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.

Boo at the Zoo
The Bronx Zoo
Dates: Weekends September 30 to October 29, 2017, plus Monday, October 9
A favorite Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo, is back at the Bronx Zoo, weekends in October, including Columbus day. Stop by for music, magic, and fun facts about our favorite animals that are surrounded by Mystery and Mischief. Take a look at the schedule of events and plan a trip with the whole family.
Location: Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road (second entrance at Southern Boulevard and East 182nd), Bronx, NY


  • Click here for THE deepest discounts around!!!!!!!
  • Purchase the “Total Experience Ticket” as it provides general admission PLUS unlimited access to special rides and attractions.
  • Visit on Wednesdays when admission is “Suggested Donation Day" or pay what you wish.
  • Buy your tickets online and save 10% and avoid the lines! You'll also get UNLIMITED access to Dinosaur Safari ride, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Butterfly Garden, Children's Zoo, Zoo Shuttle & Wild Asia Monorail.
  • If you are planning to visit this zoo twice or in combination with another city zoo or the aquarium, you should DEFINITELY become a member to save BIG. A Dual Zoos Plus membership is $129.99 and allows free entry for two people for one year to the 4 zoos and includes access to all Bronx Zoo attractions. A Family Zoos Plus membership is just $199.95 and entitles you to unlimited free admission to ALL four WCS WILDLIFE PARKS (Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo) for two adults and four children plus unlimited free Bronx Zoo attraction passes (these can be pricey). There are several other membership categories that include free parking and more! Consider that the Bronx Zoo charges $36.95 for "Total Experience" tickets for adults. Seriously, this is NOT a cheap zoo, so it really PAYS to join. You simply can't see everything in a day and your pass will allow you and your family to return again and again for a very low price.
  • If you are a Optimum Rewards member (you purchase your telephone, computer and cable services from Optimum), purchase your Bronx Zoo tickets online and receive a discount of 20% on your admission to the zoo. Log on to optimumrewards.com for more details.
  • The Bronx Zoo offers year-round discounts to any U.S. military active duty or reserve member when they present a valid military ID at the admission's gate. Discounted tickets are available at the admissions booths only--not online. They'll receive a FREE Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket and 50% discount for up to 3 family members included in the same admissions transaction.
  • Prices in the Winter are cheaper. Check it out online.
    Use your AAA card (Automobile Association of America) to save up to 20% when purchasing tickets online via the AAA site.
  • AFSCME AFL-CIO Union Members receive a discount.
  • Iona College students and faculty receive a discount.
  • Get discounted tickets (both zoo and rail) when you take the Metro North Railroad.

    Scarecrows and Pumpkins at
    The New York Botanical Garden
    Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    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! Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—once again arrive at the Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Meet the growers to learn more about the growing process during Q&A sessions and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds, on display through October 31.
    • 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

    Ghouls & Gourd at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Saturday, October 27, 2017, Noon

    This jam-packed day of kid-friendly games, workshops and performances could honestly be just as fun for parents too. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is just one of the many gorgeous attractions inside the serene Prospect Park, and for an entire day they'll be hosting Ghouls & Gourds -- a Halloweekend festival that'll change up the usual brunch and playground activities you have lined up for the little ones. World music, a cappella and marching performances keep 'em wiggling and grooving, and later there will be a ton of crafty activities and author signings that'll have you ready for nap time when it rolls around. Everyone get their costumes ready! There'll be a costume parade and drum circle at the end of the day.

    • The BEST discount around is here!
    • Show your Cool Culture Card and gain free admission!
    • AAA members (Automobile Association of America)receive a 10% discount at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's gift shop with a purchase of $25 or more.
    • If you show your New York Pass, 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.
    • Check out Goldstar Events as they often feature deeply discounted admission tickets to the gardens as well as discounts to their their special events.
    • If you are visiting the Botanical Garden as a family or group, or you plan to visit a lot, you should DEFINITELY become a member to save BIG. See information below.
    • Members of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, or any of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program, enjoy free admission all the time. BEFORE you visit, visit their website (www.ahs.org) to see if your hometown botanical garden is a member! There are lots of members all over the United States. You’ll save big!

    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 21, 2017, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Rain or shine).
    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 everything 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. Log on to://www.tompkinssquaredogrun.com for more information.

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