New Yorkers really know how to live it up for Halloween, and outside of the U.S, most of the Western World, Canada, Ireland, and the UK included, also observe the spooky holiday on the 31st of October. But believe it or not, Halloween is based on more than candy and costumes. The term is an abbreviation of “All Hallows Eve,” and many European traditions ascertain that it is one of the few days of the year when the spiritual and physical realms can communicate with one another. Don’t miss the magic this year; put on your most scandalous costume and make your way to the Village Halloween Parade, beginning at 7PM at Spring St. and 6th Ave.
For a particularly ghoulish funhouse, the creators of Nightmare have made sure to include your worst fears. Held in all five boroughs, this haunted house charges a sliding scale, from $15-25 depending on which weekend you visit up to November 2. Those looking for something a bit tamer will love the annual Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls, held at St. John the Divine. The event, starring live organ music, scary movies, and a parade of ghouls, has two separate showings at 7 and 10PM. Tickets can be purchased beforehand and usually sell out quick.
Something the kids might enjoy is the Haunted Walk at Prospect Park, a free event offering a carnival and haunted carousel to your little ones on October 28 during lunch time hours. Central Park offers a duplicate event, same day and time, with a pumpkin patch, healthy snacks, and a hayride.
For the older demographic, the Halloween Masquerade Ball at the Puck Building will be a blast. Don’t forget to buy your tickets online and pack your dancing shoes!
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- Halloween Guide at New York