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.
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
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.
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: from September 28 to November 4.
Celebrate Halloween in a cemetery: Green-Wood at Night
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: From October 4 to November 30.
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
New Yorkers love their dogs and they had to organize a special Halloween form them too!
Date: October 20 from Noon to 3pm.
Crypt Crawls: Spotlight on Halloween
Crypt Crawls: Spotlight on Halloween takes place at 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. Hear the stories of the entombed, learn the origins of Halloween and creep into the Cathedral’s crypt!
When? October 25 and 26.
Halloween celebration at the American Museum of Natural History
From 2pm to 6pm on October 26, 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 26.
Halloween Harvest Festival and Dog Costume Celebration
The Halloween Dog Costume Celebration is another dog parade you can’t miss in Queens.
Date: October 26 from 12pm to 4pm.
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: TBC for 2019
Rate: $20 for adults and free for kids under 12.
Queens Farm Haunted House
On October 26 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 26 from 1pm to 7pm and October 29 from 11am to 7pm
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 30 from 4pm to 19pm
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
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!
Happy Halloween !
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