The Very Best of NYC Halloween

Killers 2, Village Halloween Costume Ball, 40th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and more scary events

Are you looking to get scared—I mean really scared? Then Killers 2 may be right up your dark, deserted alley. It’s a theatrically-flavored, interactive experience that is bound to keep you up late at night. After its first successful outing last year, the terrifying haunted house returns to the Clemente Solo Velez Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side from Sep 28 through Nov 3. Prepare to feel your heart race and your body tremble.

And on the big night itself, you can join over 1,000 revelers at Theater for the New City as they celebrate Halloween in true style with the annual Village Halloween Costume Ball. This party celebrates the creative spirit of the Lower East Side with avant-garde theatre, a costume competition, dancing and more.

Of course, you can also celebrate Halloween night the classic way with the 40th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Year after year, parade-marchers outdo themselves with creative, political and humorous costumes, many of which make commentary about the year’s most notorious events. There is also some gorgeous puppetry and the traditional Michael Jackson-inspired “Thriller” group dance. The best part: It’s free! Last year’s parade was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, so participants really need to feel some love from the crowd this time around. The parade runs on Sixth Ave between Spring and 16th Streets.

For almost 20 years, The Killing Kompany has been putting on humorous murder-mystery dinner theater shows, and what better time to see such a show than during the Halloween season? On Oct 25, the troupe will be performing Murder at the Halloween Ball at Riccardo’s in Astoria. Get ready for a fun evening where you, the audience member, are an active part of the production.

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