Halloween may only be one day, but to your little monsters’ delight, we’ve got your goolish guide on how to celebrate all weekend long (you’ll get your money’s worth on those costumes you splurged on, we promise). Trick-or-treat in a historic town, fill up your candy buckets in the halls of a museum, and strut your stuff in a parade, from the wild Village Parade to the family favorite, Park Slope Parade. So dress to impress and enjoy a weekend filled with pumpkins, candy, costumes and fun!
Photo: Historic Richmond Town
Superheroes/Supernatural Halloween Bash
Channel your superpowers at the annual family Halloween party, costumes (or superhero disguises) encouraged. Test your super strength against a real-life Strongman, make silhouette trick-or-treat bags, create a tasty “graveyard goop” dessert, make a spooky superhero of your own, get your superpower fortune told, and challenge others with your super-villain knowledge. And, of course, go home with plenty of candy! (If you buy your ticket online before Friday they are $10/person) Fri. 5-7 p.m. Upper West Side. $12/person ($10/member). All ages. Event details.
Halloween Spooktacular at Dylan’s Candy Bar
Join Divamoms for a spookylicious morning filled with breakfast, crafts, monster mash dancing, cupcake decorating and a costume parade. And while that all sounds pretty exciting in itself, wait until your little monsters find out this is all taking place at Dylan’s Candy Bar! Your little goobers will take home a goody bag at the end of the party, we’re willing to bet there will be some chocolate treats in those bags. Fri. 10 a.m.-noon. Upper East Side. $50/parent, child pair; $25/additional child. 4 mos.-4 yrs. Event details.
Trick-or-Treat at the Museum
Trick-or-treat in outer space or among dinosaurs at this special Halloween event at the Museum of Natural History. The museum is opening up its iconic halls for your costumed kiddos to run through collecting candy and treats. And your little ones won’t be the only ones in costume, roaming characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Wild Things and Curious George will also be cruising the hall for pictures and high fives. Along with the trick-or-treating, you can also enjoy live music and performances, including the Big Apple Circus to Go. Sat. 2-5 p.m. Upper West Side. $14/person ($12/member). All ages. Event details.
Halloween Spooktacular Block Party
It’s going to be a spooky block party filled with snacks and games. And make sure to get creative with your costumes, because there will be prizes in multiple categories – best family costume, best pet costume, and best costume by age. Bring your trick-or-treat bags and be prepared to jump, because the neighborhood homes are also competing for best decorated townhouse, and they are known to go over the top! Sat. 4-5:30 p.m. Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Trick-or-Treat with East Midtown
Here’s a chance for your little New Yorkers to go trick-or-treating city style, with a crawl through the neighborhood. Meet up with other costumed kiddos at either Tramway Plaza (59th and 2nd Ave.) or Harman Flagship Store (tip: there will be some “treats” for adults at this location) and get a free trick-or-treat bag and spooky map that will lead you along the crawl. Then hit the hood t0 collect your Halloween haul from participating businesses. Hang out at Tramway Plaza after for face-painting, fall treats and a Halloween photo booth. If you’re feeling really festive, swing by Wholefoods’ upstairs cafe for a special film screening of “Hocus Pocus” to wrap up the day. Fri. 4-8 p.m. Midtown East. Free. All ages. Event details.
Opening Weekend: Winter Village at Bryant Park
It’s Halloween weekend, but Bryant Park is already looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. The Winter Village is open for business! So kick off the season and go for a spin on the ice skating rink, shop for unique gifts and grab a bite at the pop up restaurant Celsius, we suggest treating your little elves to some delicious s’mores while you treat yourself to a spiked hot chocolate. Fri.-Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Bryant Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Amazing Halloween Kids Scavenger Hunt
Put on comfortable shoes and a costume (if you want, but it’s Halloween, we’re just saying…) and get ready to race through the city for this challenge put on by Pogo Events, that’s part hunt, part obstacle and all New York. Using your phone, your team will be given a series of clues to help guide you through the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way, be prepared for a few scares too, it’s Halloween afterall. Sat. 1-3 p.m. Midtown East. $25/person. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Event details.
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
The Village Halloween Parade is the place to be if your youngster is old enough to handle crowds–we’re talking more than 60,000 costumed participants and around 2 million spectators. This year’s theme is Shine a Light, so get creative. And, of course, you can expect lots of costumes, puppets, bands, and dancers. Sat. 7 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. All ages. Event details.
Halloween Kidz Karnival
It’s a Halloween boo-nanza, so put on your costumes, you can enter the contest or wear it for fun, and hit the Pier for a party filled with face painting, mask decorating, rides, cotton candy and more. And make sure to catch the special magic show by Kid Ace and grab a front row seat for some interactive storytelling with the Story Pirates, we have a feeling it will be a spooktacular tale. Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Tribeca. Free. All ages. Event details.
It’s a Monster Mash!
We’re sure your little monsters LOVE their Halloween costumes, so why wait until trick-or-treat time to put them on? Kick off the festivities early a the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Enjoy live music and show off your costume at a DJ’d dance party. Touch a creepy crawler, explore skeleton science, make your own trick or treat tote bag, and more. There’s even a special Little Monsters’ Jam dance party for your youngest kiddos (2.5 to 5 yrs.) Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crown Heights. $11/person (members are free). All ages. Event details.
Park Slope Halloween Parade
You’ll want to be ready for the start of this parade, as the two ambulances that start off the procession are rumored to have bags of candy and other sweets that they pass out by the handful. As you snack on your treats, check out the giant puppets and costumed residents of Park Slope — both of which are known for over-the-top and festively decorated outfits. Stay for spooky marching bands and other entertainers as the procession continues all the way to the Old Stone House and Washington Park on Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets. If you want to keep the party going, dance the night away at the after-party with Brooklyn’s Mash It Up Party Band. Sat. 6:30 p.m. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
Holy Guacamole! Halloween For One More Day
Holy Guacamole! Brooklyn kindie band, Rolie Polie Guacamole, declares that Halloween should last one more day. Put on your Halloween finery one last time and hit this Day-After-Halloween costume party show. Sun. 3-4:30 p.m. Red Hook. $15/person. All ages. Event details.
Children’s Halloween Parade in the Garden
Calling all princesses, monsters, and superheroes…. Get into costume and head to the botanical garden for the first-ever Children’s Halloween Parade! Show off your costumes and march with other kiddos through the garden’s main grounds. We here there will be some treats along the way, some come armed with your trick-or-treat bag. Sat. 1-1:30 p.m. Flushing. Free with admission ($4/adult; $2/child; children under 3 are free). Ages 3-10. Event details.
Trick-or-Treat in Historic Richmond Town
Your little ones may be city kids, but here’s a chance to avoid the bustle of NYC and get some old village charm. Dress up and hit the streets of the historic village of Old Richmond Town for some good old fashion trick-or-treating. While you’re visiting enjoy crafts, apple bobbing and games! Fri. 3:30-5 p.m. Historic Richmond Town. $10/child; $5/adult. All ages. Event details.
Cheer at the NYC Marathon
Rest up your voices and get ready to cheer on over 50,000 runners at New York’s biggest block party, the New York Marathon. Bring signs from home or head to a cheer zone, where there are supplies to make a sign along with pompoms and noisemakers. And all along the route, enjoy live music, from brass bands to bagpipes to country. Have a little runner in your house? Brand new this year, before the official runners come through, hundreds of kids will race the last 1.8 miles to the finish line in Central Park. Sun. 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Various neighborhoods. Free. All ages. Event details.
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