New York City is home to the nation’s largest Halloween celebration, the Village Halloween Parade. Attended by over 2 million people, it is the country’s only major nighttime parade, and is consistently recognized as one of the city’s best events. This year, the 40th annual celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. Here’s your guide to doing it right.

Getting There

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(credit: Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

First things first: Don’t bring your car to the parade. Take mass transit.

A to West 4 Street

C, E to West 4 Street, Spring Street

B, D to West 4 Street, Broadway/Lafayette St.

F to 23 St, 14 St, West 4 St., Broadway/Lafayette St.

N, R to 23 St, 14.Union Sq, 8 St, Prince St

to Christopher Street

2, 3 to 14 Street

4, 5 to 14 Street/Union Square

6 to 23 St, 14 St/Union Sq, Astor Place

PATH 9th St, 14th St, 23rd St

If you’re planning on meeting up with your friends or family to watch the parade, pick a meeting spot far away from the start point and head over there together. Give yourself at least an hour before the parade starts to get there.

The Parade Route

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Parade Route courtesy of

The parade route moves along 6th Avenue — starting at Spring Street and ending on 16th Street (take note – in previous years the parade marched to 23rd St.)

Wear a costume if you plan on being a part of the action. If you’re hard pressed to put one together for the outing, volunteer to carry a puppet in the parade.Typically, the parade ends at 10 p.m., but that doesn’t mean the party stops.

Fortunately for parade-goers and participants, it is forecast to be partly sunny with a highs in the low fifties. For weather updates, click here.


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