Celebrating Halloween Uptown: Spooky Fun Events for Ghouls of All Ages

No matter your age, you don’t have to travel far for some Halloween fun in Upper Manhattan.

Jessica Reyes
October 21, 2021

Fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner. Read on to discover some of the spookiest blocks in our community and find ghoulish themed events for all ages. Know of any events that we should highlight? Email us!

Free Halloween Events For Families

October 27: Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt around the Harlem Meer hosted by Central Park Conservancy from 4-6PM

October 28: Central Park’s Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla takes place at the Harlem Meer at dusk. You can enter for a chance to have your own glowing jack-o'-lantern join the fleet!

October 30: NYSoM Halloween Havoc 2021 includes special appearances by Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Wolfman.

October 30: Dia de Muertos En El Barrio honors Mexico’s oldest tradition at La Marqueta. Celebrate the lives of your departed loved ones with festive activities. 

October 31: Jazzmobile with Jazz Ain't Dead "Halloween Edition" at Riverbank State Park features live performances and a dance floor to boogie down! Costumes are encouraged.

October 29 - 31: Columbia University Manhattanville Operations Center on 3270 Broadway will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters starting at 2pm until 8pm.

Some Fun For Adults Too...

October 29: Cocktails & Culture: Halloween Masquerade is a special "Thriller" performance and costume contest hosted by the Museum of the City of New York.

The Best Blocks for Spooky Sights and Tasty Treats

Check out Curious Uptowner's article on historical Harlem neighborhoods for major Halloween spirit to find some spooky spots in our neighborhood. We also recommend Mommy Poppins' list of the Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in NYC This Halloween. Here are the best spots in Harlem and Washington Heights:

  • Marcus Garvey Park:  The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association sponsors trick-or-treating. Check their website a day or two before Halloween to download a map of participating houses.
  • Hamilton Terrace between 141st and 144th Streets: The row houses will dazzle you with Halloween spirit. 
  • Storefronts along Broadway between 168th and 181st Streets in Washington Heights hand out generous amounts of candy.

Make sure you follow New York City guidelines for safe Halloween festivities with COVID-19 in mind. 

Don’t Forget: Send Us Your Favorite Halloween Decor Photos

We want to feature some of the best Halloween decorations uptown! From stoops to shop windows, send us photos of your favorite decorations and they just might be featured in an upcoming story! Submit Your Pictures