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31 Oct 2014 06:11 PM EST

-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: The Village Halloween Parade is fun the first time around—but think twice if you don’t want to deal with crowds, long waits and not being able to move around easily... (Image Source:

Halloween is here, and we at AllMediaNY have been around New York City long enough to know how to have a great time—especially on one of the biggest holidays of the year.

Much like New Year’s Eve, people from all walks of life will be partying and traveling throughout the five boroughs hoping to have a great night, and sometimes, those people can unfortunately put a damper on other people’s celebrations. In short, many people are simply doing it wrong. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this evening to ensure that your Halloween night will be safe and fun:

Minimize Traveling

You would think that it is common sense, but many people don’t realize that traveling on major holidays in NYC is near impossible, especially during peak hours of the night. Rather than trying to party hop, it is best to stay in one general neighborhood for the duration of the evening. Cabs will be full, so try to avoid them if at all possible. Trains will be the best way to go—although they will be crowded, so you should plan for a longer time.

Avoid the Parade—Unless You’ve Never Seen It

If you’re a newcomer to the city, you’ll probably want to check out the Village Halloween Parade, now in its 41st year—and we’ll let you slide, because it is an amazing sight to see. But for seasoned New Yorkers, or at least for those of us who have been here a while, we know that it is pretty much impossible to get around the Village when the parade is on—and for most of the night, in general. Crossing Manhattan is not an easy task, and the crowd gets so huge that, unless you’ve been waiting for hours, you probably won’t get a good view of anything. It’s best to just enjoy yourself elsewhere, unless you plan on actually marching in the parade this year. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it—wait until you know why we feel this way...

Be Considerate with Your Alcohol

Yet another common sense item that people seem to forget on major holidays is that it is not attractive and actually downright rude to get completely messy drunk in public. The last thing anybody wants is for the ghoul next to them at the bar vomiting all over their new vampire cape. By all means, have a great time, but do your best to hold it together—your friends, bartenders and fellow ghosts and goblins will thank you, and you’ll probably thank yourself in the morning as well.

Compliment Costumes

OK, this one is more just a personal thought—who doesn’t like their costume being acknowledged on the street? Spread the spirit of the season. You have nothing to lose, and it’ll make someone’s day. Plus, New York City is the biggest Halloween party in the world—so everyone is more or less friends now, right?

Regardless of where you go, just keep your fellow Halloweenies in mind when you party the night away. Everyone will have an amazing night as long as we all keep it cool. Stay safe, have fun, and have a happy Halloween!

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