9 Things to Do on Halloween in New York City

If you're too old to go trick or treating and don't have siblings or a small child as an excuse to ask strangers for candy on Halloween, there are tons of adult activities for you to enjoy in New York City. From parades, to haunted houses, Halloween in New York City is one thrilling holiday celebration.


Halloween Parade in NYC. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Village Halloween Parade: Show off your costume at the 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade. This year's theme is "Shine a Light." Only those in costume are allowed to participate in the parade. Others can watch the parade, which starts at 7PM, from 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street. Directions.

Humane Dog Halloween: Take your dog out to Alphabet City for School For the Dogs' Humane Dog Halloween parade. A costume contest will take place at 12:30PM and the parade will follow at 2:30PM. Get your tickets here. Directions.


Give yourself the fright of a lifetime at a Halloween film or show in NYC. Credit: kpgolfpro/Pixabay.

Queen of the Night: Treat yourself a performance of Queen of the Night at the Paramount Hotel in Midtown. The dark debutante ball comes to life before your eyes in a combination of circus, dance and musical performances. Get your tickets here. Directions.

The Salon: Halloween Stomp: Enjoy a night of jazz and swing from 7PM to 3AM at The Salon in Midtown. Get your tickets here. Directions.

Parties and Clubs

Masquerade balls are pure anonymous fun. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Biggest Halloween Masquerade Ball in NYC: Meet a mysterious stranger at SOB's Halloween masquerade ball. Free masks are given out as you enter the club. Get your tickets here. Directions.

Cantina Rooftop Halloween Party: Don your favorite Shakespearean attire for the "Midsummer's Night Dream" themed Halloween party at Cantina Rooftop in Hell's Kitchen. The views of the NYC skyline will take your breath away. Get your tickets here. Directions.

Highline Ballroom Halloween Bash: Enjoy aerialists, burlesque dancers, DJs and more at the Highline Ballroom's Halloween Bash in the Meatpacking District. Get tickets to the bash here. Directions.

Haunted Houses

Try not too have a heart attack at one of New York City's haunted houses. Credit: werner22brigitte/Pixabay.

Blood Manor: Get ready for the biggest scare of your life. You might pee your pants if you decide to go for the VIP tour. Just a warning. Directions.

Times Scare: Visit the high-tech haunted house that was the scene of a murder in the 1990s. The basement of the house was also a crematory. Blood curling screams are most definitely on the itinerary for the night. Directions.

Dana Gibbs is a multimedia journalist and blogger in New York. She loves all things pop culture and entertainment.