Thursday, October 23, 2014
Halloween Is Coming to New York City
Halloween is coming very near, and it's my favorite holiday of the year. Put that together with the simple fact that New York City is one of my favorite cities in the world, and you have a great place to spend a fall vacation. New York is one of the countries oldest and largest cities. It's history as a melting pot makes it one of the most diverse cities around and it's never sleeps attitude makes any holiday a lot of fun. Now, what do you do and where do you go? That's the question.
It's New York, so we've got it all. Tompkins Square is home to the Halloween dog parade. Here for a few hours, you can see folks having a great afternoon out with their favorite furry friends. It's a well known fact that for some reason, dog owners love to dress up their dogs for Halloween. It makes them feel like part of the family, even if the family is just a little touched. But, I say that you can never have too much fun on Halloween, so go for it.
The most well known event for Halloween in all the city is the parade in Greenwich Village. This is the biggest party in town with the best costumes, the best Halloween music and dancing and all the drag queens you can handle. Everyone that goes to this parade will have a good time. I mean everyone. It's one of those events that you cannot have a bad time at, I promise you. If you go to the parade, you should try and snatch up some of the last tickets to Webster Hell, the official afterparty of the parade, held at Webster Hall (just in case you didn't already get that). The party will take you well into the night and it's crazy fun.
If you don't like crazy, but you do like creepy, come on downtown to Manhattan's oldest neighborhood for a ghost tour. The Financial district is home to some of the most haunted sites in town (not to mention one of my favorite neighborhoods), and the walking ghost tour that is offered almost year round has the great stories to go with the haunted places. They have stories about George Washington, Aaron Burr, Trinity Church and it's massive cemetery, and even Federal Hall. It's a great way to get your geek on and enjoy the hauntings of the night. You'll learn a little history too.
If you want to do something a little different while in the city for Halloween, you should check out Roosevelt Island. They have a parade and a small festival for the occasion, but they also come with some really creepy history. Roosevelt Island was used for decades as a penitentiary, and an insane asylum. Take a tour over there and find out all the weird history that goes with the entire island, including the iconic Octagon, which is now luxury condominiums, but was once a notorious looney bin.
If you want to take the family to something that they will never forget, stop by the New York Botanical Gardens for the haunted pumpkin gardens. You never know what you'll find, but the last weekend before Halloween, you will find some of the biggest pumpkins in the world at their once a year special gathering. The whole place comes alive with pumpkin spiders, pumpkin skeletons, and many other things all pumpkin. The botanical gardens are a great place to visit with some of the most beautiful grounds I've ever seen, but it really becomes a lot of fun around Halloween.
Coney Island will be closing for the season this week and you don't want to miss out on the final hurrah. It's a lot of family fun at Luna Park's Halloween Harvest. There's pumpkin carving, rides, food and lot's of costumes for the kids to have a lot of fun with.
It's the Halloween Massive at Barclay's Center in Manhattan. If you want to dance, and have a great time with costumes and music, then here's your spot. This party always has top names in music, and draws a really fun crowd. It all starts at 7 on Halloween.
But, if you come to the city for the holiday, you might want to attend a party. They have so many that I couldn't list them here. Check online at the links I leave and see which ones you might be interested in. They are all over, lots of them are open to the public for a ticket fee, and all of them will be a really good time.
For you crazy partiers, there's the famous New York City Halloween Pub Crawl. Just show up with $20 at 5 pm at Public House, 140 E. 41st St., Manhattan or McFadden's, 800 2nd Ave., Manhattan. It's a great time for those who partake in the wines, ales, and liquors, and it's a lot of adult fun. This is one of the best parties roaming around town, just remember to drink responsibly.
So, whether it be by day or by night, with the kids, family, or rowdy friends; New York City is one of the most fun places on Earth to enjoy Halloween. Come see the city, pick a pumpkin, ride a roller coaster, see a parade, check out haunted history, go to a festival, dress up and go to a party, or get drunk while on tour. It's all possible in the one and only Big Apple.