Still haven’t nailed down your plans for Halloween yet? Don’t worry, we’ve pulled together a some of the city’s top events for your costumed cuties. Bonus: these are all bedtime-friendly afternoon Halloween events, which means you’ll be able to get your kids to bed on time even if they get hyped up on candy during their activities. Since Halloween is on a Thursday this year, there are lots of options to dress up and eat treats the weekend before, too. Happy haunting!
Weekend Halloween Events
Haunted High Line Halloween: Hit the High Line (in costume of course!) for face-painting, music, a pumpkin patch and a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt with real live ghosts from the High Line’s past. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free.
Central Park Pumpkin Fest: Celebrate the fall harvest season and Halloween in Central Park at this free event. The lineup of fall fun includes a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, Quidditch matches, marionette performances, creepy creature crafting, live entertainment and a farmers’ market. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free.
Tompkins Square Park Dog Costume Parade: If your kid loves dogs, this is not to be missed. Plenty of pooches in costume – what could be cuter? – will invade Tompkins Square Park for the 23rd annual dog parade. Got a pup of your own? Dress him up and try to win a prize. Sat., 12:00 pm. Free.
Halloween Spook-tacular at Top of the Rock: Here’s an option great for any kind of weather. The Top of the Rock is throwing a Halloween bash. Kids can enjoy magic shows, sweets, face painting and more, all with the beautiful backdrop of 360 degree panoramic views of New York City. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. $27 adults, $17 child, 5 and under free.
Hudson River Park Halloween Kidz Karnival: Tribeca’s new Pier 26 is hosting a Halloween Kidz Karnival, geared towards kids ages 2 to 8, complete with mask decorating and face painting sure to make every costume more amazing. Also on tap – rides, cotton candy, spin art, wax hands and Halloween themed improv shows from the Story Pirates. Sun., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Free.
Children’s Museum of the Arts Halloween Party: Build spooky sets, score a ghostly soundtrack, design your own ghoulish projects, and join in on the Children’s Museum of the Arts parade at this fun arty Halloween party. Costumes are highly encouraged so dress up! Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free with museum admission.
Halloween Bash at Apple Seeds: Another indoor option – apple seeds Upper West Side will be hosting a Halloween Bash featuring free play in the indoor playground, a songs for seeds performance, glow-in-the-dark activities, a Halloween puppet making workshop by The New Victory Theater, free dental hygiene kits, snacks, pizza and more. RSVP is required as space is limited. Sun., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. $8.
Not-So-Spooky Halloween Concert: Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band are putting on a Halloween concert at City Treehouse. They’ll be singing songs about things that go bump in the night at this fun holiday themed concert. Sun., 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. $20 advance, $25 at the door.
Ghouls and Gourds: Show off your costume and shake a tail feather at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade at the BBG. See stilt dancers, Brooklyn’s youngest heavy metal band, woodland creatures, a Victorian toy parlor, children’s book creators and more. Even if you just relax in the gardens in costume, you’ll enjoy the gorgeous fall colors. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Adults – $15; Seniors (65 and over) – $10; Students – $10; Children under 12 – Free.
Prospect Park Haunted Halloween Walk and Carnival: Prospect Park’s beloved Halloween walk and carnival are back. Take your kiddos (very young ones may be too scared) through the haunted walk starting on Lookout Hill, then enjoy the Houlihan Lokey Carnival on the Nethermead complete with games, seasonal treats and more. Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free.
Puppetry Arts Haunted Halloween Carnival: This indoor Halloween party includes a costume contest, crafts, games, giveaways and activities. While the party is free, a small fee is charged for t-shirt decorating, a haunted house, the bouncy moon walk and other activities. Plus, there are live bands and special guests like Star Wars costumed characters. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free.
Monster Mash: Put your Halloween costumes and head to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to celebrate with musical performances, dance parties, crafts and games. Tough creepy crawlers, go on a scavenger hunt, list to a spooky storytime and participate in a Thriller master class before dancing the night away with DJ Kakez. Fri. & Sat., 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. $12.
Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival: Show off your costume at Fort Greene Park’s parade and afterward you can enjoy a whole festival of fun. Go on a hayride, pick a pumpkin in the patch, get your face painted or meet a creepy critter. There is even a dog costume contest that’s bound to be filled with cuteness! Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Rain date Sun. Free.
Ascarium Weekend: The NY Aquarium is celebrating Halloween all weekend long with pumpkin painting, theater performances and a full lineup of kid-friendly activities. Barry G and Ramblin’ Davey will rock out to rhythms like Dance like a Skeleton and Act Like an Octopus. There will be a special Sea Witch Spooky Show. The Sea Lions will put on a Halloween themed show. And you’ll find trick-or-treating activities around the park. Sat. & Sun.
Powerhouse Arena Kids Halloween Party: Here’s a ghoulish Halloween party for the bookish set. Wear costumes and masks and listen to readings by author/illustrator Stephen Savage, Powerhouse Arena’s children’s book specialist and more. Sun., 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free.
Dead or Alive, Halloween at NYSCI: The New York Hall of Science is celebrating Halloween with and the Day of the Dead with a number of activities. Meet a live Arctic gray wolf ($6 adults, $5 children additional), see or try your hand at pumpkin chucking, check out Frankenstein-like projections and more. Sat. & Sun. Museum admission.
Halloween Events on Oct. 30th
Halloween Toddler Art Workshop: Toddlers ages 18 to 36 months can explore the color orange through drawings, collages, clay and wire sculptures in this Halloween toddler art workshop. Come dressed for a mess. RSVP to email@example.com. Space is limited. 10:00 am – 10:45 am. $25/student; $45/two siblings.
Spooky Yoga Storytime: Celebrate Halloween with spooky yoga poses – wolf, bat, spider, pumpkin, witch, ghost, cat, goblin and more. Wear your costume and get ready for some fun Halloween surprises like glow-in-the-dark time.11:30 am. Free.
Intrepid Halloween on the Hudson: The Intrepid has a frighteningly fun day of Halloween fun for families planned. See a screening of Hocus Pocus, burn off energy at the Monster Mash Dance Party, decorate a trick-or-treating bag, take a flashlight tour of the flight deck, pick up treats at exhibits throughout the ship and give your costume a little something extra by getting your face painted. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Museum admission.
Halloween Events on Oct. 31st
BAMboo!: Celebrate Halloween at BAM’s 12th annual block party – it’s free! This year’s theme is Egypt so expect an afternoon of sphinxes, Cleopatras and snakes. The lineup includes candy giveaways, a costume contest, button-making, a hieroglyphics artist, carnival games, performances by The Brooklyn Music School’s Rock Ensemble and stilt walkers and much more. 4:00 pm. Free.
AMNH Halloween Celebration: The halls of the American Museum of Natural History are getting a spooky makeover for the 18th Annual Halloween Celebration. Kids can trick-or-treat through the Museum, see performances from Lisa Lewis and more, see magic tricks, make arts and crafts and meet characters like Clifford, Curious George, Olivia and Wild Thing. Don’t forget to wear your costumes! 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. $11.
Halloween Dance Party with Eloise at the Plaza: Dress up in costume and join Eloise for an afternoon of Hallo-Weeny fun. Miss Christine will be hosting a marvelous monster bash followed by trick-or-treating for all (no tickets required) in The Plaza Food Hall. Reservations required for party. 3:30 pm. $45 for child/adult pair for party, trick-or-treating free.
Family Workshop Making Ghostly Goo: Roll up your sleeves and get messy at this slime-making workshop where you’ll create that icky, ghostly goo that spirits leave behind. A little science and some careful mixing come together to make this spooky concoction. Reservations required. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. $6.
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Images courtesy of Puppetry Arts and BAM