Now that the pumpkins have been picked and carved, what do you do with them? Well, you can take them to the Pumpkin Smash this weekend, a fun and sustainable way to dispose of your jack-o-lanterns. You’ll also have your pick of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations, like this one at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Have a Minecraft-obsessed kid at home? Don’t miss Minefaire at NYSCI. They’ll get to compete in tournaments and more. Plus, it’s New York City Marathon weekend! Cheer on the runners at this fun cheering station. This is just some of the fun happenings for families in NYC this weekend. Scroll down for the rest of our top picks!

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MOCACREATE: Found Sculptures
Sculptor Jerome Seu found inspiration for his creations at his family’s grocery store. He turned old wooden crates into remarkable works of art. Transform every day and found objects into unique sculptures that share the stories of what they were and what they’ve become. Sat. Event Details.

Pumpkin Smash
Dispose of your leftover pumpkins the fun and sustainable way at this fall festival and pumpkin smash. They provide the tools and you bring the pumpkins for a smashing good time featuring kid-friendly pumpkin smashing, festive games, and fall refreshments. Sat. Event Details.

Day of the Dead
Join in the museum’s annual celebration of el Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. The group Cetiliztli Nauhcampa performs dances and music from Anahuac, the south-central Valley of Mexico. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy hands-on activities. Sat.-Sun.Event Details.


Holiday Shops at Winter Village
Over 170 Holiday Shops, curated by Urbanspace, will be featured this year at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. A mix of food and artisanal boutiques, offering delicious eats and exquisite gifts, will be found at The Holiday Shops, including Verrier Handcrafted, Jack + G, Olfactory, Reeci, and Baking Bean. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Aesop’s Fables
You’ll happily keep your eyes wide and your ears open to take in the colorful costumes, enthralling dance and spirited sounds of South Africa in this vibrant opera by the incomparable Isango Ensemble. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Inwood Pumpkin Pageant
The Inwood Pumpkin Pageant returns for its sixth year to Isham Park for another spooky display of Halloween artistry. Local residents bring their carved jack-o-lanterns to the park the evening after Halloween for a grand community event. Afterwards the pumpkins are recycled for composting, saving them from the landfill. Fri. Event Details.

Day of the Dead
Immerse yourself in the traditions of Día de Muertos in this family-friendly, full-day festival at the AMNH featuring altars dedicated to extinct animal species, performances by Mexican folk musicians and dance troupes, hands-on artisanal and scientific workshops, and a craft marketplace. Sat. Event Details.


NYRR NYC Marathon Cheering Station
Join the Downtown BK community from to cheer on the brave souls taking on the 26.2 mile challenge of the New York Marathon with music and treats! Sun. Event Details.

Dia De Los Muertos
You’re invited to celebrate and experience the delicious flavors and cultural traditions of the special holiday. Join a Spanish language lesson with Espáñate, make art inspired by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, and bake your own Pan de Muertos with Don Paco López Panaderia located right in Brooklyn! Sun. Event Details.


Diwali Dance Party
Celebrate Diwali with this all-ages festival and dance party, featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha! Learn Bollywood, bhangra, and Kathak dance moves, then hit the dance floor. Sat. Event Details.

MINECRAFT Players and Their Families Unite at Minefaire to compete in tournaments and build battles, participate in the famed costume contest, witness live stage shows, shop at the World’s Largest Official MINECRAFT Merch Store, solve your way out of the MINECRAFT Escape Room and more! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Seasonal Arts and Crafts
Participants will create projects inspired by the changing seasons. Fri. Event Details.

Staten Island

NYC Parks Play Mobile
Join the NYC Parks Play Mobile at Tompkinsville Park for an afternoon of fun and play. The Play Mobile is stocked with recreational games, toys, and more! Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson

featured image: Henry Huey via flickr