Cool and Fun New York City Halloween Events

October is a great month to live in this city, especially if you love Halloween. Maybe the big parade in the West Village isn’t your speed, but there is plenty more going on throughout the cit this time of year, including free and family-friendly activities. Take a look below at some “off-the-beaten-path” events at the end of October.

Cover Photo Credit: By Christopher Michel – Halloween 2014 NYC, CC BY 2.0

Gravesend Inn, A Haunted Hotel
October 25-31
Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street, Brooklyn
Created by students from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), this annual high-tech haunted hotel is lots of fun and should be okay for school-age kids.

Halloween Haunted Walk + Fair
Saturday, October 26; 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Prospect Park, Nethermead
“Encounter zombies, werewolves, witches and other Halloween spirits on a haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill, ideal for families with children ages 7-12. All ages can enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities, as well as sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks.”


2019 Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
Saturday, October 26; 11:30 am
Fort Greene Park
In conjunction with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy’s Halloween Festival, dogs (and their humans) can enter the contest by registering in advance or on-site. Judging starts at 11:30 am sharp. The event will also be streamed on the Fort Green PUPs’ Facebook page:


Haunted Beer Garden Halloween Party
Saturday, October 26; 7:00 pm – 4:00 am
Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten
This Lower East Side beer garden is decked for Fall with pumpkin kegs, pumpkin cocktails, and seasonal ciders. Free admission, no cover.


Night of 1000 Jack O’Lanterns
October 17-27; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Colonels Row, Governors Island
Follow a tree-lined trail featuring uniquely and expertly designed jack o’lanterns set to music with lighted trees to guide the way. Other activities include live carving demonstrations.
Late ferry rides will be available for ticketholders.
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Children’s Halloween Festival
Sunday, October 27; 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park, Queens
Who knew you could find hayrides and a corn maze within city limits?! The Queens Farm Museum offers all your favorite Fall and Halloween activities like a Haunted Farmhouse, pony rides, live country-western music and more all month long. Bring the kids in costume for the Children’s Festival or visit any other day in October for the pumpkin patch, apple picking, or petting zoo!


Green-wood at Night

Thursday, October 31; 6-8 pm, 6:30-8:30 pm, and 7-9 pm
Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
Bring a flashlight for this spooky after-hours tour of Green-wood cemetery. Guides will point out the resting places and tell stories of some infamously scary and scandalous New Yorkers like Bill “the Butcher.”


Self-guided Haunted Tour
New York City
Curbed New York has assembled a list of “New York City’s spookiest and most haunted places.”
Sites include a courthouse reportedly haunted by Boss Tweed (who is buried at Green-wood Cemetery!), the Merchant’s House Museum, and a West Village townhouse called the “most haunted building in New York.” Click the list above for the full list.  Photo: Beyond My Ken


Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tour
Driggs Avenue & N 9th Street, Brooklyn
The Victorian trolley visits Brooklyn neighborhoods including the Navy Yard, DUMBO and Prospect Park while telling tales of murder and mayhem that include “locations of unmarked graves and infamous murder sites, while learning about death and mourning rituals. Check the website for availabilities.


1701 Albemarle Road

Large 1 bedroom, 1 bath co-op in Prospect Park South features entry foyer, eat-in kitchen, and hardwood floors.  This well-maintained building offers low maintenance charges, full-time doorman, live-in super, secured parking (waitlist), and storage.  Reach out any time to schedule a viewing appointment!

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