By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Heading to New York City? Here are 10 things to check out

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Enjoy a weekend in NYC.


    Halloween in NYC is the best time to visit. When the whole city is determined to celebrate in the spookiest, creepiest and ghoulish of ways, no visitor can be disappointed. Grab your best costume and brave yourself for Halloween in New York City.

    Blood Manor: The city’s premier haunted house brings terror to all. If you like being spooked, head to Varick Street before they close up shop. Get RIP express tickets for expedited entry. Visit for more info.

    NYC Haunted History Tour: Boasting to terrify you while at the same time, intoxicating you, this walking tour could be the perfect Halloween event. Tickets are $20, meet at the historic Fraunces Tavern on Pearl Street for a spooky, boozy and informative good time!

    Village Halloween Parade: This annual parade is going down for the 42nd year in a row. Get your costume ready and if you want to be in the parade, head to 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30-8:30 p.m. After party at Webster Hall,

    The Haunted Mansion Halloween Party: Another ghoulish party going down Friday, Oct. 30 at Providence in the Flatiron district. Live DJs spinning, hip-hop, chart and trap. One hour open bar, for tickets and more info

    NYC Halloween Pub Crawl: This 3-day Halloween pub crawl has become an annual tradition with more than 100 bars participating in the fun. October 29 – 31, get creative with your costume for games, contests, drink specials and more.

    The Gravesend Inn: Skeletons, pirates, vampires, and ghosts are hidden throughout mazes of corridors, bathrooms, graves and coffins. Set in an old, abandoned Victorian hotel, there is enough terror hidden in these walls for a spine chilling Halloween adventure.

    14th Annual Masquerade Ball at Capitale: One hour open bar from 9-10 p.m. on Oct. 31 with live DJ Performances. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ticket packages start at $20. Visit

    Sinfully Stylish Tribute to Terror: Head over to the Gansevoort Park Rooftop bar on Halloween for a tri-level bash with open areas to gather and multiple bars. Vodka open bar for one hour, doors open at 9 p.m., ticket packages at

    Villain’s Ball at Gotham Hall: Gotham Hall is one of the most exquisite architectural spaces in NYC. Enjoy open bar from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., with live DJ performances, and a red carpet entrance. Ticket packages start at $59, visit

    Hallo.www.een Bizarre: Sketch comedy troupe Blogologues presents a Halloween party on Oct. 30. From 7:30-10:30 p.m., enjoy spooky sketch comedy sets, along with guests sharing their scariest online dating or social media stories. Costume contest, fortune teller and open bar.

    Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at

    By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

    For Weekender

    Enjoy a weekend in NYC. a weekend in NYC.

    Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at