Autumn in the North East is well known across the country as one of the most beautiful places to take in the Fall foliage, enjoy cool Fall weather, and celebrate the booziest holiday of the year. New York City turns it up for Halloween. It is not simply enjoyed here, but properly celebrated all across the city. Don’t be alarmed if you see locals riding the subway to work decked out in full costume. But with so much going on it can be a challenge to decide what to do on the big day. Here are some of the top choices for how to celebrate Halloween in the Big Apple.
The Village Halloween Parade
The West Village’s Halloween Parade has been going for nearly 50 years and is by far one of the most popular Halloween events in town. Every year the streets of the Village are closed off on Halloween night to make way for a parade of ghouls, ghosts, and all kinds of other extravagant costumes. Come dressed up, enjoy the revelry and maybe head to a nearby bar nearby to continue the night’s festivities.
Check out a Horror Film
While many of the art house cinemas will put on special showings of classic horror films around this time, you can also catch free screenings of horror films at all kinds of venues around the city. Many of them have cash bars, concessions, and other themed attributes to add some atmosphere to watching the movie (like live music or special lighting). These usually happen the entire month leading up to Halloween, so even if you’re not in NYC on the day of, you can find plenty to occupy your time.
The Great Jack’o’Lantern Blaze
If you’re up for a bit a trek out of the city, The Great Jack’o’Lantern Blaze is a great outing for the whole family. Every year 7,000 hand carved pumpkins light up Croton-on-Hudson. They are formed into different structures such as a tunnel, a statue of liberty, and other incredible delights. Tickets go fast, so we recommend booking in advance for this event.
Go to a Real Haunted House
While there are lots of Haunted Houses that pop up each year, The Merchant’s House Museum is a real old house that tells the story of the family of 8 who lived and died there. You can go on a tour of the house where you’ll learn about the history of the family and maybe experience some real supernatural activity. Talk about freaky!
Tompkin’s Square Dog Parade
If you’re more into the spooky but not scary side of Halloween, there’s no cuter event than the Tompkin’s Square Dog Parade. Every year residents of the city dress their dogs up and parade them around in the hopes of the winning the honor of best in show! What’s better than a load of puppies in costumes right??
The McKittrick Hotel’s Halloween Party
If you’re looking for a truly immersive Halloween Party experience, the McKittrick’s themed Halloween party each year definitely won’t disappoint. This hotel turned theater venue is awash in elaborate sets that you can wander through and interact with, and every year it is transformed to fit the theme (dress code strictly enforced). The tickets can be a bit pricey, but come with a full open bar, so typically pay for themselves.
As you can see there is no shortage of Halloween themed events going on throughout October in New York City from cute to spooky to downright scary, you can find anything to suit your Halloween based desires. Happy Halloween!