Halloween in NYC 2018: Scary Good TimesSeptember 14, 2018 - by City Guide News Desk
At Halloween in New York there's something for everyone, from pumpkins to haunted houses to canine parades. Everything culminates on Wednesday the 31st, but we've got plenty of tempting goings-on for Halloween week and the lead up all through October. What follows is the best of 2018, all proof that celebrating Halloween in NYC is a scary good time.
Get in on the fun early! Join Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn along the Atlantic shore weekends from Sept. 29 through Oct. 28 for family-friendly activities. Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest, now in its sixth year, features pumpkin picking and painting and FREE activities like trick or treating, daily entertainment, costumed characters, caricature artists, balloonbenders and twisters, magicians, one of NYC’s largest pumpkins, and more! lunaparknyc.com
SPOOKY PUMPKIN NIGHTS AT NYBG
Come dressed in your favorite costume, grab a flashlight, and go on a nighttime adventure to explore the Spooky Pumpkin Garden’s scarecrow and pumpkin displays at The New York Botanical Garden. Visit the Whole Foods Market Trick-or-Treat Trail to decorate a bag and collect wholesome goodies. Other frightfully fun activities include gourd decorating, mingling with larger-than-life skeletons and costumed characters, and listening for critters of the night.New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx. 6:30pm-8:30pm. $25. Part of the Spooky Pumpkin Garden, that will be open 9/22-10/31. nybg.org.
This year Blood Manor relocates to 359 Broadway. There are special "Lights Out" dates on Nov. 4 & 5. Click here for tickets.
ART AFTER DARK: HALLOWEEN AT THE GUGGENHEIM
Photo by Ben Hider
HALLOWEEN IN PROSPECT PARK
Prospect Park Alliance invites all local ghosts and ghouls to the 39th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair! This much-anticipated annual event brings thousands of families for free, ghastly fun to Prospect Park. For the second year in a row, the festivities will continue with the official Prospect Park Halloween After Party: BKLYN BOO! taking place at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn.
FORT GREENE PUPS' 20TH ANNIVERSARY PUPKIN DOG COSTUME CONTEST
Pooches let their alter-egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you've ever seen at the 20th annual Pupkin Dog Costume Contest in Fort Greene Park. Festivities begin at 11:30am. Suggested $5 donation. Rain date is 10/28. fortgreenepups.org
GHOULS & GOURDS AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
Save the date to shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's wackiest costume parade! Noon-5:30pm, rain or shine. Kids under 12 free.
23RD ANNUAL AMNH HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Franny K. Stein, Little Critters, and Miffy are among the characters who will greet costumed children as they arrive at the American Museum of Natural History to celebrate Halloween. Enjoy trick or treating, arts and crafts, live music, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more. $16. Get tickets here.
HAUNTED HOUSE & CHILDREN'S FALL FESTIVAL AT QUEENS COUNTY FARM
10/27 & 10/28
The Haunted House at Queens County Farm Museum is perfect for thrills and chills for the younger set! Hayrides, Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins, and apples will be sold. Adults will find it creepy too! Haunted house, 1pm-7pm/ festival, 11am-7pm. $4 admission haunted house /*$20 Fall Festival admission.
HALLOWEEN PARADE AND PUMPKIN FLOTILLA, CENTRAL PARK
FREE! Enjoy spooky music, crafts, live pumpkin carving demonstrations, and of course the signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer on the north end of Central Park at twilight! Open to all ages. 4-7pm. FREE!
OBAKE FAMILY DAY: SPIRITS OF THE MISTY SEA AT JAPAN SOCIETY
Embark on an eerie expedition by land and by sea to reach new frontiers filled with friendly Japanese ghosts and goblins. Discover a spooky world of unparalleled adventure at Japan Society's Obake Family Day! Come dressed in your Halloween costume and join our dragon-led parade of 100 ghouls. 11am.
NYC'S ANNUAL VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE
All those in costume are welcome to join a parade of hundreds of puppets, bands, dancers, artists, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation's most wildly creative public participatory event. Enter the lineup between 6:30 and 8:30pm on Sixth Ave. at Canal St. For spectators, the route follows Sixth Ave. north from Spring St. to 16th St. 7-10:30pm.
15TH ANNUAL MADONNATHON AT HIGHLINE BALLROOM
About to celebrate its 15th anniversary of Madonna madness, MADONNATHON at Highline Ballroom features live performances, bringing you the very best of Madonna’s huge repertoire. Every year, the house is packed with a crowd of die-hard, fun-loving Madonna fans who get into the groove, paying tribute not only to Madonna’s amazing music, but also to her ever-evolving looks and influence. Hear NYC’s best musicians, dancers, and performers deliver stunning renditions of Madonna’s best-loved hits (as well as some deeper cuts) and dance the night away with guest DJs spinning sets of Madge classics, mashups, and remixes before and after the show. Get tickets here.
If Halloween has you in the mood for some creepy New York, we've got a dozen spooky spots across all five boroughs.