New York City will be absolutely speckled with Halloween festivals, parties and frights for you, your family and even your dog to attend this year. Whatever your fancy, and whatever burrow you live in the city has something that will help make this year’s Halloween so fun it’s scary.
Metro’s guide to celebrating Halloween 2014 in New York City
October 26 1:00 – 4:00
424 Third Ave Brooklyn
Free with RSVP
Little ones with an early onset taste for the macabre will probably love the idea of going to a Halloween party at one of the creepiest sounding museums we can think of, the Morbid Anatomy Museum. There will be trick-or-treating in the museum, free finger foods and a “wet specimen workshop.” Admission is free but you need to RSVP online.
Festivals and Pumpkin Patches
October 26 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Harlem Meer, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
Join the Central Park Conservancy this weekend for their annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla and spend the day listening to live music, carving pumpkins and making arts and crafts. Later on when twilight arrives you can gather on the shore of the Harlem meer and watch the lit up jack-o-lanterns glide across the surface of the water.
October 4 – November 2
2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, New York 10460
$18.95 – $28.95 (five dollar discount if you buy online)
The Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration will include creepy animals (think bats, owls and vultures) costume parades, hay mazes and much more. The event is free with admission to the Zoo
October 25 – 26 12:00 -4:00
450 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York 11225
$5 – $8
The Prospect Park Zoo is hosting it’s own “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween festival which will, much like the Bronx Zoo’s festival, feature a costume parade, interactions with spooky animals, and a trip to the Zoo’s haunted barn (we’re guessing the ghosts of cows still say “moo” rather than “boo”). Learn more about Prospect Park’s Boo at the Zoo here.
September 20 – October 26
Luna Park in Coney Island 1000 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224
Since you might not see Coney Island again for another six or so months, making the trek out to Coney Island’s Luna Park for the Halloween Harvest Festival will be worth it. The festival currently features a pumpkin patch, costumed characters, free trick-or-treating, live entertainment and more.
October 25 11:00 – 3:00
32-01 Vernon Boulevard Long Island City Queens
The Socrates Sculpture Garden is throwing their own festival and it comes with all the usual festival amenities one could ask for. You want costume and art making workshops? They got it. Is a costume contest for dogs a must have? It’s there. Need a harvest themed cooking demo? You won’t be disappointed. This festival is free and requires no RSVP.
October 25, 11:00 – 3:00
The High Line between West 14th and West Seventeenth Street
This year’s fourth annual Haunted High Line Halloween seems like one of the perfect family friendly events. Hosted by the Friends of the High Line, there will be story telling, a haunted train tunnel, and lots of trick or treating.
September 20 – October 31
Bronx Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458
Weekends – $25 Adult, $22 Student/Senior, $10 Children 2-12 Free Children under 2
Weekdays- $20 Adult, $18 Student/Senior, $8 Children 2 – 12, Free Children under 2
The Bronx Botanical garden promises that it will have a smorgasbord of pumpkins and gourds in various shapes and sizes that will be out on display as a backdrop for all the spooky activities the whole family can participate in like trick-or-treating, puppet shows and pumpkin displays.
October 31 – November 6
Elinore Bunin Munroe Film Center144 West 65th Street
$13 for General Public, $9 for students and seniors (62+) and $8 for Film Society Members.
Are you a cinephile that loves scary movies? If so, you should really check out The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s scary movie screenings. This year promises a “vampire-themed costume party” following a screening of the vampire flick “What we do in the Shadows.”
If you’re looking to scare the pants off yourself with your run-of-the-mill terrifying haunted house then the following options will probably do the trick (or treat).
September 26 through November 1
07 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey
$20 – $60
September 16 – November 8
225 East Houston Street
October 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 November 1, 2014
Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street Brooklyn
$5 for students (with ID) and group admission
$8 for general sales
October 3 – November 8 with various dates and times.
163 Varick Street
$30 – $60
October 31, 2014 at 7:00 – 10:30
6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th
The Village Halloween Parade is a staple of celebrating Halloween in New York City. Parade grand marshal Whoopi Goldberg will lead a lively procession of fifty-three bands, flocks of dancers and throngs of people decked in costumes down Manhattan’s 6th Avenue. If you can’t make it out to watch, you can stay in and watch the televised broadcast.
October 27, 1:00 – 3:00
Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Free to watch. There’s a registration fee if you wish to participate.
Perfect Paws describes their annual “Howl-o-ween and Muttsquerade Parade”as a “colorful assortment of neighborhood regulars, dog lovers, cross dressers and children of all ages.” If you can’t have fun around costumed dogs and cross dressers, we’re not really sure how to help you.
October 25, 12:00 -3:00
Tompkins Square, Alphabet City
Tompkins Square is going to the dogs on Saturday, and these dogs will be decked out in costumes that are more elaborate and creative than some human ones. This event will probably be more adorable than spooky, which is perfect for dog lovers, the easily frightened and the faint of heart.