Where do the Giant Puppets in the Parade Come From?
These workshops are busy designing and fabricating new creations to fulfill the changing themes of each new Parade. Some 600 volunteers from the local communities and from New York City assist in the various stages of building, assembling and operating the puppets and costumes.
We publish a schedule of WORKSHOPS and locations on this site-so be sure to register to volunteer and you will hear by mail about what is happening.
This year folks can come to NYC and upstate NY to engage in this wonderful process.
Come join us in our naturelle environment!
Check out the Spider!
Right in the psychic heart of Greenwich Village see the Giant Spider, Zohra, going up and down the Tower as she reaches out to touch New York City! Look up!
Join us for a Puppet Raising!
Every weekend in October prior to the Parade, Village Halloween Parade Puppet Building workshops will be hosted by the Official Puppeteers of the Parade, Processional Arts Workshop, at our Puppetry Workshop in the Hudson Valley near Rhinebeck, NY.
In return for your help, you get lunch and dinner, a spectacular walk to the Hudson River and a bonfire. Spend the day or the weekend out of the City and in our Puppet Barn…there is always a big pot of soup, some hot cider, tea, coffee and cookies to fill out a day of good company while learning techniques and actually constructing the puppets that will appear at the head of the Parade on Halloween night.
These workshops are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so you must pre-register by contacting us at Volunteers. You must provide your own transportation and housing if you plan to stay the weekend.
2021 Workshop Dates on Volunteer Form
To register to take part in the Workshop, click here.
For the past 40 years, Artistic Director of the Parade, Jeanne Fleming has featured large scale puppets as an integral part of the Halloween Parade in recognition of the rich tradition of puppetry associated with the Parade since its beginning. Ten years ago HERE Arts Center, where the parade kicks off its explosive annual festivities, began its own year-round initiative—The Dream Music Puppetry Program— promoting the ancient art of puppetry. Led by veteran Parade Puppeteer Basil Twist and Here Co-Founder Barbara Busackino, one of the activities of Dream Music has been to enlist the greater community of New York City artists to contribute to the Parade’s venerable puppetry tradition.
Each year the Parade and Dream Music commission 3 artists or groups to design and construct Giant Pageant Sized Puppets built around the theme of that year’s Parade. The puppets are unveiled at the Parade on Halloween night. These Puppet Commissions act as a catalyst for artists who are emerging in the field, giving them financial support and a risk-free opportunity to realize a specific project.
We emphasize adherence to the theme of the Parade, originality of idea and techniques, and the importance of various communities, groups and artists to this world class event. It is our intent that this program will grow to include more individual commissions as well as nationally and internationally based organizations, schools and groups.
Apply for a Commission – Email Us!
Jeanne Fleming, Director
Village Halloween Parade
Basil Twist, Artistic Director
Barbara Busackino, Co-Director
Tandem Otter and Dream Music