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If there’s one Halloween event that’s inseparably linked to New York, it’s the Village Halloween Parade. The annual street pageant has showcased local creativity with innovative costumes, floats and live music since 1974, and it’s still going strong. Anyone who wants to participate can march as long as they’re in costume, and many, many people do. An estimated 70,000 New Yorkers take to Sixth Avenue every year to celebrate the spooky night with over-the-top costumes—towering puppets, lumbering beasts and choreographed undead masses—while thousands more pack along the West Village route to cheer ’em on. Get to know some of the hard-working ghouls who spend countless months—and inches of foam board—making sure their looks are scary good for one of the best Halloween parties in New York.
RECOMMNEDED: Full guide to Village Halloween Parade
All photographs by Nicole Fara Silver