With autumn full and thriving, it’s time to take a look at how the city is getting ready to show its Halloween spirit! Sure, there may be some stragglers who put up a ghost or two at the end of the month, but plenty of us are already ready to start feeling the ghoulish spirits around the city. Several homes around the city are decorated each year (with some already starting), with even more and more trickling in over the next week!
Some stoops even look like the owners have been collecting decorations for at least a decade—and we’re loving every inch of it. From mummies to massive spiders, and countless creatures in between, here are some of the top neighborhoods with the best stoops for the most amazing Halloween decorations — according to New Yorkers. And be sure to tag us on Instagram in your favorite Halloween decoration photos too!
1. Industry City, Brooklyn
They always have the most amazing pumpkin display — this was last year’s, but this year’s is sure to impress just as much!
Where: 220 36th St, Brooklyn
2. Upper West Side
Nothing like some gorgeous brownstones decked out in cobwebs. You’ll find everything from spiders to witches up here that are sure to spook you out!
West 81st Street
West 82nd Street
West 87th Street
West 94th Street
3. West Village
Taking a walk through the West Village is like your very own Halloweentown! Not only is there a ton of great spots to bring your children trick-or-treating, but it’s a hub of spooky restaurants and bars that always have spooky decorations!
Where: Grove Court, Washington Pl, Bleecker St + more
4. Astoria, Queens
We loves this house on Ditmars Ave that’s home to Astoria resident Vicky Poumpouridis! Rumor has it there’s over $1,000 worth of decorations in her yard every year. We know of another decked out home at 22-13 26th Street that goes all-out every year too!
Where: 26-18 Ditmars Blvd & 22-13 26th Street (two different locations)
This townhouse at 314 W 22nd Street is redesigned by Hatch Studio every year to give peaceful Halloween-y vibes. Plus, the famous Chelsea Market is always decorated to the tee with ghoulish displays that are fun to see after you grab a festive bite!
Where: 314 W 22nd Street, Chelsea Market + more
6. Upper East Side
Since this neighborhood is so residential, there’s ample opportunity to add all the fall decor you can fit! You’ll find everything from cobwebs to skeletons up here, and is perfect to walk through at night!
East 62nd between Second Ave and Third Ave
East 67th Street between Madison and Fifth Ave
East 70th Street between Lexington and Park
East 71st between Madison and Fifth Ave
East 72nd between Park and Madison
East 74th between Park and Madison
East 77th Street between Second Ave and Third Ave
7. Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
8. Midtown Manhattan
We love Rockefeller Center’s festive arrangements, especially this pumpkin display they had last year! They even added a series of art installations and photo ops for Dia De Los Muertos last year for Mexico Week! Here’s hoping they do the same this year!
Plus this diner has its very own pumpkin patch that you can actually pick pumpkins at in the middle of the city!
Where: 45 Rockefeller Plaza
South Street Seaport’s amazingly over-the-top pumpkin arch is always a yearly Halloween-time classic! At 10 feet tall, it’s the perfect place to get a fall photo (and it especially magical at night when it’s all lit up)! What could be better than the combination of fall colors and picturesque views of the river? It’s the perfect spot for a crisp autumn breeze and some Halloween photo ops!
Where: 89 South St
10. Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
This quaint family neighborhood is full of all the most wholesome Halloween decor. We always suggest Carroll Gardens as the prime Halloween trick-or-treating spot for families, and the decorations here are some of the best in Brooklyn too!
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