Calling all ghouls, goblins, fairies, unicorns, and Fortnite characters – this weekend is especially for you. Don’t worry about Halloween being on a Wednesday this year. There are so many things happening, you’ll be celebrating all weekend long. Bring your costumed pup and enthusiasm to this super popular annual parade, get your Halloween party on Japanese style, or go on a hunt – with pizza included – at this spooky fête. And that’s just the beginning. Scroll to see the rest of our top picks!

Photo: Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade

Downtown

Children’s Halloween Hunt
This ticket to fun includes a costume contest, crafts, magic show, and even pizza. Plus, you’ll get free admission to the museum on your next visit. Fri. Event Details.

4th Annual Leman Prep Halloween Bash
Léman’s Annual Halloween Bash is going to be a hoot! Families with children ages’ infant through 3rd grade are welcome to experience Downtown’s premier Halloween event for kids. The fun-filled bash has the best in kid’s entertainment and engaging activities including live music, a magic show, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and spooky treats. Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

Art of Mime Workshop With Bill Bowers
Bill Bowers, mime extraordinaire, will present his popular Art of Mime workshop as part of Urban Stages’ 35th Anniversary Retrospective Series. Bill has performed as Zazu in Broadway’s “Lion King”, starred in mime shows, and has taught all over the world! In this interactive, family-friendly workshop, which tours in libraries throughout NYC, Bill will demonstrate the mime moves that made him rise to the top of his craft, and get the whole family playing along too. Sun. Event Details.

Obake Family Day
Party with kooky yokai and shape shifting obake creatures in this family-friendly spook-fest. Kids of all ages can go in costume and enjoy the thrills and chills of Halloween and the delights of fall festival—Japan-style—with a kid-friendly haunted house, spooky animated short films and a live scary sound effects performance, ghost stories, mask-making, creepy candy sculptures, fall festival games and more. Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

National Dance Institute
Kids will be dancing for kids at this year’s annual production, a joy-filled dance celebration of the cultures, creatures, and cities that thrive at the river’s edge. Sat. Event Details.

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Harlem Grown’s Halloween Festival
Family-friendly activities include face painting, wicked arts and crafts, cooking demo, and a haunted house. Of course, there will be plenty of healthy treats. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

20th Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
The Great PUPkin is the largest and longest-running dog costume competition in Brooklyn, and takes place in conjunction with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy’s Halloween Fest. Even if you don’t enter the contest, you don’t want to miss the fun of watching the dressed-up pups! Sat. Event Details.

Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade
The 14th Annual Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War is back for another year of fun. March down Manhattan Avenue to Norman Avenue, and loop back to Java for the Spooktacular Party. Afterwards, there’ll be an epic Zombie Nerf War for older kids! Sun. Event Details.

Queens

Omar’s Halloween Party
You don’t want to ghost this special family event!. Your favorite DJ / Magician, Omar Olusion, will host Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village’s annual spook-tacular Halloween event, filled with live music & dancing and more! Sat. Event Details.

Dead or Alive 2018
Families can explore the science of creepy at this annual Halloween event. Kids can make their own fake vials of blood, construct prosthetic wounds, design their own costumes, become zombies while learning about biological simulations, and create habitats for fake creatures. Plus, live music curated by Honk NYC will add to the fun, and prizes will be handed out for those who come in costume. And Chuck, the museum’s catapult, will hoist pumpkins into the air for a satisfying splattering of gourds. Sun. Event Details.

Bronx

33rd Annual Bronx Halloween Parade
The parade’s route, as in the past will weave through the streets of our neighborhood down Southern Boulevard and conclude at Fox Street in front of St. Athanasius church. Prizes are awarded for the different categories for child and adults costumes. Colorful balloons will be given out; candy will be distributed to all the children. Sat. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson