New York’s Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest gothic cathedral, offers this on the evening of October 31: a “Halloween Extravaganza & Procession of the Ghouls.”
For $15 you can sit in the nave and watch a screening of the silent movie “The Phantom of the Opera” accompanied by the newly restored cathedral organ played by Tim Brumfield. When the movie’s over the procession begins. But it’s not bishops, deans, deacons, and thurifers in procession, but various nasties: the undead, ghouls, demons and whatnot, all choreographed and directed by the cathedral’s artist in resident Ralph Lee. It’s quite popular on the Upper West Side and you can see a bit of last year’s procession here .
The New York Post recommends it as a “unique family experience on Halloween night.” The folks in the nave seem to enjoy the parade and the various beasties do seem very much at home.
The cathedral’s website is here .