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17 Freakishly Cool Pictures From The NYC Halloween Parade

A look back at the spooky and frightening, presented by Getty Images.

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New York's Village Halloween Parade has been an NYC tradition since its beginning in 1974, when a Greenwich Village puppeteer named Ralph Lee started a costumed walk for his children and their friends. Today, the parade draws more than 60,000 participants and around 2 million spectators each year.

Take a look back at the parade's early days in the late '70s and early '80s to see how this event has become a part of New York City's life and culture:

See more pictures of New York's Village Halloween Parade at Getty Images.

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