Halloween in New York City is like nowhere else in the world. Not only are there a multitude of people all over the place, but they are all in costume. Last year I was lucky enough to spend Halloween in the City and get dressed up with friends. When spending Halloween in New York City, there are many options to choose from as far as haunted houses, parties, parades, and walking tours.
Of course there is always the Halloween Parade in the Village, which is world famous. This parade is pretty much insane. There are so many people and costumes and things going on at once, and it is so much fun. The parade starts on 6th Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets and goes up to 16th Street. This parade has become so renowned that people come from all over to attend. Having seen SoHo on November 1 last year, I can tell you there are a TON of people that come to see all of the costumes.
Of course, if you don’t want to attend the parade there are plenty of other places to go and things to see on October 31. There is a Halloween Extravaganza at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where you can watch silent Halloween movies and then join the Grand Procession of the Ghouls. There are also events at the Merchant’s House Museum including ghost tours, a cemetery tour and storytelling, and there are also events in Central Park to celebrate the occasion.
Last, but not least, there are plenty of haunted houses throughout the City. There is the Headless Horseman Haunted House in Ulster Park, Trapped in Purgatory Haunted House in Staten Island, and the Blood Manor Haunted House on 27th Street. These are just three of the most well-known in NYC.
The most importantly thing is to be safe – so go in groups, and have fun!