By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’ll be spending Halloween in New York City and staying with friends. Can you suggest some fun things that we might be able to do?

A: From blood curdling screams to eerie things that go bump in the night, New York City has its share of ghoulish activities planned for this annual fright night. During the whole weekend leading up to Halloween, there’s a bucketful of things to see and do. Here’s a rundown:

What a better way to celebrate than to hear the prose from legendary writer Edgar Allen Poe who penned such poems as “The Haunted Palace,” “Spirits of the Dead” and the short story, “The Devil in the Belfry” to name a few. And to boot, the spine-tingling readings will occur in one of the seventh oldest buildings in Manhattan, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (

Located in the Upper East Side this historic building was deemed a country escape for New Yorkers who wanted to flee the populated southern tip back in the early 1800’s. An Evening with Poe is scheduled October 27 and 28 at 6:30 and 8pm.

For a realistic haunted attraction, Blood Manor ( promises to pack in monsters, macabre and mayhem. The organizers say the 20-minute experience will have you enter a labyrinth of dark halls that leads into 12 eerily decorated rooms including NYC’s only 3-D haunted maze.

You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot an ambulance and hearse parked outside the venue. Want to hear some chilling tales from the crypt? Venture over to the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn where a tour guide will give you the low down on some notable haunted stories.

The New York City Tourism Office reports the cemetery’s resident historian Jeff Richman will lead the tour. Cemetery tours start at 1pm and are scheduled October 29 and October 30.

Cinephiles can hunker down at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island ( for the Halloween Film Series scheduled October 28-31 featuring frightening favorites such as the Exorcist, Psycho, Frankenstein, Ghostbusters and more.

Lastly, get your costume on and revel with the rest of them at NYC’s Village Parade ( The parade starts 7pm sharp, October 31. Participants need to arrive at 6:30pm on 6th Ave. South of Spring St.

For schedules, directions and other details log onto any of the above web sites.


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