8 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in NYC
The time of year to celebrate fantasy, mystery and imagination is here. And with it comes a mix of parades, scavenger hunts, creepy history and lots, and lots of candy. Halloween in New York City is an affair to remember. Mark your calendar for these events, both for families and adults.
Go to a Halloween Parade
Village Halloween Parade
The ultimate Halloween parade takes place in Greenwich Village every year. Since 1973, people of all ages have gathered to show off their unique, creative and insanely intricate costumes. The parade route usually starts at 6th Avenue, North of Spring Street and ends at 16th Street.
Halloween Dog Costume Contest
Dog owners refuse to let kids have all the fun. Head to Washington Square Park or Tompkins Square Dog Run to see cute and original dog Halloween costumes. On this note, the New York Hotel is proud to welcome guests with dogs and cats. Read about what to do with your pet in New York and great pet shops in New York.
Participate in Halloween-Themed Events
The Amazing Manhattan Halloween Scavenger Hunt
If you want to do something different with your family or friends, sign up for a fun day of running around Manhattan on a Halloween scavenger hunt. This ticketed quest includes access to an app that will guide you through the hunt. Every participating member gets a special gift bag!
Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park
By the end of October, Central Park will be the quintessential fall foliage attraction in NYC, but Halloween will be a special time to visit. The famous Pumpkin Flotilla is comprised of carved jack-o-lanterns floating around. The event also includes pumpkin carving, storytelling, crafts and a costume parade.
Halloween Bash Yacht Party
Hop on a Halloween Party with Hornblower cruises. Choose from a laid-back two-hour cruise with cocktails that sets sail in the evening or a three-hour party on a yacht ending at midnight. Tickets include entertainment, food and beverages for purchase and incredible sights.
Join New York's Creepiest Tours
Ghosts of New York Tours
October is the perfect time to book a Ghosts of New York Tour that will take you through Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods. Other available tours are Ghosts of Grand Central and Ghosts of the Museum of Natural History.
Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine celebrates the All Hallows Eve with chilling and fascinating events. Join the screening of a horror movie, listen to live organ or join their popular tour of the cathedral’s crypts.
Merchant’s House Museum Halloween Tours
The rich heritage of Merchant’s House comes alive every Halloween. The museum organizes events that include spooky readings of works by famous authors, candlelight ghost tours and Halloween-themed exhibitions.