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The Very Best of NYC Halloween Events
by Juliet Macey
October 6, 2010
New Yorkers are often outrageous, creative and scary, but during the annual Village Halloween Parade, they’re actually trying. Ogle the spectacular costumes and menagerie of giant puppets, or participate in the riotous procession of frightful fun at the largest public Halloween celebration in the country. Fight the crowds and score a prime viewing location somewhere on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 22nd Street from 7–11pm on – you guessed it – Oct 31.

After the parade head over to Theater for the New City for the annual Village Costume Ball. This one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC’s theater spaces, plus its lobby and most of the block outside. Expect more tha 1,400 costume-clad celebrants to gather for dancing, dining and viewing acts from cabaret and theater’s cutting edge.

Be prepared to be scared as NIGHTMARE returns to possess thrill-seekers, now through Nov 6. Celebrating its seventh year, NIGHTMARE is a unique, fully immersive haunted house experience. Set in an insane asylum, NIGHTMARE: SUPERSTITIONS forces you to break a superstition in one room and suffer the terrible consequences in the next. For times and tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit hauntedhousenyc.com
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At OP.LYNX’s Halloween women’s party on Oct 29, you’ll have so much fun it’s scary! Join Out Professionals’ women’s network this Halloween for a night of delicious food, amazing cocktails and New York’s most fabulous, friendly women. Costume or not, you’re welcome to celebrate with these ladies as they take over both floors of Greenhouse, the red-hot Tribeca club. And don’t miss the afterparty at RF Lounge!

On Oct 30, come trick or treat at Big Apple Ranch’s Halloween Hoedown. Whatever your costume – scary, funny, campy, clever, sexy – work it! (As long as you can dance in it, of course.) Founded in 1997, Big Apple Ranch has hosted a weekly country-western dance for the gay and lesbian community virtually every Saturday night for ten years. Their huge dance floor welcomes people of all dance-abilities, so don’t be shy!

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