Halloween Fun:  
Free and Discounted Celebrations!

If you enjoy Halloween fun, then NYC is THE place to be.  From the best parade anywhere, to ghost tours and  cruises, you’ll have a memorable holiday.  There is a dizzying array of things to do, free, cheap, AND discounted.  Your biggest problem will be selecting what to do.

Halloween has catapulted into a huge holiday---and New Yorkers know how to enjoy it!  You will too.  Read on.

Love holidays?  Check out the great picks for ChristmasThanksgiving, Easter, and New Year's Eve, to name a few! 

Halloween Vacation Package in NYC!
Take advantage of great rates and special bonus features on this holiday weekend. The folks at NYC Vacation Packages, the only group dedicated to NYC, has organized a very reasonably priced Halloween Weekend for you. They get group rates and pass the savings to you.

Your Halloween Vacation Package in New York City Includes:
  • Accommodations for 2-nights or longer at a Manhattan hotel like the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel
  • Admission to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
  • Free admission to the Empire State Building Observatory, Museum of the City of New York or NY Water Taxi, Statue of Liberty Flex Pass
  • Free admission to the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art or Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • And more NYC discounts and inclusions
Rates from just $454.50.00 per person for 2-night complete package!!! Click here for details.

Halloween Party at Madame Tussauds' Haunted Wax Museum

Everyone may be dressed to impress and delight on Halloween night, but nobody knows who the real character is at this spooktacular party of faux glossy friends. Wax figures scattered throughout Madame Tussauds' bring an extra kooky spin to the madness that is Voss Events' ninth Halloween blow-out at the museum in New York. With over 85,000 feet of party space and eight massive floors of fun, you won't know where to begin your trick or treating. Not into the usual costume, booze and dance floor affair? This time around, expect a brand spanking new Ghostbusters haunted house, a presidential dance party, a special horror-themed show from Ru Paul's Drag Race contestant Willam Belli, a costume contest and more. This haunted wax museum embraces all kinds of gore and sass, so bring plenty of it and some dancing shoes over to Times Square. Click here for tickets and details.
Scarecrows and Pumpkins at
The New York Botanical Garden
Explore more than 30 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Celebrate the season by putting on a festive fall puppet show and having a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse. Guided activities feature making a sprout a seed necklace and exploring flowers, fruits, and seeds. Weekends bring interactive demonstrations featuring bats, reptiles, and other creepy creatures. Lots to do and perfect for kids of all ages! Also, you won't want to miss see HUGE pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—once again arrive at the Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth. Enhance the Halloween fun by meeting the growers and learning more about the growing process during Q&A sessions and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds, on display through October 30. Special program takes place October 22–23, 2016 with Q&A at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

  • MasterCard? Save 10% on All-Garden Passes when you purchase tickets online with a Mastercard.
  • Use your Cool Culture Card (coolculture.org) for free admission all the time!
  • Use your New York Botanical Garden membership card and gain free admission all the time. Highly recommended, see my information below—very important! If you become an individual member for $80, you can bring 2 guests, and get free parking. You can save in one visit. If you purchase a family membership, you can use it at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and a host of other gardens around the country. It's really a great buy!
  • Members of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, or any of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program (www.ahs.org --there are MANY of them) enjoy free admission all the time. BEFORE you visit, log on to the provided URL to see if your hometown botanical garden is a member! There are lots of members all over the United States. You’ll save big!
  • Buy a New York City Explorer Pass and admission is free!
  • Purchase a New York Pass, and admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Use your AAA card (Automobile Association of America) to save $2 on weekend adult all-garden pass tickets and $4 on weekday adult all-garden pass tickets.
  • Save when riding and purchasing a package through the Metro North Railroad

Halloween Fun: Village Halloween Parade! 

If you’ve never attended this parade, you must do it at least once.  It’s one of the most unique of all NYC Parades.  I'm convinced that some of the participants work all year on their costumes--they are unbelievable!

The October 31st parade begins at 7:00 pm and proceeds on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 23rd Streets.  You’ll see unbelievable costumes, dancers, and artists and hear lots of music!  Get there early for a good viewing spot as it gets very crowded.  Remember, you can participate in the parade too! Log on to www.halloween-nyc.com for details.

Tompkins Square Dog Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 22th, 2016, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Hosted by the Tompkins Square Dog Run on East 9th Street, this dog-centered parade brings locals and visitors for an all out fund time of everthing pooches. Bring Fido in his Halloween best to compete for best dog costume prizes. Owners like to dress up as well, often matching their four-legged friends. Come to  participate, or just to watch!  It's so much fun.

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