Your Guide to Celebrating Halloween in NYC

Parades, parties and scary movies are the usual protocol for celebrating Halloween in New York City. And because the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, celebrations will kick off early the weekend prior — and there’s no shortage of them. From late night Halloween food markets to candlelit ghost tours, there are dozens of spooky events and activities to choose from throughout the last week of October. Here we curate some of the best Halloween shenanigans to partake in across Manhattan.

For nearly a decade, the MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball has been a favorite go to for Halloween revelers. And rightly so, given that it’s an evening of New York performers, DJs and general bedlam. This year’s theme is PS2001 Space Oddity, so plan your costume accordingly with sci-fi, robots and extraterrestrials in mind. New York nightlife icon, Susanne Bartsch will lead the evening along side performers and DJs like Fightclubny and Eli Escobar. Make your way over to MoMA PSI on Saturday, October 28 at 8:00pm; tickets are on sale from $18 here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-6th-annual-moma-ps1-halloween-ball-with-susanne-bartsch-ps2001-space-oddity-tickets-38003013035

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At the Roxy Cinema Tribeca, expect a lineup of horror films, both modern and classic, like Rosemary’s Baby, Scream, The Adam’s Family, Bettlejuice, and of course, John Carpenter’s original, Halloween. Visit www.roxycinematribeca.com for all showtimes. Looking for something a bit more dynamic? Be sure to buy your tickets to The Django’s Rocky Horror Picture Show event on Halloween night at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-ts-rocky-horror-halloween-at-the-roxy-hotel-tickets-38640433577?aff=es2

Head up to Hells Kitchen this year for the fifth annual Haunted Mansion Party, which includes a one-hour open vodka bar (8pm – 9pm) and VIP bottle service, should you wish to splurge on top of the $15 entrance fee. The 45,000 square foot space is converted into a maze of creepy scenes, chills and thrills. The event takes place on Tuesday Oct 31, from 8pm (624-660 West 42nd Street , New York, NY 10036).

There is nothing like the spectacle that is the annual Village Halloween Parade. Dress up in your best costumes and make your way over to Sixth Avenue from Spring Street where the spooky procession continues up through 16th St. The parade typically garners a record 50,000 zombies, and a litany of fabulous and creative costumes. Catch the parade on Halloween night from 7pm–10:30pm.

Zach Neil’s Beetle House restaurant is an homage to films, art, music and literature that are inspired by or conjure all things eccentric, gothic and macabre. In fact, the restaurant’s maxim is “It’s Halloween All Year Long,” making it an appropriate venue to celebrate the holiday in style. For more information and menu details, visit www.beetlehousenyc.com (308 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003).

Words by Rocky Casale