Halloween in NYC? Here Are 10 Shows & Events That Should Be on Your Radar

Last updated October 11th, 2017 by Josh Ferri
Halloween in NYC? Here Are 10 Shows & Events That Should Be…

Halloween is quickly approaching and plans must be made (beyond just watching Hocus Pocus). Scroll on to check out some notable Halloween-themed happenings about town.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Concert

Broadway stars bring this cult Tim Burton film to life at Feinstein’s/54 Below on October 27. The starry concert event features Great Comet’s Heath Saunders as Jack, Puff’s Natalie Walker as Sally, Hamilton’s Andrew Chappelle as Dr. Finkelstein, and Julia Mattison as the Mayor of Halloween Town. It doesn’t get much better than this (unless you consider Nightmare to be Christmas film…).

The McKittrick Masquerade: Inferno

McKittrick Masquerade: Inferno

The home of Sleep of No More hosts a three-night Halloween extravaganza (Oct. 27, 28 & 31). Guests are welcomed to explore the many rooms of The McKittrick for a sexy, performance-filled dance party while enjoying an open bar. Costumes are a must at this adult-only playground and anything occult related is encouraged (think witch, vampire, zombie, monster, etc).

A Scythe of Time

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The award-winning musical inspired by two Edgar Allen Poe stories returns to NYC for a one-night-only concert on October 26 with its award-winning star Lesli Margherita and P.J. Griffith. Kick off your Halloween weekend with a dark, sinister, incredibly-well-sung evening in 1880s London.

This Is Real

If you’re here for horror, this is for you. This new immersive horror experience pushes the limits to the extreme. It’s an unnerving and heart-pounding survivalist race against the clock. You’re kidnapped, placed in a warehouse, watching others get tortured, and devising an escape plan before you become the next victim. Think of the scariest, realest escape the room possible plus a sick, twisted game of hide and seek. Good luck.

Jay Armstrong Johnson’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Broadway fave and Quantico hunk Jay Armstrong Johnson serves Sanderson Sisters realness at this annual Halloween night gathering at 54 Below. Celebrate Hocus Pocus, Halloween, and Broadway with this full-out bash that also features Alysha Umpress, Ben Fankhauser, Major Attaway, & many more!

Theatre for the New City’s Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball

Theatre for the New City’s Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball
Photo by Line Krogh & Jonathan Slaff

On Halloween night, Theatre for the New City hosts its 41st annual fall festival. Costumes or formal wear are required and there’s a large variety of fun to be had: aerial dance performance, an actual dance floor with live music, a house of horrors maze, fire eaters, a champagne bar, and the Witches' Cauldron café. This is a great one-stop for any kind of Halloween night you can imagine.

The Ride In Masquerade

If you’re in town for the holiday and don’t want to choose between Halloween and getting the most of NYC, The Ride celebrates all the things New Yorkers love about their city in October. See the sights, hear some city-specific ghost stories, and truly experience everything The Big Apple has to offer from the comfort of a luxury bus.

Wicked Clone or How to Deal with the Devil

Spend Halloween with the twins Hasselhoff dubbed "Dracula’s girlfriends"—Michaela & Gabriela Modorcea—identical twin sisters born in Transylvania. Their new show is all about what and who vampires really are.

The HSA Gala at the Plaza

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Feeling fancy? Looking to ball out with some celebs for Halloween? The Harlem School of Arts holds a masquerade ball at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom on October 23. You can share a drink, dance, and laugh with Hamilton Tony winner Renee Elise Goldsberry, Grammy winner Mary J. Blige, or Dancing With the Stars Ray Chew.

Billy and the Killers

Billy and the killers musical

If Christmas can begin in July, you can keep the bloody spirit going into November with this world premiere musical based on the true story of a teenage boy who was accused of murdering his girlfriend based on the subject matter of his original artwork.