costumes are a must—to march in this wild parade, one of the city’s more exuberant traditions, now in its forty-fourth year. “It’s a time for people in the most modern city in the world to come out and behave in a completely primitive way,” Jeanne Fleming, the event’s longtime director, told The New Yorkerin 1989. This year’s theme is “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie,” celebrating the transformative power of the hybrid: the wolfmen, Frankensteins, and Fiji Mermaids that have haunted and bewildered humans for centuries. The parade will feature more than fifty bands, hundreds of giant puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers letting out their inner monsters.