Halloween tips at halloween-nyc.com for more tips on watching and participating. Friday: Village Halloween Parade, with about 50,000 in the parade. there are live bands that complement the ghoulish revelry. A costume is a must to march. Marchers line up on Sixth Avenue between Canal and Spring Streets. The parade gets rolling at 7pm and heads north up Sixth Avenue to 16th Street, Manhattan. Children’s Halloween Parade, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. hosted by the New York University, in collaboration with over 3,000 costumed kids, parents, students, and local Greenwich Villagers. Parents and children (ages 3-12) are invited to gather at the Washington Square. Circus performers, a brass band, and costumed characters will lead a procession around the square. The parade ends at LaGuardia Place at roughly 4:00 p.m. between Washington Square South and West Third Street, where free trick or treat bags, games, and rides await, Washington Square Park, Manhattan. Haunted Canoe Rides, 8 p.m., Broadway Stages370 Greenpoint Ave. New York, NY, $15-$25, http://www.northbrooklynboatclub.com. PADDLE FOR YOUR LIFE, Newtown Creek is haunted by more than just toxic waste.The canoes are paddled only by certified guides. Broadway Stages, 370 Greenpoint Ave. New York, NY. Phantasmagorey Halloween Ball, 10:00 p.m., The Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street New York, NY, : $50, http://www.dancesofvice.com. MONSTERS’ BALL and be led through rooms of demonic pleasures and Elysian delights in a recreation of Parisian Heaven and Hell clubs of the 1920s. Dress to the nines (one for each level of Hell) and party like it’s the end-times amid fencing ghosts and erotic blood baths. An extra $30 scores an invite to The Devil’s Tea, a dessert buffet with dishes like “Devil’s Bait” and “Divine Judgment.” The Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street New York. A Nite to Dismember, 11:59 p.m., Tickets Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY, $50, http://www.nitehawkcinema.com. DEAD BY DAWN the annual all-night horror-movie marathon that continues until the sun rises. See Evil Dead 2, James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein, camp Crystal Lake for Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Return of the Living Dead, Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY. Meow-a-thon: Meet cats and other animals for adoption, every day at Animal Care & Control’s Meow-a-thon. Cats a year and older are free, Animal Care & Control of NYC, 2336 Linden Boulevard between Essex St. and Shepherd Avenue, Noon–7 pm, daily till Sunday, Free.
Saturday: NYC Food Film Festival till Sunday. Watch screenings of food-related films and then sample those foods. This year’s selection includes looks at oyster diving, sriracha, guacamole, chocolate bunnies and the gin and tonic. And, of course, there will be tastings, thefoodfilmfestival.com. Zombie Prom: Dress up like a zombie, and dance to live music by the Hollows, Sylvana Joyce and the Moment, Corn Mo, and T.R.J.B. at Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, http://www.littlefieldnyc.com, 8:30 pm, $15–$20. Haunted Halloween Walk and Fairy Tale Forest: fairy tale forest tours, and costume contest for families. Prizes will be given out for best costume, contests for kids and adults. With a food court, rides, face painting and train rides, Owl’s Head Park, Colonial Rd. at 68th St., Bklyn, 3:30–9 pm, Free. Halloween Walk is a safe place to trick or treat with candy and fun and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No adult will be admitted without a child at Abraham Lincoln High School, 2800 Ocean Parkway, between Shore Parkway and West End Avenue, 4–6 pm, Free. BAMboo: The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual Halloween celebration with treats, games and costume contest. This year’s theme is Around the World at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave. Bklyn, http://www.bam.org, 4–7 pm, Free. MNS Haunted House complete with a vampire’s den, skeleton graveyard, picture booth, witches’ coven, and candy at MNS Office, 40 N. Sixth St. between Kent and Wythe Avenues, http://www.mns.com, 4:30–7:30 pm, Free. Halloween Costume Party, win bar tab prizes for best costumes, plus drink specials and a midnight screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave. between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place, http://www.waystationbk.com, 5 pm, Free. Annual Halloween Parade as you march along with other ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. The parade winds its way up 14th Street and ends at the Old Stone House and Washington Park where there will be dancing and entertainment. Kick off at 14th St. and Seventh Avenue, Bklyn, http://www.parkslopeciviccouncil.org, 5:30 pm, Free. Haunted House as the local recreation house turns into a Halloween extravaganza with scary decorations, costumes, music, lights and kid-friendly candy. Suitable for older children, but younger ones welcome with parent/guardian at the Brownsville Recreation Center, 1555 Linden Blvd. at Hegeman Avenue, Bklyn, http://www.nycgovparks.org, 6–8:30 pm, Free. Halloween Forever: Dear Leader (Brooklyn) does The Neptunes, Delicate Steve as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heeney as Weezer, Banned Books (PA) as Pixies, Max Almario (Celestial Shore) with Jordyn Blakely and Kegan Zema (Journalism) as blink-182. Come in costume for $2 off entrance fee at Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave. between Jefferson and Melrose Streets, http://silentbarn.org, 9 pm, $12. Late Night Halloween Dance Party,BAMcafé Live hosts a Halloween dance party, featuring singer Everett Bradley with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and DJ Reborn’s blend of soul, hip-hop, reggae, house, Latin, electronic, and Afrobeat. Costumes are encouraged at 30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street, http://www.bam.org/programs/bamcafe-live, 10 pm, Free.