Get Out and Experience NYC Halloween
Don’t let your Halloween consist of sitting around the house waiting for the trick o’ treaters and sneaking a few Snickers minis. Make plans to enjoy some of our favorite NYC Halloween activities that promise to get you out and about. Fresh air and a little of Halloween’s spectacle and magic await.
For Those Ready to Put on Their Walking Shoes:
Wall Street Walks Ghost Tours,
Fridays and Saturdays in October, with the last tour October 31
The site of such amazing architecture, history, tragedy - and fortunes won and lost in minutes – is sure to harbor a few restless ghosts. Wall Street Walks is known for its excellent, year-round tours. Their seasonal Ghost Tours are just as well done and include the most atmospheric “cemeteries, haunted sites and back alleys.” Top-notch guides will share the best of the history and legends associated with each destination. 75-minute tours set out at 6:30pm from 55 Wall Street and comfortable shoes are a must.
For Families Seeking an Out-of-City Experience in the City:
The Amazing Maize Maze, Queens County Farm Museum
Weekends thru October 25, 11am-4:30pm
Get lost in a cornfield in Queens (yes, a cornfield in Queens, NY) at this TimeOut New York “Critic’s Pick for Kids.” You’ll be challenged to find your way out of a 3D puzzle with a horse racing/Triple Crown theme, carved out of three acres of corn. If the clues along the way aren’t enough, a guide in the middle of the maze is there to give a few extra hints to those who are struggling. If the idea of being lost someplace where your GPS can’t help you makes you tremble, this is the Halloween thrill for you.
For Families, including Those Ages 0-20 in Dog Years
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, Tompkins Square Park Dog Run, East 9th Street between Avenues A & B
Sunday, October 24, Noon-3pm
This pet parade and costume contest is perfect for dogs that secretly dream of a little paparazzi attention. With event mentions (all raves) in the Huffington Post, NY Post and Vanity Fair, it is the pet event at which to see and be seen. No costume you can dream up is going to be too elaborate.
For Movie Buffs not Afraid to Bundle Up:
Outdoor Screenings of Halloween-Appropriate Movies offered by NYC Parks
Various Dates, Times & Parks thru October 31
From Killer Klowns from Outer Space at Owls Head Park, to the Rocky Horror Picture Show at McCarren Park, to Monsters Inc. at Manton Playground, the offerings range from kid friendly to campy. Bundle up and bring your own blanket for a last taste of horror-lite outdoor movie fun before the snow flies.
For Doers, Not Spectators:
42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade
October 31, 7pm to approx. 11pm, 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street
No place else in the world does a Halloween Parade like New York City, where anyone in costume can become part of the procession (and about 50,000 do). Giant puppets, costumed performers and more than 50 bands set the mood and lead the way in a parade that’s really more of a Halloween Mardi Gras minus the alcohol. This year’s theme, “Shine a Light!” is sure to inspire some bold, beautiful, outrageous and magical costumes.
Make The Benjamin home base for your active Halloween adventures. Fall weekend stays at the Benjamin are 25% off through November 30th.