20 Bewitching Halloween Happenings In & Around NYC For Celebrating Spooky Season

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

20 Bewitching Halloween Happenings In & Around NYC For Celebrating Spooky Season

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 is on a weekend again this year, falling on a Sunday — with lots of events on Friday & Saturday evening to make your Halloweekend as spooktacular as possible.

To help you make the most of Halloween this year, here are our picks for the top Halloween events & things to do in NYC:

1. Sip Spicy Ghost Margaritas at a mysterious and macabre cocktail soirée (from October 8)

Step into NYC’s hair-raising House of Spirits for an evening of secrets, séances and spooktacular spicy cocktails from Ghost Tequila. Roam around a historic, haunted mansion and mingle with its eerie spectral residents. Commune with spirits using a giant ouija board, and stop by the themed bars for devilishly delicious Spicy “Ghost” Margaritas.


Where: 60 Pine St. New York, NY


2. See how many zombies you can kill at this Army of the Dead VR experience

A shopping destination in Paramus, NJ has been transformed into a cinematic playground with this Army of the Dead – Viva Las Vengeance: A VR Experience — only 35 minutes outside NYC. Step into a cutting-edge, adrenaline-fueled world where the Westfield Garden State Plaza becomes a dystopian quarantine zone, riddled with flesh-eating zombies. Your mission: Battle the dead. Save the living.

Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ


3. Have a special Halloween dinner planned for you at this “Find the Dinner” special in NYC


Celebrate Halloween with an incredible surprise dinner by Find the Dinner! If you’re a foodie who loves a good surprise, this plan was made for you. Let them guide you, with transportation included, to a surprise restaurant in NYC. This gastronomic experience will be adapted to your tastes and preferences, so you’re sure to leave with a good taste in your mouth.

Where: A surprise restaurant in New York — and a chauffeur will drive you there!


4-6. Take in a spooky concert by candlelight with your favorite Halloween hits

Fever’s wildly popular Candlelight concert series is back just in time for the spooky season! This October, let the ominous yet melodic sounds of the violin possess you as you enjoy your favorite Halloween classics surrounded by flickering candles. Or, jam out with the best jazz musicians of New York with haunted soulful takes on “I Put a Spell On You” by Jalacy and “Spooky”by Dusty Springfield. Here are your spooktacular concert options:

  • A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions at the Church of the Heavenly Rest on the Upper East Side. Tickets here.
  • Candlelight Halloween Jazz: Haunted Soul Melodies at The Bell House in Brooklyn: Tickets here.
  • Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions at The Bell House in Brooklyn: Tickets here.

7. Shake up some witch’s brew at this spirited virtual mixology class


It’s spooky season, and you’re invited to join in for an evening of magic and mixology from the comfort of your home. Throughout the class, you’ll explore three mystical cocktail making techniques featuring smoke, fire, and transmutation. There will also be other tricks in store: live magic, musical guests, and other spooky surprises! Each kit features all the cocktail ingredients to concoct three potent potations shipped straight to your door. Don’t worry if you have no previous potion experience – these witches will show you all of their tricks so you can stir up a success.

Where: Your home!


8. Walk through a terrifying Zombieland Halloween theme park experience


Put on your creepiest costume and join your fellow ghouls in Zombieland this Halloween! At the all-new Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park at the massive American Dream Mall just outside the city, enjoy endless fun with performances from Aquaria and Yvie Oddly, as well as over 30 rides, rollercoasters and haunted attractions to choose from. Enjoy music by DJ AQUARIA and diva drag DJ LAS BIBAS FROM VIZCAYA as you soar 150-feet into the sky on the world’s tallest and longest free-spinning coaster or take in the views as you cruise over the park on the Sky Railway.

Where: Universe Theme Park at American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ


9. Dare to walk through Euphoria’s “Nightmare on Jefferson Street”

Nightmare On Jefferson St.

Celebrate spooky season the right way with this all-immersive maze. With tricks and turns at every corner, this is the perfect experience to get you excited for Halloween. Share with family and friends, come out for the night and prepare for a fright! Be the star of your own HORROR FILM!

Where: Absurd Conclave’s Studio, 360 Jefferson Street, 1A, Brooklyn


10. Party at DJ Self’s wicked Halloween party

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Get ready for a Halloween party like no other in New York. Dress to impress with costumes or all-black attire to suit this spooky season. Power 105’s DJ Self will be giving you all of the Hip-Hop bangers you love alongside sets from the Unapologetic DJs. BYOB or enjoy five hours of an open bar at one of New York’s hottest venues. Make this Halloween one to remember. Get together a group of your friends and grab your tickets now!

Where: 450 W 31st St., 10th Floor


11. Be blown away at Boo-lesque: a haunted two-course burlesque experience


Join, if you dare, for a devilish affair of debauchery and mayhem at the Haunted Hotel Chantelle. Treat-or-treat your freakiest friends and spookiest sweethearts to a lavish two-course meal in the company of New York City’s most bewitching burlesque, petrifying pole, and alarming aerial performers (who have previously haunted venues such as The Box, House of Yes, Duane Park, The Slipper Room…etc.) But beware…BOO-lesque will come and go with the season of Halloween, so reserve your seats now and let them make you SCREAM!

Where: Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St.


12. Walk the red carpet at this high-end Halloween party at Cipriani Wall Street

This Halloween, the esteemed Cipriani Wall Street is opening its doors for an exclusive red carpet gathering and you’re invited! On entry to the breathtaking banquet hall, you’ll be met by signature Cipriani Bellinis, sparkling water and wine, as well as an elaborate assortment of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. With house music setting the ambience throughout the night and a grand finale performance by Meduza, it’s set to be an unforgettable affair.

Where: Cipriani Grand Ballroom – Downtown, 55 Wall S.


13. Take in a terrifying immersive horror theater experience: The Dark House

The Dark House is an immersive horror theater rxperience unlike any haunted house you have ever attended. During the wholly unique and immersive theatrical experience, you listen to through audio headsets and are largely denied the sense of sight…leaving you dependent on your sense of sound, smell, taste and touch. The Dark House is inspired by an old British short story called “The Toll House” where a group of friends set out to debunk a long-rumored local “haunted house” teeming with ghosts. They fail. You fail. Can you prove there are no such things as ghosts?

Where: Philipstown Depot Theatre, 10 Garrisons Landing, Garrison, NY


14-17. Take a Halloween cruise around NYC


What better way to spend Halloween than out on the seas of NYC? Get your costume on and cruise around NY Harbor on these spooky boat parties:

18. Head to this Purge rooftop Halloween party


Enjoy the Purge Rooftop Halloween party and get ready to dance the night away! Get into the spooky spirit with VIP bottle service of your spirit of choice — Henny, Circo or Grey Goose. Celebrate Halloween in style this year and see NYC lit up at night on this rooftop. Get a group of your friends together and get your tickets now.

Where: The DL, 95 Delancey St.


19. Experience the Night of the Living Drag in NYC with RuPaul’s Drag Race Stars

Heads up NY: it’s almost Halloween and that only means…drag queens! We love them from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and now we’ll be spooked with their stunning performances at the iconic Terminal 5. To be hosted by hers truly, Violet Chachki, discover thrilling performances from Aquaria, Jaida Essence Hall, Gottmilk, Kandy Muse, Plastique, Rose, and Kim Chi as they haunt the dance floor with ghoulishly girly beats. For one night, the dead will walk in step with queens!

Where: Terminal 5, 610 W 56th St.


20. March in NYC’s 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade

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NYC’s 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade will return in all its spooky glory for Halloween 2021! Although it was cancelled last year due to COVID and almost didn’t happen this year because they didn’t have enough time for fundraising, one very generous New Yorker donated the full needed amount of $150,000. Read more details here.

For more bewitching fun, check out all our killer Halloween events, here.

Also published on Medium.

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