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Halloween in NYC 2018: Scary Good Times

September 14, 2018 - by City Guide News Desk
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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.

9/29-10/28

HALLOWEEN HARVEST

face paint pirate halloween

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

10/16, 10/19-10/20

LITTLE CINEMA NO 40: SECRET HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (IMMERSIVE) 

Come experience most interactive performance yet at House of Yes! This audiovisual experience will be a new take on dark comedy horror featuring serial killers, virgins, and of course the victims! And, as they say, “Remember: movies don't create psychos - movies make psychos more creative.” This event is 21+. For more info please click here

10/20 & 10/27

10/26-10/27

SPOOKY PUMPKIN NIGHTS AT NYBG

Spooky Pumpkin Garden

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.

10/26-10/31

TRICK OR TREAT AT RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! TIME SQUARE

Visit Ripley's in costume and recieve $10 off admission, or save 50% when going to see Luke Skywalker's lightsaber while dressed as a Star Wars character! 

10/5-11/5

BLOOD MANOR

This year Blood Manor relocates to 359 Broadway. There are special "Lights Out" dates on Nov. 4 & 5. Click here for tickets.

10/20, 10/26-27

HALLOWEEN MURDER MYSTERY AT THE MOUNT VERNON HOTEL

Mt. Vernon Murder Mysterday

Built in 1799 as a carriage house and later converted into a hotel, this museum is one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan. This Halloween, test your wits in a mystery game loosely based on a historic newspaper account. An unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel: explore the museum by candlelight and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Two sessions each day, start times 6:15 and 7:30pm. Appropriate for families with kids 10+.

10/20

ART AFTER DARK: HALLOWEEN AT THE GUGGENHEIM 

Art After Dark By Ben Hider

Photo by Ben Hider 

10/27

HALLOWEEN IN PROSPECT PARK

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.

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.

PLAYBOY'S MASQUERADE BALL

Playboy’s Annual Masquerade Ball takes place for the first time ever at Playboy Club New York. Tickets include admission in Playboy Club's Black Box, premium open bar from 9PM-2AM and passed hors d'oeuvres. Surprise guest DJs and other wild live entertainment will make for a unforgettable Halloween. 9pm. $80+ .Tickets: must be purchased in advance HERE

BRONX RISING! HALLOWEEN: THE BICENTENNIAL OF FRANKENSTEIN

Did you know that Frankenstein is the scientist, not the monster? Celebrate All Hallows Eve the right way with the celebration of Frankenstein, the classic novel by Mary Shelley! Screen the movie 1931 movie elevated with a live soundtrack performed by Bobby Sanabria & Project X. Check out the event’s details here

SUPERHERO HALLOWEEN PARTY AT MAX BAR

Did your last couple Halloween parties need a little saving? Well, Max Bar is hosting a Superhero themed party that will surely make your Halloween 2018 the strongest it’s ever been. Fun and fantasy awaits as guests will enjoy chilling cocktails and thrilling tunes all night long. And you might find yourself in the presence of your all-time hero….or arch nemesis, super villains are also welcome. 9PM. Free admission. Reservations: Highly suggested in advanced. Email icesar@gerberbars.com

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.

BEYOND X INDUSTRY CITY: KIDS’ HALLOWEEN PARADE

It's time for the second annual Kids' Halloween PArade in Industry City! Enjoy the day with a trick or treat scavenger hunt, pumpkin patches and more! Make sure to come in your best costume for a day filled with goodies! For more details click here!

HARVEST FEST (MEATPACKING) 

Bringing together purveyors and brands to sample, sell and showcase unique foods and crafts. Enjoy art, music and fun free activities throughout the day from 11am – 4pm, at Hudson River Park. Most importantly, there will be a Doggie Costume Contest at 1:30pm! meatpacking-district.com.

10/27 & 10/28

HAUNTED HOUSE & CHILDREN'S FALL FESTIVAL AT QUEENS COUNTY FARM 

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. 

10/28

FORT GREENE PUPS' 20TH ANNIVERSARY PUPKIN DOG COSTUME CONTEST 

 (Originally 10/27, changed due to noreaster.) 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. fortgreenepups.org

HALLOWEEN PARADE AND PUMPKIN FLOTILLA, CENTRAL PARK

Central Park Boathouse

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!

SCARY BAZAAR HALLOWEEN SPECIAL AT GRAND BAZAAR NYC

Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can find Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive! You’ll find one-of-a-kind fashion, crafts, collectibles, and handmade jewelry. The Sunday before Halloween you'll also find creepy crawly decorations, 140+ spooky vendorsmany in costumeand a fantastic selection of scary sweet treats from artisanal food vendors.

HISTORICAL HALLOWE’EN FAMILY PARTY

Halloween bashes don’t get much better than the Historical Hallowe’en Family Party. Guests of all ages will be transported back into Victorian times when they get a reading from a spooky fortune teller, create creepy crafts and hear ghost stories that have been passed down from many generations. What’s better than that? All attendees will also receive tickets to Harry Potter: A History of Magic during the party! 5-7PM, $20, harrypotter.nyhistory.org

HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE BOAT TOUR 

Take a tour of the East River (to Execution Rocks) on a boat this Halloween season! The boat is headed towards Execution Rocks and once there a dance party will begin! They will hae a DJ and everything. What’s better than that? The costume contest will have two winners! One for the creepiest costume and one for the best maritime one! So, choose your category, prepare for a fright, and get ready to rock and stroll down the river! Register here

DOG DAY

Washington Square Park is hosting a special event for your doggie right before Halloween. Bring your puppy in costume to participate in the parade and judging. There will be brizes, treats and more! Tho register go to wspdogrun.org and receive a treat bag!

EAST RIVER PARK HALLOWEEN DOG PARADE

Earlier this year the sad news was delivered that the 28th Annual Tompkin Square Park Dog Parade would be canceled. Recently it has been annonced that the parde is back on with a new location. From 12-3PM stop by the parade with your furry friend to participate in the fun. More info is available here!

10/29

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.

10/30

HALLOWEEN: AN EVENING OF MAGIC

Spend Halloween eve experiencing magic at the New-York Historical Society! From 7:30-10:30PM, enjoy deliciously spooky cocktails and special late-night entry into Harry Potter: A History of Magic for a night of dancing in the library. And, remember this event is costume friendly! 21+ only. $35, nyhistory.org

ASTRONOMY LIVE: SPOOKY SPACE 

Join panelists astrophysicist Dr. Jacki Faherty and presenter Mark Popinchalk as they discuss the most terrifying phenomenas in space today. They will touch on monsters like asteroids and heavy radiation from stars and more. You don’t want to miss this event. $15, purchase tickets here

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS FILM: DIRECTOR'S CUT 

Watch the Halloween classic tale about a horrifying plant named Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. What makes Audrey II so terrifying? She eats people! See the low-budget film’s director’s cut! This production is staring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia and John Candy and with a special appearance by Steve Martin. Make sure to join them at 6:30PM for preshow festivities!  $20, get your ticket here!

10/31

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 

madonnathon

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.

HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR OF FRAUNCES TAVERN

Get your paranormal activities on by visiting the oldest structure the city has to offer. This Manhattan structure will feature a Halloween-themed tour of the museum. Hear real life ghost stories of tragic events that happened in that building and immerse yourself into 18thcentury funeral customs and more. This event is free when regular museum admission is purchased. 

BAR THALIA KARAOKE SING ALONG!

Karaoke singers get ready becuase this one is for you! Bar Thalia Karaoke Sing Along is doing a special Trick or Treats night on Halloween! Get ready to belt out some classic themed hits that will have you shook! For more, click here

SCOTT ROBINSON’S HELIOTONES: A HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR

If jazz is your thing than this Halloween show is something you cannot miss. Join the Jazz Standard as they welcome Scott Robinson’s Heliotones for a night filled with ominous tunes. There will be special themed drinks, a costume contest and more! $30, get tickets here

BOOS IN THE BOROUGH: A BROOKLYN HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN 

Find out if you are one of the Best Dressed Ghouls in Brooklyn at the Boos in the Borough event. Listen to ghoulish ghost tales, learn about the macabre celebrations, and attend some of their free events! Event schedule can be found here

FREE CONE AT BIG GAY ICE CREAM

Calling all ice cream lovers. If you want a free, special treat while tricker treating this year stop by Big Gay Ice Cream while dressed as their unicorn mascot! The con is of your choosing but we suggest trying one of their spooky flavors like candy corn and pumpkin.

SPOOKS AND SHADOWS AT SPYSCAPE

Halloween at SPYSCAPE

Dance the night away while putting your spy skills to the test at SPYSCAPE on Halloween night. Expect to be dazzles with spooky cakes and cocktails to perfectly set the ultimate spy mood. There will be a photobooth, DJ and a costume competition! Click here to purchase tickets!


halloween manhattan new york 2015

Image: Ahmed ElHusseiny/Flickr

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