Things to Do Halloween events in NYC: Parties, tours, parades, haunted houses and more By Shaye Weaver firstname.lastname@example.org Updated October 31, 2017 7:06 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email New York City has a dark and storied past, and while signs of its more macabre moments are long gone, there's a new tour that aims to bring them back with actors in costume. Back in Time Walking Tours takes storytelling to the next level through song and poetry, and its new Halloween-themed jaunt through downtown Manhattan is one to remember, according to Giacinta Pace, a spokeswoman for the company. "This is not just a day in history class," she told amNewYork. "Many of our actors have a rich knowledge of the city's history and we have them dress up in clothes from different periods in New York City — from the Revolutionary War through the 1800s — as if they've traveled through time and they're taking you with them to travel through the past." The Halloween tour called, "Darkness in the City: A Historical Walking Tour of New York's Macabre Past," starts in Washington Square Park, which was originally a mass grave for the city's lower class citizens, according to Michael Pontone, the company's founder. "Yes, the college kids are all playing Frisbee in an unmarked graveyard," he said. Other stops along the tour include the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that took place at 23–29 Washington Place in 1911, killing 146 women employed there as garment workers, and the 1904 tragedy of the General Slocum disaster, where more than 1,000 women and children were killed in a fire aboard a passenger ship in the East River. The actors leading the tours become their characters, including a wacky bard and a Victorian lady, but still have an extensive knowledge of the stops — and are licensed tour guides. Pontone, a 35-year-old attorney, who lives in Downtown Brooklyn, started the company this year after realizing there weren’t many tours that went to these lengths to provide an unforgettable experience, he said. ”The city has so many great stories as well as talented acting professionals, it seemed like an obvious choice to join the two in order to give an experience that makes history come to life,” he said. “We see this in many European cities but it's absent in New York City for some reason.” The company also offers other types of tours, from the history of Downtown Manhattan, to the origins of Jewish New York. Macabre New York Tour Photo Credit: David Anderson Here are more spooktacular parties and events around the city. Village Halloween Parade (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jemal Countess Don your costume and head out to New York's biggest free Halloween tradition. The 44th annual Village Halloween Parade will feature countless floats, wild costumes, dancers and more. This year's theme is "Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie," which will celebrate the hybrids, mash-up and crossed identities we become on Halloween, organizers said. To guarantee a spot at this popular event, plan to get there early. Even better, walk in the parade yourself. (Route is Sixth Avenue between Spring Street and 16th Street, Manhattan, Oct. 31, 7 to 10:30 p.m., Halloween-nyc.com) Mentalist Show: 'The Other Side' (Oct. 13 - 31) Photo Credit: Jolene Lupo Mentalist Jason Suran will recreate a Victorian seance for groups of 13 people inside a private Williamsburg home. The performance is meant to give a small group of strangers a powerful and unifying experience, according to organizers. For those 21 and older. ($130, 7:30 p.m., facetheotherside.com) Under the Sea dance (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Analogue "Back to the Future" fans can live their 1950s and 1980s fantasies at Analogue's Halloween party that will feature a vintage-themed craft cocktail and jazz bar much in line with the movie's setting. (8 p.m. to midnight, 19 W. 8th St., facebook.com) Catch a scary flick at Nitehawk Cinema (multiple dates) Photo Credit: Nitehawk Cinemas The Williamsburg theater is going all out for Halloween, with several screenings of horrors and thrillers, including "Ghostbusters" (Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.), "The Haunted Place," (Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m.), "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (Oct. 6 at midnight) and "Evil Dead 2" (Oct. 27 at midnight). (Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, nitehawkcinema.com) New York Haunted Hayride (Oct. 13 - 31) Photo Credit: Ten Thirty One Productions Head to Randalls Island for an experience that may haunt your dreams -- or nightmares. New York Haunted Hayride is back with activities to scare you. Besides the hayride, which is filled with plenty of horrifying characters to frighten, head to the "House of Shadows" maze, where the only thing between you and some creepy characters is a dim lantern to guide your way. Take a break from the jump-scares at the haunted village where you can enjoy a variety of eats, and act out some of the most iconic moments from horror films at the Macabre Theater. (Thursday to Sunday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Randalls Island, 20 Randalls Island Park, newyorkhauntedhayride.com) The McKittrick Masquerade: 'Inferno' (Oct. 27, 28, 31) Photo Credit: giafrese Known for its long-running performance, "Sleep No More," the McKittrick Hotel is bringing back its annual Halloween party, "The McKittrick Masquerade" in late October. This year's event will be the hotel's biggest masquerade with more floors and rooms of macabre experiences, according to organizers. Guests will have access to an open bar, live music and special performances. Those who attend should wear a costume inspired by the occult. (Oct. 27 - 28, at 7 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., and Oct. 31 at 6 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., tickets range from $75 to $485, 530 W. 27th St., mckittrickhotel.com) A 'Harry Potter' Theme Halloween Party (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole Your owl has arrived and it's time to head to Hogwarts. A "Harry Potter"-themed Halloween party awaits. Be sure to dress in your house robes. Wands are optional, but no broomsticks allowed. A DJ will perform during the event. The party is for those 21 and older. (Tickets range from $10 to $350, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Level 3, 605 W. 48th St., eventbrite.com) William Vale Freak Show (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Andrew Boyle Contortionists, magicians, burlesque dancers, sword swallowers and more will perform at this party, where costumes are required. ($31, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., The William Vale, 111 North 12th St., Williamsburg, thewilliamvale.com) Freak Show Party at Sunday in Brooklyn (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Gary Landsman Be surrounded by "freak show" acts like snake dancing, sword swallowing, stilt walking and acrobatics, and take part in activities like tarot card readings, face painting, a photo booth and dancing at this costume party. Food and drinks are included. ($45, 8 p.m., Sunday in Brooklyn, 348 Wythe Ave., resy.com) 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' '90s Party (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: IHeart90s.net Go back to your childhood, when Power Rangers were the rage and the Fresh Prince was king. This 1990s-themed party will host a costume contest, spin to '90s music, give away free vodka drinks, and more. ($10, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Cantina Rooftop, 605 W. 48th St., eventbrite.com) The Skivvies: 'Halloween Hootenanny' (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: The Skivvies Play games and compete for prizes in your Halloween getup with The Skivvies, an underwear-clad musical duo who will perform along side Broadway stars Alice Ripley, Lesli Margherita and Travis Kent. ($35, 9 p.m., The Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave., greenfignyc.com) Halloween Quiet Clubbing (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Quiet Clubbing Company Spend Halloween dancing the night away down the New York City Halloween Parade route via this headphone party. A Halloween playlist will run as the mob moves down the street. ($10-$30, meet at the corner of Dominick and Varick streets, quietevents.com) By Shaye Weaver email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.