If you haven’t bought your Halloween costumes yet, you may want to get them before this weekend hits! Dress up as your fav character, superhero, princess or monster and march in a costume parade, whip up some delicious and spooky haunted gingerbread houses, or trick or treat at Bryant Park. Don’t feel like dressing up? You can still get in the Halloween spirit! Go on a haunted family scavenger hunt, check out a silly costumed dog parade, or visit with monstrous pumpkins at the Botanic Gardens. Happy haunting!
Photo: Greenpoint Halloween Parade
Halloween Murder Mystery
Bring your super sleuths to this fictional mystery game. Loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the Museum by candlelight, and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Fri. Event details.
Go Stargazing at Family Astronomy Day
Take your little astronomers for an evening of star hopping as you look at the fall and winter constellations using the Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector. Learn how to navigate the night sky and see whether you can find the celestial objects hiding in plain sight. Sat. Event details.
Star Wars Yoga Jedi Training
Bring your Jedi or Wookie for a Star Wars Yoga adventure, where they’ll train using their yoga Jedi mind force to get through the obstacle courses on Naboo, balance work over the swamps of Dagobah, use the force to locate challenges left by Obi Wan. All leading up to the final test….a face off against Darth Vader. Will your Jedi choose the light or dark side of the force? Costumes are encouraged, so dress up as your favorite Jedi, Wookie, Ewok or character from Star Wars! Fri. Event details.
Pack an overnight bag and board the Intrepid for an exciting sleepover filled with a space shuttle visit, a flash light tour of the flight deck, and a ride in a flight simulator. Your little sailors will enjoy dinner, snacks and breakfast aboard this massive aircraft carrier and take home a goodie bag and t-shirt as souvenirs. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (646) 381-5010 or email groupsales@ to reserve a spot. Sat. into Sun. Event details.
Halloween Haunted Gingerbread House
Bring your spooky chef for some gingerbread fun. From frosted candy corn roofs to gummy window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece. Enjoy cheerful spooky tunes while sipping on orange hot cocoa. Costumes welcome! Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Tricks and Treats in Bryant Park
Kick off Halloween at the ghoul-est party in town at Le Carrousel in Bryant Park. Your little goobers can enjoy face-painting, pumpkin-decorating, trick-or-treating, magic and music to boot. Of course dress to impress in your Halloween costume and don’t forget to take a spin on the carousel while you’re visiting. Sat. Event details.
Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
If your kids love dogs, this is not to be missed. Hundreds of pooches in costume – what could be cuter? – will invade Tompkins Square Park for the annual dog parade. Got a pup of your own? Get creative, we’re sure your kiddos will have some ideas, and dress up your furry sidekick to join in the parade. Who knows, you might even win a prize! Sat. Event details.
Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt
Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt for the fam. You’ll work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, and a gorilla in a window. Advanced purchase is required. Happy hunting! Sat. Event details.
Children’s Halloween Parade, Party & Zombie Nerf War
Kick off the Halloween festivities at this fun parade and party. March with other costumed kiddos through Greenpoint in this Annual Spooktacular Parade and then hit the after party for music, games, and arts and crafts. There will even be a bouncy house for the little ones and a Nerf gun battle for the older kids. Sat. Event details.
Your little monsters have picked pumpkins, they have carved, painted and decorated them, now for something different. Watch “Chuck”, the NYHS catapult, toss pumpkins into the air. Take a guess at what happens! And of course, while you’re there, check out all the other cool exhibits the museum has to offer, including the Science Playground and an area designed just for the little one. Sat. Event details.
Giant Pumpkin Weekend
Sure you’ve seen some pretty big pumpkins before, but trust us, they don’t compare to this! Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—once again arrive at the Garden. Meet the growers to learn more about the growing process during Q&A sessions and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
The Great American Harvest
Hit the town and country all at one fun festival. Spend some time strolling down Center Street in Old Richmond Town to enjoy some old fashion activities like cider pressing, candle making, embroidery and needlework, lace making, stone carving, and much more. Then hope on a free trolley and head over to the farm to search for the perfect pumpkin, get lost in a corn maze, go on a hay ride, and feed the ponies. Sun. Event details.
How will your family get in the spirit this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.