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Channeling Your Inner-Goblin This Halloween

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 25, 2017

It’s that time of year again.  Halloween has become a huge holiday, at least here in NYC.  This year the city will host the 44th annual Halloween Parade, which has grown substantially over the years from what was basically a neighborhood affair, to a full-fledged “parade” with floats and marching bands—it’s even broadcast on NY1! More and more front yards and brownstone stoops boast seasonal displays to borderline haunted houses (or yards) when space permits. In keeping with the ghoulish holiday spirit, we at ZEALnyc wanted to let you know some of your options for celebrating this year. Read more below—if you dare!


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New York City Village Halloween Parade

On October 31st the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade will take place with 50,000 ghouls parading up Sixth Avenue—donned in some of the city’s scariest, most inventive and most hilarious costumes (political themes and current events are typically de rigueur), along with numerous live bands complementing the revelry. Show up with a creative costume of your own and join the parade (note: a costume is required to march), or be a “spooktator” and enjoy the spectacle from the sidelines. Marchers line up on Sixth Avenue at Canal Street. The parade gets rolling at 7pm and heads north up Sixth Avenue to 16th Street. For more info on watching or participating, click here.


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Theater for the New City’s Annual Halloween Costume Ball

Nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village in Theater for the New City’s annual Village Halloween Costume Ball on Tuesday, October 31 at TNC, 155 First Avenue. This unique festival continues as a grand coming-together for real witches, everyday New Yorkers and artists alike. The one-night fiesta takes over all four of TNC’s theater spaces, plus its lobby and the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. Customarily over 1,500 wildly-clad celebrants gather for dancing, dining, showing off costumes and viewing acts from the cutting-edge of Cabaret and Theater. Admission is $20; costume or formal wear is required. Once inside, everything is free except food and drink, which are graveyard dirt-cheap. For more information and ticketing click here.

Heartbeat Opera’s 4th Annual All The World’s a Drag Extravaganza 

Heartbeat Opera—the daring young company whose unconventional orchestrations and stagings of classic operas have been called “a radical endeavor” by Alex Ross in The New Yorker—launches its fourth season on October 30 and 31, 2017 at the cutting-edge music venue National Sawdust with Heartbeat’s Annual Benefit Drag Extravaganza, this year entitled All The World’s a Drag! Shakespeare in love….with opera.

Co-Artistic Directors Ethan Heard and Louisa Proske and Co-Music Directors Daniel Schlosberg and Jacob Ashworth, graduates of the Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Music, will create an hour-long show using Shakespeare as the thematic through-line for the evening’s festivities. For more information click here.


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Blood Manor, NYC’s Premiere Haunted Attraction

If it takes more than a few cobwebs and creaking boards to send a chill down your spine, then you should investigate Blood Manor. It has taken the “haunted house” concept and elevated it to an art form. So if you think you’re up for it, check it out (at your own risk!). For more information click here.


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RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns / Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns

For the sixth year in a row, one of the largest and most extensive displays of carved pumpkins imaginable is located at Old Westbury Gardens in Long Island through the event RISE of the Jack O’Lantern.  And this year they are debuting their newest endeavor — Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns on Governors Island for one weekend only October 26-29. For more information click here.


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Lincoln Center’s Annual Kids Trick-or-Treat Event

If you’re looking for an event for your ‘smaller goblins,’ Lincoln Center once again welcomes costumed kids and families for a festive Halloween celebration. Hosted by the LC Kids program, the all-ages event will feature a fun-filled day of costumes, candy, spooky stories, and seasonal fun. This FREE event takes place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 am. For more information click here.

Once Upon a Drag at NYU’s Skirball Center

Just in time for Halloween, NYU Skirball will present Once Upon a Drag, a performance/costume party for kids of all genders and ages, featuring eight of NYC’s brightest drag queens, on Sunday October 29 at 3 pm. The show features new and improved versions of favorite fairy tales, adapted to teach life lessons that are relevant to today’s kids. Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite fairy tale character to join in on the fun. For tickets and more information click here.


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