Come see which are the best NYC Halloween parties and events in 2019! There is just so much going on for all styles and ages!
If you’ve been to New York before, you know for a fact that the NYC Halloween parties are the most anticipated ones of the year, and is definitely when some of the best parties and events happen in town!
But, if you’ve never to been to NYC, or if you’re finally booking your ticket to come explore the city in October, you have to know that New Yorkers take this date e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y seriously!
I mean, believe it or not, people start putting together their costumes months in advance. Not to say, many know their next year costume as soon as the Halloween week is over!
The city gets a full make over with some of the most creative decorations beautifying home façades, as well as store windows. The countdown starts weeks in advance to this big day!
Many of the best parties happen every year, and the teams behind them definitely get creative and always surprise.
On the other hand, there are other events around town that are great for families and kids (for under 21 years).
#1 Blood Manor
(Looks like Jimmy and Kevin Hart had a pretty fun time there…lol!)
This is definitely one of the best NYC Halloween events you could ever go to, but I have to confess… I honestly never had the courage to go to! I’ve heard SO much about this, had friends attend, but I never had the guts! This house of horror seems so real that I get palpitations just thinking about it.
It’s considered not only one of the most amazing haunted houses in New York, but it was recently voted the #2 best in the entire country!
Located inside a historic building Tribeca, you’ll experience 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways that will challenge your deepest fears.
Now, a creepy and quite intersting story: Mathew Brady, the renowned Civil War-era photographer, was responsible for photographing President Abraham Lincoln’s portrait that today is used in our $5 bill. After a nasty accident and 2 broken legs, he got pretty ill and eventually died. Now, the curious part…some sources say that he actually committed suicide… WHERE? Inside the building where Blood Manor is located!! So, be sure to stay alert, because you might just “bump” into some real ghosts.
If you’re still curious, you can see more on this YouTube video.
As they say, “Go ahead and scream… it’s not going to matter.”
Dates: Multiple days available until November 9th.
#2 Circo Loco
This party is for the people who really enjoy electronic music, like me. I’ve actually been to this party twice!
This year’s event will take place on the 26th of October at the Brooklyn Navy Yard – a booming area in Brooklyn, right by the East River!
In the line-up, expect DJs like Seth Troxler, Honey Dijon, Rampa vs &ME, William Djoko and other great names!
Date: October 26th
#3 McKittrick Hotel
This year’s famous party at the McKittrick Hotel will be themed based on the classic horror movies by the incredible director, Alfred Hitchcock.
Explore all the different floors in the hotel, decorated in a Hitchcock-style filled with live performances, renowned DJs and complimentary drinks all night at the open bar!
Dates: October 25th, 26th and 31st
#4 Queen of Hearts: Mad Masquerades
Company XIV is known for its burlesque attractions that have attracted a huge crowd throughout the year! And, I have to say, New Yorkers love a burlesque show that mixes circus performances, sensuality, comedy, dance and more!
This year, the theme was inspired by the famous story “Alice in Wonderland” by the English writer, Lewis Carroll.
In addition, expect lots of magic, opera and cocktails inspired by your favorite character!
Datas: October 31st, November 1st and 2nd
#5 Masque of Red Death Halloween Ball
The venue, Capitale, will feature the Masque of Red Death Halloween Ball, bringing everything from talented dancers to a special room for those who have the courage to explore the pleasures of slavery, domination, submission and masochism. Wow…
Will you dare!?
Dates: October 26th and 27th
#6 City of Gods by House of Yes & ZERO
This year the party is called “City of Gods by House of Yes & ZERO” and, for those who don’t know, House of Yes is one of the coolest spots in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
The party will be at another event venue, but organized by the folks at House of Yes and I can say … this party promises to be amazing! I already guaranteed my ticket, since it runs out super fast and I’m sure it will be one of the top NYC Halloween parties!
They invite by saying, “We salute all deities, demigods and demons, gods and goddesses, creatures of creation and those dedicated to hedonism beyond the human realm.” WUHU!
More about the event:
City of Gods is hosted at the absolutely magnificent Grand Prospect Hall in South Brooklyn, a 4-floor venetian hall with 15+ rooms of music, dancing, performance, and discovery. The event features some of the biggest and best Burning Man camps – Comfort & Joy, Disco Knights, DISTRIKT, GlamCocks, Mayan Warrior, Pink Mammoth, and Tierra Bomba – and notoriously, we do not release the music lineup before the party.
The whole vibe is to invite people to experience the event with open hearts and minds, not to chase any specific activity, but rather to come ready to explore and connect. Saturday tickets will be sold out by this weekend and Friday tickets are moving fast as well.
Dates: October 25th and 26th
#7 BangOn!NYC: Warehouse of Horrors
This supernatural celebration will invite not only you, but ancient spirits to join in this party night! This warehouse, of over 100 years old, will have unexpected and bizarre appearances, so get ready!
But what to expect? A trio of stages, otherworldly performances, warehouse scale art installation, opulent lounges, silent disco, and more!
Dates: October 25th and 26th
#8 Bane Haunted House
Those who like haunted houses have-to-go to the Bane Haunted House. They do an amazing job of working and picking on some of people’s most common fears: claustrophobia, separation anxiety, clowns …
There are over 100 actors spread around almost 40,000 square feet and this year the participants will have an experience where they are part of it all. You “may have to climb up, jump over, crawl through, and spin around what lurks inside the haunted house for a spine-chilling, interactive experience.”
Are you brave enough?
Dates: Multiple days available until November 10th.
#9 Nightfall Greenwood Cemetery
In addition to being a really beautiful and super well-maintained graveyard, it’s the “home” of big names like the famous Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Samuel Morse creator of the Morse Code, William Colgate – yes, the founder of Colgate and even Leonard Bernstein a famous conductor, composer, and pianist.
Well, all this to say that there is no better place to spend Halloween than inside a cemetery, right? I’ve been to this even before and recommend it!
Dates: October 25th and 26th
#10 Bartow-Hell Haunted Mansion Tour
Located in the Bronx, Bartow-Hell Haunted Mansion offers tours for $ 10.
On October 26th, this tour inside this haunted old mansion, will be at night.
Watch out for spirits and other creatures as you navigate the spaces within the mansion and on the property grounds.
Dates: October 26th
Now, if you still want to enjoy Halloween, but have kids or young adults less that 21 year old in the group, here are some fun options:
#11 Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
The Queens Botanical Garden features, once again, the famous Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch festival.
From 11am to 5pm, enjoy lots of live music, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, tours, garden and composting demonstrations, craft and food vendors, beer & wine garden, and more.
Date: October 13th
#12 Village Halloween Parade
Of course, the traditional Village Halloween Parade could not be left out!
Every year, this costume parade packs the streets of the West Village, where we can barely walk through. It gets super, super busy to go prepared to face the sea on people.
You can go to simply watch and take pictures, or you can be part of the parade wearing your own costume. If so, check out their website to see how to register!
Date: October 31st, starting at 7pm
#13 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
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Guys, seriously… when I went to watch this Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, I almost died of so much love for puppies.
I was enchanted with every creative costume that dressed the most diverse dog breeds! I remember this tiny pup dressed as a pumpkin….he definitely got all eyes that day!
So, if you are a dog lover, it worth to pass by!
Date: October 20th
#14 The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Guide
And lastly, anyone who isn’t into staying in town in the midst of the Halloween madness, can get a car and head up to enjoy Hudson Valley’s nature, beauty and tranquility. The trip up takes a little over an hour, so it’s very close.
You’ll see a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans.
Certainly a different attraction and great if you’re not really into NYC Halloween parties!
Dates: Multiple days available until November 30th.
*This content about the Best NYC Halloween Parties was originally created for Glamour Brazil’s online magazine, where we are collaborators sharing content on New York City.
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