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3 Things to Do for Halloween in New York City

Halloween is a big holiday in the United States. The 31 October is “All Hallow’s Eve”, when the barrier between the world of the living and the dead is at its thinnest. It is a fun night of spooky frivolities.

Typically, children Trick and Treat – visit the homes in their neighborhood to get candy (treats). If they don’t get candy, they will play a “trick” on the homeowner (so they usually get candy!). This is harder to do in a big city like New York, but there are still plenty of fun things for students to do on Halloween night and in the season around Halloween.

Watch or join in the Village Halloween Parade

Two people in halloween costume at the NYC Halloween paradeGreenwich Village hosts the largest and best Halloween parade in the world! About 2 million people participate and watch. The parade starts at 7:00pm and goes until at least 10:30pm. The parade route is along 6th Avenue from Bleecker Street to 14th Street (just a few subway stops from Pace University). It is great fun to watch tens of thousands of people dressed up in crazy costumes parade through the streets. However, this is New York. Everyone wants to be a star – and you can be too! It is free to join in and you don’t need to register. Just get into your best costume and line up at Spring Street any time from about 6:30pm onwards. Then spend the next few hours walking through the streets of New York, taking photos, and having photos taken of you by thousands of people lining the parade route.

Get scared at a Haunted House

Mummy scaring people at a Haunted house in nYCThere are several haunted houses in New York City, but perhaps the scariest of them all is Blood Manor. Walk through the rooms, corridors and passageways and be scared by what – and who – you see. This is not for those who scare easily! Check their website for times and prices. It’s located at 359 Broadway, not far from Pace University!

Celebrate at the Village Costume Ball

two people dressed up for the halloween costume ball in nycDress up in costume and head to the Village (also near Pace) for the Village Halloween Costume Ball, held by Theater for the New City. Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets cost $20. There are cabaret performances, a costume competition, performance artist and more. Halloween is just one of the many fun holidays in the United States. Study English in New York and join in these and many more amazing things.

New York is not only a great place to learn English, it is truly the most exciting city in the US (and possibly the whole world!) Pace University is located right on the heart of it all and nearby all of these Halloween activities.

If you are interested in learning how you can improve your English and study in New York City, you can visit the ELI website, contact the ELI or apply here.

Word list

  • barrier (n.): something that stops you from being able to go somewhere
  • spooky (adj.): scary
  • frivolities (n. pl.): fun events or activities
  • treats (n. pl.): nice things that you enjoy
  • to play a trick (on someone) (v. idiom): to do something that makes a person feel embarrassed or look silly