Halloween in New York City, Halloween NYC 2016

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Additional Information

Halloween is not a United States Federal Holiday.

Fun Halloween Facts

Halloween 2016 falls on a Monday; Halloween 2017 falls on a Tuesday; and Halloween 2018 falls on a Wednesday.

Americans spend over $6 billion dollars on Halloween costumes, cards and candy every year!

The Village Halloween Parade in NYC is the largest (and best) Halloween parade in the US.

 

Halloween in New York City - 2016

Halloween Fun in NYC for all ages

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No city does Halloween like New York City and if you're unsure what to do this October 31st, you've come to the right place. New York's Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is by far the largest city-wide Halloween event in NYC. Don't miss the official Halloween Village Parade After Party at Webster Hell - one of the biggest and best adult Halloween Parties in NYC! Bring your best costume to the streets and clubs of NYC and check out the best Halloween parties below. You could end up winning $5000 cash in a costume contest -- sure beats trick-or-treat candy! 

 



New York Halloween Parties & Other Fun Things to Do on Halloween in NYC

Whether you prefer parties or parades, you won't have any trouble finding fun things to do on Halloween in New York City. If you've got kids, consider taking them to the American Museum of Natural History, which opens 30 of its halls for arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin carving. If you plan on enjoying Halloween NYC with a date, think about visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which offers a special guided tour with a spooky "Scream" exhibit. But if you're seeking the best Halloween parties in New York City, here's our top recommendations: 

Webster Hell Halloween Party 2016

  • Webster Hell - The Official Halloween Parade After Party 2016 : Find your inner demon and dress it up for Webster Hell - New York's Biggest Halloween Party Ever - Guaranteed! This all-out wild night will be packed full with a cash money costume contest, awarding $5,000 to the best-dressed winner, a virgin sacrifice, ghoulish goblins meandering through the crowd, a blood bath basement dance floor and much more. Watch the Webster Hell party video and get a feel for how NYC parties on Halloween.
  • Joonbug's Mega Halloween Party Line-Up: Joonbug is New York's mega producer when it comes to the best of the best Halloween events and party lineup. Cocktails, Costumes and DJ's... Check out the party scene and experience world-famous record spinning, the likes of heavy-handed bartenders, fabulous crawls, and outrageous costumed party-goers.  Get your tickets early... check out Joonbug's listing of the most popular Halloween parties in NYC!
  • Wall Street Walks Ghost Tour: Take a guided tour of the most haunted neighborhood in NYC if you're feeling a little more daring this Halloween! There are tours every Friday and Saturday in October, as well as on October 31. Explore cemeteries, historic buildings and dark alleys in the Financial District of New York City!
  • SingleAndTheCity's Annual Halloween Singles Soireé @Stitch Lounge: What's better than a good NYC Halloween costume party? How about a sexy Halloween mixer where all attendees decked out in their 'barely there' Halloween "hotness" are SINGLE and ready to MINGLE? Party the night away at midtown hotspot, Stitch Lounge with 400+ singles in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. With drink specials, "Scary Movie" ice-breakers with the chance to win free shots, candy and a must-have mix of hip-hop, rick and dance music, it's no wonder this event sells out every year. Get your tickets while you still can and before ticket prices go up.
Webster Hell - The Official Halloween Parade After Party 2016

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Scary Halloween Party Costume Ideas

Looking for cool Halloween party costume ideas? Hoping to make an inexpensive Halloween costume from things around the house? You may want to think twice as the party goers in NYC know how to party and know how to put together a costume... So check out all the best Halloween parties in New York - and take the whole costume thing to a new level. In the creative mode? Consider disguising yourself as one of the following:

Ghosts - one of the most traditional Halloween costumes

Ghosts - one of the most traditional Halloween costumes

  • Member of Devo: This classic Halloween costume can be made fairly easily: for a suit, simply find a black shirt and black pants; for the multi-tiered Energy Dome hat, simply glue together several Styrofoam rings and then spray-paint them red.
  • Mark Twain: To make an authentic Mark Twain costume, simply don a white linen suit, a gray wig, and a bushy gray mustache. As Twain himself put it, "What can be more depressing than the somber black which custom requires men to wear upon state occasions? A group of men in evening clothes looks like a flock of crows and is just about as inspiring."
  • Cardboard Box Full of Kittens: One of the most creative Halloween costumes, the Cardboard Box Full of Kittens may be made with a cardboard box, some string, and an assortment of stuffed animals. This inexpensive Halloween costume is sure to be a hit.
  • Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head: To make this fun couples Halloween costume, cut arm- and leg holes in a brown garbage bag, glue on felt or paper facial features, and then stuff the garbage bag with packing peanuts or crumpled newspaper. We recommend wearing brown sweat pants and a dark undershirt, as well.

History of Halloween NYC

Half the fun of Halloween is building Halloween decorations!

Half the fun of Halloween is building Halloween decorations!

Traditionally a day of costume parties, haunted houses, apple bobbing, and prank playing, Halloween has its roots in the 10th-century Gaelic harvest festival Samhain, which celebrated the end of summer.  The name "Halloween," itself derived from the Scottish "All-Hallows-Eve," is first attested in the 16th century, but the holiday did not begin to take on any symbolic association with the occult for another 200 years. In fact, many Halloween traditions have developed only recently. The carving of jack-o'-lanterns, for example, arose from the souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls trapped in purgatory. The tradition was formerly associated with harvest time in general, and was not specifically associated with Halloween until the mid- to late 19th century.

Of course, Halloween is not simply a night of horrors; for many, the holiday continues to represent the culmination of the autumn season, and is celebrated with the display of pumpkins, corn husks, and scarecrows.