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Revelers make their way along Sixth Avenue during the 43rd annual Village Halloween Parade on Oct. 31, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images

Get ready to celebrate! New York City will once again be hosting its 44th annual NYC Halloween Parade in the East Village on Oct. 31. For those looking to participate in the spooky 2017 celebration, simply watch from the sidelines or check out all of the action on TV, here’s what you need to know.

Date and time: The parade will take place on Halloween, which is this Tuesday, Oct. 31. The event will kick off at 7 p.m. and run until roughly 11 p.m. EDT.

What’s the theme?: The theme this year is Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie, which is in honor of the approaching bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”

“Official Parade Puppeteers will lead the way with a bestiary of fantastic hybrids, culled from the hallowed halls of Cryptozoology, inviting our volunteers to build and animate our imaginary menagerie in our annual puppeteraisings,” reads the site’s official statement.

“We call on everyone else to fill the route with creations of your own, bringing forth new life from old to create our own Imaginary Menagerie on Halloween Night!”

Where to line up: Only those who are in costume are allowed to participate in the parade. Those looking to show off their costumes and walk in the event can line up on 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. EDT. Here is the exact location on Google maps.

Route map:

The parade route goes straight up 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street. Check out the map below.

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The 2017 route map for the Village Halloween Parade in New York City. Village Halloween Parade

Viewing Spots: Those for who to only watch the parade can view it on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 to 10:30 p.m. But be warned, this event can get very crowded. Pix11 reported that the 2016 celebration resulted in “thousands” of spectators.

While you are sure to have a good time at the event no matter where you stand, the official website does offer some viewing tips. Organizers suggest avoiding the streets between Bleeker and 14th Street as they tend to get the most crowded. If you get find a less-crowded location to watch the parade go there, otherwise, plan on arriving to the event early to get a prime viewing spot.

Weather: Those watching and participating the parade are in luck. Accuweather’s current report predicts clear weather for Tuesday night with a real feel temperature of 47 degrees.

Where to watch: If you prefer to enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home, you can view the parade on NY1. The parade will air on the network from 8 to 9:30 p.m. NY1 website also offers a watch live feature.