Thousands of creatively dressed marchers, giant puppets, dancers and bands entertain millions of onlookers in this spooky fun jamboree. It’s New York City’s second biggest annual party, after that New Year’s Eve thing in Times Square.
And it gets better every year, since it started in 1974 as a puppet parade for kids in the West Village.
Note – Be advised that some costumes and puppets are risque and may not be suitable for some children.
- FREE on Halloween night (October 31), 7pm to 11pm.
- Starts on Sixth Avenue and Spring Street and marches up the avenue to 16th Street.
- The best way to get there is public transportation, since many streets around the parade route will be closed.
- Take the C or E to Spring St.; A, B, C, D, E, F or M to West 4th St.; 1 to Houston St. or Christopher St.; or 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F or M to 14th St.
And Boo to you, on screeen.
The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is eight days of some of the scariest independently produced moves ever filmed, including The Room and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Screening venues include Nitehawk Cinema, Cobble Hill Cinemas, the Made in NY Media Center at IFP and other various locations throughout Brooklyn.
Most of the screening and events are on the weekend, while the weekday schedule will be lighter.
- Various venues and times, Oct. 17-24
- Tickets are $16.
This six-day festival of fear is at BAM, with horror film including American Psycho and The Seventh Victim.
From East Village vampires and serial killer Wall Street yuppies to South Bronx werewolves and brownstone Brooklyn satanists, New York City has been home to some of the most memorably terrifying monsters, creeps, and villains in all of horror cinema.
Making potent use of the city’s anything-goes energy and gritty history, these films find horror in both the supernatural and the all-too-real everyday terrors that come with life in one of the world’s most thrillingly unpredictable metropolises.
Screenings include American Psycho, The Seventh Victim, and Eddie Murphy as a Vampire in Brooklyn.
- NYC Horror films are Oct. 31 to Nov. 5th.
NYC Theater With a Spooky Spin
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. are back in the spotlight and back from the dead for night only, crooning their hearts out for the literally undead in a performance that’s spooky and deadly fun.
The Pack adds a spookish spin to their biggest hits, changing up their lyrics to honor their undead lifestyles. More comical than creepy, more entertaining than eerie, you’ll hear all of your favorite Rat Pack tunes with an “undead” twist, including “Come Die With Me,” “Ly Me in the Tomb,” and “What Kind of Ghoul Am I?”
- One night only, Wed. Oct. 16 in Lower Manhattan
- There also are performances on other dates in Atlantic City at the Claridge Hotel and in Newburgh, NY.
- Get discount tickets here $20 and $25 depending on seating location, instead of the full price of $25 to $50
The popular 1988 comedic horror film’s stage adaptation is a must-see this Halloween season. Like the movie, the story follows a family that just moved into a house haunted by its newly deceased former residents and the rambunctious spirit, Beetlejuice.
This laugh-out-loud production is full of plenty of adult humor with stunning otherworldly stage effects.
Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? The Cooping Theory 1969
Through November 2 (Times Square, Manhattan)
The year is 1969. After you knock three times, the journey begins with a cocktail party hosted by the Poe Society honoring the memory of Edgar Allan Poe.
What follows is an immersive paranormal, story-driven, multiroom show where actors (thanks to the “medium” on-site) are possessed by the deceased writer’s spirit who inspires the society to solve his mysterious death.