Happy (almost) Halloween! This weekend is packed with themed events to get your kids excited about the big day. Don’t miss the parade in the Bronx, or this parade for costumed-pups in Brooklyn, or party it up at the AMNH’s Halloween celebration, instead. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to be a spooky good time. Check out the rest of our top family event picks for the weekend by scrolling down!

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Day of the Dead NYC 2019
Celebrate the beloved Day of the Dead tradition in New York City with art-marking, live music and more. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

5th Annual Halloween Bash
Don’t miss downtown Manhattan’s premier Halloween event for kids! Léman Manhattan’s 5th annual Halloween Bash features live music by Carnegie Hall artists, a magic show, pumpkin decorating, face painting, spooky treats, a costume parade and more. Sun. Event Details.


Family Astronomy Night
Celebrate Halloween with a special Astronomy Night and learn about the spookiest planets in the universe from astrophysicist Jackie Faherty. Fri. Event Details.


A Swingin Sesame Street Celebration
See some of your favorite feathered and furry friends sing classic Sesame Street songs alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in this swinging celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary. Fri. Event Details.

Asphalt Screams 2019
Wear your best costume for an afternoon of tricks, treats, and active Halloween games. Free and open to the public, Asphalt Screams will feature trick or treating and sports-related activities, including a Spooktacular Soccer Shootout. Fri. Event Details.

Halloween Celebration
The Museum will be open for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and general exploration. Guests will interact with roaming cartoon characters like Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and rock out to the music of David Grover and Grover’s Gang, Louie Miranda and Big Nazo’s Costume Band. Sat. Event Details.


2019 Great PUPkin
Who doesn’t love a dog in a costume? Gather to see the spectacle at Fort Greene Park! It’s free for spectators, and $5 suggested donation for participants day-of. The Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest takes place in conjunction with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy’s Halloween Festival. Sat. Event Details.


Halloween Harvest Festival
It wouldn’t be a Harvest Festival without Socrates traditions including sweet treats from local vendors, costume-making & a lantern workshop, face-painting, Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Blessing of the Animals & Pet Memorial Altar, and of course the annual Doggie Costume Contest. Sat. Event Details.

Fort Totten Halloween Festival
Enjoy a free day of spooky family fun. Highlights include a pumpkin patch, hay maze, hayride, live entertainment, interactive games, relay races, obstacle courses, inflatables, costume contests, and more! Sat. Event Details.


34th Annual Bronx Halloween Parade 2019
This year’s parade theme is Tim Burton in the Bronx, inspired by some of your favorite films. Prizes will be given in each age group, so get creative! Sat. Event Details.

Boo at the Zoo
Themed activities include magic shows, a costume parade, crafts, a candy trail, pumpkin carving demos, and so much more! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Halloween in Richmond Town
Trick-or-treat through the historic village, bob for apples, jump in the hay, and make a spooky craft to add to your bag of fall goodies! Costumed characters and crisp fall air, all set against the backdrop of Historic Richmond Town’s decorated main village site. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson

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