Halloween Events in New York City
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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Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park
Sunday, October 28, 2018 — 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.
Village Halloween Parade
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 — 7pm to 9pm
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.
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Costume Parade
Sunday, October 28 — noon to 3pm
The famous and photogenic parade of pets in costumes has been a staple of the NYC Halloween season for years. It initially looked like the parade would be cancelled due to complications regarding how events are insured when on city parks property, but the parade has risen from the dead and will return for its 28th year, but not at its namesake park.
The parade will take place in the East River Park amphitheater in Corlears Hook Park, south of the Williamsburg Bridge, thanks to a donation from ESPN that will keep the event running this year.
The new Sunday timeslot put the parade head-to-head with the Washington Square Park dog costume contest — which will be the top choice of the scariest costumed pups?
Washington Square Park Dog Costume Parade
Sunday, October 28 — 11am to 3pm
The Tompkins Square Park dog costume parade has been cancelled for 2018, but there's still a chance for pups to strut their stuff at Washington Square Park's dog costume contest! There are prizes for the participants and ample photo opportunities for the attendees, so stop by and spend some time with stylish pets dressed in their spooky Sunday best.
Wednesday, October 31 — 3pm to 6pm: Stop by Washington Square Park again for the kids costume parade.
Haunted Subway at Union Square
Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19 — 4pm to 7pm
The MTA and NYPD Transit Bureau are turning the Union Square subway into a haunted house! This is the first 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!