Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to add some spooktacular content to your social media feeds. The city is teeming with amazing photo spots of Halloween decorations in NYC, and in this blog post, I’ll share with you some spots to explore some of the most Instagram-worthy locations. Best of all, they’re all accessible riding the MTA subway.
It goes without saying that come October 1st, Halloween decorations start popping up outside of people’s homes. This time of year marks the unofficial start to the holiday season since Christmas lights and decorations go immediately up the day after Halloween.
Neighborhoods that have stoops such as Upper East Side, Upper West, Park Slope, and Harlem, seem to be areas with some of the best Halloween decorations in NYC.
Old money UES is known for its townhouses. When I first moved into the city I lived on 2nd Ave and would walk through all the streets on the way home after work. During October, many blocks in the neighborhood transform into a picture-perfect setting with some of the most intricately decorated stoops. Personally, this is my favorite neighborhood to walk through to find Halloween decorations in NYC because the community really gets into the spooky spirit.
On the other side of Central Park, UWS is also a great neighborhood that decorates their stoops.
It only makes sense that some of the best Halloween decorations in NYC can be found in West Village since the annual Village Halloween Parade marches through the streets there. If there’s one thing New York City has an abundance of, it’s parades! Despite facing challenges like cancellation due to Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and the pandemic in 2021, the Parade has continued to find ways to bring joy to New Yorkers. In 2023 the Village Halloween Parade celebrates its 50th anniversary!
The parade typically starts at 7 pm ET on October 31, and the route starts from Spring St. and goes North on Sixth Avenue from Canal Street to 18th Street. The best part, it’s free for all to watch or join in costume!
Remember to be respectful of the residents’ properties while capturing your Instagram-worthy shots and content. So grab your camera, summon your inner witch or wizard, and get ready to enchant your followers with some spooktacular snaps!
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