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Friday Finds: Halloween Parties, Parades & Events in NYC This Week

October 26, 2012

Ramanan V

Halloween parties kick off this weekend, with October 31st falling on a Wednesday this year. Looking for parties, events, haunted activities, and seasonal inspiration to celebrate this year? Look no further. We’ve rounded up posts from around the Web, highlighting venues and events, from our home city of New York, as well as some holiday inspiration finds on Pinterest, to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Family-Friendly Events:

In Central Park, “there’s a Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail starting on the 24th which invites families to paint pumpkins with pro carver Hugh McMahon, participate in a costume parade, or hear some scary stories. There’s also the Pumpkin Festival on October 30th, where arts and crafts, hayrides, face painting, and free pumpkins will be waiting all day for any child who visits.” [Smart Destinations]

Over in Prospect Park, “High on Lookout Hill…expect zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters….For the after-Walk, there’s a carnival in the Nethermead featuring all kinds of fun, games and seasonal treats. Begin at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th St. The Haunted Walk and Carnival is open to all and free ($1 suggested donation).” [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]

This is the weekend to check out Boo at the Zoo, held at the Bronx Zoo. “On top of annual favorites like the Haunted Habitat Mansion of ghosts and extinct animals and a hayride through the animated Creepy Hollows town, magic shows, an extinction graveyard, intricate pumpkin carvings and costume parades will amp up the eerie fun.” Also, Tuesdays-Fridays, until October 31st at The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, “the giant sculptures at the New York Botanical Haunted Pumpkin Garden will send delicious chills down little spines. Get more thrills from a spooky parade, a scary puppet show and lessons on creatures of the night. If you visit on the third weekend of the month, you’ll also see master pumpkin carver Ray Villafane at work.” [NY Press]

Many of the city’s museums, parks and sights are hosting special events for Halloween this year. Included is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is “hosting a night of special events this Friday (Oct. 26) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Inspired by the eerie images now on display in the exhibition “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” Fright Night at the Met features scary stories, workshops that dabble in the darker side of photography, drawing activities held amid some of the museum’s most frightful medieval relics, and screenings of the first sci-fi film ever made — all free with admission to the Metropolitan Museum of the Art!” [Best of New York Blog]

Nightlife, Parties & Pub Crawls

Tickets to the all-night Halloween party at Cellar Bar tomorrow night, Saturday October 26th, in Bryant Park are $20, but you can still find discounted tickets: “Prepare to go underground this Halloween as Bryant Park Hotel’s swanky, upscale lounge Cellar Bar is transformed into a haunted cellar. Featuring an epic sound system and choice house music courtesy of DJ Liman, this special Halloween extravaganza is an all-night party at one of Bryant Park’s coolest (and most Halloween-friendly) venues, featuring Gothic-chic architecture and accented mood lighting throughout.” [Goldstar]

If you’re not set on one event or party, or were looking for a smaller bar crawl, you can buy an all-access pass to several parties being hosted in the Meatpacking District. “If you are one of those people who just loves to party hop, and wants to take a Halloween tour of the world’s largest party scene, then why not pick up this Meatpacking District All Access Pass that gets you into multiple Halloween Parties!” Venues like Tenjune (hosting Zombieland at Tenjune), Cabanas in The Maritime Hotel (hosting Creepy Cabanas Saturday) and RDV (hosting RDV-ious Saturday Halloween) are offering specials and entertainment to cater to the Halloween crowd from 9pm Saturday, October 26th until 4am Sunday, October 27th. [Pulsed]

Be sure not to miss this year’s NYC Halloween Parade. “The Greenwich Village Halloween NYC Parade is a massive night time parade that takes place along Sixth Avenue in Manhattan on October 31st. It is an annual event that is one of the craziest and most exciting Halloween celebrations in the United States. The Greenwich Village Halloween NYC Parade lets anyone who is wearing a costume join in on the march, and it features some of the coolest costume designs and large-scale puppets that are put on public display through the streets. Participants 19 and over can join the official parade after-party – the Webster Hell Halloween Party to continue celebrating throughout the wild night!” [TickPick Blog]

Holiday Costume, Decoration & Recipe Ideas:

On Pinterest, you can find lots of Halloween costume, food, activity and decoration inspiration.

Here are some notable ones:

For Halloween makeup ideas, see the Halloween Looks board on Pinterest. [Halloween Looks]

This Pinterest board of Halloween costumes is full of fun DIY ideas for adults and kids, from a Cabbage Patch doll to Inspector Gadget to Rosie the Riveter. [Clever Halloween Costumes]

For that sweet tooth, find a collection of Halloween and fall food and drink recipe ideas on this Fall into FALL board. [Fall into FALL]

Find a recipe for Crock Pot Hot Spiced Cider, fall fashion accessories and pumpkins decorated with fall-color flowers on The Beverly Hills Hotel’s fall Pinterest board. [Fall Fun! By Beverly Hills Hotel]

Looking for some autumn eye candy? Hotel Bel-Air’s Fall Fun Pinterest board includes food, décor and beautiful shots of the fall foliage. [Fall Fun by Hotel Bel Air]

And for a grownup, classy take on Halloween makeup, fashion, costumes and décor, check out Thompson Beverly Hills’ Halloween Glam board on Pinterest. [Halloween Glam by Thompson Beverly Hills]

Happy Halloween!
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