Halloween in the New York Village - the 7th Layer of Hell!

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Ghostbusters!

Halloween in the Village is just asking for trouble.  After you go once, you will never want to go again...EVER.  Unfortunately, that was not to be the case for me this Halloween.  I have a friend who had never been to the parade before and she couldn't find anyone to go with her.  I told her no way at least 10 times!  I had lived through the madness the year before and was still recovering thanks to therapy.


She couldn't understand why.  I told her, first off, she is too short to see over the heads of people and they don't have all that many floats.  Most of the parade is just people on ground level running around in costumes, you can see that anywhere.

Also this night attracts the lightweight drunks who can't handle their liquor.

Awesome! She Rocks!
  All the pros are at home or waiting for the weekend when all of the amateurs are gone.  That and the costumes are pretty weak.  Most of the women don't even try to come up with good costumes.  They just try to dress "sexy" and most fail miserably.  A sexy zombie, sexy thing with a tail, sexy dolphin, etc...  I was with two straight guys and even they were confused by the women and their costume choices.  At least the men were giving it a try with their costumes and actually came up with some great ideas that didn't include trying too hard to impress the other sex.  Right on, guys!!

Yeah, it sounds like I am not a fan of Halloween, and you know what, you would be right.  I haven't really cared for Halloween much since I was about 12 and there wasn't any more candy.
Ride Em Cowboy! Yee Haw!
  That and doing theatre, I have to dress up all of the time in all types of period pieces so the thrill just isn't there.  Especially with many of the horror stories I could tell you about half the costumes I have had to wear.

So after the flashback of my previous Village Halloween Parade experience had subsided, I told her no yet again.  But she was persistent and told me she really couldn't con anyone to go; Finally, I broke...how could I crush someone's dream?  I couldn't!  I tried to warn her that it would be the ultimate freak show.  She told me that is what she wanted.  Ask her about three hours later...

Luckily misery loves company and I was able to rope in two other victims.  Chip had never been to the parade before even though he was born and raised in NYC and Noah is just plain crazy and will do practically anything for a good laugh.
Trapped in the Subway!
  Good man!  So after work, we all met up in midtown (minus Noah) and took the B train to W4.

Pure madness!  Everywhere!  It took ten minutes to get out of the subway station and that is not an exaggeration.  The best part was the people behind us who kept asking, "What is the hold up?"  I don't know, maybe the other 5000 people trying to get to the parade.  Still they kept pushing!  These are the type of people who end up killing people during a fire by pushing them down and trampling them.  They were sharper than a marble...

We finally got out of the subway, but we were still not in the clear; on no!  We then had to go through the gate two blocks up that would allows us into the 7th layer of Hell that is known as the parade route.
A Blurry Banana, Moses or Jesus and And I Don't Know What!
  Chip and I finally choose a place that was close to the gated entrance so that we could make a quick escape after the first half an hour.  We were not going to stay long, that was for sure.

The parade was supposed to start by us at 7:00PM, but nothing in NYC starts on time, I am surprised the ball drops at all on New Year's Eve.  So we entertained ourselves by taking photos of the various people who walked past us.  That and looking for Noah who had gone all the way back to Brooklyn for some odd reason and was coming back to the city to meet us.  We knew we would most likely never see him again and turned our attention to the on coming parade.
Our Location on the Street - Nice View!
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It turned out it wasn't  the parade, but rather policeman riding down the road telling us to behave and then a group of people trying to get donations from the crowd for what I do not know.  But Ashley made a good point, if she couldn't see, she wasn't paying.  I told her it still was not too late to leave, but she knew it had to get better.  Yeah, once you go home!

The sweeping for donations went on for another five minutes, not exciting at all.  But along came Noah, he had found us!  Unbelievable!  We all cried a little; because we thought he was dead to us in the crowd of two billion.

After our joyful reunion, we went back to the show.  Well, Chip and Noah went back to the show as they are tall enough to see.
Dancing Ghosts
  But Ashley and I couldn't see anything over the heads in the crowd.  The only way we could watch the show was to put our cameras over our head, video tape segments, and then press rewind and watch.  Sad...  Other people around us were climbing onto telephone booths and climbing into trees to see the action.  New Yorkers always find a way.  Usually I would be right there with them, but that would leave Ashley behind and I couldn't do that, she was the reason I was there!  So I continued taking video and asking Noah and Chip what was going on.  Loads of fun!

After another half an hour Ashley's back and neck began to give.  That and none of us had eaten since around 1PM so we decided we had had enough and began swimming up stream to freedom.
Angelic Guys Handing Out Goods
  Most of the roads were closed and many of the subway stations had been sealed up.  Thwarted!  So we headed up to 7th Avenue.

Ashley figured we could just pop into one of the nearby restaurants and eat there!  HA!  Lack of major nutrients can do a number on your brain and she was being way too optimistic.  We told her it wasn't going to happen and it didn't.  Our goal became Midtown; nobody would be in Midtown on Halloween.  And after we got off of the 1 line, we found this to be a reality.  Oh, sweet freedom!

We headed to 9th avenue and decided that Thai food was the answer.  Yes, 9th avenue is far over, but that can be a good thing.  Tourists find it too scary and the Halloween crowd won't get the attention they so desire.
Big Paper Mache, Dude!
  It was a win win situation!  Though we did find a drunk Hansel and Gretel trying to hold each other up while arguing with each other over what I do no know.  We ran into them three times that night and we came to the conclusion that it was now Groundhog's Day or that they were just drunk and lost.  I vote for the latter.

We ended up going to Yum Yum Bangkok for dinner (yes this is the name, even I can't make this stuff up) and got the pre fixed meal.  You can't beat the price and the food is great!  But due to the holiday, the service was a lot slower than usual.  Usually they try to rush you out to flip the tables, but being Halloween; they were in no hurry and were busy taking photos the whole time.  I understand it was a holiday so no big deal, but that left too much time for Noah to start getting creative and to cause trouble.
Fun at the Parade? We Still Don't Know!
  We began taking our own photos and the evening began hitting rock bottom.  It was time to go.  We all had a long train ride ahead of us.

And long it was.  Every teenager trying to hit curfew and every drunk in the city was on our train.  Nobody was using their inside voices and people were running up and down the aisles screaming and wrestling each other.  Someone couldn't hold there liquor and had an oopsy in the corner.  We were thrilled when our stop came up, because the train reeked hardcore!  As we exited the train Noah and I agreed it just isn't as much fun when you are sober, which we were.  We weren't amateurs and we were waiting for the weekend, that and I had to be coherent early the next morning.

As we headed onto the train platform, I got a text from Ashley saying that her train was running slowly and that there were drunken people pole dancing on her train and dropping empty booze bottles in the aisles.
Chip Helping One of the Girls Who Got Stuck on the Phone Booth!
  She said it was unreal, my response was, "No, it really wasn't.  Welcome to Halloween in NYC, baby!"

binky says:
Yeah, it is crazy! I hate crowds like that and try to avoid them at all costs in NYC. Everyone asks if I have been to the ball drop. No way! The thing with the Halloween Parade is everyone is drunk or crazy. Do it once and never return! That is what I did, I just go to a friends party and call it a night...
Posted on: Feb 08, 2011
binky says:
I know, it sucked, but was also surprisingly fun to see the freakish events on the street. But there was no way I was goign to show uo 6 hours early. No WAY!
Posted on: Dec 11, 2007
lovely_lori88 says:
that sucks that you couldn't see the parade. that was like us on bastille day in paris..we didn't see a single thing!!
Posted on: Dec 11, 2007
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Ghostbusters!
Ghostbusters!
Awesome!  She Rocks!
Awesome! She Rocks!
Ride Em Cowboy!  Yee Haw!
Ride Em Cowboy! Yee Haw!
Trapped in the Subway!
Trapped in the Subway!
A Blurry Banana, Moses or Jesus an…
A Blurry Banana, Moses or Jesus a…
Our Location on the Street - Nice …
Our Location on the Street - Nice…
Dancing Ghosts
Dancing Ghosts
Angelic Guys Handing Out Goods
Angelic Guys Handing Out Goods
Big Paper Mache, Dude!
Big Paper Mache, Dude!
Fun at the Parade?  We Still Dont…
Fun at the Parade? We Still Don'…
Chip Helping One of the Girls Who …
Chip Helping One of the Girls Who…
Crowd Waiting for the Magic to Hap…
Crowd Waiting for the Magic to Ha…
More Skeletons
More Skeletons
Spooky Skeletons...and MORE!
Spooky Skeletons...and MORE!
That Skeleton Rocks!
That Skeleton Rocks!
More People in the Parade
More People in the Parade
I Really Dont Know!
I Really Don't Know!
People in the Parade
People in the Parade
I Have No Idea
I Have No Idea
Is it the Chinese New Year Already?
Is it the Chinese New Year Already?
Parade Madness!
Parade Madness!
Skeletons
Skeletons
Adopting Pets is a Good Thing!
Adopting Pets is a Good Thing!
Dinner at Yum Yum Bangkok!
Dinner at Yum Yum Bangkok!
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