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Fun Halloween Frights For All Ages in New York City

Where to get your spook on in the city that never sleeps.

NYC’s pumpkin day celebrations culminate Oct. 31 at the 43rd-annual Village Halloween Parade from 7-to-11 pm. Watch the pageant of thousands of elaborately costumed revelers, puppeteers, dancers, artists and musicians—or dress up and join them! Line up (in costume) at Sixth Ave. and Canal St. or watch live at 6th Avenue north of Spring Street to 16th Street. In addition to this spirited march, NYC has a Halloween bash for all ages, from a family-friendly dog costume parade to a booze-fueled masquerade ball. 

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May the best dog win at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on Oct. 22, where costumed pooches vie for best in show. On Oct. 30, the Washington Market Park Halloween Costume Parade and Party offers kids a fun opportunity for Halloween dress up. At Central Park’s Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, pumpkin carving is just one of the hands-on activities offered at the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla on Oct. 30.

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Nightlife group Dances of Vice plays host to its Phantasmagorey: The Haunted Ballroom costume party, complete with an absinthe parlor, on Oct. 29. Scream your way through the 5,000-square-foot Blood Manor, reputed to be one of New York’s most intense horror attractions. Dress up and enjoy drink specials on three Halloween pub crawls on Oct. 28, 29 and 31. Watch a screening of 1920’s silent horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” accompanied by a live organ and ghoulish tricks at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on Oct. 28.