It may be another week before it’s officially Halloween, but you wouldn’t know it after hearing the line up we have for you this weekend. March along the boardwalk in the Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade, set your pumpkin afloat in Central Park at the Pumpkin Flotilla, or brave your way through the spooky rails of the High Line. Costumes are welcomed, if not encouraged, at all events, so get creative and make us proud!
Photo: Haunted High Line
Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla
Get in the Halloween spirit, put on your costumes and head to the park for live music, spooky stories, crafts, pumpkin carving demonstrations and a parade. Stay until twilight to watch fifty pumpkins float across the Harlem Meer. Try your luck and enter to get your pumpkin a coveted spot in the flotilla. See website for rules and registration. Sun. 3:30-7 p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Get Spooky at the Haunted High Line
The High Line is haunted with ghost trains and spooky characters from the elevated railway’s industrial past! Bring your little monsters to enjoy a puppet show, storytelling, face painting, a photo booth, a take-home art project, and a ghost-themed scavenger hunt featuring characters from the High Line’s history. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chelsea. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Workshop: Decorate a Haunted House
Bring your spooky chef and get creative decorating your very own Haunted House with unlimited candy and icing. With orange frosted roofs and candy corn windows, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate their very own masterpiece. Enjoy cheerful spookily tunes and experience quality family time as you celebrate the season. Costumes welcomed and encouraged! Sat. 9-10 a.m. Chelsea. $75/parent, child pair. All ages. Event details.
Annual Halloween Dog Parade
If your kid loves dogs, this is not to be missed. Hundreds of pooches in costume – what could be cuter? – will invade Tompkins Square Park for the 25th annual dog parade. Got a pup of your own? Get creative, we’re sure your kiddos have will have some ideas, and dress up your furry sidekick to join in the parade. Who knows, you might even win a prize! Sat. Noon-3 p.m. Alphabet City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Washington Market Park Children’s Parade
Your little ones can strut their stuff in their costumes with other little characters at this annual parade. Hang out after to play penny-in-a-haystack, dig for bones in the sandbox, and other fun games. The parade line-up begins at 12:45 p.m near CitiGroup Plaza. Strollers are not permitted in the park during the event, but a free stroller-check will be available at Duane St. and Greenwhich St. Sun. 1-3 p.m. Tribeca. Free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Halloween Prospect Park Style
Pick your poison because the park has something for every little ghost and goblin to enjoy. If you dare, embark on a haunted walk where you will encounter zombies, werewolves, good (and not-so-good) witches, and other Halloween characters (best for kids ages 7 to 12). Want another fright? Head to the Lefferts Historic House for scary stories. If you don’t feel like a scare, dress to impress in your best costumes and hit the fair in the Nethermead for an afternoon of Halloween games, crafts and delicious food from the city’s top food trucks. And don’t forget to swing by to pay the animals a visit at Boo at the Zoo, where your family can enjoy a scavenge hunt, face painting and games. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Prospect Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Party on the Water at the Harvest Festival
You’re going to want to dress up for this party, and we don’t mean fancy shoes and a dress. Get into your Halloween costumes and hit the Brooklyn waterfront to dance to live music by Rolie Polie GUacamole, Shine and the Moonbeams and the Deedle Deedle Dees, play games, listen to spooky stories and create Halloween themed arts and crafts. Make sure to swing by the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect gourd for your jack-o-lantern and venture down the spooky walk if you dare. And you didn’t get all dressed up for nothing, march in the parade to show off your creative costumes. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Brooklyn Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade
Get creative with your costume for this annual Coney Island tradition. Festivities begin at 10:00 am with music, magicians, face painting, costumed characters and more. At noon, enter the Halloween Costume Contest. We hear they give extra points for homemade or Coney Island themed costume ideas. Then march down the boardwalk in the parade. The first 1,500 registered participants receive a 2 hour Luna Park unlimited ride wristband and a goodie bag. Sat. 10 a.m. Coney Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
Make Your Own Costume
Why buy an off the rack get up when your little ones can make their very own costume of their dreams …or nightmares? Head to this costume creation workshop filled with tools and fun materials, as well as trained Halloween Engineers (Halloweengineers for short) on hand to help you make, sew and glue. All you need to do is bring your imaginations and get to work! Sat. 1:30-3 p.m. & 3:30-5 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Museum admission plus $10/adult, child pair. Recommended for age 5 and up. Event details.
Children’s Fall Festival
Head to the farm in costume, moms and dads can dress up too, for a full day of Halloween fun. Your kiddos can play games, jump around in bounce houses, ride ponies, watch a pig race and get lost in the Amazing Maize. Feeling really brave? Hit the Haunted House for some spooky fun. And keep your eyes open, because there will be professional character look-alikes roaming around, we heard Tigger was spotted last year. There is no ATM on site, so make sure to plan ahead. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Floral Park. $5/person. All ages. Event details.
Spooky Nighttime Adventure
Venture into the garden for a spooky nighttime adventure. Wear your costume, bring a bucket and grab a complimentary flashlight to guide your way along the Trick-or-Treat trail after dark, listen to spooky ghost stories, marvel at larger-than life skeletons and listen for critters in the night. Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bronx. $20/person; $15/member; children under 2 are free. Event details.
Where will your family kick off the Halloween festivities this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.