GO’s Halloween Picks!

The VERY BEST of NYC performance, comedy, theatre and special events.


New Yorkers are often outrageous, creative and scary, but during the annual Village Halloween Parade, they’re actually trying. Ogle the spectacular costumes and menagerie of giant puppets, or participate in the riotous procession of frightful fun at the largest public Halloween celebration in the country. Fight the crowds and score a prime viewing location somewhere on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street from 7–10pm on—you guessed it–the 31st of Oct.

Enjoy “spooktacular” family fun at the 18th annual Halloween Pumpkin Sail at Central Park’s Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Bring a carved jack-o’-lantern (10 pounds or less) for New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla.  As the sun sets on the Park’s west side, illuminated carved pumpkins will be magically set afloat across the Harlem Meer.  Fun crafts, storytelling, and other activities are also planned for this unique family celebration of Halloween.  Costumes encouraged!

Be prepared to be scared s***less as NIGHTMARE returns to possess venues across all five boroughs, now through Nov 3.  This sprawling haunted house event combines urban horror with a visceral interactive theatricality. This year’s theme is “Ghost Stories,” and NIGHTMARE will now feature The Maze, a brand-new, big, spooky labyrinth designed to disorient and unsettle even the most intrepid navigator. On Oct 13, don’t miss NIGHTMARE: BACKSTAGE, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the haunted house, a panel discussion, demonstrations and an insider tour with its creator and designers. Visit hauntedhousenyc.com for a Nightmare near you.

Oct 26, prepare yourself for a night of high-energy Halloween-themed performance as Witches in Bikinis treat The Cutting Room’s crowd to the 3rd Annual WIB Halloween Ball. This scantily-clad Brooklyn-based pop/rock/performance group blends horror, sci-fi, and surfing into a unique rock ‘n roll experience. Get ready for tons of music, including special guests Heavy Weather and the Octomen, plus crazy costumes, devilish drinks, food, dancing and more!

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