By: Sophia Marina
In New York City, Halloween isn’t just a day—it’s a month-long holiday of dazzling and terrifying fun that’ll have you holding each other close no matter what, whether chilling encounters with city ghosts or crisp October cold as you stroll arm in arm through a pumpkin patch. Summon up an adrenaline rush with the one you love and brew up the romance using our guide to the city’s most jittering, intriguing and bizarre Halloween experiences. Let things get supernatural, freaky and phenomenal with your number one as you experience all the exhilaration and terror this month in NYC has to satiate your seasonal cravings.
Read on for our top date-worthy events in NYC this Halloween.
The Best Halloween Events In New York City
To March: Sixth Ave and Canal St. | To Watch: On Sixth Avenue North of Spring St. to Sixteenth St. | October 31st
Go all out with your couples costumes at NYC’s biggest Halloween parade, where dressing up means you get to march in the magic. Live music, spectacular displays, and New Yorkers in their Halloween best are sure to enchant you even if you decide not to play along. This year’s theme is robots, so gear up for a glittering night of carnival fun as we celebrate Halloween in a digital world.
New York Botanical Garden | October 20th and 21st
Selected Dates & Times, 359 Broadway, Soho
This is where you get to hold onto each other for your dear lives. 5,000 square feet of haunted rooms, corridors, and passageways create an intensely scary experience to meet all of your thrill-seeking needs. Find out more and buy tickets here.
Hornblower Hybrid Yacht, Pier 40-353, West St. | October 27th
Get gussied up (in all white) and get on board. This party cruise promises breathtaking sights, an open deck, fully-stocked bars, glass interiors and a nightclub on water. Let’s make this Halloween an opportunity to be Jack-and-Rose-level romantic.
Finally, a Halloween-themed cooking class we can get behind! We love Cook Space for their eclectic classes and gorgeous, welcoming space. So when we discovered a “Spooky Supper” event where slime soup, witches’ hair pasta, blood and guts potatoes and cup of dirt pudding were all on the menu, we knew it immediately had to go on our must-do list. Use code SPOOKYSUPPER for 15% off at check out.
If you and yours are in the mood to enter into new worlds this Halloween, don’t miss a night out at Jump Into The Light. This Halloween, they’ll be revealing two new virtual reality experiences — one entitled “The Host” has you exploring a Stranger Things-esque slimy, creepy cave with an incredibly nerve-wracking soundtrack. The other is a fortune-teller, augmented reality experience that we won’t ruin for you, but just know you may run out screaming.
Be sure to give them code IDKVR at the door for 20% off tickets!
Metropolitan Museum of Art | October 27th, 7 p.m.
Have you ever thought of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a giant graveyard? Well, it kind of is. Professor Andrew Lear, four-time winner of the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching, invites you to join him on his new tour, “The Met Macabre.” This tour is for the brainy couple who also loves a little creepy served up on their dates.
We can’t decide if we’re more excited to learn about mummification or the part where we’ll survey the art collection of an aristocrat who vanished—mostly likely eaten by cannibals. Grab tickets here—they’re going fast!
St. John’s Sanctuary, 81 Christopher St. | October 17-28th
An aurally immersive scary story experience to get your hands gripping each other. Presented by Dr. Lovecraft, a descendant of the writer himself, these tales are told in candlelit St. John’s Sanctuary by Radiotheatre’s cast to an original score of screams, heartbeats, and horror. Even Stephen King gave it a thumbs up, so it’s definitely worth grabbing tickets before they’re gone.
100 W 77th St. | October 28th
The weekly Grand Bazaar NYC goes full Halloween-themed to meet all of your seasonal candy and costume needs. Scary sweet treats, antiques, collectibles, fashion, handmade jewelry and anything else you might need for that last minute couples costume. And you’d be donating to charity, too.
Greenwood Cemetery, 500 25th St. | Saturdays and Sundays, October 6th-November 24th
These scenic and chilling walking tours include a visit to the usually-closed-off catacombs and are led by the cemetery’s official historian of more than thirty years. Using flashlights, you’ll weave through the massive, historic graveyard at dusk while listening to tales of its permanent residents — a perfect opportunity to lock onto each other for a few hours. Tickets here.
Union Hall | Thursday, October 25th at 10 p.m.
The acclaimed monthly comedy show BackFat Variety presents this annual storytelling show where comedians with ghost stories take the stage. Prepare for a chilling, funny evening of tales brought to you by great performers who’ve had a supernatural experience. Tickets are $6 at unionhallny.com and $8 at the door. Don’t miss this special show—it only comes once a year!
Multiple Locations | October 11th-18th
Catland, 987 Flushing Ave | October 28th
Bring a single white candle with you. Talk to the dead, ask questions, send messages, get answers. Dakota, a premiere witch, will connect you with the spirits as you take this other-worldly journey together and get mystical during this one-of-a-kind group seance.
Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West St. | October 27th
East Village, 80 St. Marks | Through November 10th (Wed-Sat Schedule)
Harry Houdini died mysteriously on October 31,1926. Did he get appendicitis from being punched in the stomach or was he poisoned by spiritualists? Noir private investigator Minky Woodcock goes undercover to find out.
The hit comic book series by Cynthia von Buhler comes to life as you wander three floors of a historic Manhattan speakeasy, theater, and hotel. Take part in seances, drink absinthe and watch Houdini’s iconic escapes as you experience the last month of Houdini’s life in one unforgettable night. Grab tickets here.
Multiple Locations & Dates
The Brooklyn Hangar, 2 52nd Street | Saturday, Oct. 27th
Fearhouse presents Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on Saturday, October 27th at Brooklyn Hangar. The Belgian DJ and record producer duo, composed of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios always make sure their parties are a good time. Their 2016 track, ‘Melody’, with Steve Aoki & Ummet Ozcan is now the official UEFA anthem of the Belgian National Football Team. Doors open at 9 p.m. General admission tickets begin at $65.
Lyons Pool, Staten Island | October 13th
If you haven’t seen it, you have to see it. Take that cute ferry to Staten Island, snuggle up and enjoy the show. Or, enjoy the live version every Friday and Saturday night at midnight at Cinépolis Chelsea.
Brooklyn Grange, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City | Saturday, October 27th
Indulge in all things autumn at Brooklyn Grange Farm’s last open market of the season. Carve a jack-o-lantern, drink cider, gather up fresh root vegetables for the last time and share some fall-inspired sweets, all on a rooftop. And rooftops are inherently romantic.
93 North Street, Brooklyn | 10/3-10/31
Remember Dream Machine? Yeah, now it’s your biggest nightmare. Designed to be “tactile and shareable”, aka Instagrammable, they’ve transformed Dream Machine into a Halloween-inspired playground. The PG-13 exhibit even has a fake grave that reads “None of the feels”, which is pretty hysterical. Grab tickets here!
29 E. 4th St., Manhattan
Funeral reenactments, Songs from the Crypt, an exhibition called 19th Century Lessons on Dying Well— this national historic landmark is the perfect place to soak up something grim and take it in together. Explore the more macabre side of things with your person at this perfectly preserved old New York house-turned-museum.
The McKittrick Hotel | 26, 27 & 31 October
No Halloween guide is complete without the McKittrick Hotel. It’s sexy. It’s mysterious. It’s renowned for throwing one of the best Halloween Parties in NYC year after year. Expect incredible live music performances on several floors of the “hotel” and an open bar all night long. Dress up in costume (you’ll see some seriously jaw-dropped ensembles) or simply dress in all black.
House of Yes | All Month Long
This Bushwick funhouse is celebrating Halloween all month long, and we want to go to everything. A few notable events:
- October 12th — Discotechnique: Dead Sexy
- October 16th, 19th & 20th — Little Cinema No 40: Secret Halloween Special (Immersive). Truly, you’re going to want to see anything Little Cinema produces. It’s like watching a movie in 100 different dimensions.
- October 25th — Dirty Thursday: Zombie Prom
- October 31st — Gala of the Gone
Freehold, Brooklyn | October 31st, 8 p.m.
Freehold in Williamsburg will celebrate Halloween by transforming the sprawling venue into a grandiose Hollywood Premiere. Step on the red carpet to get your photo snapped by a team of zombie paparazzi before heading up to the Haunted Hills. Make your way into the Lobby Bar for live music, DJs and spooky spirits. Come dressed to impress as one of the stars you miss the most and enter into a Bloody Red Carpet Competition. No cover! Just RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.