11 Halloween Events Near NYC, from Seriously Spooky to Family-Friendly
Calling all Halloween lovers! Spooky season is finally upon us and that means it’s time to get ready to celebrate the best holiday of them all (because candy and costumes, what’s not to love?). Whether you are a hardcore Halloween enthusiast or a more low-key celebrator, we’ve found some of the scariest and most festive Halloween events near New York City to help you celebrate this spooktacular holiday. From bone-chilling haunted houses and ghost tours to family-friendly pumpkin picking and fall fairs, there’s a Halloween event for everyone in our frightfully good roundup.
1. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY or Old Bethpage, Long Island
Get ready for a fall activity you’ll never forget at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. This walk-through experience features over 7,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns in elaborate displays that light up the night. Head to either the Van Cortlandt Major location in Croton-on-Hudson in upstate New York or the Old Bethpage Village Restoration location in Old Bethpage, Long Island for a fun family-friendly experience. The walk takes about 45 minutes and offers a personalized Halloween soundtrack created especially for the event. Psst: Grab your tickets ASAP as they sell out quickly for both locations.
2. Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October, the Bronx Zoo celebrates Halloween with their annual Boo at the Zoo event. Kids will love the immersive experiences offered including a costume parade, candy trail, extinct animal graveyard, pumpkin carving and a spider maze. Most activities are low on the scare-factor, so this Halloween activity is ideal for younger children. Don’t forget to check out your favorite zoo exhibits during your visit and be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.
3. Bayville Scream Park in Bayville, Long Island
If screaming your head off and getting scared by zombies and killer clowns is your ideal Halloween, than you need to add Bayville Scream Park to your list of celebrations. Located in Bayville, Long Island, this haunted house is about a 90-minute drive from Manhattan and offers six different spooky experiences to choose from. The most popular attraction is the Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, known for its bone-chilling (but, like, really) atmosphere. The park is only for adults and older children due to its intense scare factor, so leave the little ones at home.
4. New York’s Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village
Do you spend most of the year planning, brainstorming and creating your Halloween costume? If so, New York’s Village Halloween Parade is the perfect event to show off your costume and Halloween spirit. After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, this year the parade will take place on Sunday, October 31 at 6:30 p.m. and participants will walk up Sixth Avenue to revel in all the Halloween fun from Spring Street to 16th Street in Chelsea. There will be live music from over 50 bands, giant puppets and New Yorkers donning their best and most creative costumes.
5. Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm in Staten Island
For those looking for a low-key and family-friendly way to celebrate Halloween near NYC, head to Decker Farm at the Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island for some pumpkin picking and fall activities. The farm is open on weekends in October and also offers a corn maze, old-fashioned hay ride, pumpkin carving and arts and crafts. This fun-filled farm is easily accessible via car or the Staten Island Ferry from New York City.
6. An NYC Ghost Tour in Greenwich Village
Stroll through Greenwich Village as you explore some of the most haunted hotspots in the city during an NYC Ghost Tour. The tour is just over a mile long and stops at eight to 12 spots where guides will walk you through of one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods. OK, so you might not see Casper on your ghost tour, but you’ll learn a lot about the hidden history of these paranormal places and the spirits who occupy them. (And hey, who knows…maybe you’ll experience your first encounter with something from the beyond.)
7. Green-Wood Cemetery After Hours Tour in Brooklyn
Is there anything spookier than touring a cemetery at nighttime? Probably not and that’s why The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn offers a special tour for guests in the fall, just in time for Halloween. Once the gates close to the public, guests can explore the cemetery’s scenery and visit the graves of famous figures in American history. The tour ends with a special visit to the Catacombs which are usually closed to the public. Leave your costumes at home and bring your flashlights to experience an evening of mystery and intrigue.
8. Spooky Fest in Rockville Centre, Long Island
Every weekend in October, the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) in Rockville Centre, Long Island turns their preserve into a Halloween spectacular. Spooky Fest offers 16 acres of fun and interactive holiday festivities for kids of all ages. Attractions include an arts and crafts area and themed walk for young children, and a haunted woods and maze of horror for kids who are all about the scares and thrills of Halloween.
9. Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ
Adventure and thrill seekers look no further than Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey for your Halloween celebration. With haunted attractions, scare zones, scary skits and the amusement park’s signature rides, there is an endless amount of activities to keep you occupied. The event runs every weekend from September 10 until October 31 and reservations are required due to its popularity. Be sure to wear your costumes!
10. Luna Park Halloween Harvest in Coney Island
New York City’s most famous playground is kicking off their Halloween Harvest on September 25 with fun-filled activities ranging from trick-or-treating and costumed characters, to seasonal decorating stations and pumpkin carving. After checking out the seasonal activities and going on a couple of spins on the Cyclone, don't miss the Maniac Carvers where expert pumpkin carvers will create beautiful display pieces, answer questions and offer tips, tricks and more (starting mid-October).
11. A Haunted Cocktail Soiree in the Financial District
Grab your friends and head to the House of Spirits for a haunted cocktail soiree filled with mystery and magic. For an unforgettable and unique experience, you can wander through an eerie mansion while enjoying live music, tarot readings, themed cocktails, sinister seances, giant Ouija boards and much more. Guests are encouraged to dress in time period fashion, elegant dress or costume (the spookier the better). The party is located in downtown Manhattan and runs from October 8 through October 31 so be sure to get your tickets ASAP.
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