And now the tricky part–finding the best neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating in NYC.
In a city as big as ours it can be a bit overwhelming finding the best spots to head to fill your candy bag–good candy, perfectly decorated spooky houses, and endless Halloween fun all come into play–but thankfully, we have the inside scoop on the best spots to hop on your broomstick and fly to.
From car-free open street fun to annual festivals and parades and, of course, candy galore, these are the best neighborhoods to head to this weekend to go trick-or-treating in NYC and join in on other exciting Halloween fun!
Chelsea Market hosts the ultimate weekend of Halloween fun. From the annual live pumpkin carving and Halloween crafts to trick-or-treating and performers, there’s endless amounts of fun to be had in this neighborhood. Learn more here.
Upper East Side and Upper West Side
We love it when NYC turns into a total Halloweentown, and the upper part of Manhattan has no shortage of houses decked out in the spookiest decor. Here’s a map we put together of the best decorated houses in the city, many of which can be found in the UES and UWS and are perfect spots to head to this weekend!
Washington Square Park
On Friday, October 28th, from 3p.m. – 6p.m. Washington Square Park will host an exciting Halloween party filled with pumpkin painting, temporary tattoos, a coloring station, and more fun Halloween-themed activities. On Halloween, NYU will once again host their Annual Children’s Halloween Parade where guests can enjoy live performances, games, and treats. Learn more here.
Bay Ridge will be throwing a Halloween Festival at Owls Head filled with free candy, live music, food, drinks, a costume contest, and a ton more. The festival will be held Owls Head Festival – Colonial Road and 68th Street)
Bed-Stuy knows how to celebrate Halloween–and they also know where all the best houses for trick-or-treating are! Bed-Stuy locals created their 16th annual map of all the best blocks to hit to get your candy fix, and they’re sharing it with all of us!
The Brooklyn Heights Association will be hosting its annual Halloween Parade this Saturday, October 29th, starting at 10:30am. The parade will begin at the Promenade on Clark Street and march down to the cul-de-sac on Remsen Street, and treats will, of course, be provided! (Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m.) The houses in this area also love to go all out with their decorations!
The Scarroll Park! Annual Children’s Halloween Celebration is happening once again this weekend, offering music, dancing, treats, a scavenger hunt, and a ton of cool prizes to celebrate the spooky weekend! Happening on Sunday, October 30, from 11:30a.m. – 1p.m., be sure to put on your best costume and partake in all the spooky fun!
The 7th Annual Spooktacular, a free Halloween street festival, will take place in Dyker Heights once again this year. Happening on
For the third year in a row, Astoria’s 31st Avenue Open Street program will be supplying all the spooky Halloween fun this weekend. On Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 they’ll be hosting a ton of fun events, including tarot reading classes, costume contests for both people and pets, crafts, live music, haunted photo booths, and more! The weekend festivities will span from 33rd to 35th street. Trick or Treating will also be held on Monday the 31st from 4p.m. – 8p.m. on the open street!
Jackson Heights’ annual Halloween Parade will return once again this year. The “largest children’s Halloween parade in NYC,” according to organizers, 2,300 trick or treat bags will be handed out at the end. The parade runs along 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 76th Street and will take place Monday, October 31 at 5p.m.
The Third Avenue Business Improvement District will host a ton of fun Halloween events this year on Willis Avenue. Spanning from from East 147th Street to East 148th Street visitors can enjoy a pumpkin patch, face painting, live music, and tasty treats.