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Top 9 Halloween Activities In New York City
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Top 9 Halloween Activities In New York City

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Updated: 3 October 2016
Around this time, your friends are already scrambling for some Halloween ideas from the eerie soiree to the simple Halloween house parties. Halloween is all about reigning over the town with your audacious soul to scare the kids and get your sweets on the way to the City’s best activities. If you haven’t made plans for this Halloween, The Culture Trip has compiled nine Halloween venues in New York to hit this year where you can free your inner beast on this magical day.
Image Courtesy of MoMA PS1
Image Courtesy of MoMA PS1
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MoMA PS1 Halloween Festival

Join the Fourth Annual Halloween Ball at MoMA PS1. Boost your artistic esteem as well as dress up as your favorite artist and enter the contemporary art world. This is the moment when you can dress up in your fanciest outfits and walk around Long Island City with no one judging you. MoMA PS1’s Halloween Festival is on October 31, 2015 from 8 PM to 12 AM, and tickets can be purchased here.

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, NY, USA +1 718 784 2084

baby pumpkins | © Ginny/Flickr
baby pumpkins | © Ginny/Flickr

BangOn! NYC’s Warehouse of Horrors 2015

The countdown to the eeriest time of the year is on. BangOn! NYC surprises New Yorkers every year with its burgeoning list of DJs and fascinating performances at its annual Halloween party – Warehouse of Horrors 2015. Its fourth annual party’s secret location is not revealed yet, but it will feature two music stages where you can show your funky dance grooves. Top DJs like Hayden James, Pumpkin, FDVM, Action 52, and many more will make your heart burst out of your body with their bassy beats and frighteningly good vibes. The party is on Saturday, October 31st from 9 PM to 6 AM at the secret East Williamsburg warehouse. Tickets can be purchased here.

(Location not revealed yet)

Ghostly dance | © Kevin Dooley/Flickr
Ghostly dance | © Kevin Dooley/Flickr
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The Blood Ball

This morbidly-themed upscale Halloween party is for a good cause – all the tickets purchased for The Blood Ball will benefit Delete Blood Cancer DKMS. It is actually an exclusive fundraiser and Halloween event that will give people a second chance at life. You will enjoy cocktails, a carnival ambiance, and circus performances as well as dance along with your friends. You may be surprised to notice some A-list attendees during the event. The Blood Ball is held at The Box on October 30th from 8PM to 11PM.

The Box, 189 Chrystie Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 982 9301

Who dressed YOU? | © Juhan Sonin/Flickr
Who dressed YOU? | © Juhan Sonin/Flickr
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Halloween Costume Parade and Party

As the best holiday for children, Washington Market Park will be holding its annual Halloween Parade and Party on Sunday, October 25th from 1PM to 3PM. Children dressed as their favorite characters will parade along the park showing off the inner fictional souls they created for this day. The parade begins near CitiGroup Plaza and stretches through Greenwich Street to the park.

Washington Market Park, Chambers Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 408 0100

Image Courtesy of Merchant's House Museum
Image Courtesy of Merchant’s House Museum

Candlelight Ghost Tours at Merchant’s House Museum

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Merchant's House Museum, New York
Merchant's House Museum, New York | Image Courtesy of Tompkins Square Park

Candlelight Ghost Tours at Merchant’s House Museum

Starting from Friday, October 23rd untll the following Friday, October 30th, Merchant’s House Museum will be holding its Candlelight Ghost Tours. Once upon a time, there was a family living in the house. Time passed, the family is gone, but their souls are still wandering around the walls of the house. Join the tour to experience the spooky Halloween vibe, hear the restless phantoms of the family members, and experience the mysterious history of these ghosts.

Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 777 1089

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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Image Courtesy of Tompkins Square Park
Image Courtesy of Tompkins Square Park

Halloween Howl/Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

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La Celebración de la Muerte
La Celebración de la Muerte | © Montecruz Foto/Flickr

Halloween Howl/Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

Hailed as ‘the largest dog costume parade in the world,’ by CNN, the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is all about pooches and poodles putting on their fanciest outfits and showing off their glamorous fur to the public. As noted, Halloween shouldn’t be just for humans; feel the overflowing super-cuteness of the pets on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from noon to 3 PM in Tompkins Square Park.

Tompkins Square Park 500 East 9th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 639 9675

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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
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6:00 am - 12:00 am
La Celebración de la Muerte | © Montecruz Foto/Flickr
La Celebración de la Muerte | © Montecruz Foto/Flickr
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Día De Los Muertos at NYBG

Celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday Day of the Dead at The New York Botanical Garden’s summer Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibition. Walk along to Latin melodies, carve pumpkins, and decorate your own mask. This is a two-weekend event happening on October 24 and 25 and October 31 and November 1. Feel the artistry while remembering your dearest ones on this day.

The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, USA +1 718 817 8700

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Image Courtesy of Thrill the World NYC
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NYC Zombie Masquerade Ball

There might be people who haven’t heard the song ‘Thriller,’ but everyone has at least heard of Michael Jackson. Every October, Thrill The World NYC gathers MJ fans to show off his signature dance moves at the Zombie Masquerade Ball. You’ll party dressed as an urban zombie and reenact those iconic grooves the legendary pop star showed the world. Tickets range from $10 to $40, and can be purchased here. The event will be held at The COW NYC (The Celebration of Whimsy) followed by a FREE Zombie Crawl and after party at Phebe’s Bar and Grill. NYC Zombie Masquerade Ball happens on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Celebration of Whims, 21 Clinton Street, New York, NY, USA +1 917 972 9394

Image Courtesy of Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
Image Courtesy of Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

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Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

Grab your detective hats to figure out why the unidentified skeleton was found at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (based on a true historical account). As one of the City’s oldest buildings, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum creates an authentic haunted house ambiance where the participants can interactively wander through rooms in search of clues. The candlelit chambers will create a spooky atmosphere to unravel the shadowy mystery behind the walls of this 1799 carriage house. Halloween Murder Mystery begins on Friday, October 23rd and will last only two days. The event starts at 6:15 PM each night with tickets starting from $10. Reservations required for participation.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 838 6878

By Stephanie Oh

Born in Korea, raised in Russia, she studied abroad in Paris where she discovered her adventurous soul. Steph currently lives in New York where she pretends to be a local New Yorker. She speaks Russian, Korean, English, Japanese, and French (still working on it) and dreams of meeting a llama on her way to Macchu Picchu.

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