Oh, The Horror! 10 Things To Do This Halloween In NYC

This Halloween is going to be fierce. We can feel it in our bones.


The city that never sleeps has a few more reasons for you to keep your eyes open this month. RIP, boredom; we’ve got 10 awesome things you can do this Halloween season that go (fist) bump in the night:

1. The Uninvited: Awakening


October 27-31

Spend Halloween weekend in purgatory: The Uninvited: Awakening is the largest, most immersive haunted house in New York. If you’re looking to literally face your fears (and have them reach out and grab you), you can’t miss this 25,000 square foot, hour-long horror experience!

2. Supercinema’s Inferno at The McKittrick Hotel


October 28-31

The monster mash comes to life at this monster dance party held at The McKittrick Hotel (aka the home to Sleep No More), where an open bar and live performances will be going all night long. Guests should dress in costumes inspired by classic Hollywood movie monsters or all in black.

3. Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic


Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 9:30pm, and Saturdays at 9:30pm in October (Full schedule here.)

If your go-to costume involves a wand and a scar, we’ve got the show for you. A Potter-lovers dream, Puffs takes you on an entirely new wizard adventure – and yet, something always seems to go down at the Halloween feast. Troll in the dungeon, anyone?

4. Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden


October 29: Noon-5pm

If a “PG” Halloween is more your style, bring the family to Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! Kids of all ages can build a huge spiderweb, join a wacky costume parade/drum circle led by Maracatu NY, and more! Bonus: kids under 12 get in free!

5. Pick The Perfect Pumpkin at the Queens County Farm Museum


October 22-23 & 29-30

Pick the pumpkin of your dreams at the Queens County Farm Museum (and take a spin through their Amazing Maize Maze), then carve it up like the true jack-o-lantern artist you are. Hopefully, the pumpkin masterpiece above of Oh, Hello on Broadway stars George & Gil (created by @naliniashaproductions) has inspired you. #OhHelloween

6. Boo at the Zoo


October 22-23 & 29-30

Get some one-on-one time with the city’s creepiest crawlers at the Bronx Zoo. This is another family event for all of you Halloween lovers who prefer to be scared safe: put on your costume, check out the hay maze, indulge in the treat stations, and more!

7. Stranger Things Party at Lot 45


October 21-23

For one weekend only, Lot 45 in Bushwick will become The Upside Down. Don your best Barb glasses, grab a box of Eggos, and get ready for a night of ’80s jams, Dungeons & Dragons, and christmas lights. Plus, there will be a costume contest and BMX bike giveaway!

8. The Headless Horseman Bar


Mon–Wed, Sun 4pm–2am; Thu–Sat 4pm–4am; Sat & Sun 12pm-3:30pm

You don’t have to go all the way to Sleepy Hollow to get that Ichabod Crane vibe. The Headless Horseman Bar is a spooky gastropub located at 15th Street and Irving Plaza in Gramercy. Inspired by 18th-century New England, this local bar is sure to possess you with the Halloween spirit!

9. The 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade


October 31 at 7pm

50,000 people participate in and 2 million people watch the Village Halloween Parade, where the spirits take over 6th Avenue (between Spring Street and 16th Street) to create the largest Halloween parade. Join in costume (the 2016 theme is Reverie), volunteer, watch from the sidelines, or tune into NY1.

10. The 26th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade


October 22, Noon to 3pm

This parade’s for the dogs: Purina Beggin’ presents the largest gathering of costumed pups at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. The runway competition begins at noon, where all of NYC’s furry residents are welcome to come strut their stuff for the cutest competition in the city. Pre-registration not required.

Get out there and have the best NYC Halloween ever!