Throughout the month of October, there are tons thrilling events that celebrate the most frightening holiday of all, Halloween. So, to help you figure out how to best spend Halloween in New York, we’ve compiled a list of some of the marquee parties and haunted houses that you can’t miss. Just make sure your costume is all set and ready to go!
How to Celebrate Halloween in New York
Crypts of the Coliseum
For years, Blood Manor has been one of NYC’s premier haunted houses. This year, they decided to branch out to Long Island to present Crypts of the Coliseum at NYCB Live in Uniondale. Through Halloween, you can visit this 10,000 sq. ft. labyrinth. However, the whole experience is quite scary and interactive, so it isn’t recommended for those under 14, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Throughout this roughly twenty minute journey, you will wind your way through terrifyingly themed rooms, like a graveyard and morgue, that feature over 30 live actors. You will come across zombies, clowns and even the Angel of Death will pay a visit!
Afterwards, if you’re over twenty one, feel free to visit their “fear” garden where you can kick back with a local beer or two. If you’re looking for tickets, you can find them here. Just be aware that parking is limited and will cost you.
This October, head out to Hick’s Nursery in Westbury to attend their family-friendly, kid-centric Fall Harvest Festival. Not only do they have all the supplies and decorations you’ll need for Halloween, they also have tons of other amazing features like hayrides and Otto the Ghost!
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, you and your family can take a hayride down a spooky trail decorated with scarecrows, pumpkins, skeletons and more. Then, you can watch an animated children’s show that features Otto the Ghost and focuses on a story, called “Otto’s Special Pumpkin,” about friendship, family and Halloween.
Every weekend from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can even take pictures with Otto the Ghost. If you happen to work up an appetite, Hick’s Nursery has plenty of tasty fall treats like fresh picked (and candy) apples, fudge, apple cider, popcorn and roasted corn.
If you happen to grow your own pumpkins, you may want to consider entering their annual giant pumpkin contest. Lastly, admission is free, but they do ask that you donate some non-perishable foods that will be given to Long Island Cares.
Dia De Los Muertos
Make sure that you stop by Mesita, Rockville Centre’s top-rated authentic Mexican restaurant, on Saturday, October 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for their Dia De Los Muertos party. Admission is $25, which includes unlimited food tastings, tap beer and wine.
You will be able to experience Mesita’s fresh guacamole, salsa, tacos and churros. There will even be a fajita station! Special alcohol tastings will be provided by Modelo Negra, Modelo Especial, Don Julio, Espolon and Corona. Tickets can be purchased here.
Halloween in New York is unbeatable. If you’re looking for all of the best parties and events, you really can’t go wrong with these spooky options!