Halloween in NYC: Check out these 10 events in and around the city to satisfy your spooky needs (2023)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — While there are plenty of scarily fun things to do on Staten Island this Halloween season, sometimes you just want to stretch your legs and get your scares off the Island.

Who wouldn’t want to feel that spine-tingling, gut-dropping, twist of fear out in the middle of an actual cemetery? Maybe you want to hear the blood pumping in your ears as you narrowly escape the clutches of a madman out in a theme park.

Either way, if you’re looking for a day trip to satisfy your Halloween horrors, we’ve got you covered.


1. Sleepy Hollow, Hudson Valley

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That’s right: The entire village of Sleepy Hollow is thriving with things to do this time of year. And, rightly so, since it is the actual village where “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” took place. The bridge that Ichabod Crane ran over while being pursued by the Headless Horseman? It’s there, and you can really cross over it. Keep your ears sharp for the hoofbeats of a horse, though — you never know when the Headless Horseman will make a return.

Aside from the village’s ties to the supernatural, there are plenty of attractions to explore. Try Murder and Mayhem, a two-hour, 1.5-mile trail in the lantern-lit dark. Venture through the Sleepy Hollow cemetery as you listen to the horrific stories of the graveyard’s inhabitants. Keep in mind that this is an 18+ adventure — but, don’t worry, there are other things to do with the little ones. This event is available on Oct. 20, 22, 27, 29 and 31 with 6:30 or 9:30 p.m. time slots. For more details and tickets, click here.


An Island favorite, the Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze is back and better than ever. The website describes two brand new features in the blaze: An animated “Jack” Smith Shop and bees — pumpkin bees, not actually bees. Tickets are available for every day of the week from now until Oct. 31 with time slots available for 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. After Halloween, the blaze will remain open for select days in November with two more time slots at 5 and 5:30 p.m. available in addition to the original times. For more details and tickets, click here.

If you want to learn more about the man that made this little village the literary monster it is today, check out theOriginal Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.’” This one-hour tour introduces you to author Washington Irving and his famous legend. This tour is available every day during October from 1 to 2 p.m., with an additional time slot from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Come November, the tour will be available every day for the first week, and then reduce to Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 27. For more details and tickets, click here.

2. Village Halloween Parade, Canal and Sixth Avenue to Sixth Avenue and East 15th Street, Manhattan

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Over 2 million people attended the Village Halloween Parade on Halloween night in 2021, with a million tuning in to watch it on TV, according to its website. See the puppets, the performers and, of course, the costumes. Or be a puppet helper, performer or one of the costumed! Anyone can participate in the parade so long as they are in costumes this Halloween, as per the guidelines. One could say that this is the best night for Halloween costumes in New York.

But if you’re not too interested in dressing up, you can always watch the festivities from either side of Sixth Avenue from King Street to 15th Street.

While the parade is free to watch and to participate, you do have the opportunity to purchase a variety of VIP passes ranging from $100 to $500. Be on a float, lead the parade, get the best bird’s eye view — it’s all up to you. You can join the parade from 6:30 to 9 p.m., but you will need to purchase VIP tickets in advance. For more details and tickets, click here.

3. Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Festival, Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

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A New York Halloween staple, the 32nd Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Festival will be a barking good time on Oct. 22. See all of New York City’s canines dressed to the Halloween nines as they compete for titles like “Best Costume on Wheels” and “Best NYC Themed Costume.”

While your pooch will need to wait until next year to register for the costume competition, the pups will no doubt create a spook-tacular show for viewers. The costume competition begin at 1 p.m.,and is free to enter. For more details, click here.


1. AddamsFest, Westfield

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Fun fact: The creator of “The Addams Family,” Charles Addams, is a native to Westfield, N.J. So, naturally, the entire town turns into something out of “The Addams Family” for the month of October with AddamsFest.

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Each week, there are new events for people to explore: Whether you’d like to summon spirits from the great beyond at the 18+ seance in Addam’s Tavern from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 20, or explore the haunted houses around Westfield as they compete for the title of best decorated, there’s something for everyone.

You can also hear more about Charles Addams, and how he created “The Addams Family,” which began as a cartoon. Gomez’s Lecture Series includes an opportunity to “talk” with Charles: Chatting with Charlie starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Center for Creativity at the Rialto.

Even if you’d just like to explore, there are murals and spooky window decorations scattered about Westfield. For more details and tickets to events, click here.

2. Happy Day Farm, Manalapan

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Perfect for some light thrills and fall vibes, Happy Day Farm is hosting a ton of activities throughout October for family-friendly fun. The Instagrammable moments are also abundant — who hasn’t seen a picture come across their feed from Happy Day Farm?

With classic Halloween activities like hay rides, corn mazes and pumpkin bowling, Happy Day Farm is perfect for a cozy Halloween celebration.

The Fall Festival Days are Friday to Sunday through the month of October. For more details and tickets, click here.

3. Fright Fest, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson

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Dive head first into the world of horror after dark with Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure. Venture (if you dare) through haunted houses and scare zones; just don’t be too surprised if you hear screams echoing out of the darkness.

“Reflections of the Dead,” “Blood Shed” and one ominously named “Fears” are just some of the trails you walk — or run — through. Scare zones are scattered around the park, so watch out for the ghouls and ghosts as you make your way to your desired thrills and chills. Fright Fest also has some speciality shows for viewing pleasure, like “The Awakening” and “Freak Show.”

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Fright Fest is running Fridays, 5:30 to 11:59 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., through October. To access the haunted houses, a pass must be purchased in addition to your day pass or season pass. Fright Fest warns that children should be over 13 years old to enjoy the night scares. For more details and tickets, click here.

4. C. Casola Farms Haunted Attractions, Marlboro

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There’s a lot to be terrified of when you’re in the dark. Even the most innocent looking things — a barn, a hayride — can turn into something that will leave you with nightmares. Luckily, C. Casola Farms Haunted Attractions has horrifying attractions to enjoy. There’s even a paintball zombie hunt that all ages can participate in from an army truck driving through the trail.

So take a shot at the “Haunted Hayride of Terror,” the “3D Haunted Barn” and “The Living Maze.” Try to survive the night.

C. Casola Farms Haunted Attractions is open every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10:30 p.m., and every Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. in October. Halloween night will operate on a Sunday schedule. Tickets must be purchased at the door, with the option to purchase a ticket to all of the attractions, or just one. For more details, click here.


1. Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

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Want to spend a night in a real penitentiary? Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary will give you the fright of your life with five horrific attractions amidst the cellblocks.

Try to handle “Delirium,” “Machine Shop,” “The Crypt,” “Big Top Terror” and “Nightmares.” These attractions are not for the faint of heart, and will be a shriek-inducing experience. The actors will grab you if you opt into it, and children are recommended to be over 12. If you’re not up for the spookiness, there are less heart-jumping things to do like visiting a themed bar or other more historical tours.


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Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary runs through most of October with general admission prices varying from $34 to $49 depending on the day. Tickets will be more expensive at the door. There are also select dates in the beginning of November available. For more details and tickets, click here.

2. Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions, Glenn Mills

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For those unfamiliar with “The Bates Motel,” allow us to introduce you to the Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions. According to its website, it was ranked one of the five can’t-miss haunted attractions in the country by America Haunts in 2021. Curious yet?

The Bates Motel is only one of the three attractions on the property; if you’re more interested in an open-air thrill, try the “Haunted Hayride” or the “Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail.” It’s corn! What could possibly go wrong?


Bates Motel and Haunted Attractions are open seven days a week during October. Tickets will get you into all three attractions, with general admission ticket prices varying from $40 to $50 depending on the day. For more details and tickets, click here.

3. Pumpkinland, Linvilla Orchards, Media

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A Halloween treat for the little ones, Pumpkinland offers hayrides, mazes and trains for some family fun. There’s even a farmers market for some fall shopping! Grab an apple cider donut and get lost in Linvilla Orchard’s Pumpkinland. It also has the Ship Bottom Beer Garden for those over 21. It’s the cutest food truck you’ll ever see.


Pumpkinland is open until mid-November, with tickets available online and at the door. Each event has its own ticket for purchase (fishing, Autumn Moon Evening Hayride, etc.). For more details and tickets, click here.

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How does New York celebrate Halloween? ›

It falls annually on October the 31st and every year people go all out for this spooky holiday. New Yorkers decorate their houses and put on their most outlandish costume while the kids go trick or treating, door to door through their neighbourhood or apartment building for sweets and treats.

Where can I go Halloween in NYC? ›

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  • Flying Fox Tavern. $$$$ ...
  • The William Vale. $$$$ ...
  • Fort Greene Park. $$$$ ...
  • The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. $$$$
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What city has the biggest Halloween celebration? ›

If you're dreaming of dancing the night away at some of the biggest Halloween parties in the USA, there's a good chance you'll find them in Las Vegas! The month of October brings spine-chilling cocktails, haunted street parades, and even more costume-clad individuals roaming The Strip than usual.

How do you walk into the NYC Halloween Parade? ›

Follow the crowd north on Sixth Avenue

In order to ensure the safety of all participants in the Parade. you will have to wait in the lineup area until you are let into the Parade route.

What are 3 traditions of Halloween? ›

Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and wearing scary costumes are some of the time-honored traditions of Halloween.

Do people dress up in NYC for Halloween? ›

And there's perhaps no place better to do that than NYC, where everyone goes truly all out (and half the time you aren't even 100% sure if it is a costume, since New Yorkers dress in the wildest ways every day!).

What time does trick or treat start in NYC? ›

Generally, trick-or-treating in NYC starts at dusk on the 31st. That said, “dusk” is a frustratingly vague description, especially when it means different things to different people. “Some places start as early as 5pm,” says Alex Peña, a parent whose family made their trick-or-treating debut in 2021.

What city is #1 for trick-or-treating? ›

According to our analysis, Gilbert, Arizona, is the safest city in the nation for trick-or-treating.

What is the #1 city in the US for trick-or-treating? ›

1: San Francisco

Since 2013, San Francisco has finished in the top spot in Zillow's Trick-or-Treat Index four times.

What should I wear in New York in late October? ›

  • Jeans. Jeans or other long pants are good options. ...
  • Medium Jacket. A medium-weight coat or jacket is necessary. ...
  • Comfortable shoes. Sneakers or light walking boots are a good idea to pack. ...
  • Long-Sleeve Tops. Long-sleeve tops and sweaters are a good idea to pack.

What is the cost of living in New York City 2022? ›

The cost of living in New York City, NY is 26% higher than the state average and 95% higher than the national average. New York City, NY housing is 258% more expensive than the U.S average, while utilities are about 2% pricier.

How should I dress for NYC in October? ›

If you're visiting New York in October, you'll need to pack a mix of light and warm layers. The days can be sunny and mild, but the evenings can get chilly, so you'll want to have a sweater or jacket on hand. comfortable shoes are also a must, as you'll be doing a lot of walking around the city.

Is the NYC Halloween Parade free? ›

The NYC Village Halloween Parade is FREE for all to view from the sidelines or join in a costume. No ticket required.

Where does the NYC Halloween Parade start and end? ›

New Yorkers will get the chance to show off their spooky sides at the 49th annual Village Halloween Parade Monday night. The parade, scheduled between 7 and 11 p.m., will run up Sixth Avenue between King Street and West 15th Street.

How long is the walk through Central Park? ›

Central Park spans 2.5 miles from top to bottom and is half a mile wide. It takes about an hour to walk at a brisk pace from top to bottom without stopping and much longer if you want to stop and appreciate any of its destinations.

What are 3 interesting facts about Halloween? ›

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  • People used to carve turnips, not pumpkins.
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What is the real meaning of Halloween? ›

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when it was believed the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead become blurred. It has since evolved into a holiday when spooky legends, myths and folklore take center stage. ...

What is the most popular Halloween tradition? ›

Trick or treating is mostly about the treats

One of the most popular Halloween traditions in the U.S. is “trick-or-treating”. This is when children dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy, but to do it they say a special phrase: “Trick or treat!”

What are the four rules of Halloween? ›

Always hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Always wear a costume. NEVER blow out a Jack O'Lantern before midnight. Always respect the Dead.

Can you wear jeans to a club in NYC? ›

Gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties at all times (turtlenecks and ascots are not acceptable). Appropriate attire for ladies is dresses, skirts, dressy pant suits and business pant suits. Jeans, shorts, stirrup pants, leggings, stretch pants, tight pants, sweats and T-shirts are absolutely not acceptable.

Can you wear jeans to Broadway NYC? ›

Both formal and informal clothing is accepted. From casual t-shirts, jeans and flip-flops to a cocktail dress or tuxedo, the spectrum of audience style is so broad that there is no specific dress code.

How do you dress like you live in NYC? ›

Keep it Simple

As long as you're choosing the right fit, you can't go wrong with a t-shirt and jeans combo. Throw on an oversized, structured coat and apply a bright lip color to transform your basics into an effortlessly chic ensemble. You'll want to look your best when you travel!

What state is most known for Halloween? ›

In fact, Utah is the state that most gets in the spirit of Halloween. Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and New Mexico round out the top five. Unfortunately, Iowa, Minnesota and Mississippi are least interested in decorating.

What town is always Halloween? ›

For the past 99 years, Anoka, Minnesota, has been celebrating Halloween like no other city in the world. Courtesy Halloween, Inc. No city in the country—or the world—does Halloween quite like Anoka, Minnesota.

What attracts people to visit NYC? ›

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  • Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls. ...
  • Central Park. Central Park. ...
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  • Finger Lakes. Finger Lakes. ...
  • Lake Placid. ...
  • Lake George. ...
  • Storm King Art Center.
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What is the most visited place in New York? ›

With over 39 million visitors annually, Times Square is the world's most visited tourist attraction. The bright lights and big city feel of this commercial intersection have iconified this spot as “The Crossroad of the World.” Today, Times Square is a major center of the world's entertainment industry.

Can I wear leggings in New York? ›

Here in NYC, it's against the letter of the law for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing.” So no yoga pants, no spandex, no Lycra, no booty shorts, no cocktail dresses…

What day is trick-or-treating 2022 NYC? ›

What Day Do You Trick-Or-Treat? October 31!

What day will kids trick-or-treat 2022? ›

But come October 31, there's only one thing left to think about: Halloween candy! It's all part of the tradition of dressing up in a family Halloween costume and going from door to door shouting, "trick or treat!" For little kids, trick-or-treating with their parents and siblings is a childhood memory in the making.

What is the latest time to trick-or-treat? ›

Most people agree that trick-or-treating should end between 8 pm and 9 pm.

What is the most popular trick-or-treating? ›

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  • Crispy Crunch. ...
  • Kitkat Bars. ...
  • Tootsie Rolls. ...
  • LaffyTaffy. ...
  • Rockets. ...
  • Nerds. Tiny sour sugar candies are always fantastic. ...
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. These used to be a top contender but a recent reformulation bumped it down on the list. ...

What is the code for Trick or Treat Town? ›

👻 2359-2810-1581 By Haunt - Fortnite.

What is the trick to trick or treat? ›

The phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat (like candy) is given, then the child will not perform a “trick" (mischief) on the owner of the house. This popular Halloween custom has its origins in the ancient practices of “souling" and “guising."

Where is the biggest Halloween celebration in the US? ›

New York City's Village Halloween Parade—which was created in 1973 by puppeteer Ralph Lee—is one of the most famous Halloween events in the United States and the largest Halloween parade in the world, attracting over two million spectators and 60,000 parade participants.

Which city throws the largest Halloween parade in the US? ›

New York, New York

New York's annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the world's largest Halloween parade, and it doubles as a pageant where participants can show off their wild and creative costumes. The real stars of the parade, however, are the larger-than-life puppets operated by volunteers.

What do you wear on Halloween? ›

Costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, skeletons, witches, goblins, trolls, devils, etc. or in more recent years such science fiction-inspired characters as aliens and superheroes.

Why Halloween should stay on the 31st? ›

All Hallows Eve eventually became Halloween. “Although All Saints Day is actually on November 1, the Celts began their festivals at sunset, so the holiday began on the evening before (Oct. 31),” says Halloween expert Lisa Morton. That's how we settled on October 31st for our yearly Halloween celebrations.

What is Halloween 2022 called? ›

Halloween for the year 2022 is celebrated/ observed on Monday, October 31st. Halloween also referred to as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve is celebrated yearly on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day or more commonly known as All Saints' Day.

Is there gonna be Halloween this year 2022? ›

This year, Halloween is celebrated on Monday, October 31, 2022. Now that you know the date way in advance, start crafting those costumes, getting your recipes together and coming up with fun Halloween activities for kids and adults!

Is New York Doing New Years Eve 2022? ›

New Year's Eve

Times Square NYE 2022 safely invited revelers back to Times Square to watch the Ball Drop in person, with safety restrictions. The highly anticipated festivities were also broadcast for television and internet audiences, and included a virtual multi-media experience.

Is there a NYC Halloween Parade this year? ›

New York's 49th Annual Village Halloween Parade will take place on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 7 pm.

What happens if Halloween falls on a Monday? ›

Trick-or-Treating is recognized on October 31 (Halloween), regardless of the day of the week. If Halloween falls on a weekday (Monday-Friday), trick-or-treating is observed 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. If Halloween falls on a weekend (Saturday, Sunday), trick-or-treating is observed 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

What does Halloween stand for? ›

The word "Halloween" comes from All Hallows' Eve and means "hallowed evening." The history of Halloween dates back to a pagan festival called Samhain. Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door-to-door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating.

What will NYC be like in 2050? ›

By the 2050s, New York City will be hotter than ever before. Average temperatures are expected to increase by up to 5.7 degrees Fahrenheit, and as many as 1,500 people may die each summer from intense heat — almost five times more than today.

Who is performing at Times Square on New Year's Eve 2022? ›

Times Square Performers

Ja Rule and Ashanti will "Mesmerize" the audience with a special performance. Journey will perform a special collection of notable and celebrated hits. Chlöe will perform "Have Mercy."

Can you go to Times Square on New Year's Eve? ›

When should I arrive in Times Square for New Year's Eve? As early as possible if you want a good view. According to the Times Square Alliance, revelers begin to gather in the afternoon on New Year's Eve, since the entrance to the viewing areas opens on a first-come, first-served basis.

How long is NYC Halloween Parade? ›

The official route, on Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street in Manhattan, is 1.4 miles long (the distance from the gathering spot on Sixth Avenue from Canal Street to Spring Street adds another 0.2 miles). The parade usually starts at 7 PM and lasts for about two to three hours.

Can you go to Central Park for free? ›

Central Park is one of NYC's greatest attractions and it is free to explore - plus there are free (tip-based) tours through it as well.

How cold is Halloween in New York? ›

Although it can get a little chilly toward the end of the month—especially around Halloween—the average high is 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 Celsius) and lows linger around 50 Fahrenheit (10 Celsius).

What is the name of the Halloween parade in New York City? ›

NEW YORK - The annual Halloween parade in New York City's Greenwich Village returned Monday. Officially called the Village Halloween Parade, the event draws tens of thousands of costumed participants and even more spectators.


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