Halloween isn’t just for kids. Some events are for adults only. Here’s the best of NYC Halloween events not suitable for young kids, starting with the wickedly creative and sinfully bawdy Village Halloween Parade.
Now in its 42nd year, and wilder than ever, with hundreds of puppets and dancers, more than 50 bands, thousands New Yorkers dressed in their fanciful best, and thousands more cheering from the sidelines. The theme of the Village Halloween Parade 2015 is “Shine a Light”. It’s always great fun and a great show. Sat., Oct. 31st, marching up Sixth Avenue from Canal St. to 16th St. Note that those in costume may join the parade only at Canal Street. The line-up is at 6:30pm, the parade begins at 7pm, and will be televised. Village Halloween Parade website
Blood Manor is a haunted house filled with horrors galore, with witches and ghouls, zombies and possessed dolls. New attractions this year include the crypt, “where no one rests in peace,” and a maggot invasion. If you want to be groped in the dark by a zombie, go on Touch Me Thursdays. Click here for Blood Manor discount tickets to avoid paying the $30 admission fee. Through Nov. 7th at The McKittrick Hotel, 542 W. 27th St.
Boo at the Zoo: Get your spook on for five consecutive weekends at the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx Zoo. Stop by for family-friendly activities like the hay maze, pumpkin carving demos, costume parades and more. Make sure to check out this year’s newest exhibition — the “Jack O ‘Lantern Illumination.” As stated in a press release, guests will get to walk through the Somba Village’s eerie tunnel filled with more than 1,000 hand-carved and lit Jack O’Lanterns sculpted into various animal shapes. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., $33.95 for adults, $23.95 for children ages 3-12, 2300 Southern Boulevard; bronxzoo.com)
Nightmare Horror Show: New York’s Most Terrifying Theater Festival (Oct. 7- 31)
This horror-themed theatre festival is in its 12th season, but this year is especially creepy, because it’s based on necromancers and zombies.
(Oct. 7-Oct. 31, tickets from $30, 107 Suffolk St.; nightmarenyc.com)