Halloween Events in New York City for 2020
🧟 See you in October 2020! 👻
The jack-o'-lanterns are beginning to rot and the witches have sent their tattered gowns to the dry cleaners, but the spookiest time of the year is a mere 9 months away!
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🦇 Featured Events 🦇
There are a few well-known Halloween events in the city, but as the holiday grows in popularity, more neighborhoods have added a spooky celebration of some kind — If you know of a local Halloween event we've missed or if you have a photo you'd like to share, send us an email or leave the details in the comments below!
10/16: Haunted Subway at Union Square
10/19: Washington Square Park Dog Costume Parade
10/20: Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Costume Parade
10/26: Fort Greene Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
10/27: Riverside Park Howl-o-Ween Costume Party
10/30: Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park
10/31: Riverside Park Hippo Halloween Parade
10/31: Village Halloween Parade
14th Street subway station — Union Square
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!
Washington Square Park — Greenwich Village
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.
East River Park amphitheater — East Village
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 — both the Washington Square Park dog costume contest and the Tompkins Square parade are held significantly before Halloween itself.
Fort Greene Park — Fort Greene, Brooklyn
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.
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! 😱🎃💥
Riverside Park — Upper West Side
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.
Harlem Meer — Northeast Central Park
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.
Riverside Park — Upper West Side
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.
Sixth Avenue — West Village
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.