Top 10 Activities of October 2018

The spookiest season has arrived, filled with haunted houses and pumpkins, apple cider and hard cider, pizza and…pickles. Yet, even though Halloween is October’s most anticipated event in New York, there are plenty of other arty, fun and festive events going on this month. Be sure not to miss a beat.


New York Comic Con

October 4th to October 7th, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

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One the world’s largest Comic Cons and the nation’s biggest event dedicated to pop culture, New York Comic Con is one of our favorite events here in the City. Get your tickets to get a chance to meet your favorite actors, do some fun shopping, or show your best costumes. Or just hang around the Javits Center to see all the cosplayers in their incredible costumes. Especially if you’re with your kids, they’ll love it.


Pickle Day

October 14th, 2018 (4:00PM-7:00PM)

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Pickles? How original you might think. Head over to Orchard Street, between Delancey and East Houston in the Lower East Side for the world’s largest pickle festival and you won’t regret it. Join the pickling contest, or come along to see what the vendors have in store for you.


Slice Out Hunger Pizza Party

October 10th, 2018


Today at St. Anthony’s Church you will have the opportunity to join the 10th annual $1 Pizza Party. There will be pizza offered from some of the top pizzerias in New York. 100% of the funds raised will be directly split 50/50 between two charitable organizations, so eat on! But make sure you bring CASH to this event. Check it out on the official website for more details.


Masquerade Ball

October 19th, 2018 (8:00PM)

The adult version of Halloween, Venetian style. Dress to impress the ultimate best at The Champagne Ball held at Goldbar.


Indian Festival of Lights

October 13th, 2018

Check out this free cultural festival, Diwali at Times Square, where you will find cultural performances, dancers, and Indian food vendors during the day, and at 6:00 PM, there will be a Bollywood concert with “Bollywood stars, artists and performers” around Broadway & 47th street.


24 Hour Plays on Broadway

October 29th, 2018 (8:00 PM)

 Do you think it’s possible to create, stage, memorize and perform a play in a single day? See for yourself at Plays Made in a Day, where Broadway professionals take on the challenge, and certainly do not disappoint at the American Airlines Theater. Be sure to grab your tickets soon!


Ghouls & Gourds

October 27, 2018  (12:00 PM  to 5:30 PM)

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is hosting a family fall festival filled with music, activities and entertainment. Make sure you make it to the costume parade at 4:30 PM. The event is free for children 12 and under, but a blast for the whole family.


Tacos & Tequila (21+)

October 11th, 2018 (10:00 PM- 1:00 AM)

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For an all inclusive price of $150, go on a taco and cocktail sampling spree hosted by Aarón Sánchez. With unlimited cocktails, you and your friends can take this fiesta into the night. The event is held at 543 West 28th Street. Get your tickets!


Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 18th–21st, 2018

The American Museum of Natural History will be screening documentaries that focus on the diversity of people and cultures that make up our human planet. all documentaries, hybrid works, shorts, experimental films, essay films, animation, and new medias are newly created throughout the last 3 years, and feature films from all around the world. Be sure to buy your tickets in advanced.


The Village Halloween Parade

October 31st, 07:00pm-10:30pm


The Village Halloween Parade is definitely one of the annual best things to do in New York. If you’re in the city on October 31st, be sure not to miss this iconic event and save yourself a good spot to watch its participants parade in their amazing costumes. Or even better, dress up and join in the fun! It’s one of our most festive (and spookiest) events!



October offers such a wide range of activities to suit every niche. If you are looking for more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.comor contact us at