Tens of thousands of the city's scariest, funniest, and most creative took to the streets Monday for the 39th annual Village Halloween Parade and a delegation of Occupy Wall Street activists sported politically charged costumes.
Skeletons, aliens, clowns, and super heroes formed a parade of terror up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.
Artists had a "ball" with this year's theme, "I of the Beholder," with a giant cloud of eyeballs floating above the street.
Anyone with a costume was welcome to participate.
Many costumes required a closer look, like a walking Brooklyn Bridge complete with a headache-inducing accident.
Some traveled from around the world to take part.
The Halloween parade is the largest celebration of its kind in the world.
Some activists and artists in the parade formed a group they call "Occupy Halloween," to bring messages from the ongoing economic Occupy Wall Street protests into the West Village event.
The costumed protesters wore representations of tax policy complaints, to hope the government will legalize and tax marijuana, concern over the legal system and fear over the country's environmental policies.
But as in their home base near Wall Street, corporate greed and the growing disparity between rich and poor became the overarching theme. Protesters demonized the rich and seemed to enjoy every minute of it.
No arrests resulted at the parade.
Earlier Monday in Chelsea, children sported their best costumes to collect Halloween candy and get their faces painted in Chelsea Market.
The Halloween celebration also featured stilt walkers, jugglers and music.
Brooklyn Family Dresses Up As NY1
Meanwhile, a family of NY1 viewers decided to show off their love for the news station at the Children's Halloween Parade in Brooklyn.
While Pat Kiernan was hosting the coverage of the Village parade, a little Pat covered the Park Slope event.
The rest of the family was dressed as "In The Papers" and "Weather On The Ones."
The resemblance was uncanny.
"NY1 ushers me into every day, and we love Pat Kiernan, so we needed to honor NY1 and Pat Kiernan with some costumes," said the walking "In The Papers."