There’s so much to do in October to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, Halloween! The pumpkins, parades, hayrides and more!!! These are our top things to do during the Halloween season in NYC!
New York Botanical Garden: Scarecrows and Pumpkins
The New York Botanical Garden is a great place to celebrate Halloween with the family! Until October 30th, NYBG has their Scarecrows & Pumpkins displays and events going on! You can walk through the gardens and find the many different scarecrows on display! If you are more of a night person, visit NYBG and experience Scarecrows: From Heartland to Horror. Love pumpkins? Well, why not take your children to the Pumpkins: Playful & Plentiful and Giant Pumpkin Weekend & Meet the Growers events. NYBG has so many fun and interactive activities to enjoy in the Bronx!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Along our Downtown Tour in Times Square, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is the perfect place to visit to get in the Halloween spirit! If you are looking for everything weird, creepy and different; this is the museum to go to! With our FreeStyle Pass Pick 5, you will receive free admission to Ripley’s! You can also celebrate Halloween at Ripley's on October 28th with their exclusive party including music, food and drinks, and many bizarre encounters.
Boo At The Zoo
The Bronx Zoo + Halloween = A Great Time! Boo At The Zoo is a NYC Halloween event great for families! They have every Halloween activity imaginable; pumpkin carving, jack-o-lanterns, costume parade, hay maze and trick-or-treat! You can also enjoy music and magic shows! The zoo this October is clearly not just for visiting and seeing its many animals!
Central Park Halloween Events
Central Park, just off of our Uptown Tour, is definitely the place to be right before Halloween! On October 30th, is the Central Park Conservancy Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla event! You not only see the floating pumpkins but this year there will be a live “Bat Encounter”! Other activities will include spooky stories, live music, pumpkin carving, costume parade and Halloween crafts.
Village Halloween Parade
The Village Halloween Parade is the “IT” NYC parade to go to! Whether you are part of the parade in costume or a spectator, this is the ultimate way to spend your Halloween. The parade will be held on October 31st starting at 7pm on 6th Avenue between Spring St to 16th St. Every year, the parade has a theme and this year's is… Reverie! They want participants to recreate costumes based on their waking dreams and fantasies. The parade was created in Greenwich Village 1974 by mask maker and puppeteer Ralph Lee, as a way to engage families in the neighborhood. This parade is truly a Halloween spectacle to see!
Brookfield Place Halloween Party
Just off of our Financial District Hop-on, Hop-off Ferry stop is Brookfield Place! On October 29th from 12pm – 3pm, they are welcoming families to join them for their Halloween Party! They will be having many spooky performances by Carmelo the Science Fellow, Mario the Magician, and Hopalong Andrew and his Dusty Cowpoke Posse. Show off your Halloween style on the Costume Catwalk! Enjoy fun and interactive activities such as the Brain Sampler, Halloween Face Painting, LEGO Photo-Op and Ghouslish GIFs! This is a great event to keep your children entertained and get them in the Halloween spirit!
These are some amazing and spook-tacular Halloween events to go to in the city! So, make sure to spend your All Hallows’ Eve in NYC!