by Louise, Community Manager
Two weeks until Halloween – a holiday we LOVE in NYC. If you are going to be in town that weekend, you MUST partake in one of the many events going on around the city.
Here are just a few of our top picks:
The Village Halloween Parade
This one is obvious, but it’s a big deal in the city and if you love parades you should definitely check it out. Marching bands, amazing floats, and some of the most creative costumes you’ll see anywhere – you never forget your first time at the Village Halloween Parade. Be forewarned though, many of the costumes and floats may not be appropriate for children
When: October 31st, 7-10 PM
Where: 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street
Who: All ages, may not be suitable for children
More information: http://www.halloween-nyc.com/
Phantom’s Halloween Masquerade Cruise
All aboard for an early and spooky celebration of Phantom of the Opera’s 10,000 performance! Wear a costume and don a mask, enjoy complimentary champagne and pumpkin ale, and if your costume is worthy you may win two tickets to see this Broadway legend claim another milestone.
When: October 29th, 9 PM – 12 AM
Where: Pier 83, 42nd & 12th
Who: Adults 21+
More information: http://travel.newyorkguest.com/Activities/Phantom-Masquerade-Cruise
After Dark at Madame Tussaud’s
Wander the darkened corridors of Madame Tussaud’s, New York’s haunted wax museum, as thousands of eyes watch you and the screams never end. This year’s haunted wax museum promises to be creepier than ever, but the smiling celebrities will still be there to comfort you when (and if) you get out.
When: October 20th-23rd and 27th-30th, 9 PM – 12 AM
Where: Madame Tussaud’s at 234 West 42nd St
Who: Adults and kids age 12+
More information: http://afterdarknewyork.com/
Nightmare Fairy Tales
One of NYC’s most renowned haunted houses has chosen traditional fairy tales as their 2011 theme, and the results are certain to be as unsettling as they are awesome. You will walk through a haunted forest with a small group of people and observe terrible things happening to characters you know from classic fairy tales while terrifying things happen to you as well. If it turns out to be a little too disturbing for you, just know you’ll be on the Lower East Side, where there are plenty of nearby spots to have a nerve-calming drink.
When: Select dates 9/30-11/5
Where: 107 Suffolk Street
Cost: Starts at $30
More information: http://www.hauntedhousenyc.com
Toys ‘r’ Us Spooktacular
If you’re traveling with young children, you may want to skip the truly terrifying offerings that are available all around the city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Halloween! At the always amazing Times Square Toys ‘r’ Us you and the kids can partake in Geoffrey’s Halloween Parade, face painting, character appearances, and gruesome snacks made by a mad scientist!
When: October 29th from 12-3 PM
Where: Toys ‘r’ Us 1514 Broadway at 44th street
Who: All ages
More Information: http://www.timessquare.com/Latest_News/Times_Square_News/Toys%22R%22Us_Times_Square_Will_Host_a_Spook-tacular_Halloween_Event/
Boo at the Zoo
Okay so it’s not really going to be that scary, but it’s tons of fun for kids, adults, and all of our little friends who live at the zoo! Meet some of the zoo’s spookier critters (like bats and reptiles), get your face painted, participate in Halloween crafts, take a haunted safari, and more. A little learning, a little playing, and a lot of fun!
When: Weekends in October at the Bronx Zoo, 10/29-10/30 at other city zoos
Where: Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo (all activities may not be available at all zoos)
Who: All ages
Cost: Starts at $8 for zoo admission
More information: http://www.bronxzoo.com/plan-your-trip/events-calendar/boo-at-the-zoo.aspx
Coney Island Nights of Horror
What’s scarier than going on the country’s oldest roller coaster at a haunted amusement park? Nothing? That’s what I thought you’d say! Take the train out to the very end of Brooklyn, enjoy unlimited access to Luna Parks 12 rides, and check out the extremely spooky Coney Carnival and the possibly-even-spookier Cudie Farm. Enjoy this excuse to check out one of NYC’s famous beaches before it gets too cold!
When: Weekends in October starting at 6 PM
Where: Luna Park, 1000 Surf Avenue in Brooklyn
Who: Adults and kids 14+
More information: http://lunaparknyc.com/nightsofhorror
None of these tickle your fancy? Need help planning the spookiest possible weekend? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with all of your Halloween questions