Best Halloween Events in NYC to Enjoy for Spooky Season

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Best Halloween Events in NYC to Enjoy for Spooky Season

Planning a visit to NYC in October and looking for fun Halloween events? In this NYC guide, find tons of fun, spooky season events and activities that will be happening throughout October.

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NYC Halloween Parade Greenwich Village

One of the most iconic Halloween events that happens in NYC is the annual Village Halloween Parade. It happens every year on October 31st, and it is completely free to watch!

If you rather enjoy it from home, it will broadcast on local channels and presented LIVE by NY1 at 8 PM, however, the event itself will start at 7 PM. This marks the 50th year of the Halloween Parade, and the theme is puppet design for Mirror, Mirror.

If there is one place where people go all out for Halloween costumes, New York certainly makes the top of the list! To watch in person from the sidelines, make sure to head to 6th Ave. and Canal Street, which is where it starts and goes all the way down to 16th Street.

If you have nothing going on the next day and are over 21 years old, consider even hitting the afterparty at Webster Hall. It has been a minute since I last been there, but the memories are special! I even had my 21st birthday there, hehe.

Annual Village Halloween Parade NYC Event
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Tour the Green-Wood Cemetery

For something a little more unique and off-the-beaten path, consider heading over to Green-Wood Cemetery. While this is a popular, unusual thing to do in NYC any time of the year, October brings in the extra spice for the spooky season.

You can tour the cemetery on your own for free, and it it very easy to get here by train from Manhattan. But, if you want to elevate your experience, Green-Wood Cemetery also has some special Halloween-like events for the month of October.

Whether you go on a tour or not, I can promise you will get nice views of the city, see really unique tombs, and even start to see the fall leaves throughout this 478-acre property.

Address: 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Green-Wood Cemetery NYC
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Luna Park Halloween

Want to do some fun Halloween events with the kiddies? I just passed by Luna Park yesterday and realized they had such fun fall decorations up, all themed for Halloween. I passed by at night, and everything was lit up, and it made me wish I was still a kid again!

Their Halloween Harvest is from now until October 29th on Fridays, Weekends, and some weekdays. You of course, can enjoy all the rides, fall treats, pumpkin carving, and more, making it a fun day for the family!

Address: Luna Park in Coney Island 1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Luna Park Coney Island Halloween Event NYC

Haunted Tavern Pop-up Cocktail Experience

Happening the weekend of October 14th, experience one of the most haunted places in Brooklyn with a twist of spooky and drinks! This is a 21+ event, and the tickets are already almost all sold out, so if you happen to be in the area for this weekend, it is definitely worth checking out!

It is an interactive cocktail experience that will lead you through the venue with drinks, of course! Get Tickets here.

Address: Marte Hall 81 Seigel Street, Brooklyn, 11206

Haunted Tavern

Dreams of Dracula Experience

If you’re looking for an adult Halloween event running all October long, check out the Dreams of Dracula Experience, which has teamed up with Bucket Listers to give you this Immersive Masquerade.

There are 2 floors and 4 rooms which allow you to choose your own adventure! The only thing you need to know before visiting is that there is an ALL-Black attire requirement for entry!

You can expect scary stories, hypnosis, tarot reading, flashing lights, and even potentially getting touched by their performers, as they pull out all the stops. Get Tickets Here.

Address: Musica Club NYC, 637 West 50th Street, New York, NY

Visit Greg’s Great Pumpkin Patch

Greg’s Great Pumpkin Patch is back at Domino Park, Brooklyn, and ready to get festive with you for the Halloween season. This is the perfect place to bring the whole family and even your furbaby, as they have a Halloween costume contest for your pooch.

You will find your traditional fall festivities like hayrides and pumpkins to pick and more fun activities for the kids. Plus, it is right on the waterfront with great views of Manhattan.

Address: One South First, 325 Kent Avenue

Greg's Great Pumpkin Patch Halloween Event NYC
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A Haunting in Hollis

Do you like being scared? Then, this NYC Halloween event is for you! Located in Queens, not only is this a haunted house, but it also has escape rooms and a BNB, just in case you want to learn if things go bump in the night!

Even Nick Canon dubbed it one of the scariest haunted houses in New York, and it is open for all of October! The scary level is high, so they don’t recommend children under 10 years old to attend. Find tickets here.

Haunting in Hollis Halloween NYC event

Nightmare Dollhouse

Another bone-chilling event to experience for Halloween in New York is the Nightmare Dollhouse. Dolls always freaked me out, so the scaredy-cat I am will not stop here. But, if you’re brave enough, check out this road-side event that has some of the weirdest and scariest roadside oddities.

Do you dare to enter? Find tickets here.

Address: Teatro SEA @ The Clemente

Dollhouse NYC Halloween Event

Pumpkins at the Queens County Farm Museum

If you’re looking for good ol’ pumpkin picking, you can head right over to the Queens County Farm. Most days, it is free to visit this working farm, but during the fall, they tend to have additional events that may have an admission.

The pumpkin patch is always free, however, you just have to pay for your chosen pumpkin. The Amazing Maize Maze Halloween events do come at an additional cost.

To learn more and get your tickets if you choose to partake in additional Halloween festivities, you can find them here.

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Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park

Central Park really pulls out all the stops when fall in NYC is concerned. From stunning fall foliage to its very out Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla, Central Park is an incredible place to be in October. It is located at the Northeast corner of the park at the Charles A. Dana Center in Harlem Meer.

This year, the event will be happening on October 26th from 4 PM – 7 PM, and you are encouraged to dress in your Halloween costumes. This is a free and family-friendly event. There will be a reading by the Public Library and even a DJ.

Additionally, you can even submit your own carved Jack-O’-Lantern. To stay up-to-date on the event times and the kind of carved pumpkins they accept, click here. Overall, it is still one of the best free Halloween events to visit.

Central Park is also one of the best free things you can do in NYC at any time of the year, so don’t miss adding this iconic location to your itinerary!

Central Park Gapstow Bridge - Living in NYC
Central Park Gapstow Bridge

Visit a Halloween Bar

Since it is spooky season, there will be plenty of bars participating in the Halloween and fall festivities. Some of the top NYC bars to check out during October include the Beetle House, Loreley Beer Garden, Oscar Wilde, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment, and the Magic Hour Rooftop.

For clubs to visit around Halloween, check out Webster Hall and the House of Yes, all of which are excellent places to enjoy if you’re looking for something to do at night in NYC.

Visit the The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

One of the most popular events of the season is by far, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. It happens in Hudson Valley and Long Island. Being a Long Islander, I will always lean towards the event in Bethpage.

You can just pop right onto the Long Island Railroad to Bethpage and grab an Uber. Regardless of the location you choose, you will be greeted with thousands of jack-o’-lanterns lit up in all different designs.

Each year, they try to go bigger and better with the designs. All ages are welcome, but the event starts at night, so make sure the kiddos can stay awake that long. It is a very popular Halloween event, so make sure to get tickets ahead of time.

Pumpkin Arch Is Back At Pier 17

The beloved Pumpkin Arch is back at the Seaport for all your Instagram needs. You can find the iconic arch at the Heineken Riverdeck starting September 27th. To get the perfect photo, try going early in the morning on the weekend or during the weekday.

Cityside Pumpkin Patch Rooftop Bar

Another cool Halloween pop-up event in NYC is happening at Cityside with Bucket Listers. This Queens Rooftop bar is decked with pumpkins to pick, tarot card reading, and face painting. You can also enjoy beer, specialty cocktails, and small fall-inspired bites.

Furthermore, if you’re looking for places to take Instagrammable fall, this is a great spot.

This event is happening for the whole month of October, and the general admission starts at $22 per person. Find tickets here.

Address: The Summer Club, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Queens, NY

Halloween at the New York Botanical Garden

Another family-friendly event to enjoy is at the beautiful New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). They have their Fall-O-Ween event happening until November 11th, so you can enjoy all the ticks and treats.

While here, enjoy the pumpkin patch and lovely fall colors. For the kids, partake in pumpkin parades and pumpkin carving face-offs, and for the adults, enjoy beer sampling on the weekends with Bales & Ales. Don’t forget to dress in your Halloween costumes! You can find additional special events here.

Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Search For Halloween Decorations

I wanted to add this to the end because this is more of a self-walking Halloween event to explore some of the best Halloween decorations around New York City. You can find great Halloween decorations with skeletons and spider webs around 78th Street between Park and Lexington on the Upper East Side.

The Village will, of course, also have spooktasticly decorated Brownstones as well! Anywhere that is more residential (Upper East Side, Upper West Side) will be your goal.

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Halloween Events in NYC Wrap-up

This concludes some of the best events to enjoy this October for Halloween in NYC. As you can see, there are plenty of tricks and treats to enjoy during the spooky season!

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

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