UYC’s Guide: 5 NYC Events To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

October is full of tasty Halloween treats in the city…get hopped up on enough sugar and there’s no telling how many you can get around to!  But if time is limited, here’s our top five picks for getting in that spooky spirit, NYC style:

1.) The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get to the Boogie-Down Bronx, this is it.  The New York Botanical Garden puts up a display of intricately carved pumpkin sculptures, and has a Spooky Nighttime Adventures trail that is not to be missed.  Anyone else getting flashbacks of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“?

WHEN: Through October 31
WHERE: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY


2.) Get Spooked At A Haunted House 

There’s nothing creepier than old NYC warehouses being converted into scenes from your favorite horror flicks.  Our own personal NYC Bible, Time Out New York, has compiled a comprehensive guide to the best Haunted Houses in the 5 boroughs.

3.) Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Whether or not you have a pooch, this procession of cuteness is not to be missed.  Bring your BFF in costume and register at the door to compete for cool prizes, or just come and gawk at others’ adorable dogs.  Along with free treats, there will also be pups up for adoption, too.  Talk about a Halloween treat!

WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 12pm
WHERE: Tompkins Square Park Dog Run, 9th Street between Avenues A and B

4.) Sleep No More (Halloween Edition)

The McKittrick Hotel is home to NYC’s legendary Sleep No More interactive production, and this Halloween you can join in on the premiere of Curse of the Mummy.  You’ll be led on a chase up and down stairs, through furniture-cluttered rooms, all while donning your Venetian carnival-style mask.  For the Halloween edition, dressing up is recommended, and some of the costumes they encourage are: harem girls, nomads, serpent charmers, pharaohs, sword swallowers, mummies, and treasure hunters.  Promises to be an entertaining night, to say the least.

WHEN: October 30-31
WHERE: The McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street


5.) Village Halloween Parade 

Last year the parade was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, so they’re back with a bang with the Hallelujah Halloween Revival in 2013!  To march in the parade, make sure you’re donning a costume…but anyone can enjoy it live from the sidelines.

WHEN: Thursday, October 31 at 7pm
WHERE: 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street

What Halloween activities are you most looking forward to this year?


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen



12 Responses to “UYC’s Guide: 5 NYC Events To Get You In The Halloween Spirit”

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  2. [...] the excellent Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on the 26th, which our friends at Used York City are also excited about. Other first-rate Halloween fun for kids [...]

  3. Wow. great photos, great ideas of things to do stuff to do for Halloween. Such a great time. Love the interactive play.. and the parade ideas!
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    • Used York City says:

      Thanks Stevie! I went to the play this weekend…AMAZING! Will be blogging about it soon:-)

  4. Pamela Morse says:

    I love the amazing carvings. That botanical garden is on my list forever…Looks like fun.

  5. what brilliant pumpkin carvings! I’ve been invited to a halloween ball…now I just need a date!
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  6. Oh, I just bet New Yorkers do Halloween better than any city/state in the U.S. I won’t lie–the bath tub scene made my stomach turn–no way, Jose! But the Thriller in the streets is classic.

    Love, love, love Halloween!
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