Thousands flooded the streets of Chelsea as the nation's largest Halloween celebration turned Sixth Avenue into a sea of vampires and zombies, with a few Snookies thrown in for good measure. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner, playing the part of Wednesday Addams, filed the following report from the Village Halloween Parade.
They're creepy, they're kooky, and this year, they were a little bit itchy. Parade participants let their creative juices flow, designing costumes that in some cases took days to bring to life.
"It took me three days,” said one parade-goer who dressed as a Port-a-Potty. “ I love to entertain and it doubles as a Halloween costume."
"I started last weekend and it's some late nights, but it's a lot of fun,” said a parade-goer who made a Wendy from “Peter Pan” costume.
Now in its 38th year, the annual Village Halloween Parade attracts anywhere from two-million visitors – some with window seats from their apartments. They come to see dancing, puppets, even circus acts.
But mostly they come for the costumes.
"The word of the day is Halloween,” said a Pee-Wee Herman impersonator.
The 80s were hot this year, with beloved movie characters like the Ghostbusters and cartoon creatures like the Smurfs making their way uptown. Also big were zombies –taking on the form of everything from Girl Scouts to garden gnomes. And while there will always be pop culture icons in the mix, this year the situation called for ripping costume ideas straight from the headlines.
“We’re bed bugs,” said a group.
“I'm the tea party,” said another parade participant.
But if people are going as the news, what do newscasters do? How about dress up as characters from Broadway's "The Addams Family.”
What makes this parade special is that all are invited to not only attend, but jump into the mile-long mix. As long as you're costume, you're welcome to strut your stuff. For some, it's all the invitation they need to shed their weekday skins and try on a new look and a new persona.
“I'm a project manager for an energy company,” said a participant dressed as a zombie. “This is my Friday outfit.”
“It's fun,” said a lawyer dressed as Edward Scissorhands. “Adults can act like kids. You go out, have a good time, nobody's judging you, you’re not hurting anybody. It's great.”
In the end, some 60,000 costume-clad revelers made their way up Sixth Avenue, proving there's no better place to be on Halloween than New York City.