Halloween isn’t just for kids. Grown-ups like to have fun, too, with Halloween parties and events, including the annual, legendary Village Halloween Parade, a crypt crawl and paranormal investigations.
These FREE and cheap Halloween happenings are for adults only, and nearly everything on the NYCOTC list is $10 or less.
No tricks, just treats. And Boo to you.
45th Annual Village Halloween Parade – The biggest annual NYC Halloween event for grownups, of course, is the annual Village Halloween Parade. The 2018 theme is I Am a Robot, with a special VIP section for those dressed as robots. Only those in costume are welcome to join and march with hundreds of puppets and dancers, 35 bands playing as many different types of music, and thousands of onlookers.
The most wildly creative public participatory event of the fall season starts on Sixth Avenue at Canal Street and marching up to 16th St., from 7pm to 10:30pm.
- On Oct. 31st, of course. And FREE, of course.
It’s baaaack! This popular annual haunted attraction features a host of fright-filled environments, including attractions The Crypt, Thunderdome, The Wake, Maggot Invasion, Hannibal’s Hell, Killer Clown Room and Mayhem!, in which beasts and demons will vie for your body — and your soul!
With dozens of cutting-edge animatronics, scores of state-of-the-art props and an average of 37 gallons of blood spilled each night, Blood Manor is bound to fulfill your darkest Halloween nightmares, conveniently located in NYC’s Hudson Square Area.
- Discount tickets start at $19, for dates through early November.
Learn the basics of ghost hunting at the Morris Jumel Mansion, while possibly communicating with some of its former residents, which include Eliza Bowen, who married Aaron Burr in the front parlor. She has been seen visiting her former home. He, of course, went on to that famous duel with Alexander Hamilton, who lived a few blocks away at Hamilton Grange.
Investigations are usually three hours (8pm-11pm) and begin with a brief lecture describing paranormal theory, the history of ghost hunting, and a description of various paranormal encounters at the Mansion. For 18 and over.
- October 11 and October 31. Tickets are $30. Morris Jumel Mansion is in Hamilton Heights.
- To purchase tickets, click here.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a Halloween event, but the museum exhibit tribute to Frankenstein’s monster, is certainly Halloween appropriate. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly, wife of the romantic poet Lord Byron, and the Morgan Library is honoring the event with an exhibit that includes portions of her original manuscript and memorabilia from the many Hollywood films about Frankenstein and other monsters, including science fiction monsters.
There also are Frankenstein film screenings, including Bride of Frankenstein, a monster masquerade party, and talks by experts on monsters and our fear of them.
- On exhibit through Jan. 27, 2019
See recent Frankenstein movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet and BBC’sSherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
- At Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, Oct. 30 and 31 at 7pm. On the 30th, it’s Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature. On the 31st, it’s Benedict Cumberbatch.
- Tickets are $24 and $23 for Seniors.
10th Annual H. P . Lovercraft Festival, Oct. 25-28
Scare yourself silly at this event lit by candlelight. The award-winning Radio Theater troupe performs a blood-curdling story to the strains of a live orchestral score.
- 7:30pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St., in the Village.
- Tickets are $24 from www.radiotheatrenyc.com
Halloween Parties Friday, Oct. 26
- A whirlwind mashup from DJ Operator Emz of Mobile Mondays! that samples iconic film noir scores, Halloween classics, and your favorite dancefloor anthems
- A special dance performance by Princess Lockerooo & Co. that pays homage to 1940s signature style and films
- A costume contest at 9:00 pm — come in your most epic film noir Halloween-inspired costume, prizes will be awarded to the best dressed
- Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs will be open for an after hours viewing
- 7pm to 11pm. Tickets are $25 purchased online and $35 at the door.
Always one of the best costume parties of Halloween weekend, with four live DJs spinning throughout the night. Admission is $10.
- Advance ticket is required, which you must bring with you, either a print-out or show mobile ticket for admission. 9:30pm to 3:30am. Slate is in Flatiron