Attention all demon barbers, time warpers, and man-eating plants! We know you have your tickets to the spookiest plays and musicals in town, but have you considered these delightfully ghoulish attractions? We implore you to check our list of concerts, parties, and immersive theatre experiences that are simply to die for.
Before you go out and let your freak flag fly, if you’re headed to Midtown be sure stop by Ocean Prime for their new Beetlejuice the Musical–themed cocktail. It's just as strange and unusual as we had hoped.
Broadway Up Close Walking Tours: The Ghostlight Tour
Meet in Times Square - meeting location in front of 1411 Broadway
Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 AM throughout the month of October
Mondays at 7:30PM and Saturdays at 11 AM beginning November 4
The master of Broadway tours, Broadway Up Close, offers its haunted tour year round, but there’s no better time to go than the spookiest month of the year. Capped at a maximum of 15 guests per tour, visitors will learn the history of theatre superstitions and spooky sightings on Broadway during this hour-and-45-minute tour. Your Green Team Guide will also be able to paint a full picture of haunted Broadway using iPads with rarely seen photographs, news clippings, and videos culled over years of research to dig into the rich history of theatre’s ghoulish past. Reservations required. For tickets and more information, click here. (And check out highlights from the tour in the video below!)
Haunted Broadway Theatres: Ghost Walking Tour
Meet in Times Square - meeting location in front of Red Lobster on 41st Street
Every Day in October at 1 PM
Explore the supernatural side of Broadway on this musical-themed ghost tour. On your two-hour journey, you’ll learn about the ghosts inhabiting different Broadway theatres, sing tunes from your favorite spooky shows, and do the Time Warp AGAIN. For tickets and more information, click here.
THE RIDE In Masquerade
Written and directed by Richard Humphrey, THE RIDE In Masquerade presents its sixth annual season for Halloween 2019. Just like the year-round RIDE, visitors will board the million-dollar motor coaches for an interactive performance-based bus tour, this time with performers decked in bejeweled masks telling the story of 15th-century courtly celebrations which transformed into 16th-century costumed balls embedded along the streets of Manhattan. For tickets and information, click here.
The Cell Theatre
Through October 31
Enter the world of visual artist Mikel Glass in this art installation meets immersive theatre. In collaboration with theatre companies Mason Holdings and Sister Sylvester, FOUND explores the roles transitional objects play in our lives in this surreal, nostalgic, and sometimes spooky experience. From abandoned dolls to old toy sculptures, Glass creates a wild environment. Move through the space in small groups, as the actors guide you. Don’t forget to try the cocktail made with real DNA from the lost dolls in the installation. For tickets and information, click here.
Rock of Ages’ Rocktober Fest
October 1–31, specific dates apply to individual activities
Ticketholders to New World Stages’ Rock of Ages get to continue the rockin’ celebration Halloween style with a slate of special invites throughout the month of October. Each Sunday (October 6, 13, 20, 27) , every audience member has the opportunity to win prizes from The Ribbon Restaurant, Guitar Center, and more as part of Sunday Surprizes. On October 12, one lucky theatregoer will receive an electric guitar from D’ Angelico Guitars and a VIP guitar lesson from Rock of Ages’ very own guitarist, Tommy Kessler from Blondie. (You must enter the lottery prior to the 2 PM performance.) October 10 and 17, audiences will be inited to migrate to the Rock of Ages ’80s dance party at the Hard Rock Café. October 18 brings a Mock Rock Lip Sync Battle, where the winner will receive a Rock & Bowl party at BOWLMOR Times Square. On October 31, Rock of Ages cast members join the fray for a Halloween bash at the Hard Rock. Dress in your most glam rock for your chance eto win a $500 Hard Rock gift card. For more information on individual events and tickets, click here.
Hitchcock Halloween Party
The McKittrick Hotel
October 25 and 26 at 10:15 PM
October 31 at 9:15 PM
Prepare to go psycho at the McKittrick Hotel, home of the award-winning Sleep No More. For three nights only, the hotel will be transformed into a cinema-scape with rooms inspired by the mind-bending films of Alfred Hitchcock. The late-night parties will feature DJs, dancing, special guests, and an open bar until 4 AM. The costume party (prepare to dance in your Halloween finest) will feature live performances and scenic installations, as well. Guests can purchase packages to see Sleep No More or enjoy dinner at The Club Car prior to the Hitchcock affair. For tickets and more information, click here.
The Bowery Boys: Ghost Stories of Old New York
October 27 at 4:30 PM and 7 PM
October 31 at 7PM
Following last year's sold-out run, Tom Meyers and Greg Young (a.k.a The Bowery Boys) return to Joe's Pub to host live recordings of their annual Halloween-themed podcasts. Listen and enjoy mysterious urban legends that will frighten even the toughest New Yorkers. The live podcast will also feature spine tingling music by Andrew Austin and enough bad puns to fill a witch's cauldron. For tickets and more information, click here.
Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods
October 27 at 7 PM
Why choose between listening to the cast album of Into the Woods and that of Sweeney Todd when you can go to Feinstein's/54 Below and hear both? Join host Phil Geoffrey Bond and a slew of Broadway stars for a night filled with music from these two Stephen Sondheim masterpieces. For tickets and more information, click here.
54 Does 54: A Spooky Spectacular Not-So-Scary Staff Show
October 28 at 9:30 PM
They're letting the staff sing! Oh, the horror! Just kidding, folks. Enjoy a performance from the wickedly talented servers, managers, hosts, and programmers of Feinstein's/54 Below. Back by popular demand, the Not-So-Scary Staff Show will be a night for all ages to enjoy. For tickets and more information, click here.
Monstersongs by Rob Rokicki
October 29 at 9:30 PM
Join Rob Rokicki, composer of The Lightning Thief : The Percy Jackson Musical, for the world premiere of Monstersongs, a new musical that explores the "humanity" of the most ferocious mythological creatures. Cast members from Be More Chill and more star in this concert reading as The Mummy, Medusa, Sasquatch, and more. For tickets and more information, click here.
Bonnie Milligan and Natalie Walker: The Graveyard Smash
October 30 at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM / October 31 at 5 PM and 7 PM
Witness Broadway divas Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels) and Natalie Walker (Alice By Heart) belt their favorite Halloween tunes at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Will they do the “Monster Mash”? Will they sing every song from Smash? Only one way to find out. For tickets and more information, click here.
54 Sings Zombie Prom
October 31 at 9:30PM and 11:30 PM
Jam out to tunes of the scary, zany, feel-good musical with music by Dana P. Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey. Produced by Shawn Thibault, this special concert of Zombie Prom includes direction and full on choreography by Andrew Winans and is music directed by Matthew Lowy. For tickets and more information, click here.
The Cooping Theory 1969: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe
Through October 30 at 7 PM/ October 31 at 8 PM
Ever wanted to perform a séance to summon the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe? Well, now is your chance! The Cooping Theory 1969 is an immersive theatrical experience. The cast leads audiences through a classic murder mystery with a supernatural bent, as you move around the space in an intensely thrilling affair. Follow the 1969 Poe Society as they attempt to connect with the ghost of America's most haunted playwright. For tickets and more information, click here.
The Rocky Horror Skivvies Show
October 31 at 9:30 PM
Experience the music of The Rocky Horror Show like never before. Join the Skivvies, the semi-nude band of Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina, at Joe’s Pub as they play “stripped down” covers of songs from the cult classic. For tickets and more information, click here.
Villae Halloween Costume Ball
Theater for a New City
This one-night-only Hallween celebration unites everyday New Yorkers and artists in TNC’s four theatre spaces. Usually attended by over 1,500 costume-clad celebrators, visitors can expect big-band dancing, food, a costume parade, and performances from TNC’s cabarets and theatre acts. Doors open at 7:30 PM and entertainment begins at 8 PM. For tickets and information, click here.
If you don’t want to pay for the price of admission, outdoor entertainment free to the public begins at 4 PM, including R&B and Dixieland bands, fire eaters, jugglers, stilt dancers, and more. Expect to see performances by Fiddler and the Crossroads and Star 69, before the annual medieval ritual show “The Red and Black Masque” at 7 PM.