Halloween is quickly approaching, and the window of time to take part in all the haunted activities happening around NYC is narrowing down.
All Hallows’ Eve falls on a Saturday this year. Of course, the holiday won’t look the same as normal, but there are still plenty of at-home and socially-distant experiences that will have you feeling super spooky in no time.
To help you make the most of Halloween this year, safely, here are our picks for the top Halloween events happening in NYC:
Where: Your Home
When: October 9-31
The witching hour is close at hand! Put on your witch’s hat and grab your broomstick, because the Sanderson Sisters are back and ready to put you under their spell! In this musical “Master Class” on witchery, you will be taught how to concoct potions, perform spells, and become a certified full-fledged witch or wizard by the biggest, baddest witches in the business – all to the tune of your favorite haunted hits. Usually, becoming a witch takes centuries, but thanks to this expedited course, centuries of learning have been boiled down to 90 minutes! Don’t worry if you’ve never mixed a potion before — this tricky trio o’ witches will teach you everything you need to stir up success!
Tickets: $79 for two, grab them here.
Where: 359 Broadway (Tribeca area)
When: October 9-November 9
Blood Manor is a well-known name in NYC’s Halloween scene. It’s been scaring the life out of the Big Apple since 2005 and this year they’ll be back in their new location. The terrifying new space is bound to fulfill your darkest Halloween nightmares, with an average of 37 gallons of blood spilled each night! This frightful haunted attraction is not for the faint of heart.
Tickets: Prices vary based on date & time, grab them here.
Where: 266 Mulberry St.
Beneath the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral are the only catacombs in Manhattan, and one of only a handful that exists in the entire United States. It is by far one of the most significant collections of tombs in the country. For a more historic Halloween, head underneath the nave of this 200-year-old church and explore the crypts that have been a silent witness to the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New Yorkers.
Tickets: $30, grab them here.
Where: Bryant Park, 41 W 40th St, Manhattan
When: Saturday, October 24
It is time again for this annual Halloween Murder Mystery event, this time being taken into the park! When you arrive, you will be assigned a character and given instructions on how to play. You will then interact with others by asking and answering questions to help try to solve the mystery. No experience is necessary and it is a lot of fun! This is a great ways to do something interesting and different, escape reality, and socialize and connect with other members of the group.
Tickets: Prices vary, grab them here
Where: Your home
When: October 31
Join this class for a fun Halloween virtual painting party! This 1.5 hour course is led by an expert artist to guide you through the creation of a spooky painting inspired by Halloween. Release your creativity while painting along. No experience needed. List of recommended supplies: a canvas or canvas board, a big brush, a skinny brush, a water cup, paper towel, a plate, a pencil and an eraser, paint (blue, yellow, red, black, and white), and an apron or painting clothes.
Tickets: Prices vary, grab them here.
Where: Sunrise Mall, One Sunrise Mall, Long Island
When: Thursday, October 29
Start your engines and pull out your ouija boards! Seven trapped souls from RuPaul’s Drag Race haunt the stage in New York this Halloween season, and you can enjoy this fantastic show from the safety of your car! Plus, enjoy an immersive haunted house experience in the parking lot when you arrive. You’ll watch the live show on Jumbotron LED screens, and there will be gourmet concessions for sale at the venue. The drag show must go on… in life or death!
Tickets: $30-75, grab them here.
Where: Your home
When: Dates vary
Welcome to the enchanting wizarding world at the Met! Join this virtual, interactive Harry Potter-inspired tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This tour is a virtual adaptation of “Griffins, Goblets and Gold,” the interactive tour at the Met. Make connections between the books and the art, see places and spaces that might remind you of those in the stories, and be prepared to discuss some of the influences on the series. We’ll have time for activities and plenty of discussion along the way. Feel free to wear wizarding gear! (Even virtually, you never know when house points will be awarded!)
Tickets: $16, grab them here
Where: The Museum of Interesting Things, 177 Prince Street
When: Monday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27
Turn off the lights, light a candle, and let us begin. What happens when you tell ghost stories in the dark? When you call out do you get a response? We have always been obsessed with these questions. In this meticulously curated immersive Ghost Show experience, Mister Dusty Rose takes audiences on an evening of history, mystery, and the supernatural in this modern take on a Victorian ghost show. This special performance includes private access to The Museum Of Interesting Things’ collection of spiritualism artifacts and rare films and private reception.
Tickets: $50, grab them here.
Where: Skyport Marina – East 23rd Street & FDR Drive (EAST side)
When: October 30 & 31
The Art Gallery Yacht has made its home in the bustling city of New York. This intimate luxury yacht is perfect for hosting a myriad of events, especially Halloween weekend! Break out your best creepy costume and climb aboard. Be sure to ghoul out because the best costume wins $1000! The boat is heated to keep you cool throughout the fall night, an open-air top deck for all your best Insta moments and two fully-stocked bars. Food will be available and live music is going to be playing all night too.
Tickets: $20, grab them here.
Where: 48 Lounge, 1221 6th Ave
When: Fridays & Saturdays, through October 31
All the glamour and excitement of NYC nightlife can be found at Midtown Manhattan’s 48 Lounge! It offers a luxurious and intimate atmosphere that redefines nightlife, offering impeccable service, a dazzling array of innovative cocktails, a finely curated wine, and champagne list, and an exquisite chef-driven menu available from open to late. Indulge in their premium open and light bites with your friends for an unforgettable night, where everyone will be wearing their most festive face mask.
Tickets: $150 for two tickets, grab them here.
Where: The Great Northern Food Hall, Grand Central Terminal 89 E 42nd St
When: Saturday, October 10 and Thursday, October 22
There’s been a murder at Grand Central! On this Mystery & History Scavenger Hunt, teams will be given a list of clues and 75 minutes to head to Grand Central to try and uncover the mystery of Meet Up Mary’s demise. This activity is a great way to socially distance, explore, and have fun! You don’t need any special skills—just prepare to learn a little bit of history and find out things about Grand Central that you never knew before.
Tickets: $20, grab them here.
Where: Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street
When: Wednesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 28
NYC is filled with centuries of amazing history, and over that time, most of our past has been filled with great achievements,. But along the way, there have been many darker incidents that took place that are said to still have the spirits of those involved active today! Join us for this fun private walking tour where you will walk through the neighborhoods and buildings that are said to be haunted! Along the way, the tour guide will share detailed history of the Financial District. The tour will last about 90 minutes and end at a tavern where you can enjoy food and drink.
Tickets: , get them here.
Where: Your home
Scare Your Friend is a bundling of two of Psycho Clan’s wildly popular blindfolded haunted houses – The Empty Place and A Dark House. Now, they are available to the public as audio downloads that come with digital how-to manuals that guide you in staging these unique horror experiences safely in the privacy of your own home! Your personal surroundings and your own imagination will bring the whole experience alive. Both shows can be done at home and should be done either with one other person or with small groups of people who you live with or with whom you have formed social cohorts.
Tickets: $15, grab tickets here.
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