Halloween in New York City is really fun.
NYC Halloween traditions include the:
- Village Halloween Parade
- Jackson Heights Children’s Halloween Parade
- Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Halloween 2021 News
The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is at the East River Amphitheater in the Lower East Side on Sat, Oct 23 from 12-3pm.
Edwin Pagán’s Bronx horror movie Wolfen (1980) screens with live music by Bobby Sanabria & Project X and director Q&As at the Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory in The Bronx on Fri, Oct 29 at 8pm. FREE with reservation to (917) 557-2354. Facebook @bxmusic
The Jackson Heights Halloween Parade marches down 37th Avenue from 89th St to the Foodtown Supermarket at 76th St on Sun, Oct 31 at 12 noon. Children will receive a goodie bag filled with candy at the end of the parade. FREE.
Puerto Rican violinist Skye Steele gives a Halloween concert, La Otra Historia del Violín: The People’s History of Latin Strings at the Bronx Music Hall outdoor plaza in Melrose, The Bronx on Sun, Oct 31 from 2-3:30pm. @bxmusic FREE 🇵🇷
Halloween Bash 2021 is a DJ night with costume, margarita drinking, and chimichanga eating contests at Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village on Sun, Oct 31 from 3pm to 2am. $10 in costume. $20 no costume.
The 48th Village Halloween Parade marches up Sixth Avenue from Spring St in SoHo to 16th St in Chelsea on Sun, Oct 31 starting at 7pm. Anyone in costume and mask can march (6:30pm lineup).
Saturday, October 22, 2022
EAST RIVER PARK AMPHITHEATER, Lower East Side
Monday, October 31, 2022
89th St to 76th St
Jackson Heights, Queens
Monday, November 1, 2021
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Spring St to 16th St
SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chelsea
Thu, October 31, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ All you need to march in this fun parade is a costume on Sixth Avenue
Halloween in New York City
In October, Halloween stores pop-up all over New York City. Shop early because the stores are packed right before Halloween. We like New York Costumes on Broadway in Greenwich Village. It’s a superstore New York style and there all year long.
[Editor Keith] Tell you a personal story. My first year in New York City, I was afraid to go out on Halloween. I thought those “tough” New Yorkers would just eat me up. The next year my wife and I braved the Village Halloween Parade. We never saw so many wildly creative costumes or such a happy, fun bunch of people in our lives. It was amazing and worth going every year.
All you need to march in the Village Halloween Parade is a costume. The Jackson Heights Children’s Halloween Parade in Queens is great fun too.
So don’t be afraid. Halloween in New York City is really fun. [We don’t know what the year of COVID-19 will bring.]
Halloween developed in Europe from a blend of Celtic, Roman and Catholic traditions. It’s the night when those who have died in the past year cross over into the spirit world. That’s where we get the idea that spirits are out.
Meanwhile fall harvest festivals developed in what is now the United States. Irish immigrants brought their European traditions to New York City. It all blended together into the Halloween celebration we know today.
But people around the world and across time do similar things – because we are people. Ancestor veneration is common across the Indigenous Americas.
Aztecs and Mayans in what are now Mexico and Guatemala kept family bones in the house. The idea is that you live as long as someone remembers you. So families remember their loved ones. You could always have a conversation with grandma and in a way she was always watching over you. It wasn’t scary or evil. That’s a colonizer interpretation.
Colonial priests were freaked out by the people’s traditions so they steered people towards their own All Souls Day tradition. In Central America this became Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). There are versions of this across Latin America.
In Mexico, U.S. costume and face painting traditions blended with Mexican traditions into the Day of the Dead celebration that is now loved globally.
We are all blends of each other.