10/29/2010 09:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Happy Halloween From Scouting NY!


If you're in New York this weekend, definitely try to make it to the annual Village Halloween Parade on Sunday night, one of the best city events of the year.

The Village Halloween Parade was started in 1973 by a Ralph Lee, a Greenwich Village mask maker and puppeteer. The following year, it was expanded as a theatrical event of sorts, with the intention of creating a mile-long line of masked performers, puppeteers, and musicians on the streets. Over time, the parade grew, and today, over 2,000,000 people attend. The parade still features hundreds of incredible puppets, operated by dozens of volunteers.


ANYONE CAN MARCH IN THE PARADE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE A COSTUME! And, frankly, the view is much better from inside the parade.

The parade marches up Sixth Ave, beginning at Canal St and ending at 15th Street (enter the parade at Sixth Ave between Canal & Spring Street coming from the east side). The festivities begin at 7pm, though an accurate schedule is the last thing you should expect.

You never know who you're going to meet in the parade...


Be sure to check out the pumpkinized Empire State Building:


And nothing beats the subway on Halloween...


Staying in for the night? Rent a movie or two off of our list of New York City horror movies!

See you at the parade!