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(From Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, finishing in Central (Credit: FLICKR/marcosreis07)

(From Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, finishing in Central Park): Cheer for thousands of runners, including defending men's champ Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, above, as they challenge themselves to race 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. Info: Nov. 2. Professional women start at 9:10 a.m., professional men start at 9:40 a.m., and the final wave starts at 10:55 a.m., Free, tcsnycmarathon.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Our picks for what to see and do in the city.

VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE

(Sixth Avenue at Canal Street): If you've got
(Credit: VHP)

(Sixth Avenue at Canal Street): If you've got a costume, you're ready to join about 60,000 marchers for this enormous public spectacle. This year's theme -- "The Garden of Earthly Delights" -- means that puppeteers and other merrymakers will create a paradise full of wild plants and tempting fruits, as 53 bands provide the soundtrack. If you'd rather watch, you're in good company: More than 2 million are expected to cheer from the sidelines as the Grand Marshal, Whoopi Goldberg, leads the masses on the one-mile Greenwich Village trek. Info: Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. (lineup from 6:30-9 p.m. The parade runs up Sixth Avenue from Spring to 16th streets, free, halloween-nyc.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

GILBERT GOTTFRIED

(Carolines, 1626 Broadway): It's hard to think of
(Credit: Getty Images / Joe Scarnici)

(Carolines, 1626 Broadway): It's hard to think of a comedian whose shrieky voice is better suited for Halloween. The crazy comic whose dulcet tones have made him a natural for voice work (Iago the parrot in "Aladdin" and the Aflac duck in commercials) will no doubt have plenty of tricks and treats in store during his standup act. Info: Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Carolines, $31.25, 866-777-8932, ticketweb.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

THE HAUNTED PUMPKIN GARDEN

(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.,
(Credit: Victor Chu)

(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx): Bring the kids for a day of pumpkin-themed fun, including costume parades, scavenger hunts, puppet theater play, spooky story times and more. You'll gape at the largest pumpkins around -- last year, the biggest topped 2,000 pounds. Info: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (excluding Monday), through Oct. 31; $25, $10 children 2-12, 718-817-8700, nybg.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY

(Aaron Davis Hall at The City College Center
(Credit: Julieta Cervantes)

(Aaron Davis Hall at The City College Center for the Arts, Convent Avenue between West 133rd and 135th, Manhattan): A work titled "Dia de los Muertos" ("Day of the Dead") will be performed on this Halloween weekend by the Queens-based company. Info: Nov. 1 at 2 and 7 p.m., $25-$35 ($50 for pre-event fiesta at 5:30 p.m.), 212-650-6900, adhatccny.org or calpullidance.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

JUSTIN HAYWARD

(The Concert Hall, 2 W. 64th St.): It's
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(The Concert Hall, 2 W. 64th St.): It's not Tuesday afternoon, but more like a Saturday night in white satin as the frontman for The Moody Blues flies solo. "It's become kind of a drug for me," Hayward has said in interviews about singing without the Blues. But you can bet he'll still work in some of the group's classics. Info: Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., $53-$73; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

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THE DAY OF THE DEAD, 12-HOUR, DAY-AFTER-HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHON

(Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave.): The seven
(Credit: Anthology Film Archives)

(Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave.): The seven titles in this all-day viewing spree are being kept secret, but organizers promise an international lineup of classics and obscurities from the 1950s through the 1980s. We're told William Shatner is in there somewhere. Info: Nov. 1 from noon to midnight, $30, 212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org -- RAFER GUZMAN

GRAVESEND INN HAUNTED HOTEL

(New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Theatre,
(Credit: John Huntington)

(New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay St., Brooklyn): City Tech students, faculty and the resident theatrical troupe have been designing and running this thrilling and fear-inducing high-tech Halloween destination since 2000. Info: Oct. 23-Nov. 1, $8, 781-260-5588, gravesendinn.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK

(The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St.): It's Halloween season
(Credit: Michael Blase)

(The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St.): It's Halloween season again, and this haunted house, now in its 11th season, includes frights that invoke horrific urban legends of New York City (think post-Sandy super rats, alligators in the sewers and mole people in the Subway tunnels). Info: Through Nov. 1; $30 online, $35 at door, 347-577-9999, hauntedhousenyc.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

(From Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, finishing in Central
(Credit: FLICKR/marcosreis07)

(From Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, finishing in Central Park): Cheer for thousands of runners, including defending men's champ Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, above, as they challenge themselves to race 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. Info: Nov. 2. Professional women start at 9:10 a.m., professional men start at 9:40 a.m., and the final wave starts at 10:55 a.m., Free, tcsnycmarathon.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"THE OLDEST BOY"

(Lincoln Center Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater): Sarah
(Credit: T. Charles Erickson)

(Lincoln Center Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater): Sarah Ruhl ("In the Next Room: or The Vibrator Play") explores the quandary when an American mother (Celia Keenan-Bolger, above) and a Tibetan-born husband have a son believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Info: Through Dec. 28, $75-$85, 212-239-6200, lct.org -- LINDA WINER

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"SIDE SHOW"

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): This
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): This revised version of the 1997 musical has many changes, but it is still about real-life conjoined twins (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, above) in the 1930s. The new production is directed by Bill Condon, who did what many believed to be impossible: make a Hollywood movie out of "Chicago." Info: In previews beginning Oct. 28; $49-$145, 212-239-6200, sideshowbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

"ZERO: COUNTDOWN TO TOMORROW, 1950s-60s"

(Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.): Members
(Credit: Heinz Mack)

(Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.): Members of the international Zero network (and smaller German Zero group) looked to transform art after World War II. This show, which features more than 180 works, including Heinz Mack's 1961 illustration, above, is the first large-scale survey in the United States to focus on their historical impact and collective work. Info: Oct. 10, 2014-Jan. 7, 2015, $22, 212-423-3575, guggenheim.org

"STICKS AND BONES"

(The New Group, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480
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(The New Group, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd. St.): David Rabe's 1972 Tony-winning drama about an Ozzie-and-Harriet family facing social change, stars Bill Pullman, Richard Chamberlain and Holly Hunter, pictured. Info: Oct. 21-Dec. 14, $75, 212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org -- LINDA WINER

"THE LAST SHIP"

(Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.): Yes,
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.): Yes, Sting wrote a Broadway musical, and no, he isn't in it. But this is a show about an English seafaring town very much like the one where he grew up. Info: Oct. 16-March 29, 2015, $60-$137, 877-250-2929, thelastship.com -- LINDA WINER

"DEATH BECOMES HER: A CENTURY OF MOURNING ATTIRE"

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.):
(Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Karen L. Willis)

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): The second exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, which opened in May, is devoted to about 30 mourning ensembles of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as this black silk crape and dress from the 1870s. Info: Oct. 21, 2014-Feb. 1, 2015, $25 recommended fee, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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BIG APPLE CIRCUS: METAMORPHOSIS

The much-loved circus presents their trapeze artists, contortionists,
(Credit: Big Apple Circus / Bertrand Guay)

The much-loved circus presents their trapeze artists, contortionists, clowns and animal acts such as Jenny Vidbel's , above, in an all-new show for their 37th season. WHEN|WHERE Oct. 17-Jan. 11 at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center Plaza (West 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues). INFO From $25, 888-541-3750, bigapplecircus.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

UBUNTU: MUSIC AND ARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA FESTIVAL

(Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 881
(Credit: Brett Rubin)

(Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 881 Seventh Ave., at 57th St.): South Africa is the focus of this month-long citywide fest, which begins tonight with a performance by South African musical legends Hugh Masekela (pictured) and Vusi Mahlasela (plus guests) to celebrate 20 years of democracy. Info: Kickoff concert is Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., runs through Nov. 5, prices vary by event, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"TORRID ZONE"

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53
(Credit: The Museum of Modern Art)

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53 St.): That's a pretty good title for a movie, especially a frothy adventure-comedy from 1940 starring Ann Sheridan (pictured with James Cagney), known in fan magazines as "The Oomph Girl." The film screens as part of an ongoing Sheridan retrospective. Info: Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m.; series runs through Nov. 21; $12, 212-708-9400, moma.org -- RAFER GUZMAN

SMORGASBURG

(Saturday: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave.,
(Credit: Keizo Shimamoto)

(Saturday: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; Sunday: Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park): Eat your way around the Brooklyn food scene at this outdoor market offering porchetta sandwiches, People's Pops and Ramen Burgers. Info: Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 29, free, smorgasburg.com — ANNE MACHALINSKI

LE BINGO

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson,
(Credit: Feral Cat Photography)

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson, who's been called "the thinking woman's drag queen," is your host for a fun-filled night of bingo, burlesque, laughs, food and drink. If your number comes up, you could win exciting prizes, from discount-store delights to a bucket of cash. Info: Saturdays at 7; free admission, $2 for each bingo card; 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd
(Credit: Museum of Modern Art)

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.): About 100 of Matisse's colorful and abstract cut paper works, which vary greatly in terms of shape and size, make up what is arguably the most anticipated exhibition of the fall season. Info: Opens Oct. 12 and runs through Feb. 8, $25 (timed tickets are required), 212-708-9400, moma.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

MARIO BATALI TOUR

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through
(Credit: Mario Batali)

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through Greenwich Village as famed chef/restaurateur Mario Batali would in this three-hour culinary tour, which makes stops at two Batali-owned restaurants, Otto and Lupa, plus historic neighborhood sights and local food shops specializing in pasta and olive oil. Info: Weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; $64, 888-683-8671, walksofnewyork.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION"

(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian author/performer John R. Waters (pictured at right, with Stewart D'Arrietta) reimagines John Lennon through songs and monologues. Info: In previews for an Oct. 15 opening, $39.50-$71.40, 877-250-2929, lennononstage.com -- LINDA WINER

"BILLY AND RAY"

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser (ambitious Pete Campbell on "Mad Men") and Larry Pine (at left in photo with Kartheiser) play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler in Mike Bencivenga's comedy about the making of the film noir "Double Indemnity." Veteran Hollywood luminary Garry Marshall directs. Info: In previews for Oct. 20 opening, $79, 212-352-3101, vineyardtheatre.org -- LINDA WINER

"THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME"

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely adaptation of Mark Haddon's fascinating novel, narrated by a boy with autism, won seven Olivier Awards in London. (Pictured are Alex Sharp and Ian Barford.) Now we get to decide for ourselves. Info: In previews before the Oct. 5 opening; $27-$129, 212-239-6200, curiousbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER