Halloween Events on the Upper West Side: Dracula, Kids Stuff, Funny Dogs, and a Drag Show

Check out ‘Nosferatu’, if you dare!

There are lots of events in the neighborhood this year for people and animals of all ages, so get dressed up and out of the house!

Friday, October 25

7 and 10 p.m. Cathedral Halloween Extravaganza The Cathedral of St. John the Divine shows Nosferatu (1922), complete with live organ accompaniment. “Following the film, the full stretch of the Cathedral’s Nave is at the disposal of Ralph Lee’s Mettawee River Theater Company’s fantastic creatures of the night. Visitors are encouraged to brace themselves for increased ghostly mischief and ghoulish tricks. Seats closest to the action are for the bravest at heart, who may find themselves directly confronted with the hooked nose of a demon, the mossy nails of a witch, or the bulging, flushed cheeks of a ghostly manchild.” At the Cathedral, 114th and Amsterdam. $27.50.

Saturday, October 26

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Gotham Gargoyles The Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosts a workshop for kids. “The morning begins with a reading of Eve Bunting’s Night of the Gargoyles, then down to the workshop to create Halloween related artwork. Assemble gargling, grimacing clay gargoyles, dancing skeleton creatures, paint pumpkin rocks, and more! Recommended for children ages 4 – 8 years old.” $10 per child, with accompanying adult.

12-3 p.m. Howl-o-Ween Costume Party The 87th Street Dog Run will host a dog costume party. “This year’s festival will include a costume parade on the Promenade, so bring your pups dressed in their most fetching costumes. Walk the runway and compete in our costume contest with the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes.” 87th Street inside Riverside Park. (Photo is from a similar contest at 72nd.)

2-6 p.m. AMNH Halloween Celebration “The Museum of Natural History will be open for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and general exploration. Guests will interact with roaming cartoon characters like Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and rock out to the music of David Grover and Grover’s Gang, Louie Miranda and Big Nazo’s Costume Band. There will also be special performances by the Big Apple Circus, magician Robert Austin, and the Gazillion Bubble Show.” At the museum, 79th and Central Park West. $16, or $13 for members.

Various Times All Weekend and Weekdays Children’s Museum of Manhattan Halloweekend CMOM will have a magician, “ghost slime”, dance parties, and lots of other events. At the museum, 212 West 83rd Street.

Wednesday, October 30

4-7 p.m. Central Park Pumpkin Flotilla “Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, a festive pumpkin patch, and the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight.” Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)

5-6 p.m. Philharmonster Concert A free concert from the InterSchool Orchestras of New York. “The Halloween community concert features New York City’s up and coming musical talent performed by elementary through high school students.” At St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 263 West 86th Street.

Thursday, October 31

6-8 p.m. Ghost Tours St Paul & St Andrew United Methodist Church invites neighbors and friends of all ages to visit our Haunted Theatre on Halloween night.  Ghost tours offered from 6 to 8 pm. at 86th Street and West End Avenue FREE and all are welcome.

Trick or Treating Block Parties


69th Street from Broadway to Central Park West

90th Street and Columbus Avenue


West 78th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam

West 87th Street between West End and Riverside

West 95th Street between Columbus and Central Park West

8 p.m. Hocus Pocus Live A Drag Show at Symphony Space. “Do you love the movie, Hocus Pocus? Make sure your halloween isn’t a DRAG and get your tickets to a DrinkAlong performance of Hocus Pocus. There will be games and prizes and drinks as your favorite Sanderson Sistahs transport you to Salem, MA in 1693 where their story began.” Show starts at 8:30, doors open at 8. 95th and Broadway. $5.

Friday, November 1

3:30 p.m. Hippo Park Halloween Gather at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument plaza (89th & Riverside) in costumes to walk to the playground.

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