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Halloween Events In New York City

Halloween Events In New York City

Halloween is celebrated as an annual festival on 31st October. Labeled one of America’s favorite holidays, this day is packed with fun and creepy activities. Children go from door-to-door filling their candy bags while elders have a blast at costume parties.

If you live in New York City, you will not have a chance to get bored for there is so much to see and do. Sifting through details and pages of reviews can get a little tedious. We’ve shortlisted five major attractions in NYC to ensure you have a killer Halloween night.

1. Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls

The Procession of Ghouls is one of the grandest events hosted by the city that never sleeps. It is held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The program starts with the screening of a silent spooky film supported by eerie organ music. The highlight of the extravaganza is the Grand Procession of Ghouls. The gory costumes designed by Ralph Lee and terrific special effects are a must see in New York City.

2. New York’s Village Halloween Parade

The Village Parade is a spectacle worth watching. This is a long-running tradition; it is 33 years old. Organized in Greenwich Village, the serpentine parade with more than 50,000 marchers starts on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street at 7 p.m. You can be a part of the parade too, but there is a condition – you need a costume. Else, you can stand aside and get a few colorful pictures for your collection.

3. Blood Manor Haunted House

New York City’s premier Haunted Attraction, the Blood Manor Haunted House is a great place to visit on Halloween evening. It is spooky, scary, creepy and hair-raising and definitely not a suggestion for the weak-hearted. Spread over 5,000 square feet, Blood Manor Haunted House is a maze of rooms dressed in different themes. The only complaint is long queues in front of the ticket booths. To avoid the trouble, try getting there a little earlier. The restaurants and bars in proximity complete the evening. Children below 14 are denied entry into Blood Manor House.

4. Nightmare Haunted House:

Another Haunted House that comes alive on Halloween is the Nightmare Haunted House located on the Lower East Side. With a similar format as Blood Manor, Nightmare sets your heart racing. Each year the organizers base the performances on a theme. The entire tour around the house lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The actors, their talent, makeup and costumes are spot on. The tickets are reasonably priced. You may want to leave the children home for this one.

5. Haunted Tours

A fictional game or recreated haunted house is nothing compared to an encounter with New York’s real ghosts. There are dozens of haunted places in NYC. Theaters, eateries, hotels, chapels, mansions and hospitals each have their share of ghost tales. The once inhabitants of the alleged haunted locations have been spotted on several occasions or have at least given signs of their presence. Various institutions organize tours to these places on Halloween and in the week leading up to Halloween. Visit if you must. You might be lucky to have a chance encounter with one of the members of the underworld.