With its endless options for nightly entertainment and overwhelming seasonal events, New York doesn’t provide any easy answers to the question: What should I do on Halloween? Luckily, we do have the answer to just that question, with an edited line-up of the city’s best holiday events. If you’re tired of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and you can’t face the prospect of another year at your coworker’s dreadful (in a bad way) Halloween party, here are the best Halloween parties and events to keep you spooked and entertained on October 31.
Go on a ghost tour
With 8 million people living in New York, and hundreds of years of crazy, violent history, it should come as no surprise that the city is home to its fair share of ghosts. If you’re too afraid to explore some of the city’s famed haunted spots on your own, sign up for a guided tour operated by New York’s best spectral experts like the Haunted Broadway Walking Tour or the app-based Tales from the Grave tour of Greenwich Village.
Hit up happy hour at a spook bar
Beetle House, the year-round homage to Tim Burton’s macabre oeuvre, doesn’t need to dress up for Halloween. Drawing inspiration not just from Burton but also Hitchcock and Bram Stroker and a host of other horror icons, the bar is decorated with tongue-hanging-out-of-cheek goth fun. Order up the especially autumnal cocktail called This Is Halloween (Fireball, Sour Apple, Pumpkin Liqueur, Apple Cider) and soak in the ambiance.
308 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003