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Village Halloween Parade Returns After One-Year Hiatus

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A collection of ghouls, ghosts and masqueraders brought back Manhattan's famous Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, one year after it was washed out by Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

The theme this year was real-life superheroes, but many paradegoers went with the imagined ones instead.

"The comic book version of Batman. It's from the late '70s, early '80s, illustrated by John Byrne, preferably," said one person dressed as Batman. "When I was growing up and collecting comics, I just thought it was awesome. And we don't see enough of the real comic book Batman."

The NY1 crew all donned Broadway-themed costumes. Anchor Pat Kiernan and traffic reporter Jamie Shupak took on roles they are somewhat familiar with: "Newsies," from the musical of the same name. Roger Clark took a walk on the wild side in red kinky boots.

I was Cinderella, and I ran into some other fairy tale favorites, like Snow White, Esmeralda from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and Megara from "Hercules."

It was a Titanic night, to say the least, bursting with the spirit of Halloween, from Beetlejuice to the Obamas.

"The Halloween parade is the celebration of the individual creative imagination, and it's an opportunity for people who aren't artists in their everyday life to have the experience of creating and performing and dancing for each other," said Jeanne Fleming, the director of the parade.

Nothing can rival the village Halloween parade. If you tried, you'd have this:

"I just had all this stuff, and I just thought, 'Snow, snowball, a snowball's chance in hell.' So I did," said one person.

It's always enchanting to be part of the parade. I'd stay all night, but I've got to leave before the clock strikes midnight. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP