Halloween fun starts this weekend! If your kids are begging to wear their costumes, take them to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Harvest Festival where they can march in a parade and much more. Other festive activities include a spooky symphony concert for kids by kids, the beloved annual Fall Kids Fest in Madison Square Park and a R.L. Stine appearance at The Scholastic Store. Not ready for costumes and candy just yet? Check out The New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival’s kids day or see a free play just for the 2 and under crowd.



Playable Play for Babies
Have a baby or toddler? Then catch a performance of this pop-up interactive theater performance just for the 2 and under set. The special Stomp, Clap and Make Bangs show includes Japanese visuals, sounds, songs and stories. Sat., 10:30 am. Upper West Side. Free. Ages 0 to 2. Event details.

Get ready for Halloween with a concert put on by the young ghouls and goblins of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York’s Carnegie Hill Orchestra and ISO Symphonic Band. These 8 to 19 year old musicians will play spooky classics the whole family will enjoy. Sun., 4:00 pm. Upper West Side. $15. Ages 2 and olderEvent details.


New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Children’s Series
From the fascinating fish of Texada Island to the colorful turtles on the coast of British Colombia, this morning of kid’s films at The New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival will wow your brood with captivating animals. Featured films, ranging from 8 to 25 minutes, include: Shark Riddle, Treasure Fish of Texada Island, Once Upon a Tide, People Love Turtles and Barbara Roberts-Mother of All Hedgehogs. Sat., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Columbus Circle. $18. Ages 5+Event details.

Fall Kids Fest
Madison Square Park will be filled with kid-friendly fun today. See performances by The Amazing Max, Songs for Seeds and the Little Rockers Band. Putter through the pumpkin patch, have your face painted, make arts and crafts, play games, eat food and more. Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Flatiron District. Free. All agesEvent details.


Meet R.L. Stine
Goosebumps author R.L. Stine is visiting the Scholastic Store for a chilling afternoon filled with tales of what goes bump in the night. Get your favorite Goosebumps book signed by R.L. Stine and make a vial of monster blood. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Battery Park. Free. $10 adults, $7 children 10 and under. Event details.


Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival 
Celebrate the fall season at Pier 6. Wear your costumes and enjoy a pumpkin patch, face painting, mask making, storytelling, volleyball and more. See live music from Bilingual Birdies and Audra Rox. Plus, walk in the Halloween parade at 11:45 am. Sat., 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. Brooklyn Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Symphony Space