NYC Upper West Side Halloween Decorations 2023

Hi friends, welcome back to another spooky tour! While researching festive activities around NYC, I realized Iโ€™ve been neglecting the townhomes on the Upper West Side. I always love the over the top decorations on the Upper East Side, but have yet to venture west in October until this year. I scoured the web and Instagram to plan my route and headed uptown on a beautiful, crisp, fall day. There were a few homes that went all out, some that went for a minimalistic approach, and some showcased a classic fall front porch. I organized this post by street for those visiting NYC in the fall and also so I can use this as a guide next year ๐Ÿ™‚ I got off the subway on 96th Street and found the first house on 94th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam.

88th Street between Columbus and Central Park West.

87th Street between Amsterdam and Central Park West.

83rd Street between Columbus and Central Park West.

82nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam.

81st Street between Columbus and Amsterdam.

78th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam.

75th Street between Columbus and Central Park West.

71st Street between West End and Amsterdam.

This is how I would decorate my stoop.

69th Street between Columbus and Central Park West.

I feel qualified to rate the overall to rate the decorations in the neighborhood, and Iโ€™d give it a B-. There werenโ€™t as many decorated houses as I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed my spooky stroll through the Upper West Side. What do you think of these Halloween decorations?

34 thoughts on “NYC Upper West Side Halloween Decorations 2023

  1. A good mix of harvest and spooky themes. I must admit I am a fan of harvest and spooky, but not so much of fright and gore that seems to pervade my area. Thanks for showing us the neighbourhood Lyssy. Allan

    1. I would agree with you, I also don’t love the inflatable yard things but the massive skeletons people have are pretty cool.

  2. This is such a brilliant post, Lyssy! Looks like Halloween in New York is spooktacular and bursting with lots of fun and skeleton madness. I love how so many houses in the city are adorned with colourful pumpkins, and how some of the entrances are decorated to the point where it looks like itโ€™s from a horror movie. Do you guys ever take part in or attend the Village Halloween Parade? Thanks for sharing and have a good day ๐Ÿ™‚ Aiva xx

    1. NYC really goes all out for holidays! It’s always fun seeing the variety of decor and how people choose to decorate. We have never been to the Halloween parade but I really should go one year. There is a dog parade too that would be adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Some of the people went all out on the Halloween theme, while others decorated for fall. I think I like the ones with pumpkins and mums on their steps/porches the best. The homes are very beautiful, and I’m sure very expensive. Isn’t October the best?

    1. It was fun to see the variety of decorations. I like the pumpkins and mums too. The neighborhood is very beautiful, expensive for sure and it seemed one was getting renovated on every street. Pretty expensive, even to rent! October is the best!

  4. I also prefer the scenes with pumpkins. Is everything left out overnight Lissy? Or set up each morning? (of course stuff can be swiped during daytime also!)

    1. I like the pumpkins too. I think everything is left out all night, but I haven’t heard of any theft problems, but I’m sure things happen.

  5. I think they rate pretty well! We don’t have much of anything around us for Halloween or fall decorations. A few people might put out a pumpkin or a mum or two but that’s about it.

    1. The city really goes all out, it is fun to see! Surprisingly many decorate for Halloween but not Christmas.

  6. I recall last year’s Upper East Side displays being more involved and unique. These all run together a little, although the one with Superman and all of the other skeletons is great. Just curious; do you ever see “For Sale” signs on properties like these or do the transactions take place without the public really knowing? I can’t imagine what some of these places go for.

    1. You are right, I’m excited to head to the UES now that I’ve seen the competition. The Superman one was very involved, that one gets an A+ from me. There were quite a few for sale signs and also a lot of renovations going on. It’s also hard to tell which ones are apartments vs someone’s home. Some are VERY expensive I just looked on Zillow haha

      1. My husband and I do the decorations-The Superman BBQ house on 75th. We put a lot of thought and TLC into our set-up. Come by on Halloween, we have a special set up for the trick or treaters. And if you do, please make sure to say hi. We also decorate for Christmas. Thanks for your post.

      2. I can tell all of the thought and time it takes to make your spooky setup! It’s such a fun way to enjoy the spooky season. I’ll be sure to say hi if I make it up there on Halloween, but if not I look forward to seeing the Christmas decorations ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Gosh, householders really do go to town with their Halloween decorations Lyssy. It all looks very spooky and fun. The most that ever happens where we live is that some people put candle lit pumpkins on their doorsteps to signify that children are welcome to ring the doorbell for trick or treat!

    1. It is fun seeing all of the decor and efforts! The US really ran with the Halloween holiday. We have a few kids trick or treating in our building, but they receive a list of all the apartments that will pass out candy.

  8. Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday, but I do appreciate the time and dedication that Halloween lovers put into decorating their homes! I had no idea that it was a huge thing in NYC to go all out in Halloween decorations, but it all looks stunning! I can imagine that Christmas decorations must be wonderful as well…thanks for sharing!

    1. I was happy to see all the decorations without worrying about where to store them. Surprisingly the homes don’t decorate much for Christmas compared to Halloween. But the city definitely goes all out. I’ve already seen lights being strung on the trees int he park by us.

  9. It’s so creative and sets the mood for the festive season. Unfortunately I haven’t noticed any Halloween decorations in Paris yet. There is, however, a celebration of Dรญa de los Muertos, as if the French prefer what comes from Mexico rather than the USA/Canada.

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