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Halloween Fun in New York City

More 2012 Halloween Parties and Events for Kids and Adults (and Dogs)


Halloween Fun in New York City
It's Halloween fun for the whole family (including your little dog too) at these beloved NYC Halloween events.

Note: Check our list of New York City Subway Service Changes for Halloween Weekend to find out which trains are being rerouted so you don't get stranded on Halloween night.
  • The Nation's Largest Dog Halloween Parade

    Your dog can win you an iPod this Halloween. On Saturday, October 20, 2012, hundreds of costumed canines and thousands of spectators will march on Tompkins Square Park to participate in the country's largest Halloween parade for dogs. In 2012, the pooches will be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes (categories include Best in Show, Best Owner & Dog Costume, and Best Trick).

    See the photos of dogs in Halloween costumes on parade at previous Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade events (plus more cute costumed canines and even more Halloween dogs).

    Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade
    When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 from Noon to 3:00 pm
    Where: First Run is located inside NYC's Tompkins Square Park near the entrance at 9th St. and Avenue A. Take the L to 1st Avenue.
    Admission: Price of admission is a $5 raffle ticket (proceeds go to support the park's dog run).
    For more information, please visit www.FirstRunFriends.org

  • Halloween Howl

    Can't get enough of adorable dogs in Halloween costumes? Uptown pooches will be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes (categories include Best in Show, Best Owner & Dog Costume, and Best Trick) in Carl Schurz Park on Sunday, October 23. Check out our photos of the Halloween Howl event in Carl Schurz Park.

    Halloween Howl Dog Halloween Costume Contest
    When: Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Where: Carl Schurz Park at East 86th Street and East End Avenue, hockey and basketball court
    Admission: Free.

  • Ghostly Tales and Tours at the Merchant House

    The old Merchant's House in the Village was built in 1832 and has been the site of nine deaths and eight family funerals. Take a spooky candlelit tour of the old mansion or join storyteller Anthony Bellov on Halloween night to hear spine-tingling tales of the spirits rumored to walk the halls.

    Halloween at the Merchant's House Museum

    Where: Merchant's House Museum, 29 East 4th Street between Lafayette and the Bowery

    When: Candlelight ghost tours take place October 25, 26, 27, 29, and 30 The 45-minute tours run every half hour between 6 and 10 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, October 28, you can attend a re-enactment of a 1865 funeral and accompany the casket to Marble Cemetary (rarely open to the public) for a tour. On October 31, hear Spine-Tingling & True: Ghost Stories of the Merchant's House Museum in the haunted parlor.

    Directions: Take the N,R to 8th St., the 6 to Astor Place, or the F,B to Broadway/Lafayette
    Admission: Ghost tours are $25-$30, $15 for members. Reservations are required. The funeral re-enactment and cemetery tour is $40 general admission, $60 reserved seating, $15 for members. The storytelling event on Halloween night is $25, $15 for members. Contact 212-777-1089 for more information.

  • Ralph Lee's Halloween Extravaganza & Procession of the Ghouls

    Visit the magnificent Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for an evening of thrills and chills on Friday, October 26, 2012. Enjoy a screening of the classic 1922 film Nosferatu, accompanied by the ominous sounds of the magnificent cathedral organ. The film is followed by the famous Grand Procession of the Ghouls, a dramatic parade of fabulous puppets, creatures and special effects.

    When: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7PM and 10PM
    Where: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway.
    Getting There: 1 or 9 train to 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway. M4, M104 bus to Broadway and 112th Street or M11 to Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street.
    Tickets: $20
    Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 212-316-7490.

  • The National Comedy Theatre's Halloween Spooktacular

    The National Comedy Theatre's Halloween Spooktacular is an annual Halloween improv comedy show described by producers as "sort of a combination of Friday the 13th meets Whose Line is it Anyway?." Every year, the show features Halloween-themed subjects, spooky games and an ending that is promised to be "so bizarre that it will be discussed until Thanksgiving."

    The National Comedy Theatre’s Halloween Spooktacular.
    Where: National Comedy Theatre, 347 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
    When: Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2012. Shows at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm.
    Getting There: Take the A,C,E to 34th St. and 8th Ave.
    Tickets: $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 212-629-5202 or visit the National Comedy Theater's web site.

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