Although there’s only a week left until Halloween, it’s not too late to get into the spooky spirit. New York City offers a variety of scary, festive, and pumpkin-filled events to satisfy any taste. Here’s a short list of some events you can experience in the Big Apple this Halloween.
Village Halloween Parade
October 31, 2016
7 PM-10:30 PM
On 6th avenue, from Spring Street to 16th Street
Free, all ages
New York City’s 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade welcomes anyone in costume to join the festive march down Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. The parade boasts some of the most creative homemade costumes and includes live music, puppets, dancers, artists, and bands to keep crowds in the Halloween spirit as they traverse the city. Those wishing to walk in the parade can enter the procession on 6th Avenue at Canal Street, but their website emphasizes that you must be in costume.
Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla
October 30, 2016
3:30 PM-7 PM
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park
110th Street between 5th and Lenox Avenues
Free, all ages
Looking for a fun Halloween event for family? Look no further than Central Park’s Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla. The event features festive activities for everyone, including pumpkin carving demos, live music, and a costume parade. If you stick around until twilight, you’ll be able to witness the Pumpkin Flotilla, where an array of lighted and carved pumpkins are set afloat on the Harlem Meer. Want to see your pumpkin sail? Bring a carved pumpkin to the northwest corner of the Harlem Meer between 3:30 and 5:30 PM. Be sure to check out their pumpkin guidelines here.
September 30-November 5, 2016
Hours vary depending on the night, can range from 6PM-1AM
163 Varick St
New York, NY 10013
$35-$55, ages 14+
If you’re looking for a more adrenaline-filled Halloween, check out Blood Manor, Time Out New York’s choice for the scariest haunted house in New York City. It offers 5,000 square feet of themed rooms and passages, with names like “The Crypt,” “Maggot Invasion,” “Hannibal’s Hell,” and many more. They also offer special “Lights Out Nights” on November 4 and 5, where visitors are given a single glow-stick as they walk the darkened halls. Tickets can be purchased on their website or in limited amounts at the door.
Fort Totten Park Haunted Lantern Tours
October 29, 2016
Fort Totten Park
Totten Ave & 15 Rd, Bayside, NY 11359
Free, all ages
If you’re a fan of ghost stories, be sure to check out Fort Totten Park’s Haunted Lantern Tours. Park rangers guide visitors through the park’s haunted water battery, which was once an active army installation.
The Amazing Maize Maze
September 24-October 30, 2016
Queens County Farm
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004
$10 for adults, $5 children ages 4-11, Free ages 0-3
Bring some country into your city Halloween festivities by visiting Queens County Farm’s 3-acre corn maze. Each year the maze is designed around a theme, and if this year’s theme, “The Big Apple” is anything like its namesake, it is sure to impress.
New York City offers so many Halloween events, it was difficult to narrow them down in a short list. Let me know about some of your favorite NYC Halloween attractions in the comments and have a safe and happy Halloween!