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Best Halloween Experiences in New York

If you have no Halloween party lined up and no kids to go trick or treating with, Halloween may seem a dull affair. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Here are a few ideas of spooky experiences, mysterious places and strange attractions in New York. All of them are perfect for Halloween weekend!

Halloween Tours: Ghosts and Crime

Ghost and crime tours are popular, even mandatory, around Halloween. Given its long and sometimes bloody past, New York has more than its fair share of options. Ghost Tours of New York specialize in tours that highlight the city’s dark history. Choose from the Edgar Allan Poe Spook Tour, Ghosts of Grand Central or Phantom Pub Crawl. 

If what you like is a good police story and an unsolvable crime, check out the Criminals, Gangs & Mafia Tour of NYC. Spend an afternoon exploring the history of Irish, Italian and Chinese gangs and the corruption that has lead to countless crimes.

Mysterious and Thrilling Experiences

If none of the above suggestions caught your eye, what about mysterious experiences? Another way of celebrating Halloween is by going to a secret restaurant that requires a password to get in. Please Don’t Tell recreates a Prohibition-Era bar experience by never disclosing its menu or drinks. All you can do is call a number, make a reservation and wait to be surprised. 

Do you instead want to spend Halloween feeling like James Bond or Ethan Hunt? Then, Spyscape, New York’s Spy Museum and Experience is for you. It’s a spy museum that offers interactive experience and spy challenges. 

Close up of Smallpox Hospital of Roosevelt Island with facade covered in ivy.Macabre and Bizarre Attractions

New York’s history has a little bit of everything. Art was cultivated here, social movements were born and an entrepreneurial spirit lives on. However, what about its dark, shady and slightly eerie past?

We’ve talked about strange and unique attractions in New York. These include a store with an unusual collection of items that the American Museum of Natural History might include in a Halloween-themed exhibit. But if you want to go all out, the Smallpox Hospital of Roosevelt Island  for you. There’s a project to turn this landmark into a public park. For the time being, the ruins resemble the setting of a psychological thriller. 

After your tour or museum outing, join us for a drink at Bar 44. Have a craft cocktail, order some seasonal small bites and enjoy our 20-foot fireplace.