Written by on 27.09.22

The change of seasons is here, and after an oppressive, hot and humid summer, it’s time to turn  thoughts to cooler weather and to spooky times as Halloween approaches.

For a great and free night out, the 49th annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade takes place on Monday, October 31 2022 at 7pm.  Pick out your favorite costume and join the procession which makes its way up Sixth Ave. beginning at Canal St. and ending at 15th St. The theme of this year’s parade is “Freedom.” The Brooklyn United Marching Band with special surprise guests serves as Grand Marshall. They’ll be kicking it off with a performance of Jon Batiste’s song, “Freedom.” which gives you an idea of one possible surprise guest. It’s free to march in the parade, but it is mandatory to be costumed. The procession lines up at Sixth and Canal and starts moving at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You can join the line there or at East Broome, Sullivan, and Canal. If you’re viewing, it gets very crowded along Sixth between Bleecker and 14th St., so try between Spring and W. Houston, or between 14th-16th St. For more info, check out halloween-nyc.com.

Haunted houses aren’t just meant to be in dark, quiet places in the middle of nowhere. Some of the best ones are right here in New York City. Try Blood Manor, New York’s scariest haunted house. Blood Manor features rooms like The Crypt, and events like Lights Out Nite, Maggot Invasion and The Wake. It’s 5000 sq. ft. of horror, but if you’re under 14 you must be under adult care. Blood Manor is located at 359 Broadway near Franklin.

One of the most interesting and fun events may be a short way out of town, but it is definitely worth the trip. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze takes place this year in two locations, at Van Cortlandt Manor along the Hudson River, and at Old Bethpage on Long Island. You’ll see 7,000 glowing, carved pumpkins on display along with flying ghosts, and the headless horseman may make an appearance. The Hudson Valley event runs through Nov. 20th in Croton-On-Hudson, and the Old Bethpage Village event ends on Nov. 6. Tickets are $32 for adults and 24 for children aged 3-17. The event takes up to 90 minutes to get through, and features lots of special effects to go along with the blazing pumpkins.

Many of the riverboat and cruise companies have Halloween cruises around Manhattan that run on various nights through the beginning of November. There are kid cruises in the day and evening cruises for adults. Special Midnight cruises are featured on Halloween.

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