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The best Halloween events for 2021 in NYC

Check out the spookiest and coolest Halloween events NYC has ever seen including parties, parades, and haunted houses

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

We're throwing the spookiness into high gear with events for Halloween in NYC. October is filled with costumed parties, jump scares at haunted houses, corn mazes and parades — and we're ready! 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. 

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Halloween events 2021

  • Things to do
  • Festivals

The Village Halloween Parade—NYC’s creative and spooky procession—is one of the best Halloween events in Greenwich Village and it's coming back this year...if it raises enough funds. Each 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. And while New York's freaks missed out when it was canceled last year, it has secured its permit for October 31. The only thing left to do is to raise $150,000 by October 5 to put it on, according to The New York Post. It's theme this year is "Let's Play!" to honor the children of NYC (and our inner children).


  • Things to do
  • Chelsea

Spend Halloween discovering what's around the corner inside the mysterious and spooky Witches' Ball at The McKittrick Hotel, where there will be "demons, devils, witches and sprites," "debaucherous drag," drinks and dancing. You can make the evening more interesting by buying into Maximilian’s List for expedited entry at any time and access to Oz's Boudoir bar for the evening. Don't miss this spectacular and spooky night by the same production company behind Sleep No More and The Woman in Black (which is back on October 21).

  • Things to do
  • Film events
  • Morningside Heights

Take in a screening of the classic silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, accompanied by creepy tunes played on the cathedral’s great organ byTimothy Brumfield. The nightmare’s not over once the credits roll—the movie is followed by Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company’s annual Procession of the Ghouls, in which demons and witches infiltrate the church in a ghostly parade down the aisles, stopping to stare and interact with audience members.

The Cathedral’s famous Crypt Crawls into the rarely-seen depths of the spectacular Gothic building, will also return both in person and online for 2021, with tours planned for Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. Also on Saturday, the Cathedral will partner with the West 111th Street Block Association to host trick or treating and children’s activities outside on the Cathedral grounds.

  • Restaurants
  • Little Italy

Commune with the dead at Coctelería de los Muertos, a pop-up launching at The Garret Coctelería October 5th.

The Nolita bar and restaurant is celebrating Día de los Muertos all month long with decorations by set designer, Michael Harbeck, and Interior Designer, Lauren Amoruso, that include custom-built altars honoring artistic icons we’ve lost over the years (Marilyn Monroe, The Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, Frida Kahlo, James Dean, Amy Winehouse, and more), alongside traditional skulls, crosses, votive candles, and candlesticks. There will also be more than 5,000 feet of marigolds, often known as “flowers of the dead” (flor de muerto), that'll be placed on the altars, the tables and even the ceiling. White bulb string lights will be decoratively strung from the ceiling both in the indoor and outdoor seating areas and brightly colored, woven blankets and textiles will be offered tableside to keep diners warm in the outdoor dining structure. Intricately cut tissue paper banners (papel picado) will float above the tables and there will be themed drinks to boot.

Order up the Weeping in Queens (White rum, pumpkin puree, orange bell pepper, cane, pumpkin spice rum, peach preserves), the Certified Sad Boy (Reposado tequila, tamarind, pineapple two ways, honey bitters, hibiscus drizzle for a “blood” effect), or the Abrete Sesamo (Mezcal, cachaca, tomatillo, poblano, cucumber, lime, coconut, chamoy smoked salt, sesame).



This masquerade party by Collective and Matte is all about release through interactive installations on the main floor, and a dark, hedonistic dance party on the sub-level. The elegant escape, which is happening across three nights, includes food, cocktails, and access to the space—the historic Angel Orensanz on the Lower East Side. Constructed in 1850, the building's interior was built to resemble the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. The experience of Halloween weekend will sprawl across its three levels and every nook within. Tickets are $250.

  • Things to do
  • Long Island

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is back with surreal creations this year, like a giant pumpkin sea monster and NYC streetscape made of hundreds of pumpkins each. The massive blaze has two locations—Hudson Valley returns to its location at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson for the 17th year and Blaze: Long Island returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage for the second year. This year, the blaze is bigger and better than ever with thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns lit up in elaborate displays throughout historic landscapes. The Blaze: Hudson Valley will include a New York City streetscape and an immersive river walk-through experience. Blaze: Long Island will show off an 80-foot circus train, a new sea monster and more creatures from under the ocean. 

  • Things to do
  • Financial District

Once you step into this Wall Street Mansion, you'll enter a supernatural soiree full of magic, hauntings and mystery that'll set you on a chilling journey with themed-drinks in hand. House of Spirits is a two-hour immersive experience that allows you to roam around the mansion and discover macabre magic, sinister séances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games and giant Ouija boards. There's a storyline to follow, too, about Molly and Francisco Vega, a young couple who lost their baby during childbirth. "Francisco focuses his grief into art and begins a series of disturbing paintings, while Molly’s grief drives her to a much darker place. Loosely based on the life and artwork of famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya, House of Spirits weaves a disquieting and interactive storyline certain to leave guests delightfully chilled." Be sure to prepare for the experience—guests are highly encouraged to dress in time period fashion, costume or elegant dress.


Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Things to do
  • Astoria

Head to LIC for the sculpture garden's Halloween Harvest Festival, featuring NYC's second largest doggie costume contest, pumpkin carving and catapulting competition (yes, you read that right), artist-led workshops, and the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.

The Flight of The Gourds starts at 2pm when two teams square off in a pumpkin carving competition: Kids Vs. Adults. The winning pumpkins will be yeeted into the sky. If that's not your jam, sign up for the palm leaf-making workshop at noon with artist Fellow Levan Mindiashvili.

Halloween Block Party by CMA
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9. Halloween Block Party by CMA

Ahead of the Village Halloween Parade, which is dedicated to NYC's children this year, the Children's Museum of the Arts is hosting an all-day Halloween Block Party where children will have the opportunity to create artwork that will decorate the CMA Halloween Float. There will also be family-friendly activities like spooky ornament and magic wand making, DIY tombstones, haunted house monoprinting, werewolf face-painting, creative workshops, and a costume catwalk for children to show off their creativity. Children will collaborate with CMA’s very own Artists-In-Residence—who designed the float—to help bring their artistic dreams alive. Show up to Spring Street Park from noon to 4pm.

  • Things to do
  • Central Park

Celebrate the Halloween season at one of the best parks in the city for fall foliage: Central Park. Listen to ghost stories during magical family-friendly entertainment on October 26 and come dressed in your Halloween costume for a scavenger hunt adventure around the Harlem Meer on October 27. It all culminates with the Pumpkin Flotilla on October 28. Bring and carve your own pumpkin to see it float with other gourds across the Harlem Meer at twilight. Pumpkin owners may retrieve their carved pumpkins at the conclusion of the flotilla at 6:30pm from the Harlem Meer beach near Fifth Avenue and East 108th Street.

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • East Williamsburg

Cityfox is known for their killer production and top talent at every show they put on. Combine that with a party holiday as big as Halloween and you’ve got yourself a monstrosity of a festival. For the first time this year, it's a multi-day event. Stepping into this event you’ll find 5 tricked-out stages, interactive rooms and a lineup of killer DJs and live acts like John Digweed, Kölsch, a special Detroit b2b set from Carl Craig & Moodymann, Dubfire, Kevin Saunderson, Hot Since 82, Nora En Pure, Ida Engberg, Lee Burridge, Vintage Culture, Cassian, Mathame, Einmusik, Fideles, Innellea, Recondite (Live), Stephan Jolk, Tim Engelhardt (Live), Guy Mantzur, WhoMadeWho (Live) & nearly 10 other DJs. Dancing shoes and costumes strongly advised.

  • Things to do
  • East Village

More a full-fledged festival than a mere ball, this spirited event will be heading outdoors this year on East 10th St with entertainment starting at 2pm. Costumes are required, and cabaret, theater performances, food and music contribute to this all-out assault on the senses. Expect performances by swing and Latin bands, a Monsters and Miracles Costume Parade, a costume competition, "The Red and Black Masque," and an annual Medieval ritual show written by Arthur Sainer, scored by David Tice and directed by Crystal Field performed by torchlight. The audience will also be invited to participate, Chop Shop Theater—a succession of free, live, 10-minute performances staged in the theater's set shop for audiences outside who watch through an open garage door on East 10th Street. 

  • Things to do
  • Lower East Side

Literature lovers never go to bed alone. Prepare yourself for a night of good text at the immersive cabaret-and-reading series’ special Halloween-themed Masquerade blowout. Enjoy private poetry readings over the course of the evening, along with acts and performances by Dandy, Hot Club of Flatbush, burlesque by Venatrix & Selina Valdeth, taptastic delights by Brother Brian Davi, contortion by Poppet,  advice from Avi & Louie, Sketchy Sketches by Too Loose, palm, tarot, and witchy wares by Holy Crow, rules by The Madame and Trouble by Tennessee Pink.

The Seaport is celebrating Halloween with a series of markets, contests, and activities available to the public during Halloweekend. On Saturday, October 30th, The Seaport is partnering with the iconic Hester Street Fair for a Halloween-themed market featuring a costume contest and “paint your own pumpkin” tent, in addition to their staple array of eclectic vendors. Visitors can shop locally grown fall produce and sip apple cider at the Fulton Stall Market, and throughout the weekend, families can trick-or-treat the eerie cobblestone street at local Seaport businesses on Fulton Street – accompanied by hair-raising live music and ghostly Garden Bar drink specials for parents and adults.

  • Things to do
  • Weird & Wonderful

Ulster Park's Headless Horseman Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Houses is replacing its hayrides with a haunted walk called "The Haunting of Pumpkin Jack" that'll give New Yorkers an opportunity to slowly pass the creepy crawly things in the darkness and see the headless horseman himself.

"Are you brave enough to walk into the darkness of the Horseman's trail to find Pumpkin Jack and come face to face with the Headless Horseman? It can be done, but can you do it? How fast can you walk? Will the Horseman catch you? Some questions can't be answered until you Walk the dark trail!"

The experience is not kid-friendly, so no one's surprised. There's no doubt that new rules about social distancing are behind the new experience—the park says all guests and staff will be wearing face masks and distancing throughout the event.

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  • Flushing

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 on October 31 and smell the fresh fall air in the arboretum, pinetum and circle garden, then join the shenanigans at this fest where you go on the trick-or-treat trail, check out live music and magic shows, and hit up food vendors in a beer and wine garden to enjoy a cider on the crisp grasses.

  • LGBTQ+
  • Hell's Kitchen

Every year, the queens of Rupaul's Drag Race shut down Halloween with a full night of sickening performances, decadent dancing and lots of drinking. This year, Queen of darkness Violet Chachki will host with performances by Drag Race favorites Gottmik, Rose, Aquaria, Jaida Essence Hall, Alyssa Edwards, Kandy Muse, Plastique and Kim Chi. After drag fans witness the demise of their favorite queens on stage, Violet summons them back from the dead as flesh-craving drag zombies in the show’s grand finale!

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • Gowanus

The beloved vaudeville experience that we've called "professional mind-fuckery by the most skilled performers in the business" is back on stage at The Bell House with a cast of acclaimed conjurors alongside the city's most daring variety artists. Hosted by Bastard Keith, you'll see award-winning burlesque performances from Jenny Rocha & the Painted Ladies, Thom Wall,
a Cirque du Soleil alum, stand-up from Jay Jurden from The Tonight Show, plus a performance from Asi Wind, who is David Blaine's "favorite magician." This time, getting tricked is actually a treat.

  • Attractions
  • Arcades and amusements
  • Tribeca

Garish zombies, monsters and other ghoulish creatures await in this 5,000-square-foot labyrinth of horrors, deemed too scary for children under 14 to enter without supervision.

The haunted house warns: "Former survivors of the Blood Manor experience can count on an all-new and extreme level of fear, paralleling 2020 — a year no one could have predicted nor imagined!  For newcomers - be afraid, be very afraid! The residents of Blood Manor are excited to return and are thirsting for the aroma of fear!"

  • Things to do
  • Two Bridges

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. 

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  • Movies
  • Bushwick

Brooklyn's Runaway Roof is hosting a month of Halloween movie screenings. Doors open at 6:30 and films begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Below is the schedule:

Sunday, October 3: Bride of Chucky
Wednesday, October 6: Edward Scissorhands
Wednesday, October 13: Beetlejuice
Wednesday, October 20: The Nightmare Before Christmas (pre-show at 7:30pm, film at 8pm)
Wednesday, October 27: The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Do some interactive trivia and puzzles at Caveat on Saturday, October 30th at 7pm, focusing on spooky cinema, with The Movie Quiz. You'll test your knowledge against a panel of guests including writer-director Jane Schoenbrun (We’re All Going to the World’s Fair), Jon Bershad (Tooning Out the News), plus more to be announced. Quizmaster host Chris Mann-Nelson will lead lively, silly film discussions while guiding teams through 34 challenging questions. Chris will get hosting help from a ridiculous movie character, this time Billy the Puppet from the Saw franchise. Tickets are $15 advance in, $20 at the door or $10 to livestream.


The Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Phil Nuzzo, will open its 2021-2022 season with an evening of music inspired by Halloween at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights. "Hear the skeletons dance in Saint-Saëns classic Dance Macabre. The devil gets his due in Tartini's fiendish Devil's Trill (Mialtin Zhezha, violin). Franz Liszt treats us to a pyrotechnic display in Totentanz, where pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski handles this virtuoso tour-de-force. Metropolitan Opera Bass Mikhail Svetlov voices the Prince of Darkness and Grace Chorale of Brooklyn provides the angelic host in the powerful Prologue to Mefestofeles by Boito." Tickets start at 20.

  • Music
  • The Bronx

Be there for the long-awaited New York City return of DJ Tiësto, who will kick off Halloween weekend with a performance at The New York Expo Center on Friday, October 29. Hear latest hits "Don’t Be Shy," "Jackie Chan" (w/ Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone), "The Business" and "The Business, PT. 2" (w/ Ty Dolla $ign), among others as well as his legendary original material all under the watchful eye of DEG, an organization known to fans for producing the city’s top electronic music events throughout the years including the Halloween-themed “Pier Of Fear” and “Fearhouse,” to name a few. It just might get spooky.

"I’m so thrilled to be back in New York City, a place that’s so special to me," Tiësto says. "The fans are great and there’s an energy there you can’t find anywhere else in the world. With Eddie and his amazing team involved in the production, I know this is going to be an incredible party."

  • Things to do
  • Prospect Heights

Stroll through Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights in your costume sampling delicious food and boozy cocktails at Black-owned establishments. You'll get exclusive discounts at each business and play Halloween-themed trivia on your phone for a chance to win prizes from local vendors, which in the past has included Cake Boi, Island Pop, IV Purpose, Savvy Bistro, Sonia’s Crab and Finn, Spudz NYC and Zeke’s and more.

Treats! No Tricks: Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina
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28. Treats! No Tricks: Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina

Estuary is holding its annual Treats! No Tricks event for kids, who can decorate their own Halloween-inspired cookies in the shape of bats, ghosts, and pumpkins that they can take and enjoy. For the adults, there will be an array of Halloween-themed cocktails where costumed adults can enjoy 10% off their spooky drinks, including the Black Potion (Vodka, Chambord, Lemon, Blackberry), the Bloody Alchemist (Margarita, Tequila, Lime - frozen), and the Wicked Apple (Bourbon, Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Fall Spice). Additionally, a package of already decorated Halloween cookies will be available for purchase at Ebb & Flow Bakery a few days prior to the 31st. The event on October 31 is from noon until 3pm.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Williamsburg

The trolley tour that's outfitted to look like a Victorian funeral parlor—think chandeliers and velvet curtains—and takes you on a trip through the shadows of historic Brooklyn is back. The tour visits the secret location where Murder, Inc. disposed of bodies, alien abduction sites along the Brooklyn Bridge, a brothel and more spooky sites spanning 400 years of Brooklyn history. 

NYC’s slime authority, the Sloomoo Institute, is kicking off Halloween with a month-long celebration. The sensory museum is transforming its space into an eerie Halloween playground where guests can expect candy, daily costume contests, limited-edition slime, a creepy Slime Cove and more. Guests are encouraged to dress up for their visit. Head over between October 2 and 31. Tickets start at $39.

  • Things to do
  • Fort Greene

Vote for the cutest doggo in the best Halloween costume during this year's virtual 23rd Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest on October 30. Held every year by Fort Green Park Users and Pets Society since 1998, the event is held at the bottom of the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument stairs, where more than a hundred dogs run around in silly and creative costumes from RBG to hot dogs and more.

  • Things to do
  • West Village

The now-abandoned Jekyll & Hyde Asylum is haunted. No one has entered in decades, but nearby residents have complained to authorities of unexplained sounds and moving shadows coming from within the asylum. Back in 1961, Dr E. Revel, the dean of the asylum, was taken into custody and charged for morbidly experimenting on his patients. The aftermath was gruesome, when the authorities discovered that most of the patients had been lobotomized. You decide to break into the old asylum to see if the rumors are true; but you arrive, you immediately get more than you bargained for. The first thing you see is a woman with long black hair in front of her face and her mouth opening ajar to reveal hundreds of sharp incisors. 

If you want to stay around after that, there's live entertainment at the Jekyll & Hyde Club, where creatures and memorabilia come to life and interact with you while you enjoy your meal and drinks.


CircoLoco is hosting a two-night Halloween event in an undisclosed Brooklyn warehouse location with South African superstar and Grammy-nominee Black Coffee on Friday, October 29 with Off-White leader Virgil Abloh, Life and Death owner DJ Tennis, and PVBLIC XCESS’ Chloé Caillet. The following night, Cuttin’ Headz bosses and IMG signees The Martinez Brothers take the stage alongside Crosstown Rebels founder Damian Lazarus, Solid Grooves’ Michael Bibi, DFA and Running Back’s Perel, and Mink. Tickets start at $56.

Spend Halloween weekend with Ladyfag with its first party on Friday, October 29 (Starting at 10pm) called "Supermarket From Hell," the Halloween edition of No Frills at 99 Scott Ave, where you'll hear good house and techno from DJs like Chris Cruse, Alinka, Skin, Michael Magnan and Tommy Hart.

Then follow that up with Battle Hymn with The Carry Nation
and Eli Escobar. Bring your best Halloween lewks and turn it out on the dancefloor with music by your favorite residents. It'll be at Rumi on October 31, starting at 9pm.

Halloween at The Market Line
The Market Line

37. Halloween at The Market Line

The Market Line's Grand Delancey (81 Norfolk St.) on Saturday, October 30th (9pm-midnight) will host a costume parade for kids, trick-or-treating and a pumpkin carving contest while serving up 50 drafts and cans for adults at a $75 open bar with DJ Tommy spinning tunes all night. Reserve via Resy here 

  • Kids
  • Boerum Hill

BAM is holding its annual Halloween block party from 2–5pm on Sunday, Oct 31, with pre-packaged goody bags filled with candy, toys, arts and crafts, and more. This family-friendly event allows kids to grab treats from car trunks decorated for the occasion.

Halloween at Industry City
Photograph: courtesy Industry City

39. Halloween at Industry City

Industry City is buzzing with spooky activities on Halloween weekend. On Saturday, between 10am and 4pm, there will be a Kids Monster Mash Halloween Parade throughout campus. Sahadi’s will be hosting pumpkin decorating parties throughout the week, which include a pumpkin, decorating materials, hot apple cider and a goodie bag to-go. Reservations are $25.

Then on Halloween, Big aLICe Brewing is hosting a Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade from 1 to 4pm. Some of the dressed-up adorable pooches on site will be up for adoption through Rescue City. $2 from every large draft pour gets donated back to Rescue City.

  • Kids
  • Park Slope

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is throwing a Halloween party for kids called Boo!KCM. Come for a ghoulish performance, a haunted musical garden and candy. It's a free celebration for the entire community.

  • Kids
  • Coney Island

Children ages 3 to 14 years old and their families are invited to a free day of entertainment like magic shows, bounce houses, caricature art, arts-and-crafts, and a special performance by the Brooklyn United Marching Band for Halloween at Coney Island. All participants will automatically be enrolled in the official Coney Island Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win great prizes in the following categories: Best Group Costume, Most Creative Costume, Best Handmade Costume, and lastly, Best Overall Costume. Registration opens at 10:30am on-site the day of the event only and all children must arrive in costume and be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older to enter. All children who participate between the ages of 3 and 14 will receive a two-hour unlimited ride wristband for Luna Park in Coney Island which will begin immediately concluding the Parade down the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk.

  • Kids
  • Red Hook

Ghouls and ghosts are taking over the Shipwrecked Escape Rooms for one weekend only. The kid-friendly experience is a non-gory or overly-scary haunted house where parents accompany their children. Each child will get a bag of candy. Costumes are encouraged as there will be many photo ops and a souvenir photo available for purchase. For kids ages 3 and up.

Halloween at Chelsea Market
Photograph: @chelseamarketny

44. Halloween at Chelsea Market

Watch on-site pumpkin carvers work on a giant pumpkin at Chelsea Market on Friday, October 29 from 10am to 4pm, and on Halloween day, kids can enjoy trick-or-treating as stilt walkers roam around the Market to hand out candy. Li-Lac Chocolates will have some grown-up Halloween chocolates.



Don a costume representing your spirit animal at this haunted run and walk on October 30. Learn about six of North Brooklyn’s most haunted spots along the way with stops for local sweet eats, street art, and chills. From 9 to 11am, participants will travel from Cadman Plaza West and Johnson Street to Cafe Nili in Carroll Gardens. It is $35 to participate.

Dumboween March to the Arch
Photograph: Ming Photograph

46. Dumboween March to the Arch

Don your costume and parade through Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge Park to the Dumbo Archway led by live music and puppets, on October 31, starting at 3pm. Once everyone arrives at the Archway, there will be family-friendly activities until 6pm as well as Dumbo Station—the beer and wine kiosk in the Dumbo Archway—that will be open with seasonal beers on tap. More than forty Dumbo businesses will offer trick or treating at their storefronts on Halloween from 3pm to 8pm.


Spend your Saturday night at Canary Club hearing some live music from Nic Hanson and Ross Clark (from St. Lucia band) and dancing to a DJ set by Brooklyn-based DJ and label owner JKriv. There will be specialty cocktails and costumes are required! The party runs from 10pm to 4am.

Looking for a neighborhood Halloween party? Head to the Meatpacking District for Treats in the Streets! On October 30, from 11am to 5pm, the district’s plaza and open streets will host a day of unique and traditional Halloween happenings, including alcoholic beverages at Alice + Olivia and the Gansevoort Hotel, trick-or-treating at Diane Von Furstenberg and Serafina Meatpacking, a chance to get dog and owner portraits at Neighborhood Goods and a haunted house and pumpkin painting at TriangleLoft. Blue Point will be doing a beer tasting in 14th Street Park with a pumpkin patch for Instagrammable moments and throughout the streets, there will be pumpkin decorating, pumpkin ring toss, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, corn hole, live music (noon) and a drag queen story hour (noon and 1pm). At 2pm, don't miss the Meatpacking District’s Third Annual Doggie Costume Contest on Little West 12th Street. The grand prize is an overnight stay at the dog-friendly Gansevoort Hotel. West 13th Street will also host the Future Streets Design Expo, an event highlighting manufacturers creating products for the future of New York City's streets and public outdoor spaces including outdoor dining modules, parklets, secure bike storage, and other items. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required.


New York’s leading neuro-diverse theatre company, EPIC Players, is putting on A Wickedly Inclusive Cabaret at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. EPIC Players will perform songs to honor favorite villains and monsters and ask that audience members show up in costume. Broadway actors Amaker Smith, Willy Falk, Haley Swindal and Nicholas King, will be special guests at the shows that take place on Sunday, October
24 and Monday, October 25, at 8pm. Each night will feature a different performance, with special guests and show-stopping numbers. Tickets are $35 (there is a two-drink or $12 food minimum, per person, during shows).

Brookfield Place will become a graveyard of sorts Tuesday, October 26-Sunday, October 31, with larger-than-life skeletons thatll come to life through augmented reality in "Memento Mori," an interactive installation by Gabe BC, in the Winter Garden.

While you're there, get a Halloween treat that includes a coloring book and treats from The Creative Kitchen, the James Beard Foundation, Cricket’s Candy Creations, LaCroix, Color Garden, Crispy Green, Le Gruyere, Lundberg Family Farms, Jelly Belly and Maman. Just go to the concierge at 230 Vesey Street when you post a picture of your "Memento Mori" experience on social media tagging @BFPLNY (while supplies last).

Manhattan West Woof Fest: HOWL-oween
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

51. Manhattan West Woof Fest: HOWL-oween

Manhattan West is a hosting spook-tacular Halloween party for our furry friends this year. Bring your dog to the plaza on October 30 (noon to 4pm) for canine treats and activities, including caricatures of your pet and a costume contest for you and your best friend. Free advance registration is recommended. All attendees must read and sign a waiver in order to attend the event. 

52. POSSESSION: A Halloween Comedy Show

Robbie Goodwin and Mike Figs host Possession, where you'll watch over 25 of New York's best comedians perform stand-up comedy as their personal favorite comedians and celebrities. The lineup is secret for this one-night-only show on Thursday, October 28! There's a $10 cover at BKLYN Comedy Club (308 Bedford Ave.) Arrive by 8pm.



There's a massive ghost hunt by Questo at the most haunted places in NYC that'll ask you to solve expertly designed puzzles, riddles, and cryptic codes to test your nerves and wits at every step. The team that wins will get one of these prizes: a life-sized, high-quality coffin for you or your friends (yes, a real coffin), a special ghost detector of paranormal activities or a $100 Amazon gift card for those dark wishes. After signing up, show up to St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery, 131 E 10th St, at 8pm on October 30. To play, there's an early bird price of $6.99. The full price of the event is $17.99.

Laugh it up on Halloween at Spooktown, an improv show and "deathmatch" where three teams ghosts, witches and vampires’ compete to make you "piss your pants with laughter." Stay after the show for an epic Halloween Dance Party (costumes are encouraged) Comedians have been featured on Reductress, Vulture, UCB, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and more! The show begins at 9pm. Tickets are $15.

Free screening of "Candyman"
Photograph: TriStar Pictures

55. Free screening of "Candyman"

Student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) learns of the terrifying local legend of The Candyman (Tony Todd), a hooked serial killer who appears when you say his name in a mirror, five times. Watch the movie at Industry City on Friday, October 29, for free. Doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 8pm and an after-party is planned for 10pm.

Sunday Scaries Movie Night at Sunday to Sunday
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56. Sunday Scaries Movie Night at Sunday to Sunday

On October 24, watch both Scary Movie at 6:30pm and Halloween at 8:30pm for $20 per ticket. Available through the restaurant’s ticket window, the ticket comes with access to the first or second film, cacio e pepe popcorn and a "Sunday Scaries" cocktail (a tequila-based drink with egg white, apple cider, cinnamon and spiced maple syrup). It'll be at Sunday to Sunday (88 Orchard Street).

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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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It’s the freakiest time of year, and we couldn’t be more excited to scream our guts out at the scariest haunted houses NYC has to offer. Haunted houses may bring plenty of frights, but if you’re looking to get shaken to your core this season, check out these immersive experiences that will bring out your darkest, deepest fears from killer clowns to claustrophobic. To get you in that creepy mood, or if immersing yourself in the world of goblins and ghouls is too much for you, try prepping with one of the best horror movies on Netflix beforehand.

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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.

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In the city that never sleeps, there are haunted places in NYC whose inhabitants might keep you up at night or heading home early. From historic haunted houses to long-time taverns, the tenants at these venues might give off an eerie feeling or prompt a sudden urge to change your plans. Fact or fiction, these personas of paranormal activity will put you on high alert if you’re brave enough to pay a visit or take ghost tours. So keep your eyes wide open while reading about some of the spookiest places in NYC.

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