A man with a carved pumpkin on his head walks through a crowd of people in Halloween costumes at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Photograph by Stefania Curto, Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Are you ready for a frightfully fun Halloween weekend? With the spooky holiday just a few days away, we’ve rounded up our favorite events happening across New York City this weekend. From pumpkin catapults and spooky book crawls to a cemetery tour and pumpkin impalement, discover the best alternative Halloween events happening in NYC this year!

1. Procession of the Ghouls at St. John the Divine

A person in a ghoul costume with a large grotesque face dances down the aisle of St. John the Divine Church in front of rows of onlookers.
Image Courtesy of Bernie Nunez/Cathedral Archives, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Kick-off Halloween weekend at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s annual Halloween Extravaganza! The festivities start with a screening of the classic silent horror film Nosferatu (1922). The film will be accompanied by a haunting performance from organist Timothy Brumfield. After the screening, goblins and ghosts will frolic down the aisle of the Cathedral for the Procession of the Ghouls.

These ghastly characters are performers from the Mettawee River Theatre Company dressed in costumes created by the company’s Artist-in-Residence Ralph Lee. For over forty years Lee has crafted masks, puppetry, music, and text for this production that are inspired by myths and folklore from around the world. There will be two seatings, one at 7 PM and another at 10 PM. You can reserve your spot on the Cathedral’s website, here.