If you want to experience a truly spooktacular Halloween this year, New York City is the place to be. The Big Apple is home to some of the scariest, yet fun-filled events that you don’t want to miss. Whether you are a resident or just visiting, grab your best costume and head to any of the locations below.
1. Park House of Sin
For an elaborately scary event, head to Park House of Sin in Ainsworth Midtown. The event features 6,000 square feet of ghoulish décor and celebration. A DJ keeps the music going so you can dance the night away. Bear in mind that this event is geared more toward adults than children. A complimentary vodka bar will help keep the party moving long into the night.
Make sure you don your creepiest garb. Despite the fact that there is plenty of room, this jam-packed event tends to fill up fast. Therefore, you will want to grab your tickets ahead of time. Most importantly, relax and enjoy this “killer” party. If you are feeling particularly festive, look into the VIP package for an unforgettable experience.
2. Village Halloween Parade
One of the biggest Halloween events in NYC is the Village Halloween Parade. The event features ultimately creepy costumes, décor, and entertainment. The parade is not for the faint of heart. If you cannot handle terrifying giant puppets, then this might not be the event for you. Make sure you dress the part for a party that slays the competition.
If you wish to march – or shuffle like the undead – in this parade, you will need a costume. Although you can spectate without a costume, anyone who wishes to walk along must also play the part. Of course, even the spectators prefer dressing up in their ghastly gear, so you should, too.
3. Boo at the Zoo
For a terrifying treat that is family-friendly, head to the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. The zoo hosts the Boo at the Zoo event that offers plenty of family-centered activities. Enjoy a fun, yet creepy walk through a hay maze or stop to carve some Jack-O-Lanterns.
The zoo also features a costume parade. Make sure you show your love for the Halloween spirit by dressing up, too. Guests with costumes are more than welcome to take part in this event. Also, you will have the chance to walk through tunnels filled with over 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Each of the illuminated pumpkins guides the way in a frightfully fun way.
4. Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel
Prepare for the scare of your life at the Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel. The high-tech haunted event is a big deal that attracts residents and tourists alike. You are advised not to bring pre-school age children along. Otherwise, the event is open to attendants both young and old.
A theatrical troupe offers prime performances filled with plenty of chilling, yet thrilling features. Show your support for students and faculty of the New York City College of Technology by attending this Halloween gathering. Make sure you reserve your tickets well enough ahead of time.
5. Pure Terror Scream Park
The Pure Terror Scream Park brings to life all of your deepest, darkest fears. Do you remember the days when you anxiously awaited the next episode of Tales from the Crypt? Now the Crypt Keeper comes to life before your very eyes at this incredible Halloween event. Watch your step as you come face-to-face with legendary and horrifying killers such as Michael Myers.
This event is not recommended for young children. Plenty of high-tech frights and lifelike props seek to scare you senseless. Traverse through a terrifyingly dark haunted attraction as the ghouls and ghosts prowl in search of their next victim. All-in-all, this is a truly terrific one-of-a-kind event.
6. Blood Manor
No Halloween is complete without attending a Haunted House event in NYC like Blood Manor. Make your way through a 5,000-square-foot labyrinth of absolute and undeniable terror. Grizzly ghouls and garish monsters grope in the dark for their next meal, which could be you!
Blood Manor is such a scary event that children under 14 are not allowed without proper supervision. Grab your tickets and lineup for this memorable event. If you wish to bypass the long wait, consider purchasing an RIP express access ticket. Enjoy a frighteningly fun Halloween night and try not to scream in fright!
All of the events listed above are some of the most popular in the NYC area. Even if you cannot attend them all, you should at least try at one of them. You will not be disappointed.