There’s nothing like Halloween in New York City. The festive and unserious holiday is the perfect excuse for a party; and lucky for you, there are literally dozens of events for revelers of all ages.
Spooked at the thought of getting down and back? Don’t be. A C&J bus to NYC makes it easy to get in on all the eerie events.
If you’re a fly by the seat of your broom kind of traveler, you’ll no doubt stumble upon any number of spooky Halloween themed events throughout the month of October. But for those of you who like to have a plan, we’ve highlighted four diverse and fun Halloween events to help you plan your trip or inspire your own itinerary.
For Everyone: 2013 Village Halloween Parade
Of course the big news of the year is that the 2013 Village Halloween Parade is officially on! The loss of revenue after last year’s cancellation had many New Yorkers fearing that the parade might have seen its final hour. But thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and generous donations that raised more than $50,000, the 40th Anniversary Parade will proceed as planned on Thursday, October 31.
With more than 50,000 costumed participants, the Village Halloween Parade is one of the grandest in the world. You can line up, in costume, on 6th Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. to participate, or line up along the parade route from 6th Avenue to 16th Street to celebrate from the sidelines.
But don’t worry if you can’t make it down on Halloween night. You’ll find plenty to do during the weekend of October 25 – 27, including:
For Families: Haunted Pumpkin Garden
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden, hosted annually by the New York Botanical Garden, makes the perfect family-friendly alternative to your traditional trick-or-treat. During the day, families can peruse the garden’s exhibition of hundreds of incredibly detailed and creative pumpkin creations, plus participate in a number of themed kid-friendly activities.
And once the sun goes down Oct. 25 and 26, families can venture down the spooky Whole Foods Market® Trick-or-Treat Trail. Advance tickets are recommended.
For Grownups: NYC Halloween Pub Crawl
With more than 100 participating bars, hundreds of costumed revelers, and the best drink deals NYC has to offer, this New York City Halloween Pub Crawl is not to be missed.
Sponsored by Pubcrawls.com, the NYC Halloween Pub Crawl features your choice of three event-dates: Saturday, October 26; Thursday, October 31; or–for you stragglers–a happy hour event on November 1. Get all the info you need to plan your crawl, right here.
Not For the Faint of Heart: Nightmare Killers 2
In the true spirit of Halloween, this super-scary haunted house celebrates what the holiday is really about: getting the heck scared out of you! While there are dozens of haunted houses peppered throughout NYC, we couldn’t help but home in on Nightmare Killers 2.
Located at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center on 107 Suffolk Street, and featuring cameos from some of the world’s most notorious serial killers, this kitschy yet terrifying event is designed to scare even the toughest adults, and is definitely not appropriate for children.
So, whether you’re looking to squeal in terror or trick-or-treat among the pumpkins, you’ve got options in New York City.
Hopefully this short list has helped inspire some ideas of your own; but wherever you end up – look into purchasing your tickets ahead of time. These events fill up fast; and the only horror worse than an axe-wielding serial killer on your heels is realizing you’ve missed out on a screaming good time.
Finally, if you’re heading from New Hampshire or Massachusetts, save yourself the hassle of driving and catch a C&J bus to New York City. It’s gonna be killer.