Take Back Halloween With These Unique, Only-in-New York City Experiences

Avoid the craziness that is Halloween in NYC with a nightmarish trip around Brooklyn, a kid-friendly haunted house, and a feast fit for a monster.

October 31. It’s a seemingly harmless day. A little pumpkin picking. A couple hours of trick-or-treating. Maybe throw some face paint on the kids (or yourself!). But sometimes the ghoulish and over-the-top celebrations in New York City can be scarier than things that go bump in the night—at least for those who’d rather spend a frightful evening with the Sanderson sisters than attend an all-night rager with blinding lights and DJs you’ve never heard of blasting deafening electronic music. Thankfully, there are also pockets of the city where you can enjoy a hauntingly good time—sans the skintight latex costumes and inebriated partygoers. From a “bloody” good meal to a grim trolley ride around Brooklyn, we’re putting the fun back in Halloween.

Pass the entrails…

There are only so many Snickers and Reese’s one can handle in a single day. So when the hunger pangs hit, take a trip over to Woodside for a Hannibal Lecter–approved meal at House of Inasal. The Filipino restaurant is small, affordable, and boasts an insanely mouthwatering menu—if you love innards. Start off easy with a plate of kwek-kwek: 12 pieces of balled-up quail eggs, deep fried for a flavorful and crunchy outside. Then go straight for the organ meats and order the special pork intestine lapaz batchoy, an egg noodle soup that also comes with pork belly and boiled egg. Next, this eatery is gearing up to set your heart on fire, literally; the grilled heart inasal (marinated, roasted chicken heart) paired with garlic rice is one of this place’s specialties. And for the main event, we hear the sizzling sisig (liver and pork belly) topped with onions is to die for65-14 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside

Enter at your own risk…

Nitehawk Cinema is giving cinemagoers a first-time look at its brand-new Prospect Park locale. For one day only, the lobby of the former Pavilion theater will be transformed into an eerie haunted house, where the supernatural lurk behind every corner. Make it through to the other side in one piece and rewards await you; grown-ups can sip seasonal beers from Brooklyn Brewery, while the kids get in on some Halloween-themed arts-and-crafts action. And thanks to Park Slope’s Community Bookstore, the little ones can also enjoy a reading from Jon Scieszka, the man behind the wild adventures of kid genius Frank Einstein and his robot friends. 188 Prospect Park West; Tuesday, October 31, 3–7 p.m.

Let’s do the “Monster Mash”…

BAM is celebrating its favorite holiday once again with its annual Halloween block party extravaganza. Witches and wizards of all ages are invited to a free night of trick-or-treating around Fort Greene, followed by a music- and dancing-filled evening to work off that sugar high. The family-friendly event will also include a bounce house, carnival games, and did we mention candy? And that it’s free? Make sure you dress to impress—in your scariest getup, of course—and you might be crowned this year’s costume contest winner! 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene; Tuesday, October 31, 4 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of BAM

You look like you’ve seen a ghost…

…and there’s a chance you actually will during this morbid death ride—sorry, joyride—around Brooklyn’s most haunted areas. A gothic trolley, decked out in velvet curtains, leather seats, and even a chandelier, will transport you to the locations of several notorious events that have occurred since the 1600s—from the area where the infamous mob group Murder Inc. hid the bodies of its victims to the bridge where alien abduction stories have spawned. The history of this NYC borough is dark and mysterious, and you’re about to get a front-row, Victorian-themed seat to it all. Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours; pick up and drop off at Cadman Plaza West at Cranberry Street; tickets start at $69

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Madame Morbid will show you the spooky side of Brooklyn.


Chat with one of our experience advisers for reservations at any of these spooky events or help in planning your Halloween night!