5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween In NYC (Besides The Parade!)


In case you missed all the spiderweb drenched brownstones and pumpkin decorated tables in every NYC restaurant, we’ll go ahead and remind you…Halloween is right around the corner! Even though the holiday falls on a Monday this year, there are plenty of ways to get celebrating as early as this week, for all ages. We’ve rounded up five of our most anticipated below!

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Haunted Attraction Seekers: New York Haunted Hayride

This crazy scary haunted hayride, taking place on Randalls Island Park, made huge waves in NYC last year and fans are thrilled to have it back. New York Haunted Hayride is definitely not a kid-friendly hayride. Attractions ranging from the House of Shadows, the Purgatory Haunted Village to the Theater Macabre are truly meant to leave you too terrified to look under your bed later. Hurry and get your tickets now before it is too late!

Details: Open from 7pm to 11pm through Halloween night. It’s encouraged to arrive early to avoid long lines, and tickets start at $32.

For The Kids: Trick-Or-Treating at the Museum of Natural History

Every year, the Museum of Natural History hosts a Halloween Celebration especially for the little ones! Thirty of the halls will be decorated and open for Trick-or-Treating, Halloween themed arts and crafts, live performances, and costumes galore! So naturally, dressing up in costume is very much encouraged.

Details: The event will go from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, October 31st and is $14 for non-members and $12 for members. You can sign up in advance here.

Ghost Story Lovers: Merchant House Museum

If you love a good fireside ghost story, this tour of the Merchant House Museum is absolutely for you. Because, get this, the spirits of the eight family members who died in the house are very much still living there, according to staff and volunteers (insert creepy music here!) The tour is 50 minutes and will lead you through both the haunted past and the spooky present. Also a great tour if NYC history peaks your interest.

Details: The event is offered October 27th through 30th, and tours leave every half hour from 6:30 to 9:30. For reservations, email programs@merchantshouse.org. Tickets are $30 or $40, depending on the tour, and always $20 for members.

Throw Back Some Brews In A Haunted Pub: The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern

As one of the oldest bars in all of New York, The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern has seen and heard some THINGS. Rumored to be one of the most haunted bars in NYC, this neighborhood watering hole is legend to harbor some of the most frightening stories. Let’s just say, buried deep within the walls, live the ghosts of five people and a few black cats. Combine the spirits with the creaky floorboards and cobwebs, and you have the perfect watering hole to toast in Halloween.

Details: Located at the bottom tip of the island of Manhattan, you’ll find the tavern at 54 Pearl Street, New York, 10004. Jump on a Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm!

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Party Like It’s Halloween Night: The Blood Ball

Not gonna lie, as cool as The Blood Ball sounds, we LOVE that the proceeds go to an awesome cause: to register potential bone marrow donors who can give people with blood cancer a second chance at life. So, help out the greater good. Sip on a cocktail, enjoy a burlesque show, all while wearing your fabulous costume (hint: the theme this year is Hollywood meets Horror). Halloween in NYC doesn’t get much better than that!

Details: The Ball will take place on October 27th at the Diamond Horseshoe in the Paramount Hotel, 235 W. 46th Street. Festivities start at 8pm and tickets start at $500 (and yes, that includes open bar.)

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