If you are a person who plans their Halloween costume and decorations for six months of the year, you understand the importance of “going big” in celebrating the holiday. New York City is right there with you, with a month’s worth of epic and imaginative Halloween events. We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorites that showcase the most artistic, eerie, glam and liberating aspects of the holiday.

Tomkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, Tompkins Square Dog Run, East 9th Street between Avenues A & B
Saturday, October 24, Noon-3pm

If you’re looking for a reason (or excuse) to dress your dog up for the holiday, this is it. If Westminster is a little out of reach, this is a nice alternative for the pooch that loves a little attention and will tolerate a tutu, foam hot dog bun or wig. Prizes are awarded, so you’ll want to bring your pet costume “A game” to this event, now in its 25th year.

The Blood Ball
October 29, 8pm–11pm, The Box, 189 Chrystie Street, Manhattan

The Blood Ball is an opportunity to attend the most exclusive and stylish of parties and to support a very worthy cause at the same time; it’s a fundraiser for Delete Blood Cancer. This year’s theme (take note when thinking about your costume) is “Dark Circus,” which is perfectly in keeping with the vibe and edgy Cirque-style performances The Box is known for. The Blood Ball will feature open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Individual tickets are $250 for general admission and $500 for a VIP experience, with VIP table packages also available.

Scary Movies 9 at Lincoln Center – A NYC Horror Film Festival
October 30 thru November 5

Not to be confused with the Scary Movie parody series, Scary Movies 9 is the Lincoln Center Film Society’s annual festival celebrating the horror movie genre. If you like your horror movies box office blockbuster-style, this is probably not the festival for you. Rather, the Lincoln Center festival bills itself as the top festival for “quality horror.” Twelve new movies will be showcased, along with a selection of horror movies from around the world. It’s a lineup that includes a new take on babysitter-gone-bad, a “highway to hell” road movie, and a Turkish police raid that ends very badly indeed. Tickets go on sale October 15th to the general public.

42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade
October 31, 7pm to approx. 11pm, 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street

No place else in the world does a Halloween Parade like New York City, where anyone in costume can become part of the procession (and about 50,000 do). Giant puppets, costumed performers and more than 50 bands set the mood and lead the way in a parade that’s really more of a Halloween Mardi Gras minus the alcohol. This year’s theme, “Shine a Light!” is sure to inspire some bold, beautiful, outrageous and magical costumes.

If you love Halloween, you can find ways to celebrate it all month long in New York City. Book a stay at The James New York, located at the start of the Village Halloween Parade route, and make plans to enjoy the year’s most freeing, creative and oddly alluring holiday.