New York City is famous for holiday extravagance, and Halloween is no exception. Whether a haunted house, jack o’lantern display or seasonal cocktail is what you’re looking for, there’s something in the city for every taste. Here’s your guide to Halloween in NYC.
Located in Tribeca’s neighboring Hudson Square neighborhood, this is the city’s scariest haunted house attraction. The 5,000 square-foot mansion is filled with creepy corridors, spooky staircases and secret labyrinths where zombies and ghosts will haunt your journey to the end. Buy tickets here to skip the, usually long line.
Blood Manor. 163 Varick St, New York, NY. (212) 290-2825
Between October 13th and 31st Randall’s Island is transformed into a world of horror. Your ticket gives you access to the hayride itself along with the House of Shadows (a terrifying haunted house) and Theatre Macabre (a ghoulish horror performance). This show is not for the faint of heart, and is sure to offer even the most stoic New Yorker a fright.
New York Haunted Hayride. 20 Randall’s Island Connector, New York, NY. (302) 751-5747
For those who prefer their pumpkins brewed rather than carved, it wouldn’t be fall in NYC without the sweet smell of pumpkin spice floating through the air. Fortunately one of the best pumpkin spice lattes in the city is made less than a block from the Duane Street Hotel at Laughing Man Coffee. Swing by this cozy shop to start your day, and you might just be lucky enough to run into its owner—Hugh Jackman.
Laughing Man Coffee. 184 Duane St, New York, NY. (212) 680-1111
Believed by many to be the most haunted place in NYC, Merchant’s House is the place to be for the paranormal activity seeker. Occupied by the Tredwell family for 100 years it’s said that the youngest member Gertrude, who died in 1933, haunts the halls to this day. Take the candlelit ghost tour and listen to firsthand stories of paranormal encounters from the very staff, visitors and neighbors who experienced them.
Merchant’s House Museum. 29 E 4th St, New York, NY. (212) 777-1089
The former carriage house of Aaron Burr (you know, the Vice President who shot Alexander Hamilton) is now one the most romantic, albeit haunted, restaurants in the West Village. Burr, along with his daughter and a host of other spirits—including a lady in black who broke her neck falling down the stairs—are said to walk the halls to this day. So come for the delicacies like foie gras, veal chop and beef wellington, and stay for the chance at an unforgettable encounter.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea. 17 Barrow St, New York, NY. (212) 255-8649