Like all things, NYC does Halloween big. Our celebrations aren’t limited to a day or a week — they happen all month long. (In every borough, in all kinds of ways!) Get out the calendar and make some notes. You’ll want to hit more than one of these events — and you should! (Many are free!) Read on to plan your rockin’ October!
photo: Luna Park Facebook page
Luna Park Halloween Harvest
Head on over to Coney Island’s Luna Park for what may be the most kid-friendly Halloween event in town. Luna Park Halloween Harvest started on Sept. 16 and will run every weekend through October. There will be magic shows, arts and crafts, story time, and of course tons of rides. Guests and their furry friends can also take part in the annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade and Costume Contest on Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. Be sure to register your dog online prior to the event.
Also, on Oct. 22 from 12- 6 p.m. Marc and the Maniac will be showing off their amazing pumpkin carving skills. (These pumpkins are truly works of art!)
Weekends Throughout October; most activities Noon- 6 p.m. (Check website for specific hours.)
Tickets: Admission to the park is free
1000 Surf Ave.
photo: Queens Botanical Garden Facebook page
Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch & Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden
Pick a pumpkin and so much more at the Harvest Fest at the Queens Botanical Garden. This annual events features live music, bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, tours, composting demonstrations, craft and food vendors, and beer & wine tent (for mom and dad).
During the Halloween at the Garden event, families can arrive in costume costume, make a botanical craft, see a magic show, and meet and take pictures with Flora, QBG’s friendly mascot. Children are also invited to trick-or-treat so be sure to bring a bag!
Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch: Sun., Oct. 15, 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Tickets: $12/adults and seniors; $10/children, members/free ($10 event parking fee)
Halloween at the Garden: Sun., Oct. 29, Noon-4 p.m.
43-50 Main St.
photo: Istolethetv via Flickr
The 26th Annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Parade
Dog lovers unite! This annual canine parade is truly a sight to be seen. Dogs and owners alike, dress in costumes and strut their stuff. With a suggested donation of only $5 this can’t be missed. The runway competition starts at noon!
Sat., Oct. 21
Tompkins Square Park
500 E. 9th St.
New York Botanical Garden: Scarecrows and Pumpkins
If pumpkins are your child’s thing, the New York Botanical Garden is the place to be this Halloween season. There will be more than 100 “friendly pumpkins” scattered through out the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Giant Pumpkin Weekend happens on October 21 and 22 and will feature, you guessed it, giant pumpkins from around the country – some even weighing over one ton! Kids can also take part in the Whole Foods Market® Trick-or-Treat Trail, where they will be able to decorate their own bag and collect wholesome treats.
Through Oct. 31
Tickets: $20/adults ($25 weekends& holidays); $18/students and seniors ($22 weekends& holidays), $8/children 2-12 ($10 weekends & holidays)
2900 Southern Blvd.
photo: Julie Larsen Maher
Boo at the Zoo: 13 Days of Halloween
The annual Halloween celebration begins Saturday, September 30 and will include: a Haunted Forest, Hayride, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Carving, Candy Trail, and Bootoberfest. will have an opportunity to meet animals often associated with Halloween folklore including, vultures, owls, and ravens. This year’s walk-through experience takes an eerie turn through a Haunted Forest. The spooky sounds, creepy crawlies, bats, spiders will keep guests on their toes as no one knows what (or who) may be lurking around the corner.
The Bronx Zoo
Weekends through Oct. 29
Advance tickets: $33.95/adults; $23.95/kids; $28.95/seniors, children under two free
2300 Southern Blvd.
photo: Historic Richmond Town website
Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town
Hop on the ferry over to Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town for some great pumpkin picking. Guests can enjoy a farmhouse tour, hayrides, face painting, arts and crafts, and a corn stalk maze. There is a free shuttle bus from the parking lot to the farm and food will be available to purchase.
Historic Richmond Town
Weekends in October, Columbus Day, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Pumpkin Picking: $6/person; $20/family of four
441 Clarke Ave.
photo: Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
To see true works of art and amazing pumpkin creations, head over to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in the Hudson Valley. This year will feature a fully-functioning 20-foot diameter Pumpkin Carousel and a color-changing Pumpkin Planetarium. This popular event tends to sell out, so get your tickets now!
Van Cortlandt Manor
Weekends throughout Oct. and Nov., ending Nov. 13; see website for specific dates and times.
$16/kids 3-17 ($20 on Sat.), $20/adults ($25 on Sat.), free for kids 3 & under and Historic Hudson Valley members.
525 S. Riverside Ave.
photo: via El Museo Del Barrio Facebook page
SUPER SÁBADO: Día de los Muertos!
Head on over to El Museo Del Barrio to celebrate the 3,000 year old Mexican tradition. Friends and relatives who have passed away, with face painting, art making, and performances.
El Museo Del Barrio
Sat., , 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
1230 5th Ave. at 104th St.
Upper East Side
photo: The High Line
Haunted High Line Halloween
The Highline has been serving families with great views and fun events since its opening, and this Halloween will be no different. It will provide a full day of programming for kids and families including live music and dancing, a magic show, cookie decorating, art projects, science experiments and face painting to name a few. Guest are invited to RSVP however the events are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sat., Oct 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
enter at West 14th St. and 10th Ave.
photo: via Brooklyn Botanic Garden Facebook page
Ghouls and Gourds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This event is chock full of great activities and performances. With over 10 musical performances, you and your kids will certainly be in the Halloween groove. There is also an insect petting zoo, arts and crafts, skee-ball and bowling as well as a veggie-themed selfie station. There will also be stilt dancers that will be walking around all day!
Sat., Oct. 28, Noon-5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15/adults; $10/students2 and seniors; free/children 12 and under
Enter at 990 Washington Ave.; 150 Eastern Pkwy, or 455 Flatbush Ave.
photo: Lincoln Center/David Flores
LC Trick or Treat 2017
Sat., Oct 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Across the Plaza of Lincoln Center
Upper West Side
photo: via Socrates Sculpture Park Facebook page
Socrates Sculpture Park Halloween Harvest Festival
This year’s theme is Dia de Los Muertes and will include a performance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York. Kids can also try their hand at costume making with Socrates artists and Free Style Arts Association. There will also be face painting, animal blessings and a Canine Costume Contest,
Sat., October 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City
photo: Puppetry Arts
Puppetry Arts Haunted Halloween Carnival
This annual carnival is free to enter and features a haunted house ($4), bouncy castle ($5), crafts, games and snacks ($3). Characters from Star Wars will be on hand for some great photo ops. Plus, the first 200 kids to arrive will receive a goody bag filled with treats.
Sat., Oct 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tickets: Free admission, with select activities for additional cost
First Street Recreation Center (First Street and fourth Avenue)
Hudson River Park’s 9th Annual Halloween Kidz Karnival
Pier 26 will be transformed into “Halloween Central” and feature interactive storytelling with with the comedy troupe Story Pirates, a magic show, pumpkin painting, rides, face painting, and treats.
Hudson River Park’s Pier 26
Sun., Oct. 29, noon-5 p.m. Mostly free; select activities $2.00
N.Moore Street and the Hudson River
photo: East Midtown Partnership Facebook page
Trick-or-Treat with East Midtown
For the 3rd year in a row the East Midtown Partnership will host a fun trick-or-treating event. Local businesses will be passing out children, but prior to that, kids can pick up a treat bag, get their face painted, and take a quick photo at Tramway Plaza. For a full list of participating businesses head over to the East Midtown website.
Tues., Oct. 31, 3 – 7 p.m.
Second Ave. between 59th & 60th St.
Halloween Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History
As if your kids don’t love AMNH already, the Saturday before Halloween they are invited to wear their costumes and roam the halls trick-or-treating. There will also be arts and crafts, live performances and visits from some beloved characters. In years past, Curious George, Clifford, and Peter Rabbit have all made appearances.
Sat., Oct. 28, 2 – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $14/person; $12/members
Central Park West at 79th Street
Upper West Side
photo: Fred Becker
This free, live show started as a collection of tombstones in the front yard of a Brooklyn brownstone, over 20 years ago. The team of performers is made up of dedicated volunteers who look to bring some scary (but safe) fun to the Brooklyn community. This year’s show will feature the VooDoo queen and her Zombie Minions.
Tues., Oct. 31, 5 – 9 p.m., every 30 minutes
313 Clinton Ave.
The 2017 Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade
Brooklyn kids can march along this annual 7th avenue parade that ends in a dance party. Parade watchers and local businesses hand out candy along the parade route so your little one will have a great time to burning off all that sugar!
Tues., Oct. 31, 6:30-9 p.m.
14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
BAM’s annual free community Halloween celebration returns, featuring music, carnival games, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, roaming artists, costume contest, and a candy giveaway.
Tues., Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m.
30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
What’s your fave Halloween event? Tell us in the comments below!