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Fresh haunt for Halloween parade

Fifth Avenue has finally joined the parade.

Formerly exclusive to Seventh Avenue, the Park Slope Halloween Parade will now begin at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue, and veer west at 3rd Street and conclude at Washington Park on Fifth Avenue, where the festivities will continue until 9 p.m., organizers recently announced.

“It was changed to incorporate more of the Park Slope, which includes Fifth Avenue as well as Seventh,” said Susan Fox, a member of the civic council’s Halloween Committee. “Park Slope has gotten bigger over the years — what used to not be Park Slope is now South Slope.”

Irene Lo Re, executive director of the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, helped gently encourage the civic council to include Fifth Avenue in the route. “We’ve been lobbying for 20 years for this,” she said. Asked if this finally means the avenue has come into its own, Lo Re had this to say: “We’ve been ‘in our own’ for a long time, but the civic council was a little sleepy in recognizing that.”

Park Slope’s procession, which bills itself as the country’s largest children’s parade, contrasts with the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, known more for debauchery than family values. “The biggest difference is alcohol,” Fox noted.

Park Slope’s theme this year is “spooky seas,” and will feature a 20-foot-tall mermaid. Some 20,000 people are expected at the parade, which costs close to $5,000 to organize, money that is donated by local businesses, Fox said.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, more information can be found at

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