Here’s the ultimate NYC Halloween guide for grown-ups, including discount tickets for haunted houses and more, because paying full price is really scary.
Get tickets now for popular events, especially those on one day only, such as the crypt crawl at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and for discount tickets, before they sell out.
As always, everything on NYC on the Cheap is budget-friendly.
If you want to spend a lot of money celebrating Halloween, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Scare yourself silly at these Halloween events for adults only:
NYC Haunted Houses
This popular haunted house returns for its 16th season, with even more scary fun than before.
Housed in a 19th-century Tribeca building with a history of ghost sighting’s, Blood Manor is an adrenaline-pumping experience with more than 5,000 sq. ft. of themed rooms designed to maximize any fears.
New this year, in addition to the daily frights, are two special events on select dates.
Particularly brave thrill seekers can visit for one of the Lights Out Nights, .where groups walk through a minimally lit path with just one glow stick per group lighting the way, while Horrorgram invites visitors to come in full cosplay, take photos with the scenery and characters and participate in some of the most popular sets.
- Get discount tickets here for dates through November 9th.
- Blood Manor is in Tribeca
- Pay $15-$29 instead of $26 to $60.
Get spooked as horror writers Samantha Hunt, Alice Sola Kim, Victor LaValle, and Kelly Link read their favorite scary stories aloud, plus participate in our annual literary costume parade judged by fashion mentor Tim Gunn, take in Halloween-themed 16mm films, trick or treat for Penguin Random House goodies, and enjoy drinks and dancing all night, at the New York Public Library main branch on Fifth Ave.
- Literary Costume Parade and Contest: Take your best literary look—inspired by a book, poem, or character—from the page to the stage! Fashion mentor Tim Gunn and local librarians Ricci Yuhico and Isaiah Pittman will decide who wears the theme best.
- Scary Stories: Horror writers including Samantha Hunt, Alice Sola Kim, Victor LaValle, and Kelly Link read aloud some of their favorite passages of suspenseful writing in the Rose Main Reading Room.
- One-night-only collection display: Spooky items from the Library’s archives
- 16mm films: Provided by the Reserve Film and Video Collection at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
- Games, crafts, and puzzles
- DJ Robi D Light
- Food & drinks available for purchase
At the NYPL on Fifth Avenue.
- Guaranteed priority admission at 7pm is $15.
- General admission is at 8pm. Pay as you wish – $15 is recommended.
- 21+, ID required.
- Friday, October 25 | 7–10:30 PM
I Can’t See is a brand-new horror theater experience where participants are challenged to become a character in their own horror story.
Done in complete and total darkness, guests are outfitted with an audio headset that directs them through a horror story that manifests in the real world in real-time using every sense other than sight.
- Through November 3rd in Lower Manhattan.
This gi-normous 40,000 sq. ft. obstacle course is tricked out with more than 100 live actors, and bill itself as an attraction that plays on common fears without using any animatronics.
Visitors are asked to climb up, crawl under, jump over and spin around the spine-chilling contents of this award-winning haunted experience.
- Through November 10 in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
This historic NYC home, part of the NYC Dept. of Parks and the NYC Historic House Trust, puts on a fright wig for Halloween.
Come, if you dare, for a frightful scare and see the mansion specially decorated for the occasion. Watch out for spirits and other creatures as you intrepidly make your way through the mansion.
The Bartow-Pell Mansion dates from 1654. Visitors are led through the mansion, carriage house, and gardens, which include a family burial plot with a dozen or so tombstones.
A cemetery this small might not seem intimidating, but there have been reports over the years of apparition sightings throughout the grounds. With nearly 400 years of history, that shouldn’t be a surprise.
- Saturday, Oct. 27, 7pm to 10pm.
- Tours are every 30 minutes on the half hour.
- Space is limited, so registration is recommended.
- Tickets are $10
- Bartow-Pell Mansion is in Bronx.
Halloween at the Cemetery
Long after Green-Wood’s gates close to the public, you can explore its historic grounds under the cover of night.
You’ll visit some of the cemetery’s most intriguing monuments, including the elaborate memorial to John Matthews (the “Soda Fountain King”), Charles Calverley’s marble portrait of Precious Georgie, the formerly unmarked grave of William Poole (aka, “Bill the Butcher”), and Harvey Burdell whose famous murder in 1887 resulted in the criminal trial of the 19th Century.
A flashlight and comfortable shoes are recommended for this tour.
Note that for this Halloween experience, attendees in costume, face-paint, or masks will not be admitted.
- Tickets are $25 for non-members
- Every weekend in October and November
Green-Wood welcomes visitors at four entrances. Hours vary by season and by entrance.
- Main Entrance (Fifth Avenue and 25th Street)
- Sunset Park Entrance (Fourth Avenue and 35th Street)
- Fort Hamilton Parkway Entrance (Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place)
- Prospect Park West Entrance (9th Avenue and 20th Street)
- Get directions here.
Shake your spirits loose this Halloween season! Hear the stories of the entombed, learn the origins of Halloween as a Celtic New Year celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve, and creep into the Cathedral’s crypt. Bring your own flashlight.
- Friday, Oct. 25 at 4pm or 5pm. Space is limited.
- $25 per adult, $20 per senior/student.
Also at St. John the Divine on Friday, Oct. 25:
See the classic and truly spooky silent movie, F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu”, accompanied live by organist Timothy Brumfield on the Cathedral’s Great Organ.
That’s followed by the procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s ghosts and ghouls, Mr. Lee’s fantastic creatures of the night.
- Tickets are $27.50
- Friday, Oct. 25 at 7pm and 10pm
On this night only, Friday, Oct. 25th, visitors are invited to take a tour of the cemetery grounds after dark guided by the glow of some of its most beautiful mausoleums.
Kicking off at 7:30pm, this is a truly unique opportunity to observe the spectacular architecture and attention to detail that make the featured monuments an integral part of New York City’s history.
- Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx