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Halloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.

100 years ago, Halloween looked different from the candy craze of today. The biggest difference was a seemingly timeless custom is actually a quite recent American invention. The ritual of costumes, doorbell-ringing, and expectation of booty appeared for the first time in different locations throughout the country in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It wasn't until the late 1940s that trick-or-treating became popular on a national scale. And even then, candy wasn't the obvious treat. NJ and NY are considered top states for Halloween Treats. The average person spends this for much for treats. New Jersey ($24.36) New York ($19.08)

New York offers pumpkin carving, candy eating, and other fun activities for families to celebrate the holiday. We have free events happening in and around the Big Apple this October. Enjoy Cider All Over the City During New York City Cider Week. Taste fresh craft cider at your favorite restaurant, bars, and retail shops all across New York City. Cider Week also includes free tastings, dinners, and more. (Until Oct.- 29)
Enjoy face painting and tradition at Dia de Los Muertos at Museo del Barrio
Day of the Dead Día de Los Muertos is a time to honor and revere our deceased family members and ancestors. Join the City of New York and Mano a Mano to learn about the history and tradition. Check out trinkets at the marketplace, make buttons and participate in the altar making process. (Oct 27-29) Price: Free
Make a Statement at the NYC Village Halloween Parade
Put on your boldest makeup, craziest wig or spookiest outfit! The 44th New York City Village Halloween parade invites only those in costume to an unforgettable night featuring hundreds of giant puppets, more than 50 bands, dancers, artists and thousands showing off their own unique and creative disguise. (Oct. 31) Price: Free
Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park’s Harlem Meer
Bring the whole family and celebrate Halloween in Central Park. Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, and the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight! (Oct 29) Price: Free

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