Halloween in New York is by far my favorite weekend of the year. It’s so much fun getting dressed up as something totally crazy and attending dozens of themed parties all over the city. And, of course, there is the infamous parade that goes through the village.
If you’re taking the train in or the subway to the village, this is where your adventure begins. Most likely, this is when you will begin drinking (I love Penn Station for selling mini bottles of Pinot Grigio), as are most of the other people, making the train and subway kind of like a social bar itself.
Now, if you’re planning on actually watching the parade and not just drinking in the streets and taking pictures with random people in funny costumes, you should definitely get there early. Since my friends and I got there after it began we had a lot of trouble seeing the parade through the mass of people, and when we asked security if we could jump in and walk they were extremely strict about not allowing people to join in in the middle.
Even if you don’t have a good view of the parade you still will have an amazing time. The streets are completely chaotic, with people dressed in crazy costumes, open containers being overlooked by the cops, and strips of bars with crowds spilling out the door. For some reason, people seem to be a lot friendlier and nicer on Halloween, as I had multiple strangers come up to take pictures with me. I even had a very friendly tranny grab my face and make out with me when I wasn’t expecting. All part of the nights fun, I guess!
Any bar that you go to near the parade’s end is guaranteed to be a good time, and the lively energy of Halloween is alive in and out of the venues. Note: If you want the most amazing hot wings you’ve ever had in your life stop by Down the Hatch. They’re indescribable, flavorful, spicy, and all of the wings are nice and plump.