Fun things to do in New York for Halloween

Spooky season has arrived in the city, bringing a lot of fun activities to do this Halloween. From watching Hocus-Pocus on a rooftop to drinking cocktails or playing games in a horror movie setting, New York offers everything a scary lover’s heart desires.

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Dive-in Movies

Every Friday in October the Royalton Rooftop plays the original Hocus Pocus movie from the 90’s. Go watch the movie while sitting poolside on the Royalton Rooftop.

Nightmare on Ann Street at Recreation

On Friday, October 28, Recreation at The Moxy Downtown will host a Nightmare on Ann Street Halloween party. The retro bar will be transformed by a professional designer into a 80’s horror set at a video store. Guest can play nostalgic games like Skee Ball, arcade machines and  shuffle board while drinks will be served. Those who prefer to dance can let loose to the hits of the decade on the dance floor. Admission is free, tickets can be purchased at

Sanderson Sisters‘ Soiree

Experience a night of ghoulish fun at the Sanderson Sisters‘ Soiree on Oct. 29. The Royalton Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue Hotel invites New York’s spookiest party-goers. Guests won’t be able to help falling under the spell of the venue’s intricate, professional design that mimics the Halloween party scene in the original Hocus Pocus movie, while DJs and Sanderson Sisters-themed cocktails will be served beneath the moonlight.

Hocus Pocus Cocktails

Available until October 31 the Rooftop serves Hocus Pocus inspired cocktails like the “Smashing Pumpkin Martini”. The cocktail contains pumpkin espresso martini made with pumpkin puree, oat milk, vodka, Kahlua and is topped with pumpkin spice powder.

If you like it a little more mystical, try the “Mystic Moon”, containing Lemon juice, Concord grape syrup, Pomp & Whimsy organic gin, Pomp & Whimsy gin liqueur. Enjoy the cocktail served in a coupe glass and garnished with an edible flower


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