New Yorkers love to celebrate Halloween, which means there are tons of things to do in the city come October 31 and the weeks surrounding it. The great thing about the Halloween events on offer is that there’s something for all ages and tastes. Here are our top 5 things to do on Halloween in NYC.
New York Halloween Parade
Every year, in Greenwich Village over 50,000 witches, warlocks, vampires, and other scary creatures convene. They gather together to become the spectacular, spooky and fun Village Halloween Parade! Anyone can join in the fun, New Yorker or not. Just dress up and show up at 6:30 pm to queue. If you hate waiting, you can purchase a $25 ticket that lets you enter the parade at a secret entry point. Each year this legendary Halloween Parade in NYC has a theme. This year its ‘WILD THING!’
If it sounds like your THING! then visit the Parade’s website: http://halloween-nyc.com/ for more information.
Take note though, even if you do not want to join the Halloween Parade, just viewing it without a Halloween costume can be difficult. One of us, we won’t name names, was at the parade but left to answer the call of nature. Afterward couldn’t get back to the action because he wasn’t wearing a costume. Don’t let that happen to you!
For costumes check out HalloweenCostumes.com. Its the largest online retailer of costumes in the world! Not only can you find your perfect costume – they have over 10,000 of them, including ones for your dog – seriously. They also deliver anywhere, even to your hotel, and with premium shipping arrive within one day!
Take in a Broadway Show
A view inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, home to Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (© Dorothy Hong)
Another great way to celebrate Halloween in New York is to see a Halloween inspired Broadway show, such as Beetlejuice. The off the wall hit movie is now a popular musical that will have you tapping your feet and maybe watching over your shoulder.
If witches are more your thing, the classic, long-running Wicked is a fantastic option. The story of the Wicked Witch of the East and Wicked Witch of the West before they became either, will delight theatergoers young and old.
For younger theatre-goers, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is perfect for the night of October 31. The play is in the future from where J.K. Rowling’s popular novels leave off. Harry is now married with children and working for the Ministry of Magic. This theatrical play is split into two parts which can be seen on the same day (matinee and evening) or two consecutive nights. With this option, you can make Halloween the last two days instead of one!
To book tickets to all of these shows, check out ShowTickets.com for the best prices on admission and availability. They’ve been operating for over 10 years offering the best shows at the best prices.
Tour Catacombs by Candlelight
When you think catacombs you normally think, Rome or Paris, right? Never New York, but under the Basilica of St Patrick’s Old Cathedral you can visit them on this intriguing, informative and perhaps a little creepy candlelight tour. For 90 minutes, your guide will lead you through the 200-year history of the catacombs where prominent New York Catholics are buried. Reviews are hugely positive. Participants report that it wasn’t what they expected yet it exceeded their expectations. They were blown away by the physical spaces and the historical stories their guides could weave. It sounds perfect and on Halloween, we all need a good ghost story!
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Boo at the Zoo
The Bronx Zoo must love Halloween because for over a month it celebrates the holiday with different activities and Halloween events. Magic shows, mentalist acts, an Extinct Animal Graveyard – scary and educational, a Costume Parade, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Carving Demo, Halloween Craft table and of course, a Candy Trail where little ghouls and monsters can go trick or treating while learning about the zoo animals’ favorite treats!
Of course, the Bronx Zoo is a great day out on October 31 or any day of the year. The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States is spread over 265 acres. All that land mean lots of animals, over 4,000!
Spend the day exploring the excitement that makes up the Bronx Zoo. Grab your ticket which grants you in-depth access to every part of the zoo including Jungle World, Congo Gorilla Forest, and Children’s Zoo.
If you don’t share the Bronx Zoo’s enthusiasm for Halloween and all that sounds like too much, then you can still feel the Halloween spirit in New York with a visit to Madame Tussauds. The famous Wax Museum’s statues are so life-like it’s a little scary in itself, but with areas of the museum devoted to the Marvel 4D Film and Experience, King Kong: Skull Island, and Mission Undead, you are sure to be scared silly!
Madame Tussauds is also included in many of the city passes operating in New York. For instance, The Sightseeing Pass can save you money if you are spending a considerable amount of time in the city and want to see all things, spooky or not!
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