Where to Find the Ghouls & Goblins ~ Halloween NYC 2021




On Sunday, October 31st, New Yorkers will step out in whimsical and fantastical costumes. Where to find the ghouls and goblins? Here are a few suggestions.

Let’s start here…..New York Costumes is Open!

New York’s largest year-round costume store has re-opened!


Merchant House in October

The Merchant House (in miniature at NYBG)

Check out the spooky calendar of events at the Merchant House ranging from Haunted History to a Candlelight Ghost Tour.


Success Academy Charter Schools & La Marqueta present: Craft Wednesday’s at La Marqueta! on October 20

Reserve your spot for Slime Making at La Marqueta on Wednesday, October 20th at 4:30pm. This is a Fun & Free Event! La Marqueta is located at 1590 Park Avenue at 115th Street in East Harlem.


Human Connection Arts: The Glow-in-the-Dark Party on October 25th + The 2021 NYC Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village on October 31

Image via Humanconnectionart.org

Check out the two events on tap for Halloween 2021! The Glow-in-the Dark Party getting into the Halloween spirit by painting one another with neon colors, and participation in the 2021 NYC Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village! Look for their Float.


Memento Mori: Interactive Installation by Gabe BC at Brookfield Place from October 26 through October 31

Larger than life skeletons transform the visitors of Brookfield Place through augmented reality in Memento Mori, an interactive installation by Gabe BC. 


Village Macabre Walking Tour through Village Preservation ~ October 29

There may be a waiting list, but other events and tours are on the schedule for the month. Check out the Village Preservation calendar of events.


Pumpkin Patch at the Farm ~ Queens Botanical Garden from October 16 through October 31

The outdoor Pumpkin Patch at the QBG Farm will be full of harvest-themed photo opportunities. Ticket fee includes admission to both the Patch and the Garden. Children (age 4 and older) get to choose their own pumpkin and a grab-and-go craft activity to take home. Be sure to meet and take pictures with the friendly costumed nature creatures roaming the Farm! For adults 21 and older, available are harvest and pumpkin-themed beers and ciders for purchase.

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade ~ October 23

The 31st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will take place on Saturday, October 23rd from Noon to 3:00pm at the East River Amphitheater.


Take a ‘Spirited Stroll’ through Green-Wood Cemetery ~ October 30

A perennial favorite! Get into the autumnal mood and enjoy a cool, crisp day exploring Green-Wood’s beautiful fall foliage. Historian Jeff Richman will lead this popular tour filled with tales of murder, mayhem, spirits, and the utterly bizarre. Visit the graves of The Wizard of Oz (actor Frank Morgan), George Washington’s favorite dentist, the somewhat shady originator of Spiritualism, and many more.


Bartow-Pell Trick or Treat Trek ~ October 30

Trick or Treat Trek at Bartow-Pell! Come in costume, rain or shine, it’s outdoor trick or treating time! Wander the grounds, search for a treat, one never knows who one might meet…


Scarecrows & Pumpkins at New York Botanical Garden ~ September 18 through October 31

Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds by the Mertz Library Building and Haupt Conservatory Plaza, and keep an eye out for displays of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

Scarecrows & Pumpkins are included with KUSAMA Garden Pass and KUSAMA Garden & Gallery Pass tickets.


Central Park Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla 2021 ~ October 31

This annual, free event will take place on October 31 from 4:00 ~ 7:00pm.


The Village Halloween Parade ~ October 31st

It’s back! (Thank you to all who donated and made this happen) The 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade will take place on October 31st with Randy Rainbow as this year’s Grand Marshall.


It’s a Day-Time Costume Party at Harlem Art Park ~ October 31

Friends of Art Park Alliance will be hosting a day-time costume party on Halloween from Noon to 6:00pm. Dance to the music of D J Agujita in this beautiful, historic park that is the home to the first Percent for Art installation in New York. In addition, enjoy the current revolving art installation, Capucine Bourcart: Plastic Fantastic!


Grand (Spooky) Bazaar, a Halloween Special on October 31st

Grand Bazaar Spooky Bazaar on October 31st

On October 31st, the Grand Bazaar will transform into the scariest weekly curated market with more than 120 spooky vendors in costumes, and fantastic scary sweet treats from artisanal food vendors.


Boo at the Zoo, The Bronx Zoo ~ October 2-31

Boo at The Zoo is back at the Bronx Zoo, with activities ranging from Pumpkin Carving Demos and walking the Candy Trail to Magic & Mind Reading and a Costume Parade.


Take a Walk Around your Neighborhood!

Upper East Side, 2020



From our archives Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens



Always decked out for Halloween, The Winery, 257 West 116th Street in Harlem



From our archives at Grove Court, Greenwich Village 2011

You never know what you’ll see!


Let’s Take a Ride:

Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery ~ Living History Cemetery Tours

Take a ride, enjoy the colors of Fall, and visit a historic cemetery in Rhinebeck. Living History Cemetery Tours will take place throughout October beginning on October 9th. The event is co-produced and performed by theatreontheroad.com.


Visit The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY

In 2000, Andy Wolf poses for a photograph with his first-place pumpkin, which officially weighed in at 1982.5 pounds (although the scale fluctuated during the photo op afterward). Photo credit: Derek Gee.

Join the Great Pumpkin Farm for its Halloween Festival Weekends that include a World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition, and the World Pumpkin Weigh Off! Take a look at last year’s festivities.


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor from September 17 to November 21, 2021

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans. New for 2021, gawk at the always-impressive New York City skyline’s pumpkin treatment and take a stroll under the sea in our immersive river display.

Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!


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As more fun Halloween activities are brought to our attention, we will add to this list.

Happy Halloween!

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