Offbeat New York

Halloween Happenings -- 2012

New York's Village Halloween Party

This year's Parade is on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
All Those in Costume are Welcome to Join Hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and Thousands of other New Yorkers in Costumes of their Own Creation in the Nation’s Most Wildly Creative Public Participatory Event in the Greatest City in the World.
Line-Up: For all those in costume is on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Alert ! ONLY enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring !

Live: On 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm - 10:30pm

We have several levels of Scary. Pick your level wisely!

Super Scary


KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE - a horrifying, immersive haunted house experience about our obsession and fascination with serial killers both real and fictional. KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE will run September 28 through November 3, 2012 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

According to their website... Visitors navigating the tormenting labyrinth of KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE will encounter various psychopaths, including Ted Bundy, Albert Fish and the Zodiac killer, among others – who are neither sexy or cool – but rather presented for what they are… scary as hell! Focusing on both the perpetrators and their victims, both historical and contemporary, KILLERS sets out to prove that the most haunting experiences are those that are real. There is nothing more frightening than the monsters that walk among us.

Open now through November 5th. For more information go to Nightmare

Haunted House

The first thing to know about this is that you have no choice but to walk through alone. It's an interactive experience that lasts approximately 20 minutes/person and you will be touched. In fact, just the rules are enough to terrify you, including You will be prompted to do certain actions. Please do exactly as you’re told. This is for your safety.
There is absolutely no speaking allowed inside. You can, however, scream as loud as you’d like. Do not ever touch the walls. You must wear a protective mask and carry a flashlight at all times. (We will provide both of these items for you. Please do not bring your own.)


Read more about Haunted House Blackout Haunted House is open through Halloween Night, Wednesday, October 31st.

Blood Manor

NEW for 2012... The full moon awakens the demons as the billowing FOG OF DEATH surrounds you in the GRAVEYARD OF THE DOOMED!
Beware your transformation in the VESTIBULE OF THE UNDEAD!
Not dead yet? Doesn't matter . Your autopsy has been scheduled in the RUE MORGUE
No one ever spoils in FROZEN ALIVE!
Enter a new dimension as you experience the all new LASER SPECTACULAR!
Your flesh will be crawling as roaches and maggots overrun HANNIBAL'S KITCHEN and the BANQUET OF TORTURE!
He needs spare parts- YOURS!- in STEAMPUNK!
Let your mind trip out as you sojourn through the all new 3D Labrynth.

Definitely NOT for children under 14. Even then, be cautious. No refunds will be issued.

The screams are bloodcurdling at Blood Manor. October 7 through November 5, 2011.

Kinda Scary

Merchant's House Museum

29 East 4th Street
Phone: 212-777-1089
Unless otherwise noted, all events require reservations and prepayment (48-hour cancellation policy). Thursday, October 25; Friday, October 26; Saturday, October 27; Monday, October 29; Tuesday, October 30
Candlelight Ghost Tours
Explore the Merchant's House by flickering candlelight and hear about strange and inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. The 50 Minute Tours begin every half hour from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 28, 3 to 5 p.m. From Parlor to Grave: 1865 Funeral Reenactment The parlors will be draped in black crape as we recreate the 1865 funeral of Seabury Tredwell. After the service, mourners are invited to follow the coffin to nearby New York City Marble Cemetery – rarely open to the public – for a tour. 19th-century mourning attire encouraged; black crape armbands will be provided.

Wednesday, October 31 - Performances at 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Spine Tingling and True: Ghost Stories of the Merchant's House Museum
Ghost-storytellers Anthony Bellov and Dayle Vander Sande will read selections from 19th-century horror classics, and tell of the many strange and supernatural occurrences at the Merchant's House Museum – in a parlor arranged for a mid-19th century funeral.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

421 East 61st Street between First & York
Halloween Murder Mystery - Friday, October 26, at 6:30pm & 7:30pm and Saturday, October 27, at 6:30pm & 7:30pm Based on the real mystery surrounding a reported discovery in the building, this fictional game begins with an unidentified skeleton, discovered in the Mount Vernon Mansion and hidden for 100 years under the floorboards. Who was killed? Was it an accident? It's up to you to crack this cold case. Solve puzzles and collect clues as you play detective. The perfect game for adults or families with children 8 and up.

Tickets: $25 adults, $15 museum members, $10 children under 12; reservations can be made by calling 212-838-6878.


The Always Popular Boo at the Zoo at Bronx Zoo

Boston Road and Bronx River Pkway
Bronx, New York
Phone: 718-367-1010
Weekends in October

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition! Come visit our bats, tiger cubs, and creepy-crawly critters and enjoy the crisp fall weather at the zoo. Take the family on a hayride, explore a Haunted Mansion, and enjoy music, magic and more. Treat stations around the park will sweeten your visit.
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