Arts & CultureSixth Avenue

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade - Essential Information

The 45th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade takes place on Wednesday, October 31st. 

Beginning at 6pm, the parade passes along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Click here for the parade map.

All the essential information you need for the best time can be found below, including street closures and transit information. 

The 2018 theme is "I Am A Robot", which celebrates what makes us human by exploring how we remake ourselves. Read the full theme statement here

Essential Information 

How Can I Participate & March In The Parade?

It's simple, wear a costume! Then show up at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street where the parade starts, between 6pm and 9pm. 

You can only enter this area from the EAST and SOUTH. That is Sullivan, East Broome and Canal Streets. If you come from the West, enter ONLY from Canal Street.  This can get confusing and frustrating so follow these directions carefully. Click here for the exact location. 

You can skip the line to join the parade by making an online donation to the Halloween Parade. Your support helps cover the parade costs, ensuring it continues for another 45 years. Click here to make your donation. 

For complete information about how to participate and march in the parade, click here.

Where Can I Watch The Parade?

The parade passes straight along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street and can be viewed from almost anywhere along the route.

However some areas are busier than others, particularly the streets between Bleecker Street and 14th Street. 

The parade begins at 7pm and ends sometime around 11pm. For complete information about viewing the parade, click here.

How Can I Get To The Parade? 

Subway is by far the best option. The MTA has a dedicated transit advice page, click here to view it. There are also bus and PATH options. 

Subway Options - 

  • Sixth Avenue (B,D,F,Q) to 23rd, 14th or West 4th Street Stations.
  • Seventh Avenue (1,2,3,9) to 23rd, 18th, 14th, Sheridan Square or Houston Street.
  • Eighth Avenue (A,C,E) to West 4th Street, Spring (this station is closest to the Line Up area) or Canal Street Stations.

Bus Options - 

All Sixth Avenue and many surrounding bus routes will be rerouted to accomodate the parade. This will happen from 6pm until around 11pm, or when the parade is over. Affected routes include, but may not be limited to - 

M1, M2, M3, M7, M8, M14A/D, M20, M21, M55, SIM1c, SIM3c, SIM4c, SIM7, SIM9, and SIM33.

For the latest bus information call the 24 Hour NYC Travel Information line on 718-330-1234.

PATH Train Options - 

  • Take the 33rd Street Train to one of the Sixth Avenue Stations at 9th, 14th or 23rd Streets.

Which Streets Will Be Closed During The Parade

The official list of street closures from NYPD is detailed below. There will likely be addtional closures.

For the latest road closure information visit the NYPD 6th Precinct Twitter feed here.


  • 6th Avenue between Spring Street and Canal Street.
  • Dominick Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue.
  • Sullivan Street between Broome Street and Spring Street.
  • Broome Street between Sullivan Street and Varick Street.
  • Spring Street between Sullivan Street and Varick Street.


  • 16th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue.
  • 17th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue.
  • 18th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue.


  • 10th Street between 6th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue.
  • Van Dam Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue.

Big Crowds Scare Me But I Don't Want To Miss It

You can catch all the parade action from the comfort of your couch! NY1 will be broadcasting the parade LIVE from 8pm until 10pm. There will also be select coverage on other local networks. 

Where Can I Eat, Drink, & Party After The Parade?

You're in one of New York City's most vibrant neighborhoods and there are literally hundreds of bars, clubs, and restaurants in which to continue your party in pretty much any style you like!

Click here for our directory of bars, clubs, restaurants, and more. Also follow us on Twitter@GRNVillageNYC where we'll be featuring some of the best things happening around the Village. 

Is There An Official Afterparty? 

Yes! The Research Foundation to Cure AIDS (RFTCA) is holding its first major public fundraiser, the MASCUREAIDS BALL &  Afterparty, which is also the official NYC Halloween Parade afterparty! 

Billed as a benefit ball from 8-11pm followed by an afterparty at Performance Space New York  the event aims to raise $250,000 to $300,000 as seed funding for a new reseach laboratory dedicated to curing AIDS, and to anchor an annual celebratory ball in NYC.

For complete information and tickets, click here. The Village Alliance is proud to be a co-promoter of the Mascureaids Ball. 

Is There A Dedicated Childrens Halloween Parade? 

Yes! NYU and Manhattan Community Board 2 invite you to join the 28th Annual Children's Halloween Parade, one of the city's largest free children's events on Halloween Day!

The childrens parade takes place earlier in the day, parents and children are invited to gather at the fountain in Washington Square Park by 3:00 pm.

After the parade around the park free trick-or-treat bags, games, and rides will await the children on West 3rd Street between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street!

The Village Alliance is a proud sponsor of 28th Annual Children's Halloween Parade.

For full and complete information about the 45th Halloween Parade visit the organizers website here

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade - Essential Information


Comments are closed.