Fall festivities: A guide to NYC’s seasonal happenings



Corey Kranzler

If you’re looking for something fun to do this fall, NYC is the place to be. From street festivals to apple picking, we’ve gathered some of the best events happening this fall all around the city, so you can make the best of this season.

  1. Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo jumps into the Halloween spirit with a haunted forest and a bunch of other events throughout the park, including various animal exhibits. You can enjoy this event any weekend from Sept. 29 through Oct. 28 and Monday Oct. 8. Between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Bronx Zoo offers complimentary general admissions tickets to undergrad college students who present a valid school ID.

  1. 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade

The most popular Halloween event that takes place in the city is this extravagantly spooky parade. If you’re feeling the fall spirit, you can dress up in your best costume and participate in the parade. The parade leaves on 6th Avenue and Canal St. for the lineup and at 6th Ave. and Spring St. marching up to 16th St. The parade takes place on Halloween at 7 p.m. and ends around 11 p.m.

  1. Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

Looking to celebrate Halloween in a great park? From Halloween crafts and pumpkin carving to a costume parade, there is a bunch of activities for all to enjoy at Central Park. The highlight of the event is the pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail at sunset. Catch this event at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center on Oct. 28 with festivities beginning at 4 p.m. to around 7 p.m. The event is completely free, so make sure to bring your friends for devilishly good time.

  1. Blood Manor

Blood Manor is NYC’s premier haunted attraction with over 5,000 square ft. of passageways, themed rooms, and fearful corridors. Blood Manor is known for its scream inducing, high thrill attractions. Students can enjoy $10 off general admission at the door when you present a valid school ID, making it $25 for a frightening, fun night. Student nights are Oct. 07, Oct. 11, Oct. 14 Oct. 17, Oct. 18, Oct. 21, Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 with hours ranging between 6 p.m. to 12 a.m and located at 359 Broadway.

  1. Upper Broadway Fall Festival

This street festival takes place on Broadway between 110th and 116th Streets which features fall festivities including arts & crafts, food vendors, entertainment, and several activities for everyone’s liking. The festival is taking place on Oct. 06 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  1. Halloween Harvest Festival

Queens’s most popular event of the fall season features creepy costume making and a fun costume contest that is open to everyone with fun prizes for those who place in the top. There is a ton of activities to enjoy throughout the festival, so it is bound to be a ghoulish, good time! The festival will be held on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

  1. The Great DUMBO Drop

DUMBO is known for its amazing waterfront overlooking Manhattan, but this time of year, the focus changes to this block party held on Washington St. and Water St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The block party is free and has events for everyone, including various vendors of restaurants in the area plus tons of fall activities, not to forget that there will be thousands of tiny elephants dropping onto Washington St. at 6 p.m. while festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28.

  1. Kickoff to Fall

This fall event held at the Queens County Farm Museum in Queens has all the fall activities one could imagine; a corn maze, fresh picked apples, and even a small pumpkin patch so you can pick the perfect pumpkin to bring back to your dorm. There will also be live music, and of course all the fall foods like caramel covered apples to pumpkin pie. You can catch all of this fall fun on Oct. 06 at 11 a.m.

  1. Giant Pumpkin Weekend

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx celebrates fall by holding this weekend dedicated to the largest pumpkins from around the country, with some weighing over a ton. You can even explore the spooky pumpkin garden until Oct. 31. The weekend festivities take place on Oct. 20 and students also receive discounted admission at $25 with a school ID when purchasing tickets.

  1. 33rd Annual New south Bronx Halloween Peace Parade

This year’s parade theme is Stand for Peace: Stop Recording & Start Calling, the parade celebrates community spirit and the fall season with various festivities including a costume contest with cash prizes for each age group! The Free event will be held on Oct. 27 beginning at 7 p.m. on Simpson St. between 163rd and Westchester Ave.