You’ll find a frightening amount of spooky Halloween celebrations happening this weekend, but if you’re not in the mood for ghouls, goblins or dressing up just yet, you still have a few weekend activity options. Any little woodland creature and fairy fans should enjoy a (free) enchanted weekend at Wave Hill. Music enthusiasts can catch a City Stomp or Charlie Hope concert. Artsy kids can learn about shadow puppets or make scary masks. If you are looking for Halloween activities this weekend, check out our list of more than 20 Halloween events here or attend a spooky storytime in Teardrop Park. Happy haunting!
Enchanted Wave Hill Weekend
Little fairies and gnomes can create their own tiny woodland dwellings using sticks and other fallen materials. There will be enchanted fairy tale storytimes and mysterious music playing. Best of all, this Target free weekend is timed perfectly so Wave Hill will have beautiful fall colors throughout the garden and woods. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am. Bronx. Free. All ages. Event details.
Charlie Hope Concert
When kid’s music gets dumped on by cynical and uniformed adults, it’s often music for babies that invokes the most disdain. Tunes for the toddler set can indeed be formulaic and inane but Charlie Hope is changing that stoic image with each album of her sweet, warm, and genuine songs. Sat., 11:00 am. Upper West Side. $20/adults, $15/kids. Event details.
Spooky Stories in Teardrop Park
LuAnn Adams will spin spooky tales of the natural world in Teardrop Park. You might even spot some special guests lurking among the rocks at this spooky storytime for all ages. Sat., 11:00 am. Tribeca. Free. All ages. Event details.
Shadow Puppet Workshop
Animator and puppeteer Laurie O’Brien will lead a workshop that teaches kids about shadow puppet-making and storytelling. Kids will, of course, get to make their own puppet and stories, and even participate in a multimedia performance incorporating their creations with an animated background. Sat., 10:00 am. Fort Greene. $10 for one child and adult pair. Ages 7-13. Event details.
City Stomp Halloween Concert
City Stomp is celebrating the release of their new CD The Blue Line at the band’s annual Halloween concert. NYC-inspired songs feature rock, hip hop, jazz, funk and more. Costumes are encouraged and a few ghoulish tunes will be played. Sun., 2:30 pm. Park Slope. $12 – $50. All ages. Event details.
Spook-tacular Monster Making
Make a spooky, scary, one-of-a-kind monster puppet at this NYSCI Little Makers workshop. They’ll have socks, buttons and everyday household materials on hand for your creative little ones to use. Sun., 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Corona. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission. Ages 18 months and older. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
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