NYC Halloween Events 2011

NY Halloween Parade New Yorkers love any excuse to dress up and cut loose.  So, Halloween is a particularly festive holiday in the city.  Following are Halloween events to get you in the “spirit”:

Now through Halloween

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden@ NY Botanical Garden
A garden full of bugs, bats, parties, parades, and hundreds of intricately carved pumpkins.
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, Tues-Sun at 10am Tickets and information

Nightmare: Fairy Tales
Billing itself as “New York’s most horrifying haunted House,” this is an immersive, interactive experience.  In this Fairy Tale-themed attraction, groups of 8-12 people wander through the haunted forest together, witnessing terrible things happen to their favorite Fairy Tale characters (and possibly them as well)
107 Suffolk St., Manhattan, 6-11pm Tickets and information

New York Ghost Tours
A 90-minute walk through NYC’s most haunted neighborhood: Greenwich Village.  Tours begin at Washington Square Park, where 15,000 souls were buried.
Daily, hours vary  Tickets and Information

Blood Manor
A haunted attraction of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to to maximize one’s fears. Blood Manor is intended to be intense, gory, and “scream inducing.”
163 Varick St., Manhattan, night-time hours vary Tickets and information


Oct 20-23 & 27-30 – Madame Tussauds After Dark: The Haunting
This place is creepy on a good day.  But for tacky fun, guests wander through the famous wax museum in the dark.
234 West 42nd St. Manhattan 9pm-12am Tickets and information

Oct 22 & 29 – Spooky Nighttime Adventure @ NY Botanical Garden
Grab a flashlight and explore the spooky sculptures of the Adventure Garden after dark. Trick-or-treat along the paths, and decorate a pumpkin to take home.
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx , 6-7:30pm Tickets and information

October 25-28 & 30 – Crypt Crawls: A Halloween Tour @ St. John the Devine
Creep into the Cathedral’s crypt and learn the origins of Halloween as the Celtic New Year celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve. Space is limited and participants must be 12 years of age
112th St & Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan  Ticket and information

October 28 – Bugs and Brews @ NY Botanical Garden
Adult spooky fun in the Adventure Garden with artisanal beers and, for the adventurous, insect delicacies.
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx,  7–9 p.m Tickets and information

October 28 – Procession of the Ghouls @ St. John the Devine
A procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s eerie costumed ghosts and ghouls down the full stretch of the cathedral’s nave. This is followed by a screening of the original Phantom of the Opera (1925) accompanied by the Great Organ.
112th St & Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan  7 & 10pm Tickets and Information

Central Park Pumpkin Fest

October 29 – Central Park Pumpkin Festival
This annual festival offers lots of family fun, including a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, a marionette show, and musical entertainment.
11am – 3pm Free, Central Park Bandshell Area (enter on 72nd St) Information

October 29 & 30Walking Tours of Green-wood Cemetery
Walk this beautiful and historic necropolis while hearing tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and ghosts on tours led by historian Jeff Richman. The tour also includes a visit to the Catacombs, which are usually closed to the public. This tour tends to fill up, so buy tickets in advance.
500 25th St., Brooklyn, 1:00pm Tickets and information

October 29, 30 and 31The Mysterious, the Menacing and the Mesmerizing @ Woodlawn Cemetery.
Spend Halloween with some of NYC’s most illustrious (albeit dead) citizens in this gorgeous “Garden Cemetery.” During an early evening walk, you’ll hear the spine tingling tales of murder, intrigue and NYC legends and lore.
Jerome Ave & Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, 6:00pm  Information

October 31 – The Village Halloween Parade
This joyous celebration of creativity and mayhem includes hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and thousands of New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation. Anyone in a costume is welcome to join the parade, which wends up 6th Ave., from Spring St to 16th. 7-10:30pm Information

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