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New York City is known as ‘the city that never sleeps,’ and since on Halloween we want to find (and be!) the things that go bump in the night, where better to spend the biggest spookfest of the year? NYC Halloween parties are huge - many of them drawing thousands of costumed New York denizens, so how do you find the parties you’d like to hit up? Whether you’re a local or visitor to the Big Apple, we at NYCTourist.com have created a list breaking down the hottest halloween parties in NYC this October.

Webster Hell Halloween Party (19+):

As host to the Official NYC Halloween Parade Afterparty, Webster Hell is easily the biggest spookfest in New York City. A halloween tradition since 1886, this Halloween party has been running for 128 years! Webster Hell party-goers can (and should) expect anything to happen. All four floors of Webster Hall are transformed into dance floors and stages for shows and spectacles. Webster Hell has also brought back a medieval tradition for its annual Halloweenfest - at midnight a Virgin Sacrifice is performed, so this Halloween party may not be for the faint of heart. Party goers can also take advantage of a $5,000 costume contest. Webster Hell boasts that this is the “king of all costume contests” - so don’t think a store bought costume is going to bring you home the gold. All the ghost and ghouls at Webster Hell bring their scariest, sexiest and most creative Halloween best - so expect to have to step-up your game to be considered for the grand prize. Make sure you get tickets before they run out!

  • Where: Webster Hall

  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 2013 8:00PM - Following the NYC Halloween Parade.

  • Who: Must be 19+ to attend. 21+ for VIP tables.

Wall Street Walks Ghost Tour (family friendly):

If late night drinkfests and intense parties aren’t your thing, don’t worry - there are other great ways to enjoy Halloween in New York City. If you’re looking for something more lighthearted, or are traveling with the family, these historical but fun tours are a great way to sneak in a bit of education (don’t worry, the kids won’t realize), while exploring NYC and getting in the Halloween spirit. Wall Street Walks Ghost Tour explores NYC’s most haunted and historic neighborhood, including graveyard visits and seldom explored alleys.

  • Where: New York City’s Financial District.

  • When: Every Friday and Saturday in October at 5:30PM and 7:30PM

  • Who: Great for all ages - anyone can enjoy.

NYC Halloween Parties by Joonbug (21+):

Joonbug hosts some of the most extravagant parties in New York City. This year their line-up includes the NYC Official Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl, Webster Hell, Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun at Culture Club, the Official Haunted Mansion Party and tons more. With so many huge events lined up, there’s a party for everyone’s taste. Get your fear on with Webster Hell, or if you’re feeling reminiscent for 80’s thrillers, head down to Culture Club. Joonbug’s parties are notorious for hosting world-famous DJs and attracting celebrities.  NYC Halloween parties by Joonbug also feature a line of halloween-themed cocktails and drinks. Whereever you decided to go, get in the seasonal spirit and dress up in your Halloween best!

  • Where: All over New York!

  • When: October 25th - October 31st, depending on the party.

  • Who: Most Joonbug parties are 21+.

Whether you need to follow up the New York City Halloween Parade with an awesome party, or are looking for something low-key and family friendly, NYC has something for everyone to enjoy the Hallowen festivities.