6 spooky things to do this weekend in Harlem and beyond

Updated: Nov 6


Screengrab of "To America"

Day-of-the-Dead altar art, a virtual cemetery-wide performance, crypt crawls, and more—all this weekend in Harlem and beyond.


Virtual Crypt Crawl at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Friday, October 30 5pm & 7pm; Saturday, October 31 2pm & 4pm

Via Zoom

Go on a virtual tour of the Cathedral's rarely-accessible crypt while hearing stories about the entombed and more ($10).


"To America" Free Video Stream

Friday, October 30 at 7pm

Video stream

Watch the free replay of "To America," a night of music, dance and poetry—including a performance by uptown's very own Harlem Chamber Players—held last weekend at the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Curated by Death of Classical founder Andrew Ousley, the performance was inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson who wrote "Lift Every Voice and Sing" a.k.a. the "Black National Anthem."


Trick or Treat Open Streets

Saturday, October 31 2pm-6pm

• Pleasant Ave and E 118th St

• 101st St and Lexington Ave

Head to these two East Harlem Open Streets for trick-or-treats, pumpkins and more Halloween fun.


Haunted Fountain at the Cathedral

Saturday, October 31 3pm-6pm

Peace Fountain, Amsterdam Ave and 111th St

Trick-or-treating, costume contests, and more, co-hosted by the West 111th Street Block Association.


Dia de los Muertos en El Barrio

Sunday, November 1 10am-1opm

East Harlem

El Barrio's many great Mexican-owned shops and restaurants will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos with colorful ofrendas (altars), pan de muertos, and plenty more. Uptown Grand Central has a great map.


Dia de los Muertos at El Museo del Barrio

Sunday, November 1 11:30am-3:30pm and Monday, November 2 4pm-7pm

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave at E 104th St

Stop by El Museo to see "Sweet Blue," this year's Dia de los Muertos altar by artists Libby Paloma and Ace Lehner (on view until November 15). All the other Day of the Dead celebrations have moved online, including the opening ceremony by Danza Azteca and a DIY altar tutorial via Zoom.


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