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What To Do For Halloween on the Upper East Side

By Shaye Weaver | October 19, 2015 3:50pm
 From parades to costume contests, the Upper East Side has its fair share of Halloween haunts.
From parades to costume contests, the Upper East Side has its fair share of Halloween haunts.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — Kids in ghoulish getups with a hankering for Halloween candy and adults looking to celebrate on their own have plenty to do right in the neighborhood.

Check out these local events taking place on the week of Halloween:

Halloween Murder Mystery

When: Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. on both days.
Where: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St.

An unidentified skeleton has been found at the Mount Vernon Hotel on East 61st Street. Collect clues by candlelight to solve the case. The story is loosely based on a true story. Adults and children 8 and older are welcome to play. Price is $25 for adults and $10 for children. RSVP by calling (212) 838-6878.

Halloween Bash 2015

When: Oct. 24, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Spence-Chapin Agency, 410 E. 92nd St.

Families are welcome to Spence-Chapin's annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, which will treat kids to ghoulish face painting and glitter tattoos, "mummy" bowling and a "tombstone" toss, arts and crafts, a "Monster Mash" freeze dance, a costume parade and a magic show. All are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes. Admission is free. For more information email events@spence-chapin.org.

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park

When: Oct. 25, 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues.

Enjoy live music, scary stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations and at twilight, the Central Park Conservancy will set off a pumpkin flotilla across the Harlem Meer. The event is free.

Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade

When: Oct. 31, noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Starts at Blackwell House, 503 Main St., Roosevelt Island

The Halloween parade begins at Blackwell House and turns down Main Street with a celebration at Capobianco Field.

Carnegie Hill Neighbors Halloween Spooktacular

When: Oct. 31, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: 92nd Street, between Park and Madison Avenues, Carnegie Hill

Enjoy a block party with snacks, games, a costume contest and parade with Carnegie Hill Neighbors on 92nd Street, between Park and Madison avenues. Contest categories include best costumes for various age brackets, best family costume, best pet costume and best decorated townhouse and storefront in Carnegie Hill. Admission is $3 for children, $5 per adults or $10 per family.

Spooky New York Public Library Film Screenings

Several of the Upper East Side's public libraries are hosting free film screenings to put you in the mood for the holiday:

"The Nightmare Before Christmas"

When: Oct. 22, at 4 p.m.
Where: Webster Library, 1465 York Ave.

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas time. Watch his transformation as he is inspired by the joy of Christmas and tries to host the holiday in Halloweentown. Rated PG.


When: Oct. 24, at 2 p.m.
Where: Webster Library, 1465 York Ave.

A father, Arnold Schwarzenegger, must watch his daughter Maggie turn into a zombie as a virulent zombie epidemic spreads across the world. Rated R.

"The Haunting"

When: Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.
Where: 96th Street Library, 112 E. 96th St.

An anthropologist, a skeptic and two mediums spend the weekend in a haunted mansion in Boston. Rated PG-13.

To see a full list of Halloween activities across the city, visit DNAinfo New York's guide.