Things can get pretty weird in New York City at the best of times, but on Halloween all hell breaks loose. Literally. Put your scariest costume on and check out some of the best things to do this Halloween 2017 in NYC!

Village Halloween Parade

Village Halloween Parade, New York City

Scary is expected at the Village Halloween Parade


Manhattan’s legendary Village Halloween Parade returns to the streets for its 44th year. Expect madness en mass with hundreds of weird puppets, 53 bands playing all kinds of music, hundreds of costumed dancers, and even more New Yorkers dressing to impress in their scariest best! The Official Halloween Parade After Party at Slake NYC promises a total transformation of the club into a terrifying haunted mausoleum.

When: October 31, 2017. 7–10:30pm.


Island of Lost Souls: A History of Madness and Medicine on Roosevelt Island

Island of Lost Souls: A History of Madness and Medicine on Roosevelt Island

Journey to the Island of Lost Souls – Roosevelt Island


Take a two-hour walking tour through what was once a gruesome landscape of madmen and convicts. Roosevelt Island banished its plethora of unwanted souls to the island’s neo-Gothic asylums and penitentiaries to die slow and miserable deaths. If nothing else, this tour will bring to light our twisted tendency to hide away that which we don’t like or understand.

When: Tours run through December 3rd.


Did you know…

Halloween was born from the Pagan harvest festival, Samhain? On the night that blurred the boundaries between living and the dead, Celtic festival-goers would light bonfires and don ghoulish costumes to ward off evil spirits.

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

It’s barking mad at the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade!


See the dogs showing off their Halloween finery (whether they like it or not), and their owners competing for big money prizes at the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade – still going strong in its second decade! This K9-crammed spooktacular has been cited by CNN as “the largest dog costume parade in the world” but, let’s face it, no other city would be able to compete anyway!

When: October 21st, 2017 from noon to 3pm. RAIN OR SHINE.


MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball

MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball

Anything goes at the MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball


Past guests of the infamous MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball include the likes of Robyn, Ladyfag and Chloe Sevigny, so you know it’s a pretty big deal. The museum’s galleries will be open and showing special exhibitions, while costumed guests vie for attention in sci-fi themed outfits. The spacier the better at this futuristic fantasy night in Queens.

When: Saturday October 28th, 8pm. Tickets start at $18.


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Carve it up at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze! (Photo from


Over 7,000 glowing pumpkins make for a pretty spooky sight at one the tristate area’s most popular Halloween events – The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Intricately carved pumpkins become works of orange art, making for perfect pumpkin photos along the riverside near Van Cortlandt Manor. Don’t miss a spin on the 20-feet-wide Pumpkin Carousel, and be sure to snap a selfie by the jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty!

When: Sept 29-30, Oct 1, Oct 5-9, Oct 12-31, Nov 2-5, Nov 9-12, Nov 24-25.


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Becky Wicks

Becky Wicks

Itchy-footed writer Becky has lived and worked in London, New York, Dubai, Sydney and Bali. She started freelancing in 2010 and has collaborated with top brands such as Microsoft, GQ, TripAdvisor, Hello!, Tiqets, HTC, PayPal, eBay, MTV... the list goes on and on! Traveling is a way of life, and Becky has it down to a fine art!
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