How and where to celebrate Halloween in New York City?


The hardest part when celebrating Halloween in New York is to decide what to do since the choice is great!!!
Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31st to November 1st. It’s mostly celebrated in Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom and of course United States. The main tradition is to have children dressing up in usually scary costumes, knock on doors and ask adults for candies or other sweet treats by saying “trick or treat!”.

What to do on the evening of Halloween in New York City?

New York’s Village Halloween Parade:

Each year in New York, the Halloween Parade on 6th avenue is one the most crazy and exciting Halloween event in NY.

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Annual Halloween Festival and Costume Ball

The theater for the New City stages its own annual Halloween festival where you can dance, sign up for a costume contest, find tarot card reading and experience the scary room await guests!!!
Date: October 31 at 7.30pm (TBC for 2018)
Rate: $20

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How to celebrate Halloween during October in New York?

Halloween at the Bronx Zoo

This annual celebration takes place every year at the Bronx Zoo and it’s a celebration for children and adults alike. You’ll find activities including: face painting, storytelling, pumpkin carving and more. All activities are included in the Zoo entrance fee.

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Candlelight Ghost Tours à Merchant House

>You can’t imagine how haunted is this house!! 8 family members died there… and they still live there!! Will you dare to visit it?
Date: October 19, 20 and from October 24 to October 30, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
Rate: $40.

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Ghost Ship

On October 26, the Hornblower Infinity is transformed into a haunted house for Halloween.
Date: October 26 from 8pm to 2am.
Rate: $32 and +

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Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls

The Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls takes place on St John Divine’s Cathedral of NY. It’s one of the city’s most exciting time, the tradition of Halloween is celebrated by adult and children alike. Wear your costume and enjoy this Halloween event which starts with the projection of a mute classic horror movie along with the exceptional sound of an organ amplified by the cathedral walls, then followed by the procession of ghouls. This event is really special because some of the costumes are really amazing, and Ralph Lee creates the special effects.
When? October 26 at 7pm and 10pm.
Rate: $27.50

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Halloween celebration at the American Museum of Natural History

From 2pm to 6pm on October 27, come and join the American Museum of Natural History in NYC for an evening of fun with activities including trick or treat, arts and crafts.
Date: October 27.
Rate: $16

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Halloween Harvest Festival and Dog Costume Celebration

The Halloween Dog Costume Celebration is another dog parade you can’t miss in Queens.
Date: October 27 from 12pm to 4pm.

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Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

On Halloween, the entire family can celebrate the event at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Enjoy costume contest, arts and crafts, music and more on a spooky theme. Free for kids under 12!
Date: October 27 from 10am to 5.30pm
Rate: $20 for adults and free for kids under 12.

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Queens Farm Haunted House

On October 27 from 1pm to 7pm, visit the Queens haunted house. This haunted house welcomes kids ages 4 to 12. The entrance fee is $4. You will also find  Halloween treats, hot apple cider, pumpkins and apples for sale. Don’t forget that October is Pumpkin month at the farm 😉
Date: October 27 from 1pm to 7pm and October 29 from 11am to 7pm
Rate: $4

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Celebrate Halloween in a cemetery: A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

Jeff Richman will take you on a tour of Greenwood cemetery and share some gruesome stories of murder, destruction and ghosts. The tour starts at 1pm on October 31 and November 1 and lasts 2h. It’s a very popular tour so don’t hesitate to show up early. It will cost you $25 per person and $20 for Historic Fund Members.
Date: October 27 and 28 at 1.00pm (2h30)
Rate: $25

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New York Pumpkin Flotilla and Halloween Parade

Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and, of course, Central Park Conservancy’s signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight! Participation is free; all ages are welcome.
Date: October 28 from 4pm to 19pm
Rate: free

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Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

New Yorkers love their dogs and they had to organize a special Halloween form them too!
Date: October 28 from Noon to 3pm.

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Watsons’ Adventures Halloween Scavenger Hunts

There’s a scavenger hunt on any themes! Adults and kids work together to discover chilling stories about famous ghosts hunting the grounds. There are different available dates in October and November

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Where can you rent costumes in New York City?

To rent costumes in NY, it’s really easy! There’s a lot of pop-up stores opening for the occasion!

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Happy Halloween !


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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