'Tis the Season to be Spooked: Halloween in NYC

As students living in New York City, we all know there are a countless number of events around us to celebrate the scariest holiday of the year. Here is a compilation of a few of the most interesting Halloween events taking place around NYU. You can participate in these activities by yourself, with friends, if you’re over or under 21 – don’t be afraid to get out there! 

Blood Manor
 If you’re looking to get majorly spooked, this is the spot! Blood Manor, located in the Hudson Square District, describes itself as a “first class haunted house attraction comprised of approximately 5,000 square feet of themed corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways described to maximize one’s fears." Blood Manor is open most nights during the week leading up to Halloween. There’s no better way to spend an October night than shrieking in fear with a group of close friends.

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Candlelit Ghost Tours – Merchant’s House Museum 
This museum, former home of 19th century aristocrat Seabury Tredwell and his family, boasts the reputation of being “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times). History buffs and paranormal experts alike will relish in this guided tour that takes place every night from Oct. 26-Oct. 30. Warning: Rumor has it that the ghost of Gertrude Tredwell still roams around the abode and interacts with guests! Merchant’s House Museum is located on Fourth St. between Lafayette St. and Bowery. 

The New York City Horror Film Festival
Do you love watching the latest fear-inducing flick? From Oct. 26-Oct. 29, new independent horror movies will be screened at the Cinepolis Theater in Chelsea. Multiple short films are also included before each feature. Whether you’re going alone, with friends or with a date, getting scared is certainly more pleasurable when it’s in the safety of a dark and crowded movie theater. Whether by demons, vampires or zombies, your quench for gory horror will certainly be fulfilled. 

Annual Dog Halloween Costume Party   
To take a break from the blood and gore of the season, check out the Halloween dog costume party in Washington Square Park, NYU’s unofficial quad, on Oct. 29. From 12-2 p.m., dogs of all breeds and sizes will be dressed up and competing for prizes and treats! If you have a dog or just want to gush over puppies adorned in princess tiaras, you're sure to have a great time.  

Village Halloween Parade
Definitely the most famous of the bunch, the Village Halloween Parade will be hosting its 44th year in Greenwich Village this Halloween. This parade travels up 6th Ave. from Spring Street to 16th St. from 7-11 p.m. 50,000 people walk in the parade each year, so grab a costume and participate in the excitement! There is sure to be a large range of costumes. One thing is certain: Everyone will be looking their fiercest!

New York City is an exciting place to be during Halloween time. Whatever you decide to do, celebrating the holiday is a lively way to take a break from the daily stresses of midterms, jobs and schoolwork. Stay safe and enjoy Halloween!

Written by: Elizabeth Brill

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