Our top event picks are positively spooky this weekend. A dragon workshop, a “batty” parade, or a spooktacular good time at the zoo – which will you choose? There’s also tons of not so scary festivals and drop-in classes just waiting for you and the kids. Scroll down for our list of top events for families this weekend in NYC!

Photo: Juhan Sonin via flickr


RISE of the Jack-o-lanterns
The RISE features 1,000+ hand-carved illuminated jack-o-lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path that’s sure to bring out the fall spirit in visitors of all ages! Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Family Day: Build a Lego City
In this free drop-in program, families will explore architecture, design and construction with everyone’s favorite building material—Lego bricks! Create a Lego masterpiece as you work together to create buildings to add to a model city inspired by New York City. Sat. Event Details.


The Pout-Pout Fish
Put your fins together for this brand new musical based on the best-selling children’s book series. When Ms. Clam’s precious pearl gets swept out to sea, everyone’s favorite frowny fishie blankets the reef with his biggest dreary-weary yet. Can a fish of little faith find the gem and save the day? Be “shore” to find out! Sat. Event Details.


Halloween Murder Mystery
This murder mystery game is loosely based on an actual newspaper account of an unidentified skeleton discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Who was killed? By whom? With what? Explore the Museum by candlelight and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Sat. Event Details.

Dia De Muertos Celebration
Celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition that commemorates friends and relatives who have passed away, with face painting, art making, performances and more. Sat. Event Details.


Harvest Festival
Activities for the day include a pumpkin patch, face painting, music, live animals, arts & crafts, enrichment activities, story hour, lawn games, and more. Sat. Event Details.

Dragon Animation Workshop
Read stories about dragons before creating an animated short film of your own. Kids can create their own sets and characters, and then learn the basics of stop-motion animation to create their film before the end of the session. Sun. Event Details.


Halloween Festival
Enjoy field games, free pumpkins, pumpkin decorations, arts and crafts, Halloween-themed activities, face painting with Agostino Arts, live animals, and inflatables! Sat. Event Details.

4th Annual “Batty Over Halloween”
There will be face painting, stilt walking balloon artists, children’s dance performances, Halloween photo rooms, Halloween crafts, and more! Sun. Event Details.


Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend
Get your hands dirty—literally—as you explore the process of decomposition at Wave Hill. Investigate the forest floor in the Herbert and Hyonja Abrons Woodland, handle real-life scavengers and decomposers, visit the Boneyard, get composting info and even make wearable art inspired by decomposers. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Harvest Festival
Celebrate autumn and local produce at the 6th annual Harvest Festival! Activities include pumpkin carving and painting, scarecrow building, apple bobbing, face painting, live music, educational activities, crafts, games, and more! Sat. Event Details.

Don’t miss Staten Island’s largest Halloween-themed event brimming with shows, games, and enchantment spread over the Zoo’s 8-acre campus. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


featured image: Juhan Sonin via flickr