So Much Room for Halloween Activities!
Haunted houses, hayrides, and horror movies—oh my! Ghost tours, movie screenings, puppy parades, and more. Boo(ya)! Halloween is finally here.
The decorations may have been up since Labor Day, but Halloween has finally arrived. Put on your costume and celebrate the impending fall festival, because we've got the top five finest, freakiest events happening around Westchester and New York City:
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
Thursday, October 22–Sunday, November 1 │ Times vary by date │ Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
An annual tradition with a new theme! Come visit the disenchanted castle, where you’ll meet Maleficent, Dracula, Henry VII, and the wizards and witches of Hogwarts. As per the Jay Ghoul website, “if you’ve always dreamed of living in a castle, you better think twice!”
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours
For times and dates, click here │ 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Delve into the rich history of Sleepy Hollow, and learn all about Washington Irving, the author best known for writing the famous Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Maybe you’ll even have a Rip Van Winkle sighting!
Horseman’s Hollow at Phillipsburg Manor
Friday, October 23–Sunday, November 1 │ Times vary by date │ Phillipsburg Manor, 100 Continental Street, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
If you’re looking for a frightening Halloween experience, Horseman’s Hollow is definitely for you. Considered Sleepy Hollow’s premier Halloween attraction, experience chills and thrills as Phillipsburg Manor transforms into a dark underworld ruled by the evil and undead. Enter at your own risk!
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride
Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24 │ 7:00 p.m. │ 28 Beekman Aveue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
A late autumn tradition with a spooky twist! The Haunted Hayride will take you through downtown Sleepy Hollow, and will follow Ichabod Crane’s exact flight from the Headless Horseman. A hair-raising time, followed by a block party on Beekman Avenue!
After Dark Halloween Marathon at Jacob Burns Film Center
Friday, October 23 │ 9:30 p.m. │ 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570
Ready to stay up all night? This Friday, the Jacob Burns Film Center will be showing six Halloween classics, including Goodnight Mommy, The Evil Dead, a Wes Craven tribute screening of Scream, and a few surprises soon to be revealed. Also featuring a costume contest, food, and refreshments. Buy tickets here!
New York City
Dia De Los Muertos at New York Botanical Garden
Saturday, October 24–Sunday, November 1 │ 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. │ New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458
Take part in the festive Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the extraordinary violin trio the Villalobos brothers. Stilt dancers, larger than life skeletons, create your own mask, have your face painted, and enjoy the endless festivities!
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Saturday, October 24 │ 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. │ 500 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10009
What’s better—a Halloween parade filled with human vampires, monsters, and ghosts—or one with the most debonair spaniels, golden retrievers, and Instagram-famous Chihuahuas? The Tompkins Square Park Parade is back for another woof-tastic year! Register for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!
Candlelight Ghost Tour
Friday, October 23– Friday, October 30 │ 445 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Starting on Friday, the Bowery’s historic Merchant’s House Museum is will give visitors a look into its past. (Its spooky, spooooooooky past.) One of the most alluring haunted house tours in New York! Visit their website to reserve a tour.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening!
Friday, October 30 │ 6:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m. │ McCarren Park Pool Deck, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Hop on the L train and head to Brooklyn for a free Friday evening screening of this Halloween classic! Check out the McCarren Park Pool Deck, bring some friends, and carve out a NYC Halloween evening to remember.
42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 31 │ 7:00 p.m. │ 6th Avenue, from Spring Street to 16th Street, New York, NY
The main event; and arguably the biggest, most creative, and ghoulishly excellent Halloween parade in the world. Featuring hundreds of puppeteers, dozens of bands, dancers, artists, and thousands of regular joes, take part in this unforgettable New York City tradition. A must for any respectable New York City bucket list.
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