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by NYC Editor, 10/14/2008

 
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PR: Halloween in NYC

Contacts: Chris Heywood, NYC & Company, 212-484-1270, cheywood@nycvisit.com
Sarri Harper, NYC & Company, 212-484-1270, sharper@nycvisit.com

HIGHLIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN NEW YORK CITY

—City Businesses Prepare to Welcome Visitors and Couples with Special Offers and Promotions—

New York, NY (October 1, 2007)—While October 31 marks the official celebration, Halloween in New York City is an extended event. Starting midmonth with activities at the Central Park and Bronx Zoos, continuing with the New York City Horror Film Festival and culminating with the nation's largest public Halloween parade, the City offers residents and visitors of all ages the chance to take part in diverse festivities throughout the five boroughs.

Anchoring the celebration is the Village Halloween Parade, now in its 34th year. The parade—known for its diversity and free-spirited sensibility—draws approximately 2 million people to Greenwich Village and follows a route up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street. The parade is also known for its open-door policy; anyone in costume is invited to join. Staging begins at 6:30pm while the parade itself starts at 7pm.

"One of the best things about the Village Halloween Parade is that everyone can enjoy it. Whether you're watching or marching, the energy and excitement of it really comes through," said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, the City's official marketing and tourism organization. "But beyond the parade there's great events happening in all five boroughs. From ghost tours to scavenger hunts and other kid-friendly events, there's just no better place to celebrate the holiday."

Aquariums and Zoos

October 20 and 21 and October 27 and 28, the Bronx Zoo will host Boo at the Zoo (bronxzoo.com). A New York Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo is filled with activities, including magic shows, spooky stories, music, costume parades, storytelling, a hay maze, pumpkin painting and giveaways.

October 27 and 28, the Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo will host Boo at the Zoo (nyzoosandaquarium.com). Kids and adults can enter costume contests, meet wildlife, decorate pumpkins and more.

October 27 from 6–9:30pm and October 28 from 5:30–9pm, the Staten Island Zoo (statenislandzoo.org) will be the sight of Spooktacular. There will be shows, activities and plenty of Halloween fun for all.

October 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31, the New York Aquarium (nyaquarium.com) will have Halloween at the A-scarium. Learn about all about the monsters of the deep while you enjoy face painting, games, prizes and arts and crafts. Experience the thrill of the new "Haunted Pavilion" and the special 3D Halloween ride.

Cruises

October 27 at 9pm, the Circle Line Downtown (circlelinedowntown.com) will have a Halloween Costume Cruise. The cruise will be aboard the Zephyr and will feature a DJ, appetizer buffet and cash bar. The guest with the best costume wins a prize.

Film Festivals

October 24–28, the New York City Horror Film Festival (nychorrorfest.com) will take place at New York University's Cantor Film Festival.

Haunted Houses

During select dates in October, Blood Manor (bloodmanor.com) will host a haunted house that comprises approximately 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

October 27 and 28 from 4–7pm and October 31 from 4–7pm, Queens County Farm Museum (queensfarm.org) will have a Halloween Haunted House. The House is located in Floral Park and is filled with Halloween treats, hayrides, mulled cider and pumpkins.

Kid-Friendly Events

October 29 at 5:30pm, American Girl Place (americangirlplace.com) will have Molly's Halloween Party. Girls can dress up and bring a doll while enjoying Halloween activities and games from Molly's time, the 1940s.

October 31 from 4–7pm, BAM (bam.org) presents BAM BOO! This celebration in Brooklyn includes free outdoor activities, garden games, a costume contest and carnival performances.

October 26, Historic Richmond Town (historicrichmondtown.org), located in Staten Island, will have apple bobbing, puppet shows, games and more. Prepaid reservations are required.

October 28 from 10am–2pm, the Institute of Culinary Education (iceculinary.com) will have Make and Take Your Own Halloween Treats for parents and kids. You can prepare homemade Halloween treats to share with your friends and family with pastry chef-instructor Kathryn Gordon. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Museums

October 31 from 4–7pm, the American Museum of Natural History (amnh.org) will have a Halloween celebration. More than 30 of the Museum's popular halls will be open for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, fun with roaming cartoon characters and live performances.

October 31 from 4–7pm, Brooklyn Children's Museum (brooklynkids.org) will have Halloween and Harvest. Located in Brooklyn, the annual Halloween and Harvest Festival offers everyone an opportunity to touch live reptiles, make cornhusk dolls, get your face painted and sing and dance to live music (currently undergoing renovations).

October 29, 30 and 31 at 6pm and 8:15pm, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (mvhm.org) presents An Evening with Poe. Join acclaimed Poe re-enactor Kevin Mitchell as he reads from the letters and tales of the author who penned scary stories such as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." This event is appropriate for children over 10 years of age.

Parades

October 31 starting at 7pm, the 34th annual Village Halloween Parade (halloween-nyc.com) is held in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. The Parade features thousands of New Yorkers and visitors in costumes, hundreds of puppets, bands, dancers and artists.

October 26 at 7pm and 10pm, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (stjohndivine.org) presents a Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls. There will be a showing of the silent film feature The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari followed by the Procession of Ghouls.

Spas

Through October 31, Spa at Chelsea Piers (chelseapiers.com) will offer pumpkin pampering this month. Pumpkin is great for the body and helps to protect against heart disease and cancer and may even slow the aging process.

Tours and Scavenger Hunts

October 28 from 7–9pm, 92nd Street Y (92y.org) presents a Greenwich Village Ghosts Tour. Visit the ghosts of New York while they're most active in this after-hours tour of the Village. Venture to some of the City's most haunted spots, including the Old Merchant's House, the Astor Library, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a former potter's field and execution ground and more.

October 27 and 28 at 1pm, Joyce Gold History Tours (nyctours.com) will have a Macabre Greenwich Village Tour. The tour leaves from the Washington Arch and explores Greenwich Village.

October 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, tours start every 30 minutes from 6–10pm, Merchant's House Museum (merchantshouse.com) will have Candlelight Ghost Tours: "Mourning Becomes Eliza." Located steps from Washington Square, Merchant's House Museum is hosting Candlelight Ghost Tours. Eerily re-created scenes of 19th-century death will come to life by flickering candlelight, and ghost storytellers will relate true tales of "Manhattan's Most Haunted House." Reservations required.

October 26 and 28 at 6pm and October 27 at 6 and 9pm, Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts (watsonadventures.com) will have a Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt. Armed with a flashlight, you'll visit ghost-plagued buildings and secret cemeteries while learning the stories of the restless souls you might disturb. Advance reservations are required.

October 27 and 28 at 3:30pm, Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts (watsonadventures.com) will have a Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt. Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Advance reservations are required.

For more information about what's going on in the five boroughs, go to nycvisit.com.



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