New York City is always buzzing, and the city particularly comes a live during Halloween. There is no shortage of events and activities to get you in the spirit of the season as every area of the city has activities scheduled to help both adults and kids to enjoy the holiday. Take advantage of all these top parties and festivals that New York City has to offer for Halloween with our list of Halloween events in New York City.
Come out in your Halloween best to the Queens Botanical Garden on Sunday, October 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Halloween at the Garden. Included with the price of admission, garden-goers can enjoy a trick or treat trail, crafts, a magic show, and costume dance party.
Related content: Fall Festivals in New York City
The Bronx Zoo pulls out all the stops for Halloween with their Boo at the Zoo, held each weekend prior to Halloween. This long-running tradition has a host of activities set up around the zoo including a haunted forest, hayrides, a corn maze, and a candy trail.
For older visitors, there's a Bootoberfest celebration with live music, lawn games, and a beer garden. All attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, and the cost of admission is the regular zoo fee of $37.
They also have a pumpkin patch on site that is a favorite place for people to get their jack-o-lanterns. The Garden provides ample opportunities to snap that perfect fall family picture as well.
Business in East Midtown welcome kids under the age of 12 to trick-or-treat at their stores on Halloween from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parents are welcome to bring their kids to 919 3rd Avenue to pick up trick-or-treat bags, get their face painted, and snap a spooky picture.
There are over two dozen businesses in the area that hand out treats. This event has continued to grow in popularity, and 7,000 families have attended for each of the first three years.
The Village Halloween Parade is now in its 45th year, making it one of the New York City's longest-running Halloween traditions. This parade is all about public participation with thousands of costumed people lining up to walk in the festivities that begin at 7 p.m. on Halloween night.
There are also 35 bands from a variety of music genres, dancers, and artists on-hand to liven up the evening. For the first time this year, there is a $25 special VIP Robot Section where people can join in a special section of the parade and dress as either a robot or android.
Cover photo courtesy of Pxhere