How to Celebrate Halloween in NYC

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Find places to celebrate Halloween around New York this October, each with a different theme. Parties range from Harry Potter taking over the Met to the Annual Halloween Monster Ball in Midtown.

By Michael Muth and Avani Jurakhan

As Halloween nears, ghouls and ghosts aren’t the only ones roaming the streets. From the East Village to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there are plenty of events that will get you in the Halloween spirit. Whether you are easily scared or have a spine of steel, find
some freaky fun this October at these four events.

East Village Channels its Inner Halloweentown
Greenwich Village is home to thousands of New York City’s spookiest and spirited souls. For the 44th time on Oct. 31, lower Manhattan will be filled with wildly creative costumes, dancers and music for the annual Village Halloween Parade. If you make your own costume, you are free to participate: just meet on Sixth Avenue and Canal Street between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The 2017 theme is Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.

Harry Potter Casts a Spell on the Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a New York City staple, is bringing magic to the museum. The events company E.T.C. is leading a guided tour titled “Griffins, Goblets and Gold” that will transport you to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Tours will be held on Oct. 27, 29, 30 and 31 and tickets can be purchased on their website.

A Haunted Housewarming Party
Think the spookiest thing this October is that midterm you didn’t study for? Think again. Terrifyingly close to NYU, the Merchant’s House Museum is rumored to be inhabited by the ghosts of the building’s past owners, and what better time to greet the ghostly neighbors than this Halloween? From Oct. 26 to 30, stop by the spirit-infested manor located on 29 E. 4th St. to take a candlelight trip through the estate. Tickets are $10 for students, and a 50-minute tour each half hour from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The family is dying to meet you.

A Monster Mash in an NYC Scene
Go wild and let your inner demons loose. The Annual Halloween Monster Ball at Stage 48 calls all who want nothing more than to celebrate the craziness of the season to 605 W. 48th Street at 10 p.m. For those who are ready for a haunting night, this 21 and up party has a huge venue and scary music to remind you just how eerie Halloween is.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 23 print edition. Email Michael Muth and Avani Jurakhan at [email protected]