Top 12 Spots to Kickoff Halloween in NYC 2019
Top 12 Spots to Kickoff Halloween in NYC 2019
Village Halloween Parade (starts in SoHo and goes north through Greenwich Village): For more than 40 years, this NYC tradition has taken over the streets to celebrate the holiday with creativity and a sense of community. There will be giant puppets, live music from dozens of bands, dancers, artists and more. Those wanting to showcase their costume for onlookers to see can take part in this public parade—show up to the junction of Canal St. & Sixth Ave. between 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, dressed up and ready to go. The parade starts at 7 pm and ends around 11 pm. The parade route will be crowded, so those wanting to grab a good spot to watch the festivities should plan accordingly. NY1 will broadcast the parade live on television from 8-9:30 pm.
The Springs Presents Walk of Fear (Greenpoint): The Springs launched an immersive haunted experience called Walk of Fear, open now through October 31st on Friday and Saturday from 6pm-midnight, and Sunday-Thursday from 6-11 pm. Expect ominous lighting, creepy vignettes and entertainment that will leave you thirsty for The Springs’ new fall cocktails. Cost of entry is one drink minimum per person. Halloween cocktails and slushies include zombie blood with Spring 44 Gin, Blue Curacao, passion fruit cordial and a blue sugar rim and the blood and sands slushie with Monkey Shoulder scotch, cherry liquor, Antica sweet vermouth, and orange juice, and the pumpkin crush Slushie with High West Bourbon and pumpkin spice.
Merchant’s House Museum (NoHo): The New York Times has called this place “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.” A National Historic Landmark, the Merchant’s House Museum was once home to the Tredwell family for several generations and some of its members are said to still be “living” at the house, so to speak. The house has been open to the public as a museum for the past 80 years and there have been many reports of strange happenings as witnessed by visitors, staff members, neighbors and the like. The “Candlelight Ghost Tour” tickets sell out quickly so pick your tickets today, but if it's sold out you can still go visit the museum during its usual hours noon-5 pm, Friday through Monday, as well as from noon-8 pm on Thursday.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea (West Village): This historic restaurant is often called one of the most romantic dining establishments in the city… but it’s also rumored to be one of the most haunted. Aaron Burr and his daughter Theodosia are supposedly two of the more well-known ghosts that frequent this former carriage house of the late Vice President and duel partner of Alexander Hamilton. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this restaurant’s setting is both gorgeous and intriguing.
Vashtie Presents: 1992 Halloween Party at Schimanski (Greenpoint): Vashtie is bringing its iconic 1992 Party to Schimanski for a 90’s Halloween beginning at 9 pm. Since 2006 Vashtie's parties have attracted all party-goers and especially 80’s and 90’s babies looking to really party like it’s 1992. Entry is 21+ and for VIP tables email firstname.lastname@example.org. General Admission tickets are $20.
Freak Show Party at Sunday in Brooklyn (Williamsburg, BK): From veterans of Eleven Madison Park, Catch, and Sadelle’s, Sunday in Brooklyn combines a market, bar, coffeehouse and sit-down restaurant into one all-day spot. Come have a freaky-fun night this Halloween in Williamsburg and reminisce your favorite childhood SCARY tales! Ticket price ($75pp) includes stationed snacks and three drink tickets (additional drink tickets can be purchased for $10/each)—plus, there will be face painting, tattoos, live entertainment, costume prizes, giveaways and late-night pizza delivery from Domino's! The party is from 8 pm- 1 am and reservations can be made via Resy.
Scary Bazaar at Grand Bazaar NYC (Upper West Side): On Sunday, October 27th, Manhattan's longest running curated market Grand Bazaar NYC will host its Scary Bazaar from 10 am-5:30 pm, where their 100+ vendors will dress up in costume. The market will have a children puppet maker doing shows for kids hourly and unique candy will be for sale. The market will be decorated for the holiday and many of the vendors will provide samples when kids come by a shout trick or treat. More than 100 vendors appear weekly at Grand Bazaar NYC and 100 percent of the Bazaar's profits from booth rentals are donated to four local public school, benefiting more than 4,000 children.
Ghosts, Zombies and Witches Unite at Slate's Halloween Weekend (Flatiron): Kick off Halloween weekend at Slate with their Celebrity Graveyard and Zombie Apocalypse Halloween parties. Party with your favorite celebs from beyond the grave on Friday, October 25th at 9 pm, Early Bird tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Dance with the living dead for the Zombie Apocalypse on Saturday, October 26th at 9 pm. Ticket purchases include a vodka open bar for one hour between 9-10 pm.
There’s a $1000 Cash Prize at Zeppelin Hall's Halloween Party (Jersey City): Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City will host a Halloween party on Saturday, October 26th with a costume contest worth dressing up for. Top prize will take home $1,000 in cash. The party kicks off at 9 pm and will have a live DJ and free admission.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (Midtown): The annual “Tricks and Treats” event is on Halloween from 4-6:30 pm. In fact, Winter Village will be opening on Halloween this year! The free festivities will kick off with trick-or-treating at the Holiday Shops, followed by scary stories and a monster mash with Cali Co Cat, magic tricks by Justin the Magician, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts and face painting. Those who come in costume will be invited to pick up a free trick-or-treat bag courtesy of Bank of America. While there, guests will be encouraged to visit the Holiday Shops, grab a hot chocolate in The Lodge by Urbanspace and head to The Rink, NYC’s only free-admission skating rink.
Freehold (Brooklyn) is celebrating Halloween by transforming its space into a whimsical “Malice in Wonderland.” Step on the red carpet to get your photo snapped by a team of zombie paparazzi, head up to the Haunted Hills and make your way into the Lobby Bar for live music, DJs and spooky spirits. Come dressed to impressed as the ones we miss the most and enter into the Bloody Red Carpet Competition. No cover. Doors at 8 pm.
Houston Hall (Downtown): Join Houston Hall for a Halloween Bash on Oct. 26th from 10 pm to 2 am (Tickets $10.) There will be a DJ all-night, a costume contest with big prizes and classic horror movies playing on the big screen. Specialty beers like Oktoberfest Lager & Imperial Pumpkin Ale are on tap to quench your All Hallows' Eve thirst. Tickets are available at the door or online.