This year is the 36th annual parade, and each year it gets bigger and better. Millions of people attend or participate in the parade or view it on television. This time around the theme is "Terra Incognita".
The parade was started in 1973 by a puppeteer and mask maker that took his kids and their friends on a walk from house to house in the local neighborhood. Today there are huge puppets, dancers, bands and thousands of your closest friends.
If you plan on viewing the parade get there early before the crowds are too large. If you want to participate in the parade and show off your costume to onlookers, you can enter the line up on 6th Avenue between Spring Street and Broome Street between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Prepare for a bit of a wait, but don't worry, you'll have plenty of interesting things to look at in the meantime. If you want to be one of the volunteers, you can be a puppeteer or a marshal during the parade, but you need to fill out a form beforehand.
The parade will take place on Saturday the 31st of October. You can watch the parade between 7-10pm on 6th Ave from Spring Street to 21st Street. You are better off taking the subway or train into the city as traffic will be a nightmare.
Dress up in your best costume and prepare for a fantastic Halloween.