Halloween is a blessedly low-stakes kickoff to the holiday season. There’s no travel to plan, family to handle, gifts to exchange, or mistletoe to dodge. There is only the blank canvas that is you, and the opportunity to paint it with whatever strokes you wish. Kind of like every other day in New York City, but with more glitter and/or blood.
This year, instead of hunkering down with a bottle of orange wine (free recipe: it’s just chardonnay and Emergen-C), observe All Hallows’ Eve at horrifying haunted houses, spooky film screenings, petrifying parties, and the city’s spectacular night parade. Here is everywhere to celebrate Halloween today, before you start untangling those Christmas lights tomorrow.