Halloween is upon us and there is no shortage of fun and frightening things to see and do. #AffiniaHalloween is the #justright place to kick-start the spooktacular events. Here’s what’s in store at each hotel:
- Frightfully fun décor featuring pumpkins painted by local artists
- Custom colorable trick-or-treat bags for any Affinia Junior guest staying with us in the month of October
- Spooky dog treats for our VIPaws guests
- Social Sips featuring pumpkin beer at select properties* and pumpkin spice lattes at Fifty NYC
The fang-tastic times don’t stop there – there’s also plenty of Halloween must-do’s in and around New York City, and whether your interests are family-friendly or nightmare-inducing, our list has you covered.
Millions of tourists and visitors descend upon New York City during the Halloween season to take part in the endless list of spooky, silly and pumpkin spice-filled events. But combing the list and choosing what to do can be the most terrifying activity of the season! To eliminate any #HalloweenFOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) consider these 13 activities that will have your friends and family screaming with delight (and your Instagram followers moaning with jealousy).
For the more mature trick-or-treaters, the iconic Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is a must -- not just for Halloween 2015, but for your life’s bucket list. New York’s flashiest, most creative and most interesting personalities come out to haunt this downtown neighborhood. You can simply choose to be a spectator or even join in the fun! Either way, don’t be late or you will be clawing your way through the crowds for a spot. We recommend finding a spot along the parade route by 6 PM before the barricades close streets down and the crowding begins, and be sure to bring your costume game.
2. Webster Hell
If you’re going to the parade, chances are you’ll creep on over to what’s considered its official after party - Webster Hell. Held at the North America’s longest operating nightclub, Webster Hall. While it’s not known to be haunted, its hallowed walls have been home to bands and bandits since 1886. All four floors will thump with music and macabre in a spectacle that simply can’t be missed.
This student-produced experience, run by City Tech’s Theatreworks, is a high-tech, completely immersive fright fest. Sensors track audience movement throughout the house, triggering lighting and sound effects, talking paintings and terrifying performances. While it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, it is a ghastly night out for just $8.
To close out their acclaimed Frida Kahlo exhibit, NYGB will host a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead celebration on October 31st, including family-friendly sights and sounds that are both educational and fun. Come in costume or have your face painted in a Mexican Sugar Skull style.
5. The Séance
Join 12 strangers and mentalist/magician Jason Suran for an intimate evening with the living and the very dead. This victorian-style experience walks you through the history of our fascination and successes in making contact with the other side. Inside Hook Magazine calls it “seriously eerie.” The Séance is perfect for those who love the scare without the gore.
Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema will host its third annual overnight horror movie fest starting with the cursed classic, Poltergeist, and other generational icons such as 1959’s House on Haunted Hill and Wes Craven’s Scream. Perks for attendees include discounted Uber fare, free cereal bar sponsored by POST Cereal, cocktails from Owl’s Brew and lots more. Tickets are $50 for the entire evening, but you must be 18 to party!
See and be seen where New York’s artsiest come to party down. The Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary and experimental art institute will host its annual Halloween Ball where you can hobnob with the community’s elite and their celebrity friends. Past guests include Chloe Sevigny and recording artist Robyn. Come costumed or tragically hip and dance the night away in Queens for just $15.
Here’s a reason to high-tail it to the beach on a fall day. New York canines and their human companions will gather at Rockaway Beach (Rockaway Freeway at Beach Channel Drive and 84th St) at 11 AM on the 31st for a Halloween pooch parade. You may just see Chihuahuas dressed as chickens and Pekingese as pirates. Whether you own a pet or not, it’s furry fun for the whole family!
Got kids (or a kid at heart)? Then get your tickets to Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo. To say they’ll be well-occupied all day is an understatement. Halloween weekend festivities center around a bat cave and include creepy crafts, treat stations, and close encounters with lions, lizards, and bears. Most of the day’s activities kick off at 11 AM, but get there early to beat the parking madness and scope out your preferred activities. Arrive costumed and ready for thrills! Children 2 and under get in free and family membership discounts are still available.
Mingle with New York’s singles (who are ready to mingle) when the smash hit interactive musical comedy/dating how-to comes to Joe’s Pub at The Public for Halloween. Dress in your most provocative and intriguing costume (if you dare) and register to participate in an on-stage blind date during this hilariously raunchy comedy and music show. It’s a $30 ticket that’ll make for an unforgettable (and wildly entertaining) night.
Rock’s newest supergroup features Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir along with John Mayer. The new ensemble will perform at MSG on Halloween as part of a 50th-anniversary tour of sorts that began this summer. Also accompanying the foursome on stage at MSG will be Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog’s Jeff Chimenti. For anyone with an appreciation for jam bands and classic rock, we suggest you break out the tie-dye, clear your schedule a buy a ticket. While it’s not being promoted with a Halloween twist, we bet Jerry Garcia costumes won’t be in short supply.
Practice your best zombie or Frankenstein march and join fellow ghouls and goblins for a marathon level bar crawl. During this 12 hour, neighborhood hopping crawl, you’ll find yourself downtown at the Village Pourhouse, in Midtown at Times Scare and everywhere in between. An All Access Pass is just $25 for drink specials and festivities at 14 different watering holes.
Electronic powerhouse, Skrillex, recently announced a Halloween show at Pier 94 with a killer line up including Marshmello, Sliink, and Vindata. For all you electronic fans out there, this is big news that will add some major BOOm to your holiday plans. Pre-sale sign up is now available, so what are you waiting for?
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