Halloween Events in New York City

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Happy Halloween from A Great Big ~Scary~! Check out our favorite Halloween events and add your own in the comments if you know a spooky haunt that isn't listed below!

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Haunted Subway 2018 flyer via @NYPDTransit on Twitter

Haunted Subway at Union Square

Wednesday, October 16 through Friday, October 18, 2019 β€” 4pm to 7pm

A new classic on the Halloween scene! The MTA and NYPD Transit Bureau are turning the Union Square subway into a haunted house! This is the second year for the event and the details are sparse, but swing by the subway entrances at the south end of Union Square to see what spooky spectres live below the city streets.

Did you know? Some NYPD precincts also turn their offices into haunted houses and hand out candy during October, so the Haunted Subway is likely to look a lot like one of those precincts, but the subway comes pre-decorated with spooky substances dripping from the ceiling and some very realistic Halloween rats!

Find out more from the Union Square Partnership


Halloween 2009 via Betty Tsang on Flickr

Washington Square Park Dog Costume Parade

Saturday, October 19 β€” 11am to 2pm

There's a chance for your pups to strut their stuff at both the Washington Square Park's dog costume contest and the Tompkins Square Park parade, both held before Halloween. At Washington Square, there are usually prizes for the participants and ample photo opportunities for the attendees, so stop by and spend some time with stylish pets dressed to impress in their spooky best.

Stop by Washington Square Park again on October 31 for the 29th annual childrens costume parade.

Find out more from the Washington Square Park Conservancy


Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade via Stacie Joy on Flickr

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Costume Parade

Sunday, October 20 β€” Noon to 3pm

The famous and photogenic parade of pets in costumes has been a staple of the NYC Halloween season for years. Don't let the name fool you, however: This year the 29th annual Tompkins Square Park parade will be held in East River Park at the amphitheater.

Also make sure to note the date, since the parade will take place earlier than most Halloween events β€” both the Washington Square Park dog costume contest and the Tompkins Square parade are held significantly before Halloween itself.

Find out more at Tompkins Square Park Dog Run


Bonus: Check out the full calendar of Halloween events from the Parks Department, including more pet parades, costume parties, haunted house tours, and even a post-Halloween pumpkin smash! πŸ˜±πŸŽƒπŸ’₯


The Great Pupkin 2018 via cisc1970 on Flickr

Fort Greene Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

Saturday, October 26, 2019 β€” 11:30am

The pups are on parade again at the 21st annual Fort Greene dog parade! Registration is required for pups to march in the parade, but the costume contest is free to enjoy and is part of the larger Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival.

Find out more from Fort Greene PUPS


Howl-o-Ween 2018 via Dog Run 87 on Facebook

Riverside Park Howl-o-Ween Costume Party

Sunday, October 27, 2019 β€” Noon to 3pm

If you're more of an uptown pup, there's a chance to strut your stuff in Riverside Park at the 87th Street dog run! The event includes a parade along the promenade, prizes awarded in multiple categories, and a photo booth. The event is free but donations are suggested that will benefit the Riverside Park Conservancy's Dog Owner's Group to help improve the pet facilities in the park.

Find out more at the Riverside Park Conservancy


Pumpkin flotilla via Central Park Conservancy

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 β€” 4pm to 7pm

Central Park's Halloween celebration includes a unique parade of pumpkins as they sail across the Harlem Meer! If you've carved yourself a jack o'lantern, bring it in the park at 110th at 4pm and add it to the floating train of pumpkins that will be pulled across the water by a witch in a canoe! The night is also filled with activities like carving demonstrations and a costume contest, but be advised that the jack o'lanterns will be sailing off into the sunset and will not be returned and will become part of the Halloween display.

Find out more at the Central Park Conservancy


Riverside Park Hippo Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31, 2019 β€” 3:30pm

The dogs of the Upper West Side had their chance to parade earlier in the month, now the people of the UWS will be dressed up for a trip from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument at 89th Street to Hippo Playground in Riverside Park. Arrive in costume and enjoy some free treats and live music at the playground at the end of the parade.

Find out more at Riverside Park Conservancy


Village Halloween Parade via Peter Burka on Flickr

Village Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31, 2019 β€” 7pm

The classic New York Halloween celebration! The Village parade marches along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street. Head downtown early to get a spot along the parade route as the sidewalks get packed and you may be locked into your viewing location for the entire parade. NY1 usually broadcasts live from the open plaza at the intersection of Greenwich and Sixth Ave, just south of Jefferson Market Library.

If you want to march in the parade, line up at Sixth Avenue between Spring and Broome, and be sure to approach from the south or east of the area. Serious costumes only! You will not be permitted to join the parade if your outfit isn't up to parade standards.

Find out more at Halloween-NYC


Are any of your favorite Halloween haunts missing from the list?
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