Freaky Fun Activities to Do on Halloween
What makes Halloween special in New York City are not the flashes of orange and black in the window of every store, and not the fake cobwebs that inevitably get caught in your hair as you walk through the door to buy your costume. Neither are the toddlers that are adorable until they knock on your door for the twentieth time asking for candy, nor the trick-or-treating until you are tired of pretending that you are young enough to be doing it. These ordinary experiences are common everywhere on Halloween, and New York City is no exception, but as with almost anything, the city’s ways of celebrating are well above average.
There are haunted houses from Blood Manor to Boo York. There is the Village Halloween Parade for you to show off your costume, and there is also one in Tompkins Square for your dog to dress up too, whose getup is most likely cuter than yours. At Ricky’s, though, you might just find the thing to wear that will win you the $5,000 prize for best costume; and if you can’t find your perfect match there, try Frankie Steinz. If that is a bust, head over to Abracadabra. If that is not your cup of tea, make your way down to Screaming Mimi’s. The city does not disappoint in terms of activities on Halloween.
As Halloween rolls around, pumpkin returns as a seasonal flavor, provided that you still like the taste of it after all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes you have had at Starbucks. Pumpkins, both in their decorative and edible forms, have a great influence on this season. For the artistically inclined, there are pumpkin carving competitions in Tribeca. Glen Oaks Farm and Decker Farm, in Staten Island and Queens respectively, are both pumpkin patches that stretch along for hundreds of rows from which you can choose the one you want to carve. When your carving job is inevitably not as good as you thought it would be, the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers duo in Bushwick can custom-make any intricate design for you. The Botanical Gardens boasts hundreds of 1,800-pound pumpkins among their plants and scarecrows if you want to visit. Whether you find yourself in the Bronx or in Brooklyn, the Empire State Building’s light show can be seen, with flashes of color pulsing to the beat of hit Halloween tracks. The Halloween spirit is on full display in all five boroughs.
The New York City streets make for an entertaining night even if you’re just wandering along the Haunted High Line. The diverse array of activities available on Halloween night provide as much entertainment as anyone could hope for. However, it is the people of the city who are responsible for the night’s memories. There is a sense of freedom always present in the city that’s amplified on Halloween night among the wild crowds and jack-o-lanterns. Even without parties or haunted houses, laughing through the streets with your friends can also easily make a fulfilling night. Go grab them, and a costume, and face everything that New York City will throw at you on Halloween night.