Friday Finds: Halloween Edition


In front of a residential building on the Upper East Side sits these two cute spider pumpkins. Halloween decorations do exist in New York City. (PHOTO BY ZANA NAJJAR/ THE OBSERVER)


If you’re missing man’s best friend…attend a dog parade! The only thing better than a parade dedicated to puppies is a parade dedicated to puppies dressed in adorable outfits. The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade provides just that, making it a must-see for anybody who’s missing the pet they force to hang out with them whenever they visit home. You can check out this annual event on Saturday, October 24th, in the East Village.  

If you’re feeling the Halloween spirit…tune into ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween! Starting October 19th, the network will be airing multiple of your favorite spooky-themed films each night leading up to the scariest holiday of the year. As the weather gets colder and spending time outside seems less appealing, this marathon provides the perfect solution. Check out ABC Family’s website for a detailed schedule of the movies being screened.

If you’re hungry for something other than microwavable ramen…eat at an atypical restaurant, and by atypical, I mean haunted (*insert dramatic sound effect*). The World Famous Jekyll and Hyde Club is a self-described “haunted restaurant and bar for eccentric explorers and mad scientists where guests can eat and drink among the unusual and bizarre.” Need I say more? The only downside to this unique experience is that the restaurant is located in an area New Yorkers usually try to avoid: Times Square. Nevertheless, dining at Jekyll and Hyde is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on. Visit the restaurant’s website for more information.

If you’re in the mood to decorate…go pumpkin picking! There are countless helpful videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to carve the most unique designs into the pumpkin of your choosing. Staten Island’s Decker Farm is an awesome site for such a day. Not only is this excursion Instagrammable (who doesn’t love a fall-themed aesthetic?), but it also gives you the opportunity to bask in the crisp autumn air we thought would never make its 2015 debut.

If you’re craving a challenge…solve a murder mystery! Okay, so you won’t be solving an actual murder, but you’ll be closer to doing so than when you’re binge-watching Law and Order: SVU. The Room Escape Game, courtesy of Mystery Room NYC, creates puzzles that help players figure out what storyline they’ve been put in. They then use the provided clues to beat the clock to escape. Sound intriguing? Check out the company’s website for details on how to participate.