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Halloween Fun for All Ages

Just about everyone will love these New York City Halloween events!


The hardest thing about celebrating Halloween in New York City is deciding just what to do! This list gathers the best ideas for celebrating Halloween, no matter how old (or young!) you are.

Halloween Ideas: For Kids | For Adults
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1. Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls

Grand Procession of the Ghouls at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Dan Cross
The Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is one of New York City's most exciting Halloween traditions. Wear your costume, and enjoy this annual Halloween event which begins with the screening of a classic silent horror film accompanied by outstanding organ music, followed by The Grand Procession of the Ghouls. The Procession features outstanding costumes, creatures, and special effects designed by Ralph Lee.

2. New York's Village Halloween Parade

Skeleton Puppet at New York's Village Halloween Parade
Heather Cross
Every year the Halloween parade in the Village is host to the craziest, scariest, and most impressive costumes. The Village Halloween Parade begins at 7 p.m. on 6th Avenue and Spring Street and continues up 6th Avenue to 21st Street. Whether you want to march in the Halloween parade or just watch, this annual event is a great experience.

3. Merchant's House Museum Halloween Events

  • Candlelight Ghost Tours of "Manhattan's Most Haunted House"
    Take a candlelight tour of the Merchant's House, where Seabury Trewell died in 1865. Friday & Saturday, October 25-26 and Monday-Wednesday, October 28-30 2013. Reservations strongly suggested. Not appropriate for very young children. 6 p.m. (includes fourth floor Servants Quarters) $40; 6:30, 7 & 7:30 p.m. $25; 8, 8:30, 9 p.m. $30; 9:30 p.m. (includes fourth floor Servants Quarters) $40; MHM Members $15 all times. Reservations essential: purchase tickets.
  • Mid-19th Century Funeral & Cemetery Tour
    On Sun, October 27, 2013 at 4-5:30 p.m. participate in a recreation of the 1865 funeral of Seabury Tredwell. 19th-century mourning dress encouraged. $50, $25 members, $65 VIP reserved seating; $10 Graveside Service and Cemetery Tour only
  • Tales of the Supernatural: Horror on Hallowe’en
    On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7 & 8:30 p.m. hear dramatic readings of Gothic literature and ghost stories reported by museum visitors. $25, $15 members. Reservations required: purchase tickets.
All of these events are very popular and reservations are required/strongly recommended.

4. The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at NYBG

More than 500 expertly carved pumpkins come together to create this annual event in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden at the NYBG from September 21-October 31, 2013. Every weekend there are special events, including Halloween parades, scavenger hunts and spooky readings.

More: New York Botanical Garden Guide


5. Halloween in Central Park 2013

Enjoy a variety of events in Central Park to celebrate Halloween, all of which are free!

  • Bats at Belvedere: Friday, October 4, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.
    Learn about the bats of Central Park and explore their benefits and habitats during this live animal encounter with Rob Mies. Ages 4+
  • Parade and Pumpkin Sail: Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 4-6:30 p.m.
    Wear your costume and bring your carved pumpkin for this annual event at the Dana Discovery Center.

More: Central Park Visitors Guide

6. Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

In this fictional mystery game an unidentified skeleton has been discovered in the Mount Vernon Mansion; hidden for 100 years under the floorboards. Who was killed? Was it an accident? It's up to you to crack this cold case. Solve puzzles and collect clues as you play detective. The perfect game for adults or families with kids 8 and up. All new mystery for 2012! Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 6:30 & 7:30 PM $25 Adults, $10 Kids under 12, $15 Members.

More: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden Guide

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