By Margaret Pepe
Assistant Features Editor
Halloween is only days away, and with all the excitement, you may have forgotten to get a killer costume, or make plans with your friends. Each year trends change and different costumes become popular, new haunted houses open along with different parties that attract people.
There are several events being held in the New York City to celebrate Halloween. This year’s events include:
Attend the Halloween Parade “After Party,” hosted by Webster Hall; all four floors of Webster Hall, with guest appearances by Suga Ray, Sean Sharp, and more. There will be a “Virgin Sacrifice,” on an unsuspecting guest, and a costume contest with a prize of $5,000 dollars. Tickets are available on Webster Hall’s website.
Candle Light Ghost Tours of Manhattans Most Haunted House
Take a 50-minute tour of the Merchant’s House in Manhattan.
This tour reveals the “dark past” of the Merchant family, and how they’re still “haunting” their house years later. The Merchant’s House is located on 29th East 4th Street between Bowery and Lafayette Street. This tour is available on Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. until Oct. 30.
Village Halloween Parade
Roughly 50,000 people take to the streets in a parade displaying their creative costumes. The parade is open to anyone interested in attending, but anyone who would like to walk in the parade must be in costume and makeup. The Halloween Parade runs up Sixth Avenue to 16th Street in Manhattan, from 7 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 31.
For those who missed the dog parade in the city on Oct. 24, it will be happening again on Oct. 31 in Tompskins Square Park at 12 p.m. Dress your fluffy friend up, or go see how everyone else dressed up their dogs.
Halloween Adult Scavenger Hunt
Who says scavenger hunts are just for kids? Starting at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, located on 8 East 36th Street in the city, this scavenger hunt starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. Winners will receive tickets to Shake Rattle and Roll, The Big Quiz Thing, Quiet Clubbing, and more.
Take a tour of the crypt at The Catherdral Church of St. John the Divine. The tour is available on Oct. 31, from 4 to 5 p.m., for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $20 with a student ID.
Dia De Los Terribles
Experience “Day of the Dead” rituals, photo galleries, live music, and — if you’re legal — an open tequila bar at the Wythe Hotel. The part will be taking place on Oct. 31, starting at 8 p.m. and lasting until 2 a.m. Tickets are $20.
If Halloween wasn’t weird enough for you already, go to a magic show. Watch magicians pull rabbits and doves and my soul out from their hats! The magic shows will be taking place at The Players Theatre, located at 115 McDougal Street in the city. The show will run every Monday at 8 p.m. until Dec. 28. Tickets are $15.
Tickets for these events can be purchased online, if not free. These are just some of the things that you can enjoy this Halloween!