Get a jump-start on Halloween this weekend. We’ve rounded up some awesome things to do with the kids. Tap into the excitement of the season with this costume lab, this one of a kind Halloween Hoedown, or go on a ghost scavenger hunt, just to name a few. Need more? Scroll down to see the rest of our top event picks!

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Downtown

Family Build and Wear Workshop
Families will learn how to “read” buildings for clues about their design and function through an interactive slide show. Using these concepts, participants will have the opportunity to construct their own wearable building using giant paper bags as the base for their design. Participants will also have the option of adding a crown to the design in the form of a building spire! Sun. Event Details.

Watson Adventures Ghosts of Greenwich
Kids and adults 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. Sat. Event Details.

Catch That Ghost
A unique and brainy puzzle-solving event for families! Work together as a team to catch ghosts haunting various locations around the Flatiron District of New York City — and then take on the ghost haunting the Museum of Mathematics itself! Sun. Event Details.

Midtown

Creature Collagraphs
Inspired by the exhibition It’s Alive: Frankenstein at 200, express your inner Dr. Frankenstein and bring to life a fictional creature of your own! Delve into this experimental process by collaging an assortment of recycled and found textures, decorative papers, and scraps to create a printing plate and relief prints. Sat. Event Details.

Uptown

PS 166 Fall Fest
Festival goers will enjoy outdoor inflatable rides, slime making, tie-dye bandanas, pumpkin decorating, cupcake decorating, arts & crafts, and so much more. Sat. Event Details.

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
This original glow-in-the-dark puppetry adaptation of some of Marcus Pfister’s most popular stories enchants audiences with the magical tale of the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit
Youngsters will go on a journey to discover the Hebrew “Aleph Bet” letters, while playing the role of captain with hats, ship barrels and a captain’s wheel. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Halloween Hoedown
The event features the kids’ favorites: a mini- bouncy house, face painting, tattoos, games, arts & crafts, mini-pumpkin decorating, a bake sale and a musical performance/sing-along with Hopalong Andrew! Sat. Event Details.

2018 Halloween Costume Lab
These acclaimed teachers (most of whom are accomplished artists) will work one-on-one with your child to take their ideal costume from just a vision to a reality. The only limits are your child’s imagination! Sat. Event Details.

Queens

Little Makers: Franken-Toys
Children ages 18 months and older transform fabrics, old toys and everyday materials into spook-tacular frankentoys. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Pumpkin Patch
Choose a 3-hour window for the whole family to spend at the Patch, where you can pick out the perfect pumpkins to carve as spooky jack-o-lanterns for Halloween or to bake or roast to eat. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Bronx

Family Art Project: Wormy, Squirmy Decomposers Parade
Listen to storyteller Rama Mandel read Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and hear about the critters at work in the cool damp earth beneath the ground. On a tall hat, make a dark and murky ecosystem of insects and decomposers, like earthworms, ants, protozoa and fungi. Then top it with a flower and march your decomposing troop in a fall parade. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson