October is finally here, that exciting time of the year when the streets of New York get a little weirder than usual. If you’re like most people, you probably love to willingly put yourself in terrifying situations. It’s only human nature. So if you’re a fellow Halloween enthusiast and lover of all things creepy, gory, and gruesome, this is your perfect guide to all of New York’s best Halloween attractions.
1. Horror Film Festivals: One of the most fun and classic Halloween traditions is, of course, watching horror films. Lucky for you, there are multiple horror film fests happening around New York, showing both classic scary movies and premiering new films. One of the most popular festivals is FearNYC, which runs from October 27th-29th. Individual Tickets are $15 while a three-day pass is $125. Another place to view your favorite scary movies is the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival from October 12th to 15th. At this festival, you can see all four parts of horror classic Friday the 13th. For tickets and schedules, click here and here.
2. Merchant’s House Museum: For a more hands-on scare, consider checking out the Merchant’s House Museum, located between Lafayette Street and Bowery. The house is recognized as a historic landmark, lived in from 1835-1865. Named by The New York Times as “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”, this site offers many different attractions to satisfy your scary desires. Their many events throughout October include Mind Reading and Mysticism, Funeral Reenactments, and Candlelit Ghost Tours. Click here to plan your visit.
3. Blackout: If you’re really looking to give yourself nightmares, Blackout may just be the place for you. This immersive haunted house is not your average fright fest. It will mess with your head and leave you questioning what is real and why you agreed to this in the first place. The reviews for Blackout read more like some type of voluntary torture than a fun Halloween activity, so tread lightly. This haunted house will make you feel like you’ve suddenly found yourself in an episode of American Horror Story.
4. Giant Pumpkin Weekend: For something that’s a little more down to Earth, head to the New York Botanical Garden for Giant Pumpkin Weekend, October 21st and 22nd. Pumpkins from around the country, some weighing over a ton, are sent to the garden for everyone to view and enjoy. The weekend also features Q and As with the growers and a chance to get your picture with one.
5. Village Halloween Parade: Last but not least, a New York tradition everyone should experience at least once in their life, is the Village Halloween Parade. This October 31st marks the 44th annual parade, which will feature dancers, bands, artists, and creatures of all kinds. If you like you can even be a part of it, all you need is a costume. The parade goes straight up 6th avenue, from Spring St to 16th. The Village Parade is the perfect end to a perfectly spooky October.