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Photo Essay: A Crazy Halloween in the Village, New York

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chaos in the streets

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the streets of the Village on Halloween

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.
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girl on stilts

  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.
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we found a random penis

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.
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me (Katy Perry) and Lil' Wayne

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!
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dancing robot (for some reason I asked him if he was Sponge Bob haha)

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.
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just met him on the streets, but obviously Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj have to take a picture together

About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is an New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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