Spice Up Your Pumpkins This October in NYC with USA Guided Tours!
The temperature may feel like more like summertime right now in the Big Apple, but October packs in the pumpkin spice with a whole month’s worth of Halloween events to make you shiver in your short sleeves. Start your visit off right with USA Guided Toursdaytime “Discover NY” guided bus tour, voted the #1 experience in the nation by TripAdvisor. We’ll show you New York City’s iconic landmarks in a fantastic and full day, giving you plenty of time to get your spook on.
If you find yourself in the City on All Hallow’s Eve, don’t miss joining up to 2 million of your closest friends in watching the world-famous Village Halloween Parade. Up to 60,000 costumed revelers will creep up 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th streets, putting on a dazzling show of elaborate costumes and full-bodied performances. Grab a space early if you want a good view!
From ghosts and goblins to bats and black cats, New York City offers a lot of opportunities to explore the furrier side of Halloween. The excellent Bronx Zoo offers its Boo at the Zoo extravaganza each weekend in October, as well as on Monday the 8th. Kids won’t be the only ones who enjoy the haunted pirate hayride, the extinct animal graveyard, or the shows featuring the Zoo’s spookiest animals. If you prefer to die from cuteness rather than fright (and who wouldn’t?), consider attending the 20th-anniversary PUPkin Dog Costume Contest in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene. 3 judges start evaluating the cutest costumed critters you could ever meet at 11:30AM on the 27th of October.
Even esteemed institutions like the New York Historical Society get in on the Halloween act; beginning on October 5th, it’s hosting the blockbuster exhibit Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, this exhibit contains ancient manuscripts and books on spells and other magic from the British Library, as well as first editions of Rowling’s series and even some of her notes.
Given the theme this month is all about horror, I can’t help but mention that the New York Mets have finally given up the ghost of their season. (I couldn’t resist.) If you can manage to get playoff tickets, though, you’ll have the opportunity to see if the Yankees can keep terrifying opposing pitchers with their big bats.
If this all sounds like a lot, don’t worry! We’ve got just the thing for you to keep up the pace: the New York Coffee Festival, from 12-14 October. Taking place at the Metropolitan building between W.18th and 19th streets, this festival hosts some of the world’s best baristas practicing their craft and, therefore, some of the best coffee in the world. Just don’t forget to add some pumpkin spice to your world-class latte — and don’t forget to spice up your Halloween vacation with a daytime, evening, or custom tour from USA Guided Tours!
Sara Murphy | USA Guided Tours NY Blog Contributor