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 and head out for some adults-only entertainment with these Halloween events in New York City.
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.
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 $50 plus handling fee and allow express admission anytime on a given night. At the door these tickets are $55.
Creep into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine's crypt with Cathedral Guides as part of the annual Crypt Crawls tour. Learn the origins of Halloween as a celebration of the New Year by Celtic peoples and trace its later transformation into All Hallows Eve, a holiday celebrated by Pagans. Tours are offered on the Friday and Saturday before Halloween, and tickets are typically upward of $20.
Explore Greenwich Village with a flashlight while visiting the neighborhood's haunted buildings and cemeteries on The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt. There are hunts on October 26 and 27, 2019. Tickets cost $24 and the hunt begins at 6 p.m. on the 26th and at 5 p.m. on the 27th.
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. The scavenger hunt starts at 5 p.m. on October 26, 2019. Tickets cost $45.50 and includes museum admission.
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 or the specter of the poet Dylan Thomas at White Horse Tavern, where he 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."