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Without your help to recover our considerable losses from Sandy, the future of the NYC Village Halloween Parade is in jeopardy!

Last year, the New York City Village Halloween Parade was ready to go, with hundreds of puppets, more than fifty bands, dancers, artists, and thousands of costumed New Yorkers. Then, Superstorm Sandy came along. And for the first time in its 39 year history, the Parade was cancelled. The Village went dark and silent, the subways stopped running, and millions of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world were devastated.

Though the Village was silent, we heard from you loud and clear! We received messages from tens of thousands of you who were missing Halloween. Missing the Parade. Missing the camaraderie and the community. Missing your annual opportunity to play on a world stage in a celebration the likes of which makes the parade

Though nothing compares to the tragic loss of life and home caused by Sandy, the last minute cancellation was also a financial disaster for the Parade, putting its future in jeopardy. We fronted money for the parade that we never got the chance to make back. Months and months of work were lost.

This is a huge obstacle for our tiny not for profit arts organization, but all of you are not tiny!  All of you together can make it happen. This year, we need to hear from you again. We need all of you who have ever come to watch the Parade or who danced in it. We have never asked before, but this situation is unprecedented.

Halloween is the best night for business in the Village all year. So, when you bring back the Halloween Parade, an added bonus is that you help Downtown businesses recover too!

Every year since 1973, the Village Halloween Parade has offered tens of thousands of New Yorkers and folks from around the world an opportunity to dream, a reason to create, a chance to reinvent themselves, to live out their fantasies, and a mile long stage on which to perform. Anyone in costume can join. There is nothing else like this in the country! Maybe the world!

In addition to costumed revelers --that's you!-- there are artists and performers of all kinds in the Parade: more than 35 bands, 500 puppets (animated by 1,000 volunteers), and even more dancers. Over 60,000 people participate in this Parade, and two million people line a mile long stretch of 6th Avenue to watch it.

In the last 40 years there have been tragic events in our city, our country and around the world, but even in the face of devastation and destruction, the Parade has always been there to lift up the spirits of our fellow New Yorkers and our global community.

We may be short on dollars, but we aren't short on fans. Two million of you watched the last Parade. What's more, 60,000 of you marched in it. And that was just one of 39 years of Parades! Millions of you have seen it; millions of you have marched in it!

The Village Halloween Parade is run by a tiny nonprofit with no employees. A core group of 6 independent producers work together as a team to produce the parade with the help of 15 paid day of parade marshals, 100 volunteer marshals and a thousand more volunteers who animate the giant puppets.

Much of this parade runs on creative spirit, but creative spirit doesn't always pay the bills. A free parade is expensive. The costs to plan and coordinate a parade for 60,000 participants and millions of observers are considerable. That's a lot of people to keep happy and safe. Lately, we've had to contend with more regulations that have sharply increased the cost of the event. And, now, after Sandy, we are required to buy cancellation insurance, an additional and costly financial burden.

• The deficit from Hurricane Sandy

• Security. Lots of it to make sure you and the other 2 millions people can have fun and be safe

• Insurance. Higher than ever and mandatory

• Artist & Producer fees. Even with our limited budget, we try to pay as many creative folks as possible! From producers and volunteer coordinators, to float designers and fabricators, to puppet makers and choreographers, to bands and musicians, dancers and stilt walkers, we value the creative people we work with.

• Materials. We make hundreds of new puppets, costumes and floats for the Parade theme each year. % Day of Event Equipment. Walkie talkies. Trucks & floats. Port-o-sans. Lighting. Audio.Video. % Signage. You d be lost without it!

• Staff Uniforms. (The coveted Marshal Tees) So you know who we are if you need something!

• Food for Staff, Volunteers & Security: No robots are used in the making of this parade. It takes 450 people to pull this off, and, like the army we are, we run on our stomachs!

• Basil Twist's Giant Spider to climb back up the Jefferson Market Library Tower!

We do not spend any money on advertising. The publicity you see on the parade is either unsolicited or secured via trade with media sponsors for on air or in-print announcements.

The Village Halloween Parade is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. That means you can claim a tax deduction for part of your contribution.

Help us spread the word! At the end of the day, money isn't everything. The spirit of the Parade has kept us going for 40 years, and your spirit will keep us going another 40. Follow the Village Halloween on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the campaign and then share them on your own social media. Tell your friends. Talk about our plight on the street, in bars, cafes, offices and studios. Shout it from your rooftops. Tell a sympathetic billionaire. Be our bullhorns. You are us.

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One risk is that some reward items are being created during the campaign. If any artists or vendors are unable to complete their work, which shouldn't happen, we have great backups on the sideline. It takes a lot to stop us – we will make it happen or make it right if something goes awry!

And, the Parade -- and all Halloween Night Rewards -- are on rain or shine, except if it's another year like Sandy!

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    // ZOMBIE // We love you for bringing us back from the dead! Now you're one of us! Witch hats-full of gratitude, plus YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS! (On a page on our website, that is!)

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    // SKELETON // Witch hats-full of gratitude, and your name in lights! Plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of a color-it-yourself DIA DE LOS MUERTOS MASK, complete with instructions for wearing. (Designed by VHP staffer and artist Natasha Brooks-Sperduti.)

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    // GHOST // Coming at you in the MAIL: a real, colorful, ready-to-wear version of Natasha's Dia De Los Muertos Skeleton MASK! Plus a download bundle of DIGITAL GOODIES to "dress up" your virtual self on Halloween! And everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // JITTERBUG // MUSIC DOWNLOAD of "This Train Is Now", the latest record from longtime Parade favorites RAYA BRASS BAND. Their exuberant Balkan tunes (from the village of Brooklyn!) will have you dancing all night long. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // MATERIAL GIRL // KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! Halloween TOTE, sporting the classic Parade Trumpeter design by artist Gigi Alvare. Black nylon bag by Baggu, with light orange ink (see picture!). Comes with it's own super convenient carrying pouch. Use it for candy on Halloween, or any other day of the year! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // TEN MINUTES OF FAME // PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT taken by a veteran Parade photographer at 5:30pm on Halloween Night! Use the lime light for yourself, or for a group -- up to EIGHT! Includes entry to the parade line-up area -- where the shoot takes place -- and a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of all the IMAGES from the shoot! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // POSTER BOY // KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! Georgeous Village Halloween Parade 40th Anniversary Poster -- 11x17" -- designed by Monozorro. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // MR. T. // KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! Trumpeter Redux! Be the proud owner of a limited run of 40th Anniversary REVIVAL Theme TEE SHIRTS, designed by Monozorro. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // HAUNTED BROADWAY // Do you find yourself humming creepy tunes like the theme from The Addams Family *snap snap* or find yourself randomly doing the Time Warp again? Then this is the reward for you! A pair of tickets to this ghostacular tour of Broadway on October 19th from New York Broadway Tours. Kicks off in Times Square at 3pm. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // VILLAGE PIANO PUB CRAWL // A pair of tickets to this behind-the-scenes tour from New York Broadway Tours. Sing the night away with a real New York musical theatre performer! Go backstage and learn the history of Greenwich Village! Enjoy NYC’s famous musical theatre piano bar scene. Tour's October 24th at 5:45 -- happy hour! So, a note, this reward is 21+. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // JACKSON LITE // Aaaaaaaaaand Action! BE A DANCER IN THE THRILLER! SECTION OF THE PARADE! To fulfill this reward, you'll need to participate in two rehearsals (Sunday evenings in October, in Manhattan -- dates & locations TBA.) And, remember: the Halloween Parade is on Thursday this year, so your call time may be as early as 5:30pm. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // GROUPIE // This is for you dance-happy music lovers! Get EARLY VIP ACCESS to the Parade band area, pick your favorite band, and MARCH WITH THEM in the parade! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // HERO // Are you a die-hard? Admit it! Wear and Carry the parade spirit with you 365 days a year! Get this year's limited edition TEE SHIRT & TOTE! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // BOOKWORM // Love the Parade enough to put it on your coffee table? Then this beautiful, hardcover photo book tracing the Village Halloween Parade from 1982-86 is for you. Extra bonus -- it's signed by the artist, Scott Laperruque! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // CLUB KID // Don't wait to get the party started! Snag a pair of tickets & VIP ENTRY to the Official Village Halloween Parade AFTER PARTY at WEBSTER HALL. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // JACKSON // Aaaaaaaaaand Action! BE A DANCER IN THE THRILLER! SECTION OF THE PARADE! This reward comes with a free, one-on-one dance lesson, so you only need to participate in two of the rehersals (Sundays evenings in October in Manhattan.) Remember: the Halloween Parade is on Thursday this year, so your call time may be as early as 5:30pm. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // SUPERHERO // Take to the skies with the Superhero Halloween Package! It's (got) a POSTER! It's (got) a TEE! It's (got) a TOTE! And it's (got) everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // CELEBRITY// Touch up that makeup and straighten your wig, because YOU AND YOUR FRIEND are about to be INTERVIEWED ON TV in your costume during the parade! (Ok, ok look: costume can not be X-rated! TV censors, not ours!) Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // PAPARAZZI // Here's your chance to get up-close-and-personal with the puppets and artists IN the Parade. PHOTO CLASS with Joe Dimaggio IN the Halloween Parade itself! Class kicks off at 5pm on Oct 31 and comes with a coveted PRESS PASS! You'll need to bring your own equipment. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // SHUTTERBUG // Love the Parade but can never figure out your apertures and your shutter speeds as magical creatures whirl by? Take this WORKSHOP on PHOTOGRAPHING THE PARADE with the venerable Kay Kenny, Photography Professor at NYU & ICP, and longtime parade photographer! Plus, you'll get a coveted PRESS PASS to shoot the Parade on Halloween Night! (Workshop deets: The workshop will be held Wednesday, October 30th in the evening, Manhattan Locale TBA. Open to all levels; must bring digital camera with flash kit.) And, you'll get everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // MASCOT // Wear your love of the Parade on your sleeve - literally - with this super snazzy EMBROIDERED JACKET. Black jean with our TRUMPETER LOGO embroidered in white on the back! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // TWO FOR ONE // Hey Broadway Babies, is the creative chaos of the Halloween Parade just not enough? How about three more nights worth? Here are THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS -- one for STOMP, one for FORCES, and one for LADY DAY! Note! All tickets must be redeemed in Nov/Dec 2013. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // DIVA // Get your GAGAGRAM! The NO. 1 Lady Gaga impersonator -actress Renee Cole- will show up ANYWHERE you want in the NY Metro Area with a SPECIAL SINGING MESSAGE! "Put your paws up, little monsters!!" Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // PAINTED LADY (OR GENT!) // The Painted Ladies have become a Halloween Parade fixture, and now's your chance to join them. Have YOUR BODY PAINTED BY THE FAMOUS ANDY GOLUB! And, once painted, walk with the Painted Ladies in all their colorful, photographer-magnet glory IN the Parade! (Paint date to be arranged between artist and backer -- target is Halloween Day, so you can walk in the Parade, but another day around the 31st is OK too.) Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // ABRACADABRA // $200 in-store credit towards a costume or costume rental at ABRACADABRA, plus a one-on-one session with a PERSONAL SHOPPER to help you pick it out! (Must be redeemed between Oct 22nd and 27th.) Bonus! All three backers will be INTERVIEWED ON TV in their costume during the parade! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // WHEEL MANIA // Keep those glass slippers sparkly! Get off your feet and RIDE IN THE PARADE with a friend in your own personal PEDICAB! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // CULTURE VULTURE: TAKE 2 // Party the night away with your FOUR closest friends on SAT NOV 2 at the <<CULTURE CLUB>> POST HALLOWEEN PARTY BLOWOUT. Your party comes with bottle service! Don't worry -- it's plenty for the five of you, but message us for details if you'd like. Woo!

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    // CULTURE VULTURE: TAKE 1 // Party the night away with your FOUR closest friends on SAT OCT 26 at the <<CULTURE CLUB>> PRE-HALLOWEEN PARTY BLOWOUT. Your reward comes with bottle service! Don't worry -- it's plenty for the five of you, but message us for details if you'd like. Woo!

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    // TOURIST // Go behind-behind-behind-the-scenes of the Halloween Parade and experience it at the source! Full day for TWO at the Final Puppet Dress Rehearsal on October 26, 2013 --- upstate at the Rokeby Estate! Watch the rehearsal, tour the puppet barn, have lunch & dinner with puppet cast and join them around the bonfire in the evening! Includes a roundtrip Amtrack ticket to from NYC to Rhinebeck. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // VIP // Front row seats! VIP ADMISSION FOR TWO to watch the Parade from the VIP AREA! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // ROCKSTAR // Ride with one friend on the Temptress float, get cds & tshirts. Sing back up for the band. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // STARS ALIGNED // The NO. 1 Lady Gaga Impersonator will OFFICIATE YOUR WEDDING. SERIOUSLY. (Dates subject to availability, to be arranged between artist and backer. This prize expires if not used within one year) Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // GREAT LEADER // Join Jeanne Fleming, Artistic and Producing Director of the Village Halloween Parade since 1981, at the HEAD OF THE PARADE, and help her LEAD THE PARADE up Sixth Avenue. Backers must be IN COSTUME! Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too! (You must be in costume to be in the parade)

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    // PARTY ANIMAL // Live out the night in style with TWO VIP TABLE TICKETS at the Official Village Halloween Parade AFTER PARTY at WEBSTER HALL. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // SPIDERMAN // Join the venerable BASIL TWIST at the Jefferson Market Library on Halloween Night as he animates the FAMOUS SPIDER PUPPET at the top of the Library tower at 7pm! Then, head to the VIP AREA and enjoy the parade from there! Plus THREE DIGITAL PHOTOS OF YOU + SPIDER, taken by veteran parade photographer Karl Tepfer! And, everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // RED CARPET // Be a STAR with this ROYAL HALLOWEEN TREATMENT for you and a friend! Start your best Halloween ever at 2pm with a PERSONAL MAKE UP SESSION at Webster Hall, followed by LIMO TRANSPORT to the parade, where you'll join the ZOMBIE RAVE IN THE PARADE! End your night with a pair of VIP TICKETS to the Official Village Halloween Parade AFTER PARTY at WEBSTER HALL. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // GODZILLA // Do you have an amazing costume, or dance troupe, or puppet project that you've always wanted to show off in the Parade? Now's your chance! YOU AND YOUR PROJECT MARCH IN SECTION ONE of the Parade -- protected from the crowds! (No floats...see ZEUS for that!) Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // PRIVATE PARTY // Throw the NYC party of the century with a PRIVATE PERFORMANCE by our very own RAYA BRASS BAND! Never heard of the band? Here's what one critic said about them: "The wild stylings of this band invoked such a frenzy that several people questioned their own existence after their own souls leapt from their body and danced right out in front of them.” Yeah! You want that! (Date subject to availability, to be mutually decided upon by band and backer. Reward expires if not used by April 2014). Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // HUNGRY MARCH // Have the famous Hungry March Band -called "the hippest marching band ever!"- perform at YOUR Party! They are the real deal, folks. "This feisty bunch gets down with some monster grooves..." (Party must be in the NY Metro Area. Date subject to availability, to be mutually decided upon by band and backer. Reward expires if not used by April 2014)

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    // ZEUS // You KNOW you have always wanted to produce your own FLOAT for the parade! This prize means you dream up a float, you rent and decorate it, and we will put you in our official line up. Sure, of course we'll tell you how it's done and where to start! Parade staff will contact you on or before October 25th to arrange all details. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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    // LEVITATOR // Have the Parade's producers working to make your vision a reality! In this prize, we work with you to design and produce your float for the parade! Parade staff will contact you on or before October 25th to arrange all details. Plus everything at the $13 SKELETON level, too!

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