How to Celebrate Halloween in Uptown NYC: 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.

Kelly Moffitt-Hawasly
October 17, 2022

Spooky season is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner. What better place to join in on the fun than uptown NYC? Read on to find ghoulish-themed events for all ages. Know of any events that we should highlight? Email us!

Free Halloween Events For Families

October 26: Halloween Entertainment and Activities at Harlem Meer! Come dressed in your Halloween costume for Halloween crafts, not-so-spooky stories from New York Public Library, and magical entertainment from Rogue the Magician. 

October 27: Central Park’s Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla takes place at the Harlem Meer at dusk. Drop off your carved pumpkin and find a spot along the edge of the Harlem Meer to watch as the jack-o-lanterns float by. 

October 28: Join the spooky fun at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. for a screening of silent classic Nosferatu (1922) with live organ accompaniment. Following, ghouls and goblins from the Mettawee River Theater Company emerge to scare and delight audiences.

October 29: Museum of the City of New York is hosting screenings of Ghostbusters (1984) with two crafty creation workshops. Children are invited to make glow in the dark mason jar skulls and ghosts to take home and continue to celebrate the season. 

October 29: NYSoM Halloween Havoc 2022 includes special appearances by Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Wolfman, at the East Harlem Tutorial Program, 2050 2nd Avenue.

October 29: 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 29: The Haunted Fountain at the Cathedral block party returns on 111th and Amsterdam. Hosted by the West 111th Block Association, the event will include tons of family fun. 

October 29: Harlem Grown Halloween Festival will take place from 10 to 3 p.m. in their 13th St. Garden. 

Some Fun for Adults Too...

October 21, 28: Candlelight Ghost Tours of the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manahattan's oldest surviving house, are back! 

October 28: Cocktails & Culture: Twilight Zone Halloween Bash hosted by the Museum of the City of New York invites you to dance the night away with Vinyl Nights hosted by Rebecca Lynn and featuring DJ Misbehaviour and DJ Shakey.

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 for 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.

Don’t Forget: Send Us Your Favorite Halloween Decor & Costume 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

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