Gather your ghouls and goblins – it’s Halloween weekend in NYC! There is so much happening around the boroughs it was super hard to pick our faves. Have tiny gremlins? Try this non-spooky costume bash, or this all ages show with everyone’s favorite Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights. If your littles aren’t so little and can handle some spooky, see if you can find the ghosts of Greenwich Village, or try to survive this “zom-pocalypse.” Scroll on to see more of our weekend event picks!

Photo: Michael Palma Mir


Day of the Dead Celebration
Hands-on activities include embellishing paper skull masks, decorating skeleton puppets, creating paper flowers, and painting plaster skulls at this fun-filled day for the entire family at the annual celebration of Día de los muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Sat. Event Details.

Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Sat. Event Details.


A Halloween Baby Bash
Go dressed in your Halloween best! There will be face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy, pizza, dancing, a costume parade, and so much more. Sat. Event Details.


Trick or Treat Tea at The Plaza
The iconic Plaza hotel will host its annual Trick or Treat Tea to celebrate Halloween. The Trick or Treat Candy Cart, loaded with chocolate and candy will be making the rounds in The Palm Court, inviting guests to indulge in its varied goodies, while enjoying special tea offerings like Tombstone Cucumber Sandwiches and Deviled Egg Salad. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights’ Harmony Filled Halloween Hootenanny
A fan favorite at Symphony Space, Brooklynite Joanie Leeds’ tuneful melodies and rich, funny and thoughtful child-respecting lyrics give depth and irresistible zip to ditties about the East River Ferry, Subway rides, funny Yiddish catch phrases and the hilarious Hipster in the Making. Sat. Event Details.

Halloween Celebration at AMNH
With more than 30 Museum halls open for the event, guests are invited to wander among “ferocious” dinosaurs, “eerie” elephants, and the “mysterious” universe for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and fun with roaming cartoon characters, stilt walkers, and balloon artists. Sat. Event Details.


Halloween DIY Workshop
During this workshop, your child will work to bring their Halloween vision to life, incorporating materials to make accessories and wearable pieces. Sat. Event Details.

Little Lola’s Costume Bash
There will be prizes for best costumes, treat bags, snacks and tons of Halloween party fun. Sat. Event Details.


Diwali Festival at Flushing Town Hall
Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with this all-ages festival and dance party, featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and the Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha, plus henna painting, rangoli (decorative design) workshops, a dance workshop, and cooking workshops led by The League of Kitchens’ Yamini. Sun. Event Details.

Curse of the Carabiner: Zom-pocalypse!
Whilst trying to uncover the secrets of the Cursed Carabiner in her experiments, Sara made a terrible miscalculation and accidentally turned everyone at Queensbridge into zombies! You’ll have to work together to help turn them back to normal at this fun all ages event. Sat. Event Details.

Staten Island

Halloween in Richmond Town
Enjoy trick or treating in the historic village with tasty treats for costumed kiddies as well as crafts, apple bobbing and games! Preregistration is required. Fri. Event Details.


Halloween at Sugar Hill
Bring the entire family for a fun-filled day of face painting, music, storytelling, art-making workshops, and more. Sun. Event Details.

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— Jesseca Stenson