What to do in New York City on Halloween

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

Cost: Free

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+

Cost: $40

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+

Cost: $25

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

Who: Adults

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

Cost: Free

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+

Cost: $30

More information: http://lunaparknyc.com/nightsofhorror

None of these tickle your fancy? Need help planning the spookiest possible weekend? E-mail info@newyorkguest.com with all of your Halloween questions


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