Halloween in NYC guide

Halloween in NYC is spooktacular and filled with scary haunted houses and pumpkin madness

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Get ready ghouls and girls for an epic Halloween in NYC! The city is bursting with terrifying haunted houses, Halloween parties and more pumpkin-packed events. Whether you enjoy getting seriously spooked while watching the scariest horror films of all time or prefer to celebrate Halloween by leaf peeping while visiting some of the greatest fall getaways from NYC, we’ve got you covered.

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The best Halloween bars in NYC

Halloween in 2020 is scary in ways we've never known before. But come October 31st, New Yorkers will more than likely want to include a stop at some of the Halloween bars NYC has to offer. Whether you’re looking for pre-game drinks before one of the city’s best Halloween parties or spooky haunted houses, you can still slap on a costume and check out these festive pubs and bars come Halloween. RECOMMENDED: All coverage of Halloween in NYC

The best Halloween events for 2020 in NYC
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The best Halloween events for 2020 in NYC

2020 has been scary enough, but we're throwing the spookiness into high gear for Halloween this month. Typically, October is filled with costumed parties, jump scares at haunted houses, corn mazes and parades, but this year will be a little different. For one, the Village Halloween Parade is canceled, and it's likely most of the city's regularly scheduled scary haunts will be as well given the current pandemic. That being said, there are still quite a few things still taking place, and with Halloween (finally) taking place on a Saturday, it'll be easier to celebrate. Don't bother breaking out your sewing kit, New York's greatest Halloween stores have plenty of options to make you look really spooky. Make sure to check out our NYC events in October too for even more activities to finish off the month in killer spirits.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC

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The scariest haunted houses NYC has to offer
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The scariest haunted houses NYC has to offer

It’s the freakiest time of year, and we couldn’t be more excited to scream our guts out at the scariest haunted houses in NYC.

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The most haunted places in NYC
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The most haunted places in NYC

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Eight cool abandoned places in NYC

New York City has dozens and dozens of famous spots that draw millions of tourists a year, but it's also home to abandoned bastions of the city's past that only urban explorers visit. Despite the city's sheer density, there are still secret spaces that lie completely abandoned and are ripe for discovering, but they're also mainly off-limits, so have fun—but don't get yourself arrested for trespassing! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best New York attractions

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The spookiest places in NYC that give us the chills

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Village Halloween Parade in NYC 2020 guide
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Village Halloween Parade in NYC 2020 guide

Update: The Village Halloween Parade is canceled. The Village Halloween Parade—NYC’s creative and spooky procession—is  usually one of the best Halloween events in Greenwich Village. On a typical year, more than 50,000 zombies, ghouls, witches, monsters, robots, Jedis, giant puppets and more things that go bump in the night take to the streets for a night of costumed revelry. According to parade director Jeanne Fleming, Billy Porter would have been the grand marshal had the event happened this year. The theme was also set to be "Big Love." But, one silver-lining is that Fleming confirmed there will be a suprise on Halloween night and that it will be a "trick," though the team has yet to reveal the details.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC When is the Village Halloween Parade in NYC? The Village Halloween Parade is typically on Halloween, but this year it is canceled.  Where is the Village Halloween Parade in NYC? The Halloween Parade usually runs up Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St in Manhattan. For more information visit halloween-nyc.com.  How do I march in the Village Halloween Parade in NYC? It is usually free to march in the parade, but costumes are mandatory. The procession lines up at Sixth Ave and Canal St and rolls out from 6:30pm–8:30pm. North and west entrances to Sixth Ave will be blocked off by 6:30pm, folks can join the line from East Broome, Sullivan and Canal streets east of Sixth Ave. We recommend gathering your fellow creatures of the night a few blocks away rather than trying to find your group in the middle of the chaotic lineup. If you want to march in the special theme section, not to mention skip the line, special tickets can be purchased for $25.  Where can I watch the Village Halloween Parade in NYC? Spectators can get to Sixth Ave early and grab a lookout spot before the parade rolls out at 7pm. Sixth Ave becomes most congested with spectators between Bleeker and 14th Sts, so we suggest setting up camp at either the head (Spring to W Houston Sts) or tail (14th St to 16th St) of the parade.  

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Halloween movies

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Halloween in NYC photos

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The most adorable costumes at the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

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See 10 vintage photos of Halloween in NYC

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Treat yourself to the spookiest photos from the 2014 Village Halloween Parade

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Halloween costume ideas

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