Top 10 Things To Do In October

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Touchdown!

Football is back and better than ever. 

The return of fall can only mean one thing—football season has officially kicked off. So why not take the opportunity to see some of your favorite NFL stars work their athletic magic in person? Come watch firsthand as the New York Giants tackle the Dallas Cowboys on 10/25 right in the Big Apple’s very own MetLife Stadium for what’s sure to be a must-see game of the season. Just don’t forget to bring plenty of team spirit. Now, on your mark… get set… HIKE! (1 MetLife Stadium Dr.)

Floats, Music, Marching, Oh My!

There’s no better way to celebrate Columbus Day. 

Summer may be over, but NYC’s outdoor activities have only just begun. Come take part in all the excitement by attending the annual Columbus Day Parade, which kicks off at 11:20 a.m. on Oct. 12. From fantastic floats to a wide array of musical performances, this festive occasion transforms Fifth Avenue into a joyous holiday spectacle you can’t help but fall in love with. Not only is this the perfect way to honor such a famous explorer, but it also marks one of the few times a year when Monday can actually be filled with fun. (5th Ave b/w 47th and 72nd St.)

Welcome To Blood Manor.

Tis the season for a good haunting. 

In the mood for a spooky fall adventure? Then Blood Manor’s haunted house is just the place for you and yours to see all of your Halloween fantasies (or rather nightmares) come true. Featuring a host of terrifying attractions, including The Crypt, The Wake, Thunderdome, Hannibal’s Hell, and more, this annual event is guaranteed to deliver a scare you won’t soon forget… even if you want to. And don’t be surprised if you bump into a few zombies and demons along the way. Enter at your own risk! (163 Varick St.)

Feel The Beat.

The CMJ Music & Film Festival is here. 

Beginning Oct. 13-17, NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival will once again kick off its annual festivities with a ton of exciting new bands and panels. This five-day, five-night celebration brings well over 1,000 artists together to commemorate all things music and film, ranging from exclusive nighttime parties and lounges to daytime exhibits and live performances. This event has everything music and film lovers could ever hope for. Now that’s certainly music to our ears. (cmj.com)

Broadway Bites.

Tasty treats for all to enjoy. 

NYC’s culinary pop-up market is back and better than ever! Located right in the heart of Greeley Square Park, Broadway Bites is an amazing seasonal event presented by UrbanSpace, which brings together the city’s most popular chefs, small culinary businesses, and artisan producers for an array of delicious outdoor cooking. Your taste buds will be singing and dancing by the time you make your way through all the different vendors. The fun starts on Oct. 5. (33rd St. and Broadway)

Ice, Ice, Baby.

Witness the NY Rangers in action. 

When it comes to competitive, non-stop action, no sport does it better than professional ice hockey. Come watch as the New York Rangers take the ice against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden and battle it out in what’s sure to be an epic showdown you won’t soon forget. Trust us when we say this is one NYC experience sports lovers simply shouldn’t pass up. The puck drops on 10/18. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Gotham Takes Manhattan.

Get ready for superheroes galore. 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superheroes in Gotham! It’s time to unleash the bat signal, folks, because the New York Historical Society is about to get in touch with its inner-comic nerd this fall. Starting on 10/9, this exciting exhibit will explore the New York origins of the six major DC and Marvel superhero comics, which date back all the way to the 1930s. Come see how the stories evolved from the page to the small and silver screen and the effect it’s had throughout our culture. The installation will also include rarities such as a 1938 copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, as well as Batman #1, circa 1940. (170 Central Park West)

Trick or Treat.

NYC’s spooktacular Halloween parade. 

Something wicked this way comes! And, of course, when we say “wicked,” we mean wicked fun, which is pretty much the only way to describe the city’s annual Village Halloween Parade. Located in the heart of the West Village, this spooktacular event features puppets, bands, dancers, and thousands of New Yorkers as they march up Sixth Avenue in costumes of their own creation. Whether you decide to participate in the festivities yourself or simply observe the action from the sidelines, this is guaranteed to be a night(mare) you won’t soon forget. So come one, come all… if you dare. The debauchery begins on Halloween night (10/31) at 7 p.m. (halloween-nyc.com).

New York Comic Con.

For the comic book lover in all of us. 

Known as one of the biggest and most exciting pop culture experiences on the East Coast, New York Comic Con is a must-see event for all comic book lovers. From interesting panels to sneak peeks at films and TV shows well before their release date, this convention allows participants to get an exclusive, inside look into various facets of the entertainment industry. There are even scheduled autograph sessions, giving fans the chance to interact with their favorite creators.  Trust me when we say this is one phenomenon you won’t want to miss. The fun starts 10/8-10/11 at the Javits Center. (655 W. 34th St.)

Day of the Dead.

Dead & Company visit Madison Square Garden. 

This holiday may center around the dead, but attending a Dead & Company concert will never make you feel more alive. Featuring Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir along with Grammy winning singer/guitarist John Mayer, Dead & Company will take the stage on Halloween night at The Garden for a musical evening you won’t soon forget. The band will perform two sets of music drawing largely from The Dead’s historic catalog of songs. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)