Things to Do for Halloween 2019 in New York

Thinking about spending Halloween in NYC? There is so much to do in New York for Halloween, from parades, parties, ghost tours and special exhibitions, there’s something for everyone. So get your costumes ready, Halloween 2019 in New York is sure to be epic.

We’ve put together a whole bunch of spooky New York activities for you to check out. Our top New York attractions for Halloween include…

  • Spooky Pumpkin Garden
  • Halloween at the Museum
  • Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
  • Wall Street Walks Ghost Tour
  • And more!

Check out our fun Halloween attraction ideas below!

Spooky Pumpkin Garden

New York Botanical Garden

For all of October, the New York Botanical Garden will feature a garden contained dozens of intricately carved pumpkins, gourds, and other festive décor.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden has a few spooky elements, but it’s a great attraction for small children.

Getting In: Admission to Halloween events at the NY Botanical Garden are available with the Go New York Explorer Pass.

Halloween at the Museum

American Museum of Natural History – October 2019

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Each year, the American Museum of Natural History opens all of its exhibition spaces to celebrate Halloween. Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating, themed crafts, performances, and even pumpkin carving – all within the great halls of the museum. This year, you can see their special ‘Spooky Space’ show at the planetarium where you can learn about the universe’s scary phenomena.

It’s an ideal opportunity to explore their many treasures while soaking up the holiday spirit.  The perfect activity for the whole family!

Getting In: Admission to the American Museum of Natural History and Halloween events (check their website for specific dates) are available with the New York City Explorer Pass.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square

Head to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! for a spooky experience. Halloween or not, it may be one of the most frightening attractions in NYC.

The carnival-like atmosphere and completely bizarre exhibits are ideal for a Halloween outing. From authentic shrunken heads to sword-swallowing sideshow performers, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is freakish and unforgettable.

Getting In: Admission to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is included with the Go New York Explorer Pass.

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

October 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm

greenwich village nyc halloween parade

It’s the 46th annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade this year. This popular local parade draws millions of local spectators each year. You’ll find thousands of costumed performers, hundreds of floats, dozens of bands, and many other exciting musical acts.

One of the coolest things about this parade is its signature puppets – giant, larger-than-life rod puppets that evoke a Carnivalesque atmosphere. Many locals even participate in the parade, so it’s a really authentic NYC Halloween experience.

To watch the parade, just pick a spot somewhere along 6th Ave from Spring to 16th Street. The route is most crowded between Bleecker and 14th Street, so you may want to arrive early or find another area along the route to watch.

Getting In: It’s free to watch the Halloween parade.

Wall Street Walks Ghost Tour

Fridays & Saturdays in October

go on a ghost walking tour in New York City this Halloween

New York City’s most notorious spots are also some of its spookiest.

A historic neighborhood with roots stretching way back into the seventeenth century, Wall Street is filled with gravesites, creepy alleys, and plenty of historic structures.

Ghost tours are a nice educational experience for all involved, even the kids!

Getting In: Wall Street Walks Ghost Tours are separately ticketed and are not included with the Go New York Pass. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the tour company website.

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center – October 27, 2019

Head to Central Park for the annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

The Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla is a unique event open to the public. Show up before 5:30 pm with a carved jack-o-lantern and register to reserve a space in the flotilla for your pumpkin (members can register online in advance).

After you register, you can take part in music, crafts, live entertainment, and parade. Then, at twilight, watch as your jack-o-lanterns set sail down the Harlem Meer, glowing in the night.

Getting In: Admission to this event is free! Check online for event details.

Halloween Happenings at Queens County Farm Museum

Various dates in October

See if you can find your way out of the challenging corn maze at Queens County Farm in New York

Visitors of the Queens County Farm Museum will be amazed at the forty-seven acres of farmland that have been around since 1697.

The Amazing Maize Maze is challenging fun for all ages. Visitors will have to find clues to help solve the maze puzzle and find their way out without getting lost along the way!

The Children’s Fall Festival, a celebration of all things fall and spooky, hosts a variety of events of activities that are fun for the whole family: sack races, bounce houses, and crafts, to name a few. Families are also encouraged to come in costume to see if their outfit can beat the spooky Halloween characters roaming the grounds.

Anyone looking for a scare this Halloween should make sure to visit the Haunted House (recommended ages are 4-12). There are also a few extras like hayrides, Halloween treats, cider, apples, and more available at an additional cost.

Getting In: Admission to individual events is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go New York Pass. Tickets may be purchased in person.

Candlelight Ghost Tours of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”

Merchant’s House Museum
Select Dates in October

the Merchant's House Museum Candlelight Ghost Tour

Photo credit: Merchant’s House Museum’s Official Facebook Page

Head to the Merchant’s House Museum, where the Tredwell family that occupied it for nearly 100 years never left, for a spooky, for “spirited” events throughout October in a real haunted house.

Getting In: Admission to the Merchant’s House Museum is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go New York Pass.

Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our list of some seasonal things to do for Halloween in New York.

Remember, a few of these options are included in the Go New York Pass, where you can save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the Halloween events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Explorer Pass.

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