While there's likely nothing more appropriately terrifying than navigating the hoards of merrymakers at the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, New York has plenty more tricks and treats to offer. These events promise frightfully good times.
1. ZOMBIE PROM
WHAT If your school dance experience made you long for Carrie White's telekinetic powers, get thee to the Zombie Prom. Join the throngs of undead for a night of dancing, live bands and the crowning of the zombie king and queen. Dress in your bloody best and pack on the gruesome makeup -- a photographer will be snapping keepsake prom photos.
WHEN Friday night at 8, The Delancey, 168 Delancey St., Manhattan.
2. GRAVESEND INN
WHAT City Tech College's theatrical troupe designs, constructs and operates a Victorian-style haunted house that would make Vincent Price's mustache stand on end (were he not, you know, dead). Featuring animatronic special effects and live actors in makeup, the Inn provides ample opportunities to shriek like a little girl.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Saturday and Monday; see website for performance times, Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay St., Brooklyn.
INFO $5, 718-260-5592, gravesendinn.org
3. PROCESSION OF THE GHOULS
WHAT Hardcore Halloween fanatics, this one's for you. The evening begins with a screening of the 1925 black-and-white classic "Phantom of the Opera" at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, with a live score performed by the cathedral's organist. After the movie, a procession of costumed ghouls makes its way down the center aisle, while eerie music fills the air amid low lights and fog.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7 and 10, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.
INFO $20 (advance tickets recommended), 866-811-4111, stjohndivine.org
4. BUGS AND BREWS
WHAT Creepy-crawlies make for great Halloween decorations . . . and snacks. Learn about the nutritional value of bugs from insect gourmand David Gracer at the New York Botanical Garden, and nosh on a variety of delicacies, including crunchy mealworms, cricket bread and something called Big Butt Ant Brittle. Yum! Wash down critters (and your inhibitions) with a fine selection of seasonal beers.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
INFO $30 (advance tickets recommended), 718-817-8777, nybg.org
5. HIGH JINKS ON THE HIGH LINE
WHAT This inaugural event encourages youngsters and their families to dress up and join the revelry led by Ralph Lee, renowned puppet master and founder of the Greenwich Village Halloween parade. After the stroll, the fun continues with face painting and music.
WHEN | WHERE Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Parade begins at the seating steps on the High Line at West 22nd Street (at 10th Avenue)
INFO Free, 212-206-9922, thehighline.org