An All Hallow's Eve Guide For All Ages
Where to Spend The Scariest Night of the Year in New York City
With the changing of the leaves from green to golden and the temperatures dropping to crisp autumn evenings, it’s beginning to feel like Fall in The City. And along with the changing colors, piping hot pumpkin spice lattes, and comforting wool scarves, the city prepares for one of the year’s most exciting holidays. We can’t think of a better holiday than one that allows adults to embrace their inner child and play dress up, indulges sugar addictions, excludes stress of hectic family dinners, and doesn’t break the bank with pesky traditions of gift exchanges. With that said, there’s no better place to enjoy Halloween than New York City, where the island comes alive with an abundance of festive parades, haunted houses, scary street fairs, and all-adult nighttime fêtes.
From festivities for everyone from toddlers and their parents looking for child-friendly fun to adults seeking Halloween cheer with a side of adult libations, we’ve rounded up some of the city’s best offerings to have an unforgettable All Hallow’s Eve.
For The Entire Family
Boo at the Zoo: An annual tradition at the famous Bronx Zoo, this event offers an array of exciting activities designed for members of the entire family. From a kid-friendly hayride complete with scarecrows, creepy-crawly bugs, snakes, spiders, a corn maze, and cider and seasonal treats, to a slightly spookier Haunted Forest specially designed for kids twelve and above, this is an excursion that has been thoughtfully planned for kids of every age group. Adults and parents can enjoy seasonal fare, craft beers, and music at the onsite ‘Bootoberfest.’ Details, hours, and ticket information may be found (here).
For Those Seeking Serious Scares
Blood Manor: This is the house made famous by Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart’s infamous late night video featuring the two funny men screaming and running through the halls of Blood Manor. Located on Varick Street, the terrifying labyrinth of passageways and themed rooms is designed to be “the most intense, creepy and ‘scream inducing haunted attraction in the New York Tri-State area.” The company does not recommend their attraction for children under 14 years of age, as it totes itself as offering the most ‘cutting-edge in presentation and content.’ With this year’s newly implemented flex-entry, the company also promises to negate the annoyance of long-waits and pesky lines. Details, hours, and ticket information may be found (here).
For the Night Owls
Sleep No More’s Inferno: Though Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More has been around for years and is offered year-round, it’s a perfect experience fitting for Halloween. For those seeking a more elevated Halloween experience, Sleep No More, is an unsurpassed combination of dark drama, interactive theatre, and innovative story telling. The interactive off-Broadway show at the historic McKittrick Hotel has been the recipient of numerous awards and still remains one of the hottest, most unique, and in-demand shows in the city. The experience requires guests to don all-white masks as they venture through this spooky, sexy retelling of Macbeth, with no two performances ever the same. For Halloween this year, the venue combines Sleep No More with its annual Inferno affair. Every year, there is no hotter ticket than the McKittrick Hotel (which is no longer a functioning hotel, but the home of Sleep No More, a lavish speakeasy, a rooftop bar and restaurant, and a concert hall), with GQ describing the celebration as “New York’s sexiest and most-immersive Halloween event.” Complete information, updates, and additional details may be found (here).
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