Fun Things to Do in NYC this Halloween

October is the most fun month of Autumn|Winter [ok, I am undecided if I like October more than December]. Still, October brings cooler temperatures, fabulous boots, pumpkin spice, Holiday movies on Hallmark, butternut squash, cozy books and films, Halloween candy, and Halloween costumes. Halloween is here—in less than a week, and it is time to get into a spooky mood. NYC is one of the best places to be during the Halloween season—there are so many fun things to do in NYC this Halloween, and New Yorkers know how to do it right.

Whether you are swooning over the fabulous fall decor that adorns the stoops of NYC or you are transforming into someone or Something spooky, there is Something for everyone to enjoy the Halloween Magic of NYC.

Here is our list of over forty Fun Things Happening in NYC this Halloween

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
COURTESY OF VIRGINIA ROLLISON 39TH ANNUAL VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE

Village Halloween Parade

October 31, 2022

This year is the forty-ninth annual Halloween Parade NYC hosted in Greenwich Village.

The Halloween parade in Greenwich Village tops the list of every Halloween event in NYC. So, if you are in the city on October Thirty First, this is the place to be. The parade can be viewed on both sides of Sixth Avenue between King and fifteenth Street.

There is a costume contest, which automatically enters you for simply showing up in costume. Prizes are announced after the parade. In addition, the Halloween Parade has secret scouts browsing the crowd for the most original and fun costumes.

6th Avenue between King and 15th StreetsNYC

Hidden Lane has a Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
COURTESY OF HIDDEN LANE

Hidden Lane has a Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini new to the Menu.

Hidden Lane has officially launched a new seasonal cocktail menu beginning on October seventeenth, including a MUST-TRY Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini complete with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and espresso. The specialty seasonal drink will be the first of many autumn-inspired cocktails debuting this month. So give it a try; it is made to sip inside or out in their hidden garden.

129 E 15th StreetNYC

Greg’s Great Pumpkin Patch at Domino Park
COURTESY OF GREG TREES

Greg’s Great Pumpkin Patch at Domino Park

Greg’s Trees just transformed Domino Park into Greg’s Great Pumpkin Patch, which is open now through October thirty-first from nine A. M. to nine P.M. daily with events and attractions for the whole family.

Expect a massive selection of pumpkins and Halloween decor, a haystack maze for little ones, a paw-rade, and a dog costume contest on October twenty-third, pumpkin painting and carving daily Instagram-able photo ops and activities galore.

15 River StreetBrooklyn

Blood Manor
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Blood Manor

September 30 to November 5, 2022

Blood Manor in Tribeca is one of the best Halloween events in New York City. Blood Manor props and graphic images adorn the space making it super spooky, and the actors are so fabulous you may believe it is all real.

359 BroadwayNYC

A Haunting in Hollis
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A Haunting in Hollis

October 1 to 31, 2022

A Haunting in Hollis is located in Hollis Queens at a residential home. The house features spooky decor and spookier actors just for you. In addition, there is a haunted house, as well as escape rooms available.

The haunted house features a five floors chase with two options. If you are like me, you will probably use the safe word “peanut butter” and say maybe next year. Or use your laser gun and have spooky fun. Unfortunately, the only way out is down a twenty-foot slide, so are you ready?

Tickets are twenty dollars per person for the five-story haunted house, and there are a forty dollars express option. Tickets for the escape rooms are forty dollars per person.

21117 Hollis AvenueQueens Village

Headless Horseman
COURTESY OF HEADLESS HORSEMAN

Headless Horseman

September 24 to October 30, 2022

Headless Horseman is a fantastic Halloween event in New York City. The outdoor attraction is made up of eight haunted houses. In addition, there are escape rooms that can be experienced at an additional cost. But the dark harvest corn maze and the dark and spooky outdoor walk are worth the visit.

778 Broadway, Route 9W—Ulster Park, NY

BrainXcape
COURTESY OF BRAINXCAPE

BrainXcape

A Year-Round Event

BrainXcape has two exciting, spooky escape rooms for a fabulous Halloween Party in NYC. Rikers and The Grange Hotel escape rooms.

The Riker’s escape room is staged in the infamous nineteen thirty-two New York City prison, and you only have an hour to escape. Your cellmate has escaped and left you all the clues, but you can hear the evil correctional officer outside and time is of the essence. What will you do?

The Grange Hotel escape room is staged in a luxury hotel with possibly more than one mysterious death. Time is running out; you have one hour to escape the room before the haunting catches up to you. Are you ready?

160 Broadway, 3rd floor—NYC

Halloween at The Buttery Bar
COURTESY OF THE BUTTERY BAR

Halloween at The Buttery Bar

October 31, 2022

Halloween at The Buttery bar features live music, spooky cocktails, games, and prizes. Trick or treat from three to seven P.M., then party from six to ten P.M.

The Buttery Bar has exceptional food, beer, and wine.

152 Driggs Avenue—Brooklyn

Haunted Manhattan

A Year-round Event

Haunted Manhattan takes you on walking tours to explore some of your favorite spot’s creepiest past.

Tours originate from Greenwich Village, East Village, West Village, and Five Points and are just under three miles. Buckle up as you endure just over an hour as your excellent guides share some of the most thrilling and funny stories.

1357 Broadway # 127—NYC
[The meeting point for your specific tour will be emailed to you after booking your tickets]

Indira Paganotto, Joyhauser, Niia Guerra

Indira Paganotto, Joyhauser, Niia Guerra

October 28, 2022

Klandest and Techno Brooklyn present a proper techno Halloween at the one and only Schimanski featuring the KNTXT super-star Indira Paganotto alongside the Belgian techno duo, Joyhauser, known for their releases on Filth On Acid, Terminal M, Drumcode & more. The two heavyweights pair well with the up-and-coming Brooklyn-raising artist Niia Guerra. You won’t usually get this European techno firepower in one lineup, but we are sharing Something special with you this holiday.

54 North 11th Street—Brooklyn

Halloween Bar Crawl

October 28, 29, and 31, 2022

Barcrawlerz is hosting an annual Trick or Drink bar crawl; it is a three days extravaganza where you get dressed up and explore participating bars for drink specials with your fellow witches and goblins.

Purchase your tickets and show up at the registration site on your confirmation email. There is no cover charge or purchase fee for drinks. Just pick up a wristband and map of the participating bars along with all the specials offered. And have a fabulous time.

SPIN New York
23 48 E 23rd Street—NYC

NY Ghosts Tour

A Year-round Event

When I think of Ghost Tour, I think of Ghost Whisperer [a tv show first aired in two thousand and five], where the entrance of the town beneath is through her antique shop. What if there is such a town beneath our city—spooky?

So are mole people in our city eating rats and human flesh? Or is the Notable people who once occupied the city and are believed to have never left still under our city? But whether it is a myth or not, NYC has infamously haunted places, and NY Ghosts hosts tours that take you on a journey of exploration showcasing haunted places and their legends.

The meeting place for your tour is on the confirmation email after purchasing your tickets.

House of Spirits
COURTESY OF HOUSE OF SPIRITS

House of Spirits

October 1 to 31, 2022

House of Spirits is an evening cocktail party where you visit a Haunted Mansion—guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail party attire to attend the party at the Mansion, where fabulous actors and props will treat you to make your spooky night.

Tarot card readings, ouija boards, live music, and themed mini drinks will be served—what a night.

60 Pine Street—5 Story Mansion A NYC

OktoberFest
COURTESY OF WATERMARK

OktoberFest NYC

September 2 to October 31, 2022

Located on Pier fifteen south of the South Street Seaport [two piers from the pumpkin arch] at the Watermark Bar for OktoberFest. Serving delicious food and tasty beer and outfitted with an abundance of entertainment.

A kids-friendly event for friends and family Autumn day out, a day to swoon the Brooklyn skyline.

78 South Street, Pier 15NYC

Hallo-Whine at Bar Schimmi
COURTESY OF BAR SCHIMMI

Celebrate Hallo-Whine at Bar Schimmi

October 28, 2022

Get ready for Hallo-Whine at Schimanski’s Bar Schimmi on Friday, October twenty-eight, from ten P.M. to four A. M. Prepare to spend the evening on your feet jamming to your favorite hip-shaking tunes. Guests will access a dazzling dance floor, a full-service bar, and island vibes while listening to special guest performances from DJ Billionaire Pat, DJ Hell Rell, and DJ Chris John.

Enjoy the music and ambiance while sipping your fave drinks at the bar, or order VIP bottle service for your squad by emailing vip@schimanskinyc.com.

Get tickets online by visiting seetickets.us/hallowhine or https://schimanskinyc.com.

60 North 11th StreetBrooklyn

Nightmare On Twenty-first Street Party
COURTESY OF SLATE

Enjoy Frightening Fun at Slate’s Nightmare On Twenty-first Street Party

October 28 to 29, 2022

Never sleep again. Get your costumes ready for an epic Halloween soiree at Slate from Friday, October twenty-eight at eight P.M. to October twenty-nine at four A.M., inspired by one of the greatest horror films of all time, Nightmare on Elm Street.

To kick off the Halloween festivities, Slate will host two floors of epic music throughout the night, including DJ Fotsbeats upstairs and DJ Kaution downstairs! So celebrate all night while enjoying the chic décor, sipping on your favorite drinks, and letting loose on the spacious premier lounge dancefloors.

54 West 21st StreetNYC

Pickle Support: by Firpo: presented by The Somethings: Halloween Weekend

October 28, 2022

Kick off your Halloween weekend with a sprinkle of art, fantasy, and gnomes at The Somethings party at Somewhere Nowhere on Friday, October twenty-eight. The Somethings will offer a night filled with NFTs, magic, and futuristic art. Surrender to a world of goblets, glowing orbs, and floating islands.

112 West 25th StreetNYC

Haunting on the UWS at e’s BAR
COURTESY OF E’S BAR

Attend Haunting on the UWS at e’s BAR

October 29, 2022

Rock out on Saturday, October twenty-ninth, during Haunting on the UWS at e’s BAR. This wonderful Karaoke party will include a costume contest where the best dressed will win a one hundred dollar bar tab.

A live special guest DJ will spin tunes all night, and there is no cover fee. So chow down on elevated bar food classics, sip from their massive beer and cocktail list, play fun tabletop games, and sing alongside lively crowds. Doors will open at eight P.M.

511 Amsterdam AvenueNYC

Moojo: Support by Forest Down Under Halloween Weekend
COURTESY OF SOMEWHERE NOWHERE

Moojo: Support by Forest Down Under Halloween Weekend

Grab your spot at Somewhere Nowhere, decked out in decor exemplifying the Seven Deadly Sins, to catch DJ Moojo live on Saturday, October twenty-ninth, for a Halloween Weekend blowout. Listen to a live set from DJ Moojo, who has been touring the globe since his musical debut at the age of fourteen and is the founder of the independent label Calamar Records.

112 West 25th StreetNYC

A View to Kill Rooftop Halloween Party
COURTESY OF DAINTREE

Daintree Hosts A View to Kill Rooftop Halloween Party

October 29, 2022

Daintree is hosting A View to Kill, a rooftop soiree in the sky atop Hotel Hendrick’s to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, October twenty-ninth, at Ten P.M. Add a little glitz and glamour to your haunted weekend by enjoying Daintree’s one-of-a-kind view of NYC’s skyline, carefully curated Fall cocktails and music from Guest DJ throughout the evening.

Treat yourself to small plates inspired by Aussie-Asian cuisine fusion like Chicken Salt and Seaweed Popcorn, Caviar and Chips, and tempting plates of Oyster and a drink reimagined New York classics and distinct Australian wines.

25 W 38th StreetNYC

Good Vibrations: Halloween at Schimanski
COURTESY OF SCHIMANSKI

Enjoy Good Vibrations: Halloween at Schimanski

October 29, 2022

Lighten up Halloween weekend with Good Vibrations: Halloween, a high-energy costume party at Schimanski on Saturday, October twenty-ninth, from ten P.M. to four A.M.

Tear up the dance floor to the greatest Dancehall, Reggae, Afrobeats, and Hip Hop hits while wearing your best costume and indulging at the full-service bar. Exceptional hosts Wallay, Boye, Rahilou, and Mr. Shawtyme, will keep the entertainment and the fun coming into the following day.

Attendees can dance to live music from SB Sounds, Sydney Love, Citizen B, Spindoll, and AQ all night. In addition, one lucky party-goer will have the chance to win a five hundred dollar cash prize for the best costume.

54 North 11th StreetBrooklyn

A Forbidden Palace Halloween
COURTESY OF SLATE

Slate Hosts A Forbidden Palace Halloween

Oct 29 to 30, 2022

This Halloween, uncover the secrets of the Forbidden Palace at Slate with a one-hour vodka bar from eight to nine P.M. and a live DJ performance. Premier lounge with a sprawling space, Slate beckons you to come beyond velvet curtains to join a live DJ dance party with New York’s beautiful creatures. So indulge and choose one of Slate’s VIP table packages for bottle service and other amenities. Doors open at eight P. M. Tickets for this event begin at twenty dollars.

54 West 21st StreetNYC

Jessie’s Girl at Stranger Hallow-Things
COURTESY OF CITY WINERY NYC

Party with Jessie’s Girl at Stranger Hallow-Things at City Winery NYC

October 29, 2022

Celebrate Halloween Weekend with some Sci-Fi, spooky and costumed fun at a Stranger Hallow-Things party at City Winery NYC on Saturday, October twenty-ninth, beginning at eleven P.M. Fun Music Presents will host this magical evening devoted to eighties tunes that were popularized all over again thanks to the hit series Stranger Things.

Dance to live cover music from the band Jessie’s Girl begins at the stroke of midnight. Before and after the concert, guest DJ Stef Nava will spin a mix of today’s top 40 songs and anthems from the nineteen eighties and beyond to allow every partygoer to unleash their inner Eleven and get turned upside down!

25 11th Avenue [at 15th Street – Pier 57]NYC

Monolink Presented by Forest Down Under & Firpo: Halloween Weekend
COURTESY OF SOMEWHERE NOWHERE

Monolink Presented by Forest Down Under & Firpo: Halloween Weekend

October 30, 2022

Surrender to the enchanted tunes of Electronic and Dance musician DJ Firpo during an exclusive performance at Somewhere Nowhere on Sunday, October thirtieth. Lose yourself to the rhythm of hit songs and take in the exhilarating air of pre-Halloween anticipation.

112 West 25th StreetNYC

The Villains’ Ball
COURTESY OF SOMEWHERE NOWHERE

The Villains’ Ball [Halloween Night] with Rick Wonder: The Best Costume Wins One Thousand Dollars Cash

Get your ‘ghouls’ together for The Villains’ Ball at Somewhere Nowhere on October thirty-first. First, dive into your darkest desires and dress as your favorite villain. Then, sip on cocktails and hit the dance floor to dance to tracks from Rick Wonder during the special evening, where one lucky guest will take home a one thousand cash prize for best costume.

112 West 25th StreetNYC

Roam Sporting Club's Halloween Weekend Parties

Roam Sporting Club’s Halloween Weekend Parties

October 28 & 29, 2022

Roam in Forest Hills; Queens will boast a complimentary open bar on Friday, October twenty-eight, and Saturday, October twenty-nine, from eight to nine P.M., with a DJ spinning both nights to enliven your Halloween weekend from seven P.M. to three A.M.

107-12 70th RoadQueens

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

September 16 to November 20Hudson Valley
September 30 to November 6Long Island

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is back with a giant pumpkin dragon and a NYC streetscape made of hundreds of pumpkins each.

The blaze occurs at Hudson Valley at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson and Long Island at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage.

Hudson Valley will run for fifty-four nights from September 16 through November twenty, and Long Island will run for twenty-eight nights from September thirtieth through November six.

Van Cortlandt Manor
525 S Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson—NYC
Old Bethpage Village Restoration

1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage—NYC

Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls

October 28, 2022

Take in a screening of the classic silent film Nosferatu, while spooky tunes played on the cathedral’s grand organ by Timothy Brumfield. The movie is followed by Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company’s annual Procession of the Ghouls, in which demons and witches enter the church in a ghostly parade down the aisles.

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street—NYC

UNBOUND, a haus of haunts

October 21 and 28, 2022

A haus of haunts at Thistle Dance’s Unbound performance held at Jefferson Market Library. Pick a room, follow a character and explore the haunted. There are the catacombs of a daemon to explore, an encounter with a witch’s coven, or a party at the vampire banquet.

A free show will be held on Friday night on October twenty-eight. A spooky, immersive dance experience inspired by the works of Emily Dickinson and presented in partnership with the New York Public Library.

Jefferson Market Library

Manhattan West Woof Fest: HOWL-oween

October 29, 2022

Venture down the red carpet dressed in costume at the Manhattan West Woof Fest on October twenty-ninth to win prizes, and parade down the Plaza. Your furry friend can enjoy spooky dog-friendly treats from a bone bar, a paw-pit pool of balls, and giveaways.

Manhattan West Plaza
[enter on 9th Avenue, between 31st and 33rd Streets]

Candlelight Ghost Tour

October 1, 21, and 28, 2022

Visit the oldest house in Manhattan after dark this Halloween. Learn about the history and haunting by exploring the homes and grounds by candlelight. The seventy-five-minute tour will give exclusive access to the third-floor attic with original flooring and is designed for guests over the age of thirteen.

349 Broome Street—NYC

Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours

Staged like a Victorian funeral parlor outfitted with chandeliers and velvet curtains and takes you on a trip through the shadows of historical Brooklyn. The tour visits sites spanning 400 years of Brooklyn history. You will explore the secret location where Murder, Inc. disposed of bodies, alien abduction sites along the Brooklyn Bridge, a brothel, and spooky sites.

North 9th & Driggs Avenue—Brooklyn

Sweet & Spooky Halloween Harvest
COURTESY OF CRICKET CANDY CREATIONS

Sweet & Spooky HalloweenCricket’s

October 1 to 30, 2022

Cricket’s Candy Creations is excited to host spooktacular and candy-filled fun Halloween. The entire family will enjoy Halloween activities featuring sweet, fun, and spook-alicious fall programming for the whole family to enjoy.

Programming includes Pumpkin patches, pumpkin painting, apple cider, and apple cider donuts.

Halloween-themed edible candCricket’sincorporated into the Cricket’s Candy Creations Crafting Experience. Candy crafts may include Candy Corn Slime, Boo-Licious Bling, Marshmallow Ghosts, Crazy Candy Apples, Chocolate Broomstick Painting, and more.

200 Hudson Street—NYC

Smorgasburg Season Finale
COURTESY OF SMORGASBURG

Smorgasburg Season Finale

October 30, 2022

Save the final date of the season for a fun costume party at Smorg in Prospect Park from eleven A.M. to six P.M. Team members will be handing out Smorgasbucks for lunch, merch Kid’s, and more all day long. Kid’s art activities include face-painting with Brooklyn-based artist Erin Flynn from twelve to four P.M. Pet costume contest, and spooky specials from your favorite vendors. Stay tuned for more info.

Prospect Park

Halloween Concert: Bewitching Music

October 29, 2022

The Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Phil Nuzzo, will perform a night of Halloween-inspired music at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights. Pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski will return as special guest, handling Liszt’s fiendish virtuoso tour-de-force.

“Hear the skeletons dance in Saint-Saëns classic Dance Macabre. Then, Franz Liszt treats us to his usual fiendish pyrotechnic display in his Piano Concerto #2,” the Orchestra says. “Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique gives us a musical decapitation and a wild witches dance, and Shakespeare’s witches continue the dance in Verdi’s Prelude and Ballet music from his opera Macbeth.”

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street—Brooklyn

Trick-or-Treat with East Midtown
COURTESY OF EAST MIDTOWN PARTNERSHIP

Trick or Treat with East Midtown

October 31, 2022

Trick-or-Treat with East Midtown Partnership, where businesses in the district will welcome trick-or-treaters and their families on Monday, October thirty first, between three to seven P.M. Visit any participating business on the map to collect their first treat and a trick-or-treat bag. Free and fun.

Sunrise at East 56th and the Plaza outside 919 Third Avenue
139 East 56th Street and 919 3rd Avenue

Fall O’Ween
COURTESY OF NYBG

Fall-O-Ween

Fall O’Ween at the New York Botanical Garden includes activities that scream Autumn. Explore the Bales & Ales event [food and drink] and the Pumpkin Carving Face-Off.

2900 Southern Boulevard—Bronx

Madhouse on Mulberry
COURTESY OF MADHOUSE ON MULBERRY

Madhouse on Mulberry

October 1 to November 6, 2022

Madhouse on Mulberry haunted maze experience is approximately a five to ten-minute walk. Surviving the maze will grant you access to a themed bar filled with the booziest and bloodiest cocktails. Try the blood orange margarita and the smashing pumpkin spiced martini.

133 Mulberry Street—NYC

The Great PUPkin Annual Dog Costume Contest
COURTESY OF FORTE GREENE PUPS

The Great PUPkin Annual Dog Costume Contest

October 29, 2022

It is the twenty-fourth Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest on Saturday, October twenty-ninth. So head to Fort Green Park with your dog with its cutest costume and join more than a hundred other dogs to run around in silly and creative costumes.

Fort Greene Park—Brooklyn

Boo at The Zoo
COURTESY OF THE BRONX ZOO

Boo at the Zoo

OCTOBER 1 to 30, 2022

Bronx Zoo is hosting boo at the zoo on the weekends from now through October thirtieth. Kids can explore the spooky extinct animal graveyard and pumpkin carving while picking up sweets on the Candy Trail.

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard—Bronx

The Merry Busters of Ghosts
COURTESY OF THE DRUNK TEXT

The Merry Busters of Ghosts

October 28, 2022

Buried for years. Forgotten by time. But now, they’re coming back to life. Join us as our team of professional thespians dust off a classical text, or a text made classical, in a performance that combines drinking games, improvisation, and audience participation.

Players Theatre—115 MacDougal Street—NYC

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