Halloween Happenings in NYC
Halloween Happenings in NYC
Halloween is one of those holidays that isn’t necessarily celebrated the same way by everyone. Some people may like dressing up in costumes (ranging from cute to creepy), while others like experiencing scary things. I appreciate the candy aspect of Halloween and would rather spend the evening watching something that won’t give me nightmares—I know other people love all-things paranormal and fright-inducing. Here are some suggestions for Halloween-appropriate activities today, that cover the spectrum of silly to spooky.
Village Halloween Parade (starts in SoHo and goes north through Greenwich Village): For over 40 years, this NYC tradition has taken over the streets to celebrate the holiday with creativity and a sense of community. There will be giant puppets, live music from dozens of bands, dancers, artists and more. Those wanting to showcase their costume for onlookers to see can take part in this public parade—show up to the junction of Canal St. & Sixth Ave. between 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, dressed up and ready to go! The parade starts at 7 pm and ends around 11 pm. The parade route will be crowded, so those wanting to grab a good spot to watch the festivities should plan accordingly. NY1 will broadcast the parade live on television from 8 pm-9:30 pm.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Karaoke (Park Slope, Brooklyn): If you’re jonesing to do the Time Warp again, get to Union Hall for the 8 pm or 10 pm karaoke where you can sing along to all the “Rocky Horror” songs with live music performed by The Occasionalists. You’re encouraged to dress up, so let your inner Brad, Janet, Rocky, Riff-Raff, Columbia, Magenta, Eddie, Dr. Scott or Frank-N-Furter out and get singing!
Madame Tussaud’s Ghostbusters Experience (Times Square): This immersive experience allows you to become a Ghostbuster and catch something strange in our neighborhood. Through virtual reality, interactive effects and a practical set, you will use a proton pack (don’t cross the streams!) to bust some ghosts.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea (West Village): This historic restaurant is often called one of the most romantic dining establishments in the city… but it’s also rumored to be one of the most haunted. Aaron Burr and his daughter Theodosia are supposedly two of the more well-known ghosts that frequent this former carriage house of the late Vice President/duel partner of Alexander Hamilton. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this restaurant’s setting is both gorgeous and intriguing.
Merchant’s House Museum (NoHo): The New York Times has called this place “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.” A National Historic Landmark, the Merchant’s House Museum was once home to the Tredwell family for several generations and some of its members are said to still be “living” at the house, so to speak. The house has been open to the public as a museum for the past 80 years and there have been many reports of strange happenings as witnessed by visitors, staff members, neighbors and the like. The “Tales from the Crypt: Horror on Hallowe’en” tour is sold out for 10/31, but you can still go visit the museum during its usual hours (noon-5 pm, Friday through Monday, as well as from noon-8 pm on Thursday).
Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!!