Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade draws thousands

WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Downtown New York City came alive with the sights of zombies, witches and super heroes as the city kicked off the 43rd annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

Thousands lined Manhattan's Sixth Avenue Monday night to watch the steady stream of masked characters and floats jammed with singers and dancers.

Earlier in the evening, families went trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods along Sixth Avenue. PIX11's Greg Mocker was asked about his lack of costume by a Ghost Bride and her friends.

Political themes were also well-represented this year, although most people opted for traditional costumes. Besides presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, there were characters dressed as missing email files, FBI agents and Skittles.

Open to anyone in a costume, the event prides itself on being an anything-goes spectacle. It started in 1973 with a puppeteer marching with his family. Over the years, it's grown into a televised spectacle drawing thousands of spectators.