Things to Do Halloween events in NYC: Parties, tours, parades, haunted houses and more By Shaye Weaver firstname.lastname@example.org Updated September 18, 2018 2:15 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email It's been 200 years since Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" first made its terrifying appearance in pop culture, changing the way we think about science and ourselves. The story has bewitched so many that its anniversary will not go unmarked in New York City. From the Village Halloween Parade to a movie marathon at Nitehawk, Frankenstein's monster will be celebrated this October. Perhaps today's modern version of the monster are robots, according to organizers of the Village Halloween Parade. They're idealized versions of ourselves that we've created with electricity -- not far off from Dr. Frankenstein's monster. That's why the parade's theme this year is "I AM a Robot!" Scroll down to start making your Halloween plans. 'The Rat Pack (Undead)' (Sept. 23-Oct. 29) Photo Credit: Getty Images Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra are back from the dead singing "Come Die With Me" and "Get Me to the Crypt on Time" and other ghoulish standards at this live-in-concert event at The Green Room 42. It's creepy but comical, just in time for Halloween. And don't miss the venue's Broadway Fright Night on Oct. 29, where singers will pay homage to Broadway's, and Off-Broadway's, favorite creepy characters. ($25-$60, 570 10th Ave., onfournyc.com) Nightmare Machine (Oct. 3-31) Photo Credit: @handjo_bandjo | Kelsey Thomas A trip through this nine-room experience takes you into weird and culturally inspired spooky spaces centered around alien abduction and cockroaches. One room is dedicated to creepy clowns, while the once-colorful hallway becomes a "Clockwork Orange"-themed tunnel. ($38, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, 93 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, visitdreammachine.com) Merchant's House Museum funeral events (Oct. 4, 14 & 18) Photo Credit: Merchant's House Museum The Merchant's House Museum is known for its macabre events for Halloween and this year won't disappoint: A Good Death: 19th Century Lessons in Dying Well: This exhibit shows off customs of dying, bereavement and remembrance during the 1800s. Pay your last respects to Seabury Treadwell at his deathbed and mourn in the double parlor where his coffin awaits. New this year are two collections -- one of 19th century postmortem portraits and another by Heide Hatry, "Icons in Ash" made out of human remains. Guests can stage their own pre-postmortem photos in the coffin. ($15, noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m., Friday to Monday, 29 E. Fourth St.) Sacred to the Memory: This 1865 funeral re-enactment is for Seabury Tredwell, whose family will receive guests in her bedroom and talk to them about how death and dying were a natural and ever-present part of life then. The Rev. Samuel Cooke will talk about funeral customs in the parlor, and Bridget Murphy will pass out funeral biscuits and tell visitors what servants did during funerals. ($35, 3:30 p.m., merchantshouse.org) ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ (opens Oct. 5) Photo Credit: Getty Images / John Phillips Created along with the British Library, this celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. debut of the boy wizard includes original drafts and drawings by real-world sorcerer J.K. Rowling, along with an array of the historical drawings, documents and works that inspired the author, including those of Leonardo da Vinci and Nicholas Flamel. ($21, New-York Historical Society, harrypotter.nyhistory.org) Boo at the Zoo (weekends of Sept. 29-Oct.28) Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher Boo at the Zoo is back with a spooky haunted forest, creaky hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin carving, a candy trail and a chance to get up close to vultures, owls and ravens. And don't miss the extinct animal graveyard. For the older crowd, there will be a "Bootoberfest" section with live acoustic music, lawn games, a food truck and beer. ($37, times vary depending on the activity, the Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., bronxzoo.com) Edgar Allan Poe at Merchants House (Oct 10, 12-31) Who better to celebrate Halloween with than Edgar Allan Poe? The Merchant's House Museum has two events that'll chill you in Poe style: Edgar Allan Poe in a Greenwich Village walking tour with Boroughs of the Dead: This two-hour tour will trace Poe's time in Greenwich Village during the 1840s, where he lived and wrote some of his famous works. ($25, Oct. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., merchantshouse.org) Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant's House: John Kevin Jones will perform Poe's tales "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven, and "The Cask of Amontillado" in the parlor, which will be made up with a coffin and mirrors in black crepe. ($18, 29 E. Fourth St., merchantshouse.org) Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (Oct. 11-18) Photo Credit: Ella Herme Get freaked out at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, which is opening with Yann Gonzalez's Cannes retro-style slasher film, "Knife + Heart" (pictured), and closing with the North American premiere of "The Rusalka," a spooky film about neighbors who discover that their new friend could be the spirit of a drowned woman who haunts the woods. The festival has a new spotlight, "Head Trip," which will show films that push the boundaries and expectations of horror films. brooklynhorrorfest.com Coney Island Dog Parade and Costume Contest (Oct. 14) Photo Credit: Luna Park Have your furry friend look spooktacular at the Luna Park in Coney Island Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest for a chance to win cool prizes and bragging rights. Pups will be evaluated based on Audience Choice, Cutest, Mister/Miss Congeniality, Most Original and Best of Show. (11 a.m., pet registration required by Sept. 29, Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Register here.) Village Halloween Parade (Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Dia Dipasupil 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 there is a special VIP Robot Section for this year's theme, "I AM a Robot!" 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) Brew at the Zoo (Oct. 19) Photo Credit: Megan Maher Head to the Bronx Zoo for a fun Halloween-themed beer and wine tasting festival, where you'll be privy to more than 100 ales, lagers, porters, IPAs and more with food from NYC food trucks, local restaurants and beer hall bites. Of course, you must wear a costume if you want to win some prizes. There will also be a mentalism show, a spooky haunted trail, live music, DJs and more. For those 21 and older. (Starting at $45, 6 to 11 p.m., 2300 Southern Blvd., bronxzoo.com) Bronx Halloween parade (Oct. 21) Photo Credit: Community Board 2 The 33rd Annual New South Bronx Halloween Parade is all about peace this year as organizers pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to violence. Colorful balloons and candy will be given to kids who march in the parade and those who dress up can enter into a costume contest. The parade weaves down Southern Boulevard and finishes at Fox Street in front of St. Athanasius Church. (Free, noon, meet at Simpson Street, between East 163rd Street and Westchester Ave.) 'Nightfall: A Moonlit Exploration' (Oct. 19-20) Photo Credit: Steven Pisano Wander the winding paths and over the hills inside Green-Wood Cemetery, where you'll happen upon musicians, images, performance artists and storytellers among the graves. ($80, 8 p.m. to midnight, Brooklyn, green-wood.com) 'Costumes, Crooning & Cocktails' (Oct. 24 & 30) Photo Credit: The Duplex Cabaret The Benanti Group is putting on a Halloween cabaret show at The Duplex. There's a two-drink minimum. ($15-$20, 7 p.m., 61 Christopher St., theduplex.com) The Masquerade of the Red Death: Redder and Deader (Oct. 25) Photo Credit: Electric Literature Edgar Allan Poe is king at this fundraiser for Electric Literature. Wear red or black (free masks will be handed out) and dance to music by DJ Colleen Crumbcake. There will be book giveaways, too, as you try to avoid the "red death" that Poe wrote about. ($35-$50, 8-11 p.m., Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn, electricliterature.com) Pumpkitecture (Oct. 26) Photo Credit: Softlab / Sam Lahoz Watch 20 city-based architecture firms battle it out for the best jack-o'-lantern at this live-carve event. Food and beverages will be available. ($15, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, aiany.org) Prospect Park's Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair (Oct. 27) Photo Credit: Martin Seck Encounter zombies, werewolves and witches (Oh my!) at Prospect Park's 39th annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair. You'll be in for some ghoulish fun with activities like a haunted walk through Prospect Park's Lookout Hill, sweet and savory treats from local food trucks and more. Then head over to BKLYN BOO at City Point for more free fun with live DJs, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch and other activities.(Free, noon to 3 p.m. at the Nethermead at Prospect Park, and 2 to 5 p.m. at City Point, 445 Albee Square West, eventbrite.com) Halloween at Dream Downtown (Oct. 27) Photo Credit: Dream Downtown Attend the "Disco of Death" at The Gallery at Dream Downtown with music by Cam & Tully and Wizzy and Agual Sol. (Admission starts at $50, Dream Downtown, nightout.com) The McKittrick Masquerade: 'Inferno' (Oct. 26, 27, 31) Photo Credit: giafrese Known for its long-running performance, "Sleep No More," the McKittrick Hotel is bringing back its annual Halloween party, "Inferno," in late October. Guests will have access to an open bar, live music and special performances. Those who attend should wear a costume or dress in all black. ($125-$350, 530 W. 27th St., mckittrickhotel.com) Halloween Harvest Festival (Oct. 27) Photo Credit: NYC Parks Socrates Sculpture Park will become a haunted haven with a Haitan "Fet Gede" (Festival of the Ancestors) theme, featuring live performance and music Konfederasyon Sasyonal Vodouyizan Ayisyen. Learn how to sing a Gede song, get your tarot card reading, make a costume, get your face painted and have urban shaman Mama Donna bless your pet before you sign them up for the Canine Costume Contest. (free, Vernon Boulevard, between Broadway and 30th Drive, nycgovparks.org) Circoloco Halloween (Oct. 27) Photo Credit: Circoloco Halloween This Halloween dance party will feature internationally acclaimed house and techno artists such as The Martinez Brothers, Virgil Abloh, Peggy Gou and Blond:ish among others. ($45-$109, 10 p.m., at an undisclosed Brooklyn warehouse, tixr.com) AMNH Halloween Celebration (Oct. 27) Photo Credit: AMNH / D. Finin Explore the halls of the American Museum of Natural History alongside your little ones this Halloween and rub elbows with the likes of Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog and be entertained by the magic of Robert Austin, the Big Apple Circus and more. ($16, 2 to 6 p.m., Central Park West at 79th Street, amnh.org) Central Park Flotilla (Oct. 28) Photo Credit: Central Park Conservancy Watch hundreds of jack o' lanterns float across the Harlem Meer this Halloween. The event begins at 4 p.m. with a pumpkin drop off, followed by pumpkin carving by Hugh McMahon Halloween Crafts and scary storytelling at 5:45 p.m. and a Halloween costume parade at 6 p.m. The pumpkins will be launched onto the Meer at 6:30 p.m. (Free, 4 to 6:30 p.m., east side of Central Park, from 106th to 110th streets, centralparknyc.org) 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 a "Frankenstein" film series and "The Monster Mash," which will screen other monster movies. Don't miss "Young Frankenstein" on Sept. 29, the "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein" double feature on Sept. 25, "An American Werewolf in London" on Oct. 26 and more. (Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, nitehawkcinema.com) Night of 1,000 Jack-O'-Lanterns (Oct. 5-29) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Sergio Dionisio More than 1,000 pumpkins will be carved and lit up by artists from the tristate area. Follow the Jack-o'-lanterns along spooky paths and watch live carving demonstrations. ($26, therise.org) Spooky Pumpkin Garden at New York Botanical Garden (Sept. 22 - Oct. 31) Photo Credit: Marlon Co for The New York Botanical Garden Head to the Bronx for a number of guided tours and activities featuring creepy bats, reptiles and scarecrows. For adults, see monstrous pumpkins from around the country on Oct. 20 and 21. (1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, $15-20, nybg.org) The Skivvies: 'Halloween Hootenanny' (Oct. 29) 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 alongside Broadway stars Lauren Molina and Nick Cearly. ($25-$75, 10:30 p.m., The Green Room 42, 570 10th Ave., greenfignyc.com) Halloween Extravaganza (Oct. 26) Photo Credit: Getty / AFP / Stan Honda A "Grand Procession" will saunter down the aisle at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York as part of this year's Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls. The annual event features characters by puppet and mask maker and theater director Ralph Lee, who created New York City's Halloween Parade. There will also be a silent screening of the 1922 "Nosferatu" set to live organ music. ($25, 7 and 10 p.m., 1047 Amsterdam Ave., stjohndivine.org/) By Shaye Weaver email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.