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A New York Halloween

October 22, 2021 | 4 min Read

Halloween is back! While many events were canceled last year due to COVID, New York is ready to celebrate. We have a few picks of unique-to-New York ways to celebrate Halloween.

The Village Halloween Parade

The Village Halloween Parade is ready to rock and roll this year after a hiatus in 2020. The annual parade has raised enough funds and secured permits to bring back to life one of New York’s most creative and best loved processions. Every year zombies, ghosts, witches, Frankenstien’s and more hit the streets of the Village in a big parade. This year the theme is “Let’s Play” which is in honor of the children of New York as well as our own inner children. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume but also to wear masks. The parade route is on 6th avenue from Spring Street. 

October 31, 2021 7:00 pm 


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is on alight this year! Over 7,000 hand carved pumpkins will be on display at this annual Jack O’Lantern extravaganza where pumpkins transform into an odyssey of creatures and scenes. There are two locations to witness the fun and magic. The Hudson Valley Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor and Long Island at Old Bethpage Village. The Blaze at Hudson Valley will treat visitors to a New York City streetscape and an immersive river walk experience.  Long Island will have a new sea monster and other ocean-inspired creatures along with an 80ft circus train. Purchase tickets online and in advance. 

Pumpkin Flotilla

Central Park has some spirited family friendly Halloween activities this year, but the main event is the Pumpkin Flotilla on October 28. Visitors are welcome to bring their own pre-carved pumpkins to participate in the grand flotilla of over 50 pumpkins. The Jack O’lanterns will sail across the Harlem Meer at dusk, lighting up the water with their designs. In addition to the flotilla, there are ghoulish crafts and all kinds of Halloween entertainment for the whole family. Costumes are encouraged at the flotilla. 


Pumpkin owners may collect their creations after the flotilla ends at 6:30pm from the Harlem Meer beach near Fifth Avenue and East 108th Street


October 28, 2021 

4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Central Park

Halloween Orchestra Concert


If spooks, frights and pumpkins aren’t your jam, the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra has you covered with an evening that celebrates both classical music and the spirit of Halloween. The orchestra will open it’s 2021-2022 season with a Halloween- inspired concert at St. Ann ‘s Church in Brooklyn. The concert will feature the work of renowned concert pianist, Konstantin Soukhovetski; Metropolitan Opera Bass Mikhail Svetlov will give voice to the Prince of Darkness, while Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will be the host during the Prologue to Mefestofeles. Purchase tickets online. 


Saturday, October 30, 2021

7:00 -8:30 PM

St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church Garden

157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pumpkin Decorating Party

At Industry City, a boutique area in Brooklyn of shops and restaurants, each year there’s a large pumpkin display with heaps of gourds to take selfies in front of and get you in the fall spirit. This year they’re hosting a socially-distanced pumpkin decorating party. A $10 ticket will get you a table and pumpkins plus decorating materials. Party-goers enjoy warm cider and a goodie bag. There’s also an outdoor bar for parents with plenty of Halloween themed cocktails.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

11am – noon

220 36th St

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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