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Oct 18, 2019 | Seasonal Things to Do

Best Halloween Activities in New York

Whether you’re young or old, adventurous or mellow, spending Halloween in New York will be unforgettable. Check out the best activities for children, events and experiences and choose the right one for you. There’s something for everyone! 

Halloween Activities for Families

Carve Pumpkins in Central Park

Dress the kids up in their favorite costume go to Central Park’s Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues. The annual Central Park Pumpkin Flotilla is a free festival with pumpkin carving demonstrations, storytelling, costume parade, arts and crafts and more.  

See Halloween Performances at the AMNH

Every year, the American Museum of Natural History prepares a Halloween celebration dedicated to kids who love Halloween. Children in costumes can meet and greet characters, listen to music and see exciting performances. Check the website for ticket information. 

Go Trick or Treating at Grand Central Terminal

Forget about trying to go trick or treating around unknown neighborhoods and, instead, go to Grand Central Terminal this Halloween. Kids can collect candy, receive gift totes and take silly shots in a Halloween photo booth. It’s free!

Witch Halloween decoration hanging from park bench.
Ghost Tours for the Brave

In the end, Halloween is all about the mysterious and unknown. A city like New York has a long list of legends and spooky tales. Tour companies like Boroughs of the Dead, Ghosts of New York City and Haunted Manhattan specialize in digging up the macabre and horrific history of New York. Be warned—you might have trouble going to sleep that night!

Halloween Experiences for Groups

Halloween Cruise or Yacht Party

Hornblower has two great options for those wanting to rock the boat on Halloween. Book a two-hour sunset cruise with music and cocktails or party until midnight in a three-hour cruise. Both options encourage costumes and offer stunning views of New York Harbor 

See Giant Pumpkins at the NYBG

Taking a trip to the New York Botanical Garden for Halloween means seeing giant pumpkins, learning about creepy creatures or walking around their Spooky Pumpkin Garden at night. You’ll also have a chance to see master pumpkin carvers in action. 

If you just miss Halloween, there’s still plenty going on in New York before the holiday season begins. Take a look at our recommendations for the best fall activities in New York.

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