As the cold creeps closer, we find great reason to celebrate the undeniable demise of summer with Halloween. Below are five of the bloody best events in and around New York City. No tricks, just treats. Here’s how to celebrate Halloween in NYC.
Spawned in 1974 by local Greenwich Village mask-maker and puppeteer, Ralph Lee, the Halloween Parade has become a staple in the city’s calendar. Now in its 44th year, the costumed spectacle slithers down 6th Avenue as an amalgamation of everything that makes New York wonderful: creativity, community and a flare for the absurd. Want to be part of the fun? See here for details.
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What’s your favorite scary movie? We’re sure you’ll find one at the annual NYC Horror Film Festival. The four day event screens between 50 to 60 films each year, showcasing the talents of scream king and queens looking to cut through the industry. Click through for the 2017 film selection schedule.
Step aside Cujo, there’s a new breed of petrifying pooches taking the New York social scene by storm. The Annual Halloween Dog Parade, held at Tompkins Square Park, will see hundreds of prancing costumed pups itching for “Best in Show.” The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will be from noon to 3pm on Saturday October 21st. $5 suggested donation at the door.
If Halloween in Manhattan sounds like a little too much mayhem, consider a day trip upstate to the village of Croton-on-Hudson for its annual, Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Now in its thirteenth year (spooky) the event features thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns in a dazzling light and music display. The Blaze runs all throughout September to the end of November, tickets starting at $20. The event is known to sell out so check the website for booking details.