If there’s one place where crazy costumes, plump pumpkins, and spooky spirits spill onto the streets for a night of revelry, it’s New York City. With the arrival of sweater weather, pumpkin spiced lattes, and houses and stores decked out with cobwebs, witches, and skeletons, Halloween celebrates the best that fall has to offer.
Brought over by Irish immigrants, All Hallow’s Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is an American holiday where kids both young and old dress up as monsters, witches, ghosts, or their favorite TV show characters. Although people originally dressed in costumes to ward off evil spirits and ghosts, nowadays kids dress up and go trick-or-treating on the night of October 31st. But this event isn’t just for kids; there are many places in New York that host fun Halloween events for all ages, and we’re sure that you won’t want to miss out!
A night of frightening fun
New York’s most iconic Halloween event is “New York’s Village Halloween Parade,” and this year will be its 46th annual parade that promises to be as fun and scary as the years before. The parade takes place on October 31st, and it’s one of the biggest Halloween parades in the world. Best of all, it’s open to the public! All you have to do is dress up, show up, and live it up!
If you want to see the incredible costumes and ghouls for yourself, mark your calendar for 7pm. The parade starts at the intersection of Spring Street and 6th Street in Greenwich Village. Don’t miss this incredible celebration!
Another iconic activity that you can’t miss during Halloween is visiting the haunted houses where normal homes transform into frightening dwellings designed to scare and delight anyone who dares to enter.
If you dare, you can go on a tour of one of the many open haunted houses, whether you want to go to a home, an abandoned factory, or another spooky haunt, we can assure you that you’ll have the fright of your life. Behind every door another ghost is haunting the hallway just waiting to scare you and make you afraid of the dark.
Although most haunted houses are adults-only attractions, there are haunted houses that are fun for the whole family that are light on the scares and heavy on the laughs. Are you ready for your Halloween adventure?
If you’re looking for a less interactive way to experience the ghoulish side of Halloween, book tickets for shows like the Phantom of the Opera, a classic Broadway show that’s captured the hearts of millions. Or, you can head up to the top of the Empire State Building and see it lit up for the festivities. Take photos and enjoy the view!
The Best Halloween Stores in New York
If you’re in New York for Halloween, and you want to participate in the fun (and who wouldn’t!), here are a few stores that you can hit up so you can make your night as frighteningly fun as possible:
Halloween Adventure: Looking for a costume that you can’t find anywhere else? Do you want to be the life (or the undead) of the party? Then take the subway down to Halloween Adventure, where there are two floors of costumes, accessories, and ghastly decorations that will please even the most seasoned Halloween costume connoisseurs.
Abracadabra Superstore: They say that Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards and pop superstar Michael Jackson have visited the magical Abracadabra Superstore, which is your one-stop shop for costumes, magic tricks, and accessories that will scare you silly! No matter what you’re searching for, the Superstore will have something for you.
Ricky’s: No matter what character you want to cosplay, Ricky’s will have the costume for you in all shapes and sizes. After all, Halloween is the biggest night in the fall, and a big night calls for an even bigger costumes, so pick your favorite costume and get ready to storm the streets and enjoy an unforgettable night!
No matter what you’ve heard about Halloween, it’s a holiday that you have to see for yourself. So get ready to experience an unforgettable night of ghosts, ghouls, and great fun!
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