The Best Outdoor Halloween Decorations in New York City

Halloween 2021 is finally here and nothing can stop New York City residents from celebrating it at a grand scale. Lots of houses around the city turn into spooky attractions with climbing skeletons, gigantic spiders, tons of pumpkins and even draculas and dragons. It is fun to wander around and discover these Halloween decorations on your own. But if you are short on time and want to know where the best ones are located, it’s much easier to do it with a guide. Check out a list of spots I prepared for you and enjoy the Halloween season.

Besides many fancy decorations, New York has a few haunted houses every year that are super popular and require reservations days in advance. But the biggest attraction of all is the famous West Village Halloween parade that features thousands of people dressed in elaborate costumes, music, dancing, and mind-blowing floats. Each year the organizers choose a different theme. In 2021, it is “In TWO Parts! LET’S Play!!! and ALL Together NOW”. If you have a chance, definitely experience the spectacle that is hard to match anywhere else in the world. 

Have you ever wondered where Halloween originated from? It can be traced back over 2000 years to a Celtic New Year’s Day, Samhain, that fell on November 1st. Spirits of the dead and demons were assumed to roam the Earth the night before when the border between worlds of the living and the dead disappeared. In the seventh century, Samhain transformed into All Saints’ Day or All Hallows’ Day. And the day before was known as All Hallows’ Eve that was observed with bonfires, costumes, and parades. The name eventually transformed to “Halloween” which we celebrate to this day.

Here are some of the places I promised. Let me know in the comments below which Halloween decorations you liked the most. Addresses are included so you can easily find them.

Midtown East 36th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue

Midtown East 38th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue

East 61st Street between Second and Third Avenue

East 70th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue

East 72nd Street btw Park and Madison Avenue

East 74th Street between Park and Madison Avenue

East 76th Street between Park and Madison Avenue

East 78th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue

West 94th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West

Rockefeller Center, Midtown Manhattan

Pier 17, Seaport District

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