Halloween in NYC

Have the best Halloween NYC can offer with the best parties, scariest haunted houses and most perfect Halloween costumes

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March in the Village Halloween Parade

Have you figured out what you're doing this Halloween? NYC is full of Halloween parties and events (including the iconic Village Halloween Parade and the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade)—use our guide to find things to do, Halloween stores where you can pick up a killer costume, the scariest haunted houses and more.

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Halloween events in NYC

Get in the spirit with the Village Halloween Parade and plenty more spooktacular events

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Halloween shows in NYC

Plan an exciting night out with our ghoulish Halloween theater events and concerts

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Clubs

Halloween parties in NYC

There’s no need to freak out with our guide to the best Halloween parties

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Movies

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Top ten haunted places in NYC

Don’t be surprised if you run into the ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain near these haunted places

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Halloween costume ideas

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Best stores for Halloween costumes

Whether you want to transform yourself into a hideous zombie, or a leopard-print sex kitten is more your style, these Halloween stores should do the trick. Many of NYC's haunted houses have already opened, and excitement is building for one of Gotham’s favorite holidays. Unless you’re one of those enviably creative people who can make a papier-mâché alien bursting out of a T-shirt, you’ll probably be shopping for something scary, sexy or silly to wear on October 31. We’ve rounded up the best Halloween stores in NYC for costumes, decorations, makeup and more, including Halloween superstores, vintage stores and thrift shops, and other specialist emporiums you might not have thought of for cost-effective, unique outfits. Pop-up Spirit stores around the city are also good for picking up last-minute gear. As the night approaches, many stores operate extended hours to accommodate the hordes, so call to check. And once you’ve chosen your alter ego, you can strut your stuff in the resurrected Village Halloween Parade.RECOMMENDED: All Halloween, NYC coverage Big Halloween stores in NYC Abracadabra Superstore Squeamish types may not want to look too closely at the contents of the "deli counter" just inside this cavernous, three-level space, but the haunted house vibe will put you in the Halloween spirit. Though the place stocks a wide range of prepackaged costumes, the real gems are in the downstairs rental department. Rentals usually start at $35 for three days, but if you wan

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Where to get makeup and hair done

Your Halloween makeup will come to life thanks to these NYC salons and their boo-tiful creations Planning a wicked costume for a spook-tacular Halloween party? There are plenty of costume shops offering frightful and fun costume ideas for New Yorkers. But don’t stock up on tons of fake blood and face paint just yet. Opt for the glamorous route and complete your ghoulish getup with the best hair and Halloween makeup ideas offered at these NYC salons. RECOMMENDED: All Halloween NYC coverage Most popular in Shopping & Style The best flea markets in New York Spend your weekend indulging in gourmet eats, antiques and craft goods at New York's most happening flea markets Calling all vintage-store lovers and foodies: Fall flea season is officially in full swing (finally!). This season, you can look forward to a couple of new markets popping up in multiple 'hoods as well as a few upgraded fleas. Expect to find hip wares from vendors such as Funk and Grace at SHWICK Market, all-natural candles from Ame Naturals at Court Square Flea and fresh baked bread from Beigel’s Bakery at Clinton Hill Flea. Flea-goers, satisfy the itch and shop craft fashion jewelry, antiques and indulge on gourmet eats this weekend—these are the new (and updated) flea markets you’ll want to check out before the holidays. Brooklyn Flea The Brooklyn Flea is back outside on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg. Pick up a couple of hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica DeCarlo, at a special Flea-only

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10 funny Halloween costume ideas for New Yorkers

Celebrate Halloween and the city you love with our pick of perfect New York costumes There is no city that celebrates Halloween quite like New York—we have some of the nation's most terrifying Haunted Houses, as well as a storied history of spooky movie-making (Rosemary's Baby, anyone? Ghostbusters?). But there's one area in which New Yorkers truly excel and that's Halloween costumes. Our efforts run from the sublime to the ridiculous via memes, zombies and sexy zombies—in fact, we're gonna go ahead and dub this phenom the "zexy" costume. Given that we know your costume idea is preying on your mind, we've come up with 10 knockout suggestions for New York–themed Halloween costumes to suit all tastes. Yes, even you, you weirdo. Let's do this! You might also like Best Halloween stores in NYC Whether you want to transform yourself into a hideous zombie, or a leopard-print sex kitten is more your style, these Halloween stores should do the trick Many of NYC's haunted houses have already opened, and excitement is building for one of Gotham’s favorite holidays. Unless you’re one of those enviably creative people who can make a papier-mâché alien bursting out of a T-shirt, you’ll probably be shopping for something scary, sexy or silly to wear on October 31. We’ve rounded up the best Halloween stores in NYC for costumes, decorations, makeup and more, including Halloween superstores, vintage stores and thrift shops, and other specialist emporiums you might not have thought of for

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Check out 2014's top pet Halloween costumes

The countdown to Halloween in NYC is on. And while you've no doubt starting planning your Halloween look, have you thought about your four-legged friend? Ricky's, the local chain that doesn't mess around when it comes to the October 31 holiday, has you covered. It recently opened a Soho pop-up shop dedicated to pets. Rickey's pet-only Halloween pop-up (498 Broome St at Broadway) features one-of-a-kind costumes as well as leashes and treats. And since we can't resist adorable pups dressed up, we asked the pros at Ricky's to share with us their top picks for pet costumes this year—just in time for the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade taking place this weekend.   Dress your pooch in this dragon costume ($25), and reenact scenes from How to Train Your Dragon.     This Joker costume ($25), is less Batman villain and more card dealer at the casino. Or should we say dogsino?    Eight legs are better than four, thanks to this Grr-antula outfit ($25).   Can someone please dress their dog in this Daisy Bee dress ($20) and film a remake of that Blind Melon video from the '90s?     This tuxedo costume ($25) will come in handy if your pup gets invited to a lot of weddings.

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Halloween music

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Halloween playlist: 20 of the spookiest songs ever

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Haunted houses in New York

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Nightmare: New York

Wolves eating children. Bears eating children. Witches eating children. We're sensing a dark pattern in many of the beloved yarns that kids have grown up with for centuries. Creator Tim Haskell and his team have harnessed some of this tykes-as-snacks energy for the annual installment of this popular haunted house. Actors and theatrical set pieces are sure to remind you of the terror of childhood stories.

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Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel

New York’s most high-tech haunted house is not only truly terrifying, it also has an educational element. Every year, students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program produce the attraction from the ground up, with skeleton pirates, talking paintings and a grisly bathroom. Participants trigger the hotel’s spooky surprises with a series of hidden sensors that respond to the audience’s movements. RECOMMENDED: All Halloween, NYC coverage RECOMMENDED: All Haunted Houses in New York

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Blackout Haunted House

Times subject to change; visit blackouthh.com for details. Don't even think about bringing a partner to this scary Halloween attraction—you're meant to go through it solo, with a protective mask and a flashlight. Faint-hearted folk, be warned: the descent into darkness promises "simulated sexual and violent situations" and "physical contact." While speaking is not allowed inside, screaming is more than welcome. Don’t worry, they’ll give you a safe word to use if you freak out and want to exit early. Must be 18 or older to enter.

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Jekyll and Hyde Haunted House

You've probably heard the tale of Jekyll and Hyde, but did you know the doctor's haunted abode is open to you (at your own risk, of course)? Explore his home, and try not to flinch as actors reenact the many spooky and mysterious moments of Dr. Jekyll story.

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Halloween NYC photos

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The 30 best photos from the Halloween Dog Parade (2014)

These pooches put their best paws forward this weekend at Tompkins Square Park There are hidden gems like these that put Halloween in New York City above the rest. Canines and companions from all around gathered this weekend at Tompkins Square Park to wag their tails, shed their summer coats and show off their Halloween costumes for the annual Halloween Dog Parade. Time Out New York editors Jaz Joyner and Alexandra Early sat on the judges panel this year and barely survived the cuteness overload. Get ready to drool over these adorable photos of their favorite pups from this year. Most popular events this week Popular Things to Do 70 things you’ll never hear a New Yorker say If you hear someone on the streets of NYC say any of these phrases, you know they must be from out of town 31 things that will happen to you when moving to New York Your first year after moving to NYC can be full of surprises, but these 31 things are pretty much guaranteed The 33 toughest things about being single in New York Forward this to your smug married friends to show them why it ain’t easy being a single guy or gal in NYC 51 reasons you know you’re a real New Yorker If you’ve experienced at least 20 of the following, you’re well on your way to having “real New Yorker” credibility You might also like Halloween in NYC Have the best Halloween NYC can offer with the best parties, scariest haunted houses and most perfect Halloween costumes Most popular events this week Tweets by @TimeOutNewYork !f

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Halloween 2013 photos

See the sexiest, creepiest and most creative Halloween costumes from the Village Halloween Parade and the after-party at Webster Hell Each year, costumed revelers take to the streets of New York City to celebrate Halloween at the Village Halloween Parade—and we never fail to be amazed by the creativity, wit and general ick factor of the outfits that people come up with. Check out our favorite photos from Halloween 2013, including the sexiest costumes, the biggest gross-outs and the most clever meme-inspired get-ups of the night. RECOMMENDED: The complete guide to Halloween in NYC Most popular in Things to Do See the sexiest costumes from Halloween 2013 Check out the scariest costumes of the Village Halloween Parade Halloween 2013: The most creative costumes Forget ghosts, witches and sexy nurses—these inventive New Yorkers brought their A-game to the Sixth Avenue procession last night Sure, the Village Halloween Parade is an opportunity for revelers to show off a lot of skin or a lot of gore—and sometimes both—but it's also a chance for DIYers and inspired types to let their imagination run wild. This year, plenty of New Yorkers thought outside of the Miley Cyrus box; click through these shots for the most creative costumes at the Village Halloween Parade 2013. RECOMMENDED: Halloween NYC 2013: Halloween parade photos, sexy costumes and more You might also like Hallowmeme brings the Internet to the Bell House (slide show) The Village Halloween Parade is back on, thank

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Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade (2013)

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Hallowmeme Costume Party at the Bell House (2013)

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Crest Arts Pumpkin Carving Contest (2013)

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Kostume Kult's unofficial Village Halloween Parade (2012)

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Hallowmeme Costume Party (2012)

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Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade (2012)

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Shopping

Trend watch: Halloween beauty products for hair, eyes, face and nails (2013)

These Halloween beauty products, false eyelashes and nail-art kits help you complete your costume without spending a fortune. Although there are plenty of NYC salons that offer Halloween makeup applications, these festive beauty products help you complete your costume without spending a fortune. Look for Sephora lace false eyelashes, E.L.F. Cosmetics shimmer sheets and glitter mascara/eyeliner from Ramy Spa. Most popular in Shopping & Style Time Out videos Tweets by Time Out NY Tweets about "@timeoutnewyork" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Follow Cristina Velocci on Twitter: @cvelocci RECOMMENDED: Where to get Halloween makeup and hair done in NYC You might also like Where to get Halloween makeup and hair done at salons in New York City Complete your costume with the Halloween makeup and hair services offered at these NYC salons. If you plan on attending any Halloween events in New York this year, you’ll need a solid costume to look the part. Complete your ensemble with the hair and makeup services offered at NYC salons, including Patricia Field, Wonderland Beauty Parlor and Ricky’s NYC. Most popular in Shopping & Style Best Halloween stores in NYC for costumes, makeup and decorations Whether you want to transform yourself into a hideous zombie, or a leopard-print sex kit

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Restaurants

Halloween candy: 50 spooky treats (2012)

Gear up for All Hallows’ Eve with these Halloween candy picks, including an haute “apple” marshmallow, locavore cinnamon candies and stunning pumpkin caramels. You don’t have to be a kid to get excited for the Halloween haul. TONY tracked down New York City’s best Halloween candy, from pretty Day of the Dead confections to old-school candy bars. Stuff your Halloween candy bag with these standout sweets. RECOMMENDED: All Halloween in New York coverage You might also like Best desserts and sweets in New York City 2012 Brand-new bakeries Best new bakery: Dominique Ansel Bakery Best new bakery: Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar

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Chris N
Chris N

9th Annual 

HALLOWEEN CANDY & WINE/SPIRITS TASTING!
Thursday, October 30th5-8pm

Join us on Mischief Night for our annual celebration of all things Halloween when we pair classic holiday candy with wine & spirits.*Kids welcome, but not to the booze. 
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Rosse T
Rosse T

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Pam F
Pam F

HALLOWEEN SHOW IN BROOKLYN - FREE!!!
Trumpet Player Pam Fleming's Dead Zombie Band is a unique Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Halloween experience. The slamming band of top notch New York musicians, decked out in costume, perform Pam's original spooky Halloween music on Halloween!
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Waverly Ave., (between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave.) in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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