Top 10 Things To Do In New York This Halloween

Wondering how to make the most of Halloween 2015 in the Big Apple? I Love Halloween has you covered! We have compiled a mixed list of events so there is a fun way for everyone to celebrate and have a good time!

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1. NYC's Halloween Parade!

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The epic Village Halloween Parade needs no introduction! Celebrating its 40 year anniversary, the parade will begin on Sixth Ave and Canal Street at 7pm on October 31 and will end on Sixth Ave and 16th Street around 9pm. This is a free event, but in order to participate in the procession, you must be dressed up! If you prefer, you can watch the amazing costume display or even volunteer to animate a puppet. There will be music and good vibes at this not-to-be-missed amazing time! 

2. One Night Only Performance!

Do not miss GHOSTLIGHT on Thursday, October 22nd at 9:00 PM at the TADA! Theatre, 15 West 28th Street in NYC. This performance will be presented as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre's New Work Series and it tells the true story of Olive Thomas, the infamous Ziegfeld Follies girl and silent film star, whose ghost is said to still haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre today. Hurry and get your tickets

3. Precious Puppy Parade!

Photo: Francine Daveta

Photo: Francine Daveta

An adorable dog parade for Halloween will take place at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on Saturday October 24 2015. This is truly a dog-lovers dream! You can dress up your canine for a chance to win special prizes and get a kick from the other cuties in costume! If you are looking for a dog of your own, Grateful Greyhounds, Bide-A-Wee, Friends of Animal Rescue and the Mayor's Alliance for New York City Animals will be at the parade with pups looks for a warm home. 

4. A Crazy Fun Night In Hell

Photo credit: Webster Hall

Photo credit: Webster Hall

Webster Hell, that is. The almost sold out extravaganza that Webster Hall hosts every Halloween it truly a treat! The Official NYC Halloween Parade Afterparty will take place October 31st and is expected to transform all 4 floors of Webster Hall into an all night dance party with fire performances, flying vampires and more!

5. Party For A Cause

Photo credit: Bette Midler

Photo credit: Bette Midler

New York Restoration Project, NYRP is throwing an unforgettable Hulaween Gala on October 30th at The Waldorf Astoria to celebrate it's 20th Anniversary. This super fun masquerade bash is hosted by the lovely Bette Midler and is a great way to support a cleaner, greener NYC. 

6. Feel Alive At Day of the Dead!

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New York Botanical Garden is hosting a celebration for Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday, on Saturday, October 24, Sunday October 25, and Saturday October 31! As a way to wrap up its highly recommended Frida Kahlo exhibit, this festival will include Latin music acts, Mexican films and giant pumpkin carvings. You will even be able to create your own mask and visit the Dia De Los Muertos altar. 

7.  A Quiet Hayride? Far From It! 

Are you ready for New York's Haunted Hayride? With various booking times from October 15- October 31, you have many chances to muster up the courage to go to Randall's Island for this ride. With ghosts, demons, psycho clown, to list a few, this Haunted Hayride will be intense!

8. Dance With Thrilling Zombies! 

A Global Tribute for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" has turned into Thrill The Worldan elaborate Zombie Masquerade Ball. If you already at the edge of your seat, you can already start your prep with dance and makeup tutorials found on their website. You can then show off your moves at the ball on Saturday, October 24. Rock on!

9. See Spooky Spirits!

Photo: Merchant's House Museum

Photo: Merchant's House Museum

It is impossible to pass up a chance for a tour of a real Haunted House! Merchant's House Museum hosts 50-minute Candlelight Ghost Tours from Friday, October 23 - Friday October 30. This haunted old structure gets more eerie as you learn more about it's past and the family that lived there. This candlelight tour is filled with haunted spirits and voices, so remember, you have been warned!  

10. Creepy Murder Mystery!

Photo credit: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

Photo credit: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

The chase is on in the Murder Mystery that will take place in Mount Vernon Museum and Garden in Lenox Hill on the weekend before Halloween (Friday October 23 2015 - Saturday October 24 2015). Awaken the detective within and get to the bottom of the mystery centered around an unidentified skeleton found under the floorboards of the 1799 carriage house. This is a whole new way to experience a haunted house and be part of the action! 

Will you attend any of these, or other Halloween events? Let us know what you thought of your experiences and our next series could be about your reviews!  

Author: Gal Shyli Dayan