What to do for Halloween in New York?

A little culture

Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated on the eve of All Saints, on the night of October 31 to November 1. Tradition sees children disguise themselves as ghosts, witches, monsters, vampires… and ring the bell asking adults for candy, candy or money with the formula: “Trick or treat! ”(“ A bad spell or a treat! ”) Or simply“ Happy Halloween! ". We must not lose sight of the fact that Halloween is the  » festival of the dead ”; Originally, disguises as hideous witches, demons, skeletons and ghoulish figures were meant to frighten evil spirits.

What to do in New York to celebrate Halloween, and especially where to go to party?

1) Village Halloween Parade: The biggest Halloween parade in the world!

Each year, more than 50 people gather on 000th Avenue in NYC. This is THE event not to be missed! There, 6 solutions to appreciate this great Halloween parade: watch it or participate in it!

Watch the parade

You can stand along the route that the "vampires" will take.
To help you, here is the route that New York's Village Halloween Parade will take.

A few tips :

  • The parade starts at 19 p.m. and ends around 23 p.m.
  • If you are in a group, meet a little further than 6th avenue and then stay together!
  • Coming by subway: West 4th Street Station (lines A, B, C, D, E, F, Q)
  • Don't forget your camera, you might come across some pretty original costumes.

Participate in the parade

It's a great experience to live! One rule: only disguised people are allowed to join the Halloween parade.

How, where and when to join the parade?

  • Meet on 6th Avenue between Canal Street and Spring Street.
    Be careful, you can only reach this place from the EAST and the SOUTH! If you are coming from the west you will have to go back to join the east side of 6th Ave.
  • Arrive between 18 p.m. and 30 p.m. (not after! Or you might miss the last departure which is at 20 p.m.)

2) Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls

Definitely one of the coolest and most amazing Halloween dates in New York. It takes place in Harlem, in the Saint John Divine Cathedral (1047 Amsterdam Avenue - 112th Street). The evening begins with the screening of an old silent horror film with the cathedral organs in the background… goosebumps guaranteed! (I'm exaggerating)

3) Halloween au cimetière : A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

A guide who knows the place like no one else will take you on a tour of Green-wood cemetery and share stories of murder and ghosts (thrills guaranteed). It starts at 13 p.m. on October 31 and November 1, 2015, for a period of 2 hours. This is a very popular tour, so be sure to arrive early. It costs $ 20 per person, $ 15 for historical fund members.

Ps: For people who do not have a good command of English, this is not necessarily the best activity.

4) New York Downtown Ghost Tour Halloween Night 
For a slightly unusual activity, I recommend a trip through the most haunted districts of Big Apple on the side of the Financial District. This guided tour is scheduled every Friday and Saturday in October, but on Halloween night everything is different. October 31 at 17:30 p.m. and 19:30 p.m. See you on Wall Street, price $ 25 per adult and free for under 10s.

5) Spend Halloween at 230 Fifth

Celebrate Halloween on NYC's biggest rooftop, it's possible. 230 Fifth, organizes two events in October, for an outdoor Halloween party (even if the roof is heated, remember to bring a little sweater anyway). The only constraints to be able to have fun all night long are a costume, as well as a minimum of 2 drinks. The little extra is the breathtaking view of all of Manhattan and of the majestic Empire State Building which, like every year, will surely be illuminated in orange.

After drinking some tasty cocktails believe me you will see ghosts. 🙂

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