Halloween Fun for Adults in New York City

Halloween is not just for kids with these adult-only Halloween events.

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In New York City Halloween isn't just for kids. Halloween in New York City is an all-out celebration, featuring the world's largest Halloween parade, spooky haunted houses, ghost tours, cursed bars, and many other places to celebrate the holiday in each of the city's five boroughs. From scary stories and haunted houses to all-night-parties and costume cruises, New York City has tons of grown-up fun for Halloween. Put on your best costume (the adults dress up more than the children!) and head out for some adults-only entertainment with these Halloween events in New York City.

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Blood Manor

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If you want to be scared out of your wits head to NYC's Blood Manor haunted house. Throughout the 5,000-square-foot attraction there are rooms, hallways and mazes designed to terrify visitors. This is an attraction for mature audiences only, and is most appropriate for visitors 14 and up. Tickets are sold for one-hour entry windows and visiting the haunted house takes about 20 minutes. If you want an extra level of terror, try their Lights Out Nights (Note: New for this year if you don't want to commit to a time the last two hours of the evening have first-come, first-serve entry.)

The haunted house is open on select nights from October to November every year. Advance tickets are $35 + $3.50 handling fee. Tickets at the door are $40. Advance R.I.P. Express Entry tickets are $55 plus handling fee and allow express admission anytime on a given night. At the door these tickets are $60.

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Watsons' Adventures Halloween Scavenger Hunts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
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Explore Greenwich Village with a flashlight while visiting the neighborhood's haunted buildings and cemeteries on The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt. In 2019 there are hunts on October 19 and 27, 2019. Tickets cost $24.

Or, sign up for The Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt and look for clues to solve the murder of the museum curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are multiple hunts open to the public in October and November. Check the calendar here. Tickets cost $39.

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Haunted Bars

Halloween Bars

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There are a number of bars and restaurants in Manhattan that are reportedly haunted (and have a history of ghost stories). You can visit the ghost of the sailor named Mickey at the Ear Inn in SoHo who has been waiting for his clipper ship to return for hundreds of years. At the White Horse Tavern you can hang with the ghost of poet Dylan Thomas who reportedly died after taking 18 whiskey shots. All of the establishments are set in historical buildings and give a whole new meaning to the term "neighborhood haunts." And there will be lots of costumed party-goers alongside you.

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Halloween Bash at Webster Hall

Rilo Kiley, Webster Hall, New York, NY - May 27, 2005.

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Every year Webster Hall throws a huge Halloween party, and this year it will be in the form of a musical performance. On Saturday October 26, 2019 Zach Jones & the Tricky Bits will do a show entitled, "Jukebox the Ghost presents HalloQueen." Expect partygoers to be dressed all out in elaborate costumes and milling around the venue's four floors. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

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The Monster Ball

The Monster Ball bills itself as the city's "Biggest & Scariest" Halloween Party, and it might be true. Thousands of scantily-dressed millennials will descend on Stage 48, an events venue in Hells Kitchen, to take shots, flirt, and dance the night away. The theme this year is angels and demons, and partygoers will certainly be identifying as one or the other. Expect scary surprises, adult-only treats, and lots of debauchery. The event has sold out for six years in a row so get your tickets early. The main party takes place Saturday October 26 and tickets ranger from $25 to $995.

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