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Village Halloween Parade photos highlight city's spookier side

New Yorkers decked out in Halloween costumes filled the streets of downtown Manhattan for the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade Tuesday night.

The parade went on as scheduled despite a deadly truck attack on lower Manhattan's West Side just hours earlier. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers should refuse to allow the terror attack to alter their plans.

This year's theme was "A Cabinet of Curiosities, an Imaginary Menagerie," which encouraged paradegoers to recreate themselves as imaginary beings for the night, according to Jeanne Fleming, the parade's artistic and producing director. While costumes didn't have to match the theme, everyone who participated in the parade had to be in costume.

Scroll down to see photos from the Village Halloween Parade.

Inflated Boo Boo babies are seen before the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Inflated Boo Boo babies are seen before the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan,Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Paradegoers march up Sixth Avenue in the 44th
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Paradegoers march up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan,Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Paradegoers march up Sixth Avenue in the 44th
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Paradegoers march up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan,Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan,Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

An anti-Trump group marches along the parade route
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

An anti-Trump group marches along the parade route in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

An NYPD Emergency Service Unit is seen along
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

An NYPD Emergency Service Unit is seen along the parade route in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

An anti-Trump group marches along the parade route
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

An anti-Trump group marches along the parade route in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th Annual NYC Village Halloween parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

A large crowd gathers along the route as
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

A large crowd gathers along the route as the parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue for the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Tight security presence is seen along the parade
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Tight security presence is seen along the parade route for the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Parade marchers travel up Sixth Avenue in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start
Photo Credit: Louis Lanzano

Revelers gather in lower Manhattan before the start of the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

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