Halloween is a festive time in New York City, with scores of haunted houses, Halloween parties and costumed adults and kids dotting the landscape. The biggest festivities however, take the form of parades, which attract both young and old to the streets. Halloween parades take place in many different neighborhoods of New York City, giving parents many options for where to take the kids.
The largest public Halloween celebration in the nation, the Village Halloween Parade takes Sixth Street by storm every year on Halloween night. Packed with costumed revelers who follow the giant puppets that make up the parade, it is a spectacle for all ages. Just around the corner, the Greenwich Village Children's Parade allows the young ones to parade around in their costumes through Washington Park led by a marching band. In the Financial District, the Battery Park City Halloween Parade is a singalong affair that runs along the Hudson River Esplanade and ends at a Halloween party at the World Financial Center. Up in Washington Heights, the Floating Jack-o-Lantern Parade allows children to bring their own carved pumpkins and display them to all.
In Brooklyn, the Fort Greene Halloween Parade and Festival features a large parade and hay rides, sack races and other traditional harvest time festivities. Not too far away, the Park Slope Kids Halloween Parade and Party features puppets and a big band and allows costumed kids to join its ranks as it marches down Seventh Avenue. The Cobble Hill Park Halloween Parade begins at Cobble Hill Park and end in Carroll Gardens, running through many side streets. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg Halloween Parade is led by live musicians and features a kids-only party when the parade is over.
Queens and the Bronx
The Halloween Hoorah at the New York Botanical Garden is the big event in the Bronx, and runs through the entire month of October with a parade on Halloween day. In Queens, the Halloween Festival at Fort Totten Park is packed with activities such as costume contests and arts and crafts booths.
In Staten Island, nature lovers will enjoy the Halloween Hoot Hike, which marches through Blue Heron Park at night and explores the nocturnal denizens of the urban green space. Those looking for something a little more traditional can head to Historic Richmond Town, where the Halloween in Richmond Town celebration features traditional games such as bobbing for apples and a costumed Halloween parade.
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