Celebrating Halloween 2023 in NYC

 

 

 

My Charles Fazzino ~ Village Halloween Parade (1980s) Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

From picking your pumpkin to ghost tours, there’s something for everyone of any age throughout all five boroughs. Here are a few suggestions, and we’ll continue to add more as they come in.

Happy Halloween!

 

Green-Wood Cemetery ~ Boo!

Green-Wood Cemetery, Nightfall: Eternall Returns. Credit: Make Schulz

What better place to capture the spirit of Halloween then in a cemetery ~ and Green-Wood Cemetery has you covered from concerts in the catacombs to stranger-than-fiction trolley tours and Death, Grief, and Music with Ghost Stories podcasts to a Spirited Stroll and Green-Wood After Hours.

 

Halloween Howl Dog Costume Contest at Carl Schurz Park ~ October 22

Sunday, October 22nd from 1-3pm join in the fun! The location will be on the basketball/hockey courts. All proceeds support the maintenance of both dog runs.

 

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park ~ September 22 ~ October 29

Experience Fall & Halloween themed activities during our 10th annual Halloween Harvest!  Halloween Harvest activities are FREE with your Wristband purchase, online or at our ticket booths for park visits from September 22 through October 29.

The Pumpkin Arch: Reimagined at Pier 17 ~ September 27 ~ November 7

Image courtesy South Street Seaport

Pumpkins. Fall foliage. The Brooklyn Bridge. Fall is here and we’re reimagining our annual Pumpkin Arch. The Pumpkin photo installation will appear at Pier 17 for a limited time. Stroll down Fulton Street to Pier 17 to discover a bountiful seasonal frame to elevate your Halloween photos. The idyllic backdrop seals this as a not-to-be-missed New York moment.

 

The Harlem Grown Halloween Festival ~ October 28

Calling all kids! Don’t miss the Halloween Festival at Harlem Grown. It’s free and open to the public. 116 West 134th Street, Harlem.

 

Boo at the Zoo at The Bronx Zoo ~ September 30 ~ October 29

This family-friendly event added a few additions to its Halloween list including Spooky Stories and Bones Tell a Story, along with old favorites like the Costume Parade, Pumpkin Carving, and Halloween Crafts.

 

Fall-O-Ween at New York Botanical Garden 

Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend. Image courtesy NYBG

The tricks and treats of the season come to life with plentiful pumpkins, gourds, and ghouls—and all sorts of fun-filled activities to celebrate this season of frights and foliage! Day or night, there’s something for everyone as we offer special weekends of pumpkin parades and pumpkin carving face-offs, as well as the return of our popular beer sampling weekend, Bales & Ales! Evening events give kids (and adults!) the chance to show off their Halloween costumes in New York City’s most beautiful landscape, while you can savor the flavors of the season with artisan demos, food and drink talks, and so much more as autumn in the Bronx brings vibrant color to your backyard.

 

Catacombs by Candlelight at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral ~ October 1-30

Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral

What’s spookier then a tour of catacombs! This is a 80-minute walking tour that takes you into the private and off-limits areas of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. The church built in 1809-1815, was the first Cathedral of New York and the original Saint Patrick’s until 1879 when the Bishop’s chair was moved to the new Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

 

Merchant’s House Museum ~ October 13

Image via Merchant’s House Museum website

Spend Friday the 13th at Merchant’s House with a candlelight ghost tours of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ (a 50-minute tour) and a super spooky candlelight ghost tour with paranormal investigator Dan Sturges!

 

The 33rd Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade ~ that Was to be on October 21

It’s on! The 33rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. The future of the beloved Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade looked “ruff” when this year’s event was called off due to complications with permitting and rising costs, until Get Joy, a local dog wellness startup, trotted in to help. Together, the Tompkins Square Park Dog Run (TSPDR) organizers and Get Joy are thrilled to announce that the iconic 2023 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade is back on and better than ever! This cherished tradition, which has been a staple in the hearts of NYC dog lovers for over three decades, will once again bring joy to dog families thanks to a spectacular rally from community organizers and volunteers, and the extraordinary support of Get Joy.

 

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla at The Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer

This is a fabulous, free event taking place on The Harlem Meer at 110th Street near the Dana Discovery Center. In addition to the flotilla, expect entertainment and music. Take part in the flotilla by dropping off your pumpkin. The event takes place between 4-7pm. Check back for date.

 

Washington Square Park’s Dog Day Halloween ~ October 28

t’s a Halloween Parade and costume contest…for dogs! On Saturday, October 28, join the Washington Square Park Dog Run Association and the Washington Square Park Conservancy for a rocking community paw-ty, and bring your four-legged sons and daughters!

 

Halloween Bash at Brookfield Place ~ October 28

Brookfield Place is excited to welcome back the Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 28 from 12-3pm! Bring your costume-clad kids for a FANGtastic afternoon of programming and trick-or-treating.

 

Flatiron NoMad Celebrates Halloween with Free Walking Tour ~ October 29

Halloween Tour given by Fred Cookinham

On Sunday, October 29th, the Flatiron NoMad Partnership will host a special walking tour celebrating Halloween and the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The free “Tour of the Dead” will feature spooky stories and scary events that happened in the neighborhood.

Participants will also learn about one of the most popular costume destinations in New York City: Abracadabra, which for nearly 30 years has offered costumes, accessories, makeup, and magic on West 21st Street.

Stories of several “architectural ghosts”—buildings that have been demolished—will be featured. A few of them are hiding in plain sight, such as the plot of Mr. Edward King’s home, which is a historic hold-out, and the reclad home of Edith Wharton, which was located just opposite the old Fifth Avenue Hotel. Today it sits on the exact footprint of the present 200 Fifth Avenue Building and holds some of the old hotel’s secrets. Participants will also see the only surviving 1850s row house near Madison Square Park.

 

Human Connection Arts in the Village Halloween Parade ~ October 31

Image via humanconnectionarts.org

Human Connection Arts will be on their very own body-painting float as part of the 50th anniversary of the largest Halloween Parade in the country!

 

The 50th Annual Village Halloween Parade ~ October 31

New York’s 50th Annual Village Halloween Parade will take place on Tuesday, October 31st, beginning at 7pm. This year’s theme: Upside/Down: Inside/Out! Can’t make it? Watch the Parade on NY1 from 8:00 to 9:30pm.

 

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Happy Halloween!