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The Top 8 Halloween Events In NYC

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Updated: 12 October 2016
Holidays in NYC always draw large crowds and unique activities, and Halloween is no different. Each year there are countless things to do – from the annual dog parade to picking pumpkins, trick-or-treating, or watching your favorite scary movies. Halloween in NYC is always festive, always fun, and there are special treats for everyone. Read our list of the events we’re most looking forward to this year.
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Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Presented by Beggin’ and PetSmart

If you like dogs dressed up in costumes (let’s be real – who doesn’t), then you can’t miss the Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park. It’s one of NYC’s favorite annual events and draws huge crowds, and even more adorable dogs. According to their website, CNN calls the event ‘the largest dog costume parade in the world,’ so if you’re looking for something light-hearted in the midst of the spookiness, this event is for you.

October 22nd

Tompkins Square Park, 500 E 9th St, New York, NY, USA

batman vs. superman at the #tompkinssquaredogparade . #howloween

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Scarecrows: From Heartland To Horror

This year at the New York Botanic Garden, sculptor Ray Villafane has created a group of giant scarecrows with moving limbs, hands, and eyes. The installation is meant to show the evolution of scarecrows, which, throughout history, have been the protectors of gardens, the subjects of famous books and movies, and icons of Halloween. The exhibition will be on display throughout the month, but for a fully spooky experience, come at night on Oct 21, 22, 28, or 29, when the exhibit will ‘come to life’.

September 17th – October 30th

New York Botanic Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, USA

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New York Haunted Hayride

Make a trip out to Randall’s Island for the New York Haunted Hayride, where a tractor-drawn hay wagon will drive you through a series of seriously spooky attractions. You’ll meet demons, ghosts, an ‘ice cream ripper’ and crazy clowns, so be prepared for an exhilarating experience. Plus, the event features two other zones – a pitch black maze and purgatory – the latter a theater in which the audience participates in horror stories.

October 13th – October 31st

Randall’s, 20 Randall’s Island Connector, New York, NY, USA

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

In various venues around Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will show films ranging from sci-fi to horror to documentaries and more. The festival will be held over one weekend, and along with the films there will be parties, Q&As with the filmmakers, panel discussions, and other events where you can learn more about the films. All the films are by independent filmmakers and BHFF calls them ‘badass,’ so they’re sure to be entertaining and ‘horrifying.’

October 14th – October 17th

Various Venues in Brooklyn

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The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

For a great day trip out of the city, head to Croton-on-Hudson, NY for The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze. It’s a giant, walk-through experience with over 7,000 illuminated Jack O’ Lanterns, each individually designed by their group of artists. Part art exhibit, part walking tour, part fun Halloween experience, The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze was visited by tens of thousands of people last year, so surely it’s a sight to see.

Every Saturday and Sunday from Sept 30th – Nov 12th

Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY, USA

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Nighttime Cemetery Tour

If you need something extra creepy, check out a nighttime tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. Unfortunately this event is sold out, but it’s worth knowing about in case you can manage to score a ticket. Put on by Atlas Obscura, this event allows visitors to dress up in cocktail attire, step behind the cemetery’s cast iron fence, and explore the cemetery by flashlight. The event will include music, star gazing, and readings, and each visitor is meant to simply wander – exploring whatever lies ahead.

October 15h – October 16th

Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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The Blood Ball

The Blood Ball is a ball for a good cause – specifically it’s a benefit to support DKMS who works to connect patients with blood cancers with proper bone marrow donors. It’s an exclusive ball with space for 500 of New York’s elite, and there will be cocktails, burlesque dancing, circus acts, along with Halloween themed surprises.

October 27th

Diamond Horseshoe Paramount Hotel, , USA

Village Halloween Parade

The Village Halloween Parade is probably NYC’s biggest Halloween event. It’s a giant, public Halloween costume parade that marches up 6th Avenue each year, and it can’t be missed. You’ll likely encounter the parade even if you aren’t participating – the streets shut down, traffic is a mess, and the whole city seems to become a Halloween party. 2016 will be its 43rd year, and surely the costumes will be better than ever.

6th Avenue starting at Spring Street and moving northward to 16th Street

October 31st