The most challenging part when celebrating Halloween in New York is to decide what to do since the choice is excellent!!!
Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31st to November 1st. It’s mostly celebrated in Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the 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: Sunday October 31, 2021, from 2pm to 11pm.
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: October 19 (via Zoom), 28, 29, 30, and 31.
Rate: Varies depending on the tours.
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: TBC in 2021
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
New Yorkers love their dogs and they had to organize a special Halloween form them too!
Date: October 23 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! You should also check their Halloween Extravaganza at the Cathedral nights 😉
When? Friday, October, 29 & 30, 2021.
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: Non available in 2021
Halloween Harvest Festival and Dog Costume Celebration
The Halloween Dog Costume Celebration is another dog parade you can’t miss in Queens.
Date: October 30, 2021, from noon to 5pm.
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: Non available in 2021
Rate: $20 for adults and free for kids under 12.
Halloween on the Farm
On October 31 from 1pm to 5pm, visit the Queens haunted house. This haunted house welcomes kids ages 4 to 12. The entrance fee is $20. 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 31 from 11am to 5pm
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, 2021, from 4pm to 6.30pm-
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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