The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in NYC

Halloween in NYC is a delightfully haunting and hellish affair. From the world's largest Halloween parade (as well as one designated just for costumed pooches) to spooky haunted houses, and from ghost tours to haunted bars, have no fear (or, rather, plenty of it!) – we've outlined the ultimate guide to Halloween in Manhattan right here. Plus, we've selected the very ​best Halloween costume shops in the city, so you can dress to impress your fellow ghouls and goblins and slip right on into the fright night fun.

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    Village Halloween Parade

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    Everyone loves a parade, and ghosts, goblins, and other assorted ghouls are no exception. Nowhere in the world does Halloween bigger and better than NYC, thanks to Manhattan's legendary Village Halloween Parade, now in its 44th year. Plus, gain deeper insight into the parade, with this "Manhattan Like a Local" Q & A with parade director Jeanne Fleming.

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    Halloween Haunted Houses

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    Encounter things, oh-so-many terrible things, that go bump in the night at this quartet of haunted houses that are currently bringing terror to Manhattan. Ghosts, zombies, demons, and the rest of the ghoulish gang wander the corridors of these spooky attractions alongside guests, weaving together hellish scenes primed for Halloween chills and thrills.

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    Halloween Costume Shops

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    You'll want to get into the "spirit" of things and dress to impress your fellow hell-raisers on Halloween night. Here, we've rounded up 5 of the best Halloween costume shops in NYC, so that you can undergo your scary/silly/sexy transformation stat!

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    Haunted Bars

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    Head to these four reportedly haunted Manhattan bars where you can pair your alcoholic spirits with those of the otherworldly ilk. All of the establishments are set in historical buildings, and give a whole new meaning to the term "neighborhood haunts." Cheers (and fears)!

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    Spooky Ghost Tours

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    NYC can seem awfully crowded—and that's not even counting the many "unseen" inhabitants who are said to roam our ranks. Encounter these ghostly gangs, and uncover Manhattan's many mysteries and hair-raising history, while out on one of these spooky ghost tours of NYC. Each are sure to "tour-ture" you with some frightening fun!

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    Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

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    Humans aren't the only ones who like to undergo transformation and howl at the moon on Halloween night! To check out some of these adorable and creepy canine critters at their costumed best, hoof it to the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, now in its second decade, which has been cited as "the largest dog costume parade in the world" by CNN.