Nightmare—New York’s Original Haunted House
107 Suffolk St., at Rivington St.; 212-868-4444; hauntedhousenyc.com
A guided tour through the thirteen chambers in the temporarily possessed Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center promises to unsettle visitors by skipping clichéd visions of witches and goblins for rooms literally meant to embody your worst nightmares. Among the creators are Obie Award-winner Faye Armon and operatic set designer Robin Vest.
• Date: Oct. 13-31, showtimes vary
• Price: $15-$20; smarttix.com
Jack-O-Lanterns and Pumpkin Pie
Union Square Café: 21 E. 16th St., at Union Sq. West; 212-989-3510, ext. 24; unionsquarecafe.com
Along with pumpkin carving, pastry chef Emily Isaac engages youngsters with this hand-on experience of some of her favorite recipes like pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin pie. There will also be a tour of the Union Square Greenmarket. Donated cans go to City Harvest. For kids 7-12. Reservations required.
Date: Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Price: $65 and two cans of food
NYC Horror Film Festival
Tribeca Cinemas: 54 Varick St., at Laight St.; 866-468-7619
Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) and George Romero (Land of the Dead) are among the NYCHFF's previous honorees. This year's lineup of short- and full-length horror flicks includes groan-worthy titles such as Horror Business, Little Dead Girl and Newlybleds. For the finale, a new 35mm print of Steven Spielberg’s early blockbuster Jaws will be screened.
• Date: Oct. 19-23
• Price: $15 for three-film program
Rumsey Playfield, at 72nd St. and Fifth Ave.; 212-310-6691
If you're trying to tighten your belt, this may not be the Halloween event for you. But if you care about the Central Park Conservancy and have a few hundred dollars to spare, book yourself a table at the Conservancy's annual benefit dinner smack in the center of the park. Come costumed for drinks, dinner, and dancing in the Sorcerers' Tent. Prizes for Best Costume are given. Advanced tickets required.
• Date: Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
• Price: $500 and up
524 W. 27th St., bet. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.; bloodmanor.com
A trip through Chelsea's haunted mansion is not for the faint of heart. Descend into the pitch-black catacombs surrounded by zombies and creatures unknown amid the stench of embalming fluid. The masterminds behind this terrifying labyrinth claim that their diabolical creation “makes Freddy Krueger look like Leave it to Beaver.” Now that sounds scary.
• Date: Oct. 26-31
• Price: $20-$30
An Evening with Poe
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum: 421 E. 61st St.; 212-838-6878; mvhm.org
In the museum’s candlelit Upper Hall, Edgar Allan Poe impersonator Kevin Mitchell Martin stars in this one-man play based on the life and writings of the master of the macabre. Wine will be served for the adults; kids ages 10 and up can enjoy cookies and cider. Preregistration required.
Date: Oct. 27-28, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Price: $15, $12 for museum members
Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls
Cathedral of St. John the Divine: 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St.; 212-316-7540stjohndivine.org
Gear up for El Dia de Los Muertos with a screening of the 1925 silent masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera starring the man of a thousand faces, Lon Chaney. Obie Award-winner Ralph Lee's puppet creations make up the concluding grand procession. Reservations are suggested.
• Date: Oct. 28, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
• Price: Adults: $15; students and seniors: $8
Morning of the Gargoyles
Cathedral of St. John the Divine: 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St.; 212-932-7347; stjohndivine.org
This event starts with a reading of Eve Bunting's Night of the Gargoyles. Afterwards, children head down to the workshop to assemble clay gargoyles, skeleton creatures and creepy masks. For kids 4 and up.
Date: Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Price: $5 per child with adult
Gotham City Ghost Tour
For reservations and meeting place, call 212-465-3331
A tour of the historic, infamous and eerier landmarks in Greenwich Village with stops at the cemetery at St. Mark's Church, a burial ground at Washington Square, the hanging elm (a 19th century public execution site), and Edgar Allan Poe's home. Monday's tour ends at the Halloween Parade site on Sixth Ave.
Date: Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.; and Oct. 31, 6 p.m.
Boo! Not So Scary Stories for Halloween
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W. 53rd St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-708-9805; moma.org
Part of MoMA’s Family Film Series includes this evening of cinematic shorts adapted from such children’s book classics as Where the Wild Things Are and Strega Nona. For kids 5 and up.
Date: Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m.