Halloween events 2019
The Village Halloween Parade—NYC’s creative and spooky procession—is one of the best Halloween events in Greenwich Village. More than 50,000 zombies, ghouls, witches, giant puppets and more things that go bump in the night take the streets for a night of costumed revelry. If you want to join the fun, we're here to help. Hit the nearest Halloween store for a sensational getup (and you must dress up, or else you won’t be allowed to march), work on your Halloween makeup and prepare for a ghoulishly good time.
Ever wanted to party like the Hollywood Golden Ages? This Halloween, the McKittrick Hotel is throwing three late-night bashes in the style of a Hitchcock party. They’ll be transforming the hotel to fit the suspense and revelry, while shocking guests with live performances, installations an open bar and all the dancing. You can grab a package to attend Sleep No More, and a posh dinner banquet in The Club Car before the party gets going too.
Dances of Vice is throwing a burlesque Halloween bash this year that nods to Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Masque of the Red Death”. Masks are mandatory, dancers will swinging from glittering chandeliers above and there’s an upper chamber with a hidden dungeon.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is debuting its Harvest Homecoming Festival in a big way: Families can expect classic autumnal activities—think hayrides, cornhole games and bobbing for apples—but there will also be newfangled delights, such as pumpkin bowling. Mom and Dad can kick back, too: New York breweries will be on hand with cider and other bevvies. Halloween costumes are encouraged! All ages.
Built in 1654, the Bartow-Pell mansion and estate is already an attraction to see anytime of year, but with spooky creatures lurking and ghastly decorations, you’re in for some kind of creepy evening. The tours take place every half hour and visitors are led through the gardens (which includes a cemetery stop) the carriage house and mansion. Good luck!
One of the best things to do in the fall in New York is check out The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Hudson Valley, New York. Trust us, it’s worth the trip. Witness an army of more than 7,000 glowing, intricately carved pumpkins shining along the riverside near Van Cortlandt Manor. This is the tristate area’s most spirited Halloween happening, and also one of the best fall day trips from NYC. Ogling pretty gourds isn’t the only draw. There are also "stargazing" opportunities inside the Pumpkin Planetarium, flying ghosts and a special appearance by Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman. When you go, make sure to take a moment to admire all the lovely fall foliage upstate. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC When is The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze? The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is on-view for select dates during the week and on weekends. This year's event dates for 2019 are September 20-22; 26-29; October 3-31; November 1-3; 8-10; 15-17; 22-23; 29-30! Where is The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze? The electrifying affair is located at 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. How do I get to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze? Take the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal. Take the train to Croton-Harmon station (under an hour from Manhattan). Van Cortlandt Manor is only a five-minute cab ride or a 10-minute walk from the station. How much are tickets to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze? Adult tickets are $22 (Fri–Sat $27). Children 3-17 are $16 (Fri-Sat $20
Lions, tigers and bears—oh my! The Bronx Zoo goes all out every Halloween season, and this weekend kicks of its month of spooky festivites. Drop in to take a hayride through a haunted forest, watch live performances, get wowed by a mentalist, participate in a costume parade and lots more.
Every year, BangOn!NYC packs a Brooklyn warehouse with mesmerizing, horrifying and totally entrancing art, performances and silent disco sets. This year you'll have your night of dancing in a hundred-year-old warehouse, Queen's Knockdown Center, and that's not even the spookiest part. There will be freaky performers, massive art installations, a silent disco, ethereal interactions, food vendors and more ghastly curiosities. The weekend boasts sets from Claude VonStoke, The Glitch Mob, San Holo, Ekali, Justin Martin, and more. Yeah, don't miss it. 52-19 Flushing Ave
While haunted houses and ghost tours pop up all over town, Queens is keeping Halloween classic with this day of frolicking in the pumpkin patch. Head to the Botanical Garden and smell the fresh fall air in the arboretum, pinetum and circle garden, then join the shenanigans at this fest where you can check out live music, join nature walks and learn hipster-ready crafts like pickling. Hit up food vendors and a beer and wine garden to enjoy a cider on the crisp grasses. If you get tipsy, fear not! The only thing better than a petting zoo is a drunk petting zoo.
The Village Halloween Parade is fun and all, but does it have a plethora of puppies in adorable outfits? For that, you’ll have to head to the East Village for this annual dog parade. The getups are remarkably elaborate and conceptual—no surprise given the thousands of dollars worth in prizes up for grabs for Best in Show. FYI: This year's location is not at Tompkins Square Park. The parade has moved to East River Park Amphitheater along the FDR at Grand Street and East River Park.