Friday, October 24, 2008

Happening - Halloween Hauntings In New York

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and there are always tons of celebrations in New York. In addition to this year's 95th Village Halloween Parade (7pm from Spring Street to 21st Street along 6th Avenue) there are tons of other opportunities for every ghoul and girl (sorry had to do it!), regardless of age, to celebrate the season -

October 23-26th, 28-31st
Blood Manor Haunted House

542 West 27th Street(between 10th & 11th Avenues)
7:30pm-1am $25 (+ 3.50 handling) - when purchased via phone 877-340-3002
Blood Manor boasts 20 themed rooms of horror for kids 14 years and older.
The 5,000 square feet of terror includes nightmares in electrifying 3D experience.

October 25,29,27,30
Ghostly Tales & Tours at the Merchant House Museum
29 East 4th Street between Lafayette and the Bowery
Every 30 minutes from 6-10pm $25, $13 for members
7pm & 9pm Oct 31st -Story Telling Halloween Night $20, $10 for members
Reservations required 212-777-1089
This village house built in 1832 has been the site of 9 deaths and 8 family funerals and the perfect place for a spooky candlelit tour and storytelling on Halloween night.

October 25th
Central Park's Pumpkin Festival
Naumberg Bandshell, Cherry Hill & Bethesda Terrace
Enter the park from East or West 72nd Street
There will be a haunted house, hayrides, live music, a scaregrow design contest and the lighting of a 20ft Tower of Jack O'Lanterns as well as a pumpkin patch for picking (proceeds to benefit Camp Sunshine - a national retreat for children with life threatening illnesses)

The Nightmare Before Christmas Screening
Belvedere Castle (mid-Central Park @ 79th Street)
FREE - 6-8pm - For more info 212 772-0210
The screening of Tim Burton's moving will begin at 6:30pm, after dark of course, and refreshments will be provided.

October 25th & 26th
Annual Macabre Greenwich Village Walking Tour
Meet up at the Washington Arch on Fifth Avenue just south of 8th Street.
1PM - $15 - For info 212-242-5762
Explore and learn about the haunted past of Greenwich Village on this annual Halloween walking that traces famous murders and the footsteps of ghosts that are said to roam downtown Manhattan, including Edgar Allen Poe of course.

October 26th

Halloween Pumpkin Sail
The Charles A Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park @ 110 Street btwn 5th & Lenox Ave
FREE - 4-7pm - For more info 212 860-1370 or
There will be storytelling, crafts, music and candy and at sunset the carved pumpkins will be lit and set afloat across the Harlem Meer - you have to bring your own carved pumpkin ( 10lbs or less) and of course dress in costume.

October 30th
The Zombie Parade @ Delancey
The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street between Clinton and Attorney Streets
8pm - $10
Spend Halloween night rocking the undead with live bands before crowning of a Zombie Prom King and Queen. There will be drink specials, a raffle and costume contest. Proceeds will benefit Personal Space Theatrics, a non-profit theater company.

October 21-31; November 1-2,4-8
Nightmare: Bad Dreams Come True & Nightmare Legends
CSV Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, btwn Delancey & Rivington Streets
Super Haunt Ticket $30 and Express Entry $60
Bad Dreams Come True is a cutting edge, interactive haunted house experience and Nightmare Legends is a classic haunted house. Kids under 12 will not be admitted without a parent and kids under 7 will not be admitted.

October 31st
Ralph Lee's Halloween Extravaganza & Procession of the Ghouls
Cathedral Church of St John the Divine
112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, one block east of Broadway
7pm & 10pm - Tickets $15.00 - For info 212 316-7488
Join other ghouls for a screening of The Phantom of the Opera accompanied by ominous sounds of cathedral organ followed by the famous Grand Procession of Ghouls, a dramatic parade of puppets, creatures and special affects

Village Halloween Costume Ball
Theatre for the New City, 155 First Avenue at East 10th Street
8pm - $20 Costume or formal wear is required - Info 212-254-1109
Each year the Theatre for the New City transforms their multilevel space into a Halloween extravaganza for more than 1,400 masqueraders. A truly theatrical experience featuring sculpture, art, and live performances from more than 450 artists

October 31st; November 1st
The National Comedy Theatre's Halloween Spooktacular
347 West 36th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues
Shows 7:30pm & 9:45pm - $15 Adults/$12 Students & Seniors - For info 212 629-5202
Join this Halloween improv comedy show that has been described as Friday the 13th meets Whose Line is it Anyway?. Every year the show, which features Halloween-themed subjects, spooky games, promise a bizarre ending that will be discussed way pass Thanksgiving.

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