Bookmark these four fun Halloween events in Harlem, then start planning your pup's costume, a float-worthy jack o'lantern, and more.
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St
Friday, Oct 25 and Saturday, Oct 26, various times
Bring your flashlight on this tour of the Cathedral's crypt where you'll hear stories about the dearly departed and learn the origins of Halloween.
Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 85 Bradhurst Ave and 148th St
Saturday, Oct 26, noon-2:30pm; Free
Head to the bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park for this afternoon party where you can dress your pup in your cleverest costume, then capture the moment in a photo booth.
The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Aves
Wednesday, Oct 30, 4pm-7pm; Free
Carve the perfect jack o'lantern, then watch it float across the Harlem Meer at this annual flotilla–pulled by a witch–once dusk falls. Instructions for submitting your gourd are online (the most important: space is limited to the first 50 pumpkins–the drop-off starts at 4pm–and it shouldn't weigh more than 8 pounds). The family-friendly event also includes a costume parade, crafts and a pumpkin patch.
The City College of New York North Academic Center (NAC), Convent Ave and 138th St
Thursday, Oct 31, 6pm-10pm; Free
In what is becoming an annual Halloween tradition, City College is offering free-to-the-public guided tours of the secret tunnels running through its "creepy" neo-Gothic buildings, plus a visit to the school's gargoyle graveyard. Come early (5pm) for the carved pumpkin contest and silent disco. Tours start from the North Academic Center (NAC) building lobby.