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The best Halloween events for 2019 in NYC

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

By Collier Sutter |
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Courtesy MoMA PS1/Ryan Muir

Looking for some fun Halloween events 2019? NYC has plenty to do during the most harrowing month in the city. Come Hallows’ eve, well-dressed ghouls and goblins of all kinds can indulge in wild parties held at some of the best places to dance in NYC, the Village Halloween Parade and more. This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday which means you can party in costume both weekends. Don't bother breaking out your sewing kit, New York's greatest Halloween stores have plenty of options to make you look real 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 2019

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Village Halloween Parade 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do, Festivals

Village Halloween Parade

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. 

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BangOn!NYC Warehouse of Horrors 2013
Photograph: Ben Rowland
Things to do

BangOn!NYC: Warehouse of Horrors

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

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Jack O Lantern
Photograph: Courtesy Jennifer Mitchell
Things to do

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

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

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Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher
Things to do

Boo at the Zoo

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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Anne Tan-Detchkov
Things to do

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch

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. 

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Photograph: Shutterstock
Things to do, Quirky events

Nightfall

Lovers of the macabre won't want to miss this after-dark event hosted in part by Rooftop Films and Morbid Anatomy. Attendees follow a candelit path through the stunning Green-Wood Cemetery to discover live musicians, performance artists and storytellers—and whatever else might be waiting in the shadows.

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Great Pupkin Dog Costume Contest
Photograph: Courtesy Jasmin Chang
Things to do

Annual Halloween Festival and Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

This doggy costume contest certainly deserves a prize for the punniest name, but the festival also sounds really freakin’ fun, too. Go for the adorably dressed pups (contest starts at 11:30am), but stay for the entertainment brought to you by The Fort Greene park Conservancy. It will be an afternoon of Halloween splendor, with live music, a pumpkin patch and creepy crawlies brought in by Park Rangers. 

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Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Celebrate the Halloween season at one of the best park’s in the city for fall foliage: Central Park. Listen to ghost stories, check out a costume parade and get creative by carving a pumpkin. After the festivities, the Central Park Conservancy will partake in a traditional Pumpkin Flotilla, where 50 gourds (possibly your creation) will take a sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight. 

Don’t miss the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze!

Jack O Lantern
Photograph: Courtesy Jennifer Mitchell
Things to do

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze guide

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. 

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