Best Halloween-Themed Events In New York City

Revelers participate in the annual Village Halloween Parade on Oct. 31, 2013 in Manhattan. (credit: Getty Images)

Revelers participate in the annual Village Halloween Parade on Oct. 31, 2013 in Manhattan. (credit: Getty Images)

Halloween in America is one of the most popular holidays, and not just for kids. Here are New York City's five best Halloween-themed shows for 2014 sure to satisfy your fright night needs.

Halloween Parade in New York City Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village
6th Ave. & Spring St.
New York, NY 10013

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

New York City's Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village is one of the largest and most famous in the world. The parade lines up on 6th Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets and travels North on 6th Avenue to 16th Street. The parade is attended by over 2 million people. Listed as one of the "100 Things to do Before You Die," the parade is a must do in 2014 for Halloween enthusiasts.

Ghosts, Murders and Mayhem Walking Tours of New York City
1560 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
(212) 252-2625

Date: Oct. 26, 2014

Looking to experience a frightful night firsthand? Try one of the haunting walking tours of New York City. Ghosts, Murders and Mayhem Walking Tours of New York City is one of the most highly recommend ghost tours, taking patrons on a guided walking tour by lantern light. Be scared to death with frightening ghost stories and creepy New York City history during your terror-stricken tour.

Blood Manor: NYC's Horror-Filled Haunted Attraction
Blood Manor
163 Varick St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 290-2825

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

Welcome to your horror wonderland! Since 2005, Blood Manor has been New York City's premier haunted house. The experience features almost 5,000 square feet of terror including an all new labyrinth hallway, the Fog of Death, Vestibule of the Undead, the Rue Morgue, Steampunk, Frozen Alive, the Banquet of Torture and Laser Spectacular. Walk or run the haunted space all while spooky, blood-covered characters pull you into their hair-raising terror. This is recommended for spectators at least 14 years of age or older.

Related: 5 Haunted Spots In New York City

American Museum of Natural History Halloween Sleepover
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park W at 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Date: Oct. 18, 2014

The annual Halloween Sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History is any kid's fantasy experience. As the museum closes, guests head out with flashlights in search of a variety of adventures. Sleepover events take place from July to December but on one special night in October, All Hollow's Eve takes over and the experience is enchanting. The Halloween sleepover includes costume contests, trick-or-treating and spooky snacks all planned against the backdrop of one of New York's most fascinating museums.

The Devil's Playground at Webster Hall
Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-1600

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

For those looking to close the night partying hard amongst some of the wildest characters New York City has to offer, look no further than Webster Hall's annual Halloween Bash. The infamous party, which is already sold out for 2014 (tickets will be available at the door), is creepy debauchery at its best. All four floors of Webster Hall are transformed into a spooky den of dancing and fire-wielding performers. There's also a $5,000 cash prize for the best costume. Participants take the contest seriously, so come dressed to impress.

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