If you’ve got some little monsters in your house that love to dress up, love candy and love a good party, this weekend is for them! March down the boardwalk at the Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade, look for spooky ghosts trains on the Haunted High Line, trick or treat aboard the Intrepid or stroll through the Queens County Farm’s Haunted House….if you dare! Halloween may not be until Monday, but we say put on your costumes Friday and keep the party going all weekend long!

haunted highline via nycparks.org

Photo: Haunted High Line 



Ghoulie Gala
Calling all princesses, monsters, witches, superheroes…. anything you can dream up! Dress in costume and kick of Halloween weekend with building-wide trick or treating, fun adventures in the big and little gym, ghost bowling and pizza and dessert. Fri. Event details

LC Trick-or-Treat
Celebrate Halloween at Lincoln Center with trick-or-treating, a musical costume parade, crafts, a costume contest, scavenger “haunt,”  a monster-themed reading and more.  Your little goobers will love dancing through the halls, plazas and parks to live music and of course, collecting treats. Sat. Event details

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. This year will even include a live bat encounter presentations by the Organization for Bat Conservation. Sun. 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. Event details

Intrepid Halloween on the Hudson
The Intrepid has a frighteningly fun day of Halloween fun for families planned. See a screening of Ghost Busters, decorate fall-themed cookies on the mess deck, and embark on a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt that will lead your kiddies on an exploration of the Museum. Sun. Event details


Asphalt Screams
This celebration is sure to be a scream! Head to either the Battery Park City or Upper East Side location to trick-or-treat, play some Spooktacular Soccer and other Halloween themed activities, and listen to live music. And of course, it’s Halloween weekend, so wear your costumes. Fri. Event details


Halloween Kidz Karnival
The pier is being transformed into “Halloween Central” to kick off Halloween weekend.Your little monsters can enjoy interactive storytelling with Story Pirates, magic with Kid Ace, rides, face painting, treats and much more. Sun. Event details


Shipwrecked Halloween
Ahoy mateys, it’s going to be shipwrecked Halloween. Dress up in your costumes and head to this party for a day filled with spooktacular activities. Decorate pumpkins, pop into Captain Red Hook’s spooky storytime, enjoy face painting and balloon creatures, and of course, go mini golfing! Fri. Event details

Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade
Dress to impress 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. 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. Event details

Celebrate Halloween at the Garden
Make a seasonal botanical craft, see a magic show, dance at the hula hoop station, and meet and take pictures with Flora, QBG’s friendly mascot. Show off your Halloween costume at the costume parade and bring your trick-or-treat bags! Add Caribbean flair to your Halloween costume by making your own carnavale mask with guest artist Manuel Macarrulla. Sun. Event details

How will your family get in the Halloween spirit this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling