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15 Free and Cheap Halloween Events in NYC

By / September 26, 2018

We have some killer news for you: Halloween in New York City doesn’t need to be a dreadful affair when it comes to deciding what to do without breaking the bank. With parties, festivals, and the legendary Village Halloween Parade providing free and cheap ways to celebrate the holiday, you can save your money for costumes and candy without sacrificing fun.

Check out these Halloween happenings that are each $10 or less. No tricks here—only treats!

Halloween at Slate NY

Slate NY

It will only cost you ten bucks to get into one of the best costume parties of Halloween weekend, with four live DJs spinning throughout the night.


Suspiria Halloween Costume Party

Videology Bar & Cinema

For one night, Videology will transform into the Tanz Dance Academy of Freiburg, inspired by the 1977 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento — and it's free to enter!


Heaven & Hell Halloween Party at Bar None

Bar None (East Village)

Party until 4am at an East Village party that's calling anyone and everyone to channel their inner goblins, witches, superheroes, or whatever you're feeling this year!

$0 - $10 / RSVP

Trick or Drink: NYC Halloween Bar Crawl

Fat Buddha

The only rules for the day's events? Wear a costume, drink, and have a killer time at a Halloween drinking extravaganza you're sure to (hopefully) remember.

$0 - $10 / RSVP

Halloween Carnaval Party at Doha Nightclub

Doha Nightclub NYC

With a cash prize for the best costume, get extra creative with your outfit and you might have your best Halloween yet!


Halloween Day Party

The Watson Hotel

Have fun before dark with an open bar, dance floor, raffle prizes, and a photo booth at this trendy Midtown spot.

$5 - $10 / RSVP

Halloween Harvest Festival

Socrates Sculpture Park

This year's festival, which features a "Fet Gede" (Haitian Festival of the Ancestors) theme, will include live performances, card readings, arts and crafts, face painting, and so much more.


NYC Parks Presents: Hallowscream

Chelsea Recreation Center

If you think you're brave, we challenge you to experience the chills and thrills that await you in this haunted house. Enter if you dare!

Prospect Park Alliance

Halloween in Prospect Park

Lookout Hill

Bring the whole family for all kinds of Halloween activities including a haunted house and treats from local food trucks.


Monster Ball Halloween Party

Milk River Lounge ( FIRST FLOOR )

It's free to enter if you're in costume and arrive before 11pm, so arrive on time and party the night away!


The Rocky Horror Picture Show Trivia

The Late Late

Channel your best Dr. Frank-N-Furter or Riff Raff (or Brad or Janet if you're not feeling bold) and show off your knowledge of the legendary horror musical.


45th Annual Village Halloween Parade

6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street

Come on out for this yearly tradition to see dozens of bands, hundreds of puppets, and thousands of other New Yorkers hit the streets in costume.


Boos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical Halloween

Brooklyn Historical Society

Learn about Brooklyn’s ghosts and hear about funerary traditions at a night that celebrates the macabre.


Gala of the Gone at House of Yes

House of Yes

Celebrate Halloween by dancing all night long in a sea of your fellow mortal souls. Plus, get witchy with tarot readings, ouija boards, seances, and more.

$0 - $10 / RSVP

Hocus Pocus: A Free 25th Anniversary Halloween Screening

SVA Theatre

Celebrate Halloween night by watching the Sanderson sisters rise from the dead and wreak havoc in this cult classic. PS: where did the last 25 years go?



Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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