It’s Halloween weekend and have we got a treat for you. Our lineup of happenings includes costume parades galore, museum celebrations, and a wild zoo experience. Looking beyond the holiday? Learn about Día de los Muertos or head to an orchestral concert featuring your fave movie tunes. Have a happy Halloween!


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Trick-or-Treating with a Historical Twist
At the New York Historical Society’s Halloween celebration, you can expect everything from zombie Founding Fathers to DIY Victorian mourning jewelry and a spooky “spirit” photographer. Fri. 5 p.m. Upper West Side. $10/person before 10/31. All ages.Event details.

Halloween Night at the Museum
At the Museum of Natural History, kids will be greeted by beloved costumed characters as they trick-or-treat in the halls and enjoy live performances. Fri. 4 p.m. Upper West Side. $12. All ages. Event details.


Learn about Japan’s Ghosts & Goblins
Spend a dressed-up day at the Japan Society Japanese learning about ghost and goblin folklore through storytelling, crafts, film, and a haunted house. Sun. 11 a.m. Midtown East. $8/kids; $15/adults. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Costumes and Irish Crones
At the Irish Arts Center, kids will learn about Celtic witches and get involved in witches-brew cooking classes, face-painting, turnip-carving, and more. Sat. 12 p.m. Midtown West. Free with Admission. All ages. Event details.


Costume Parade at the Washington Square Arch
Costumed kids will get to show off their outfits in a procession around Washington Square that will include a brass band, circus performers, and more. Fri. 3 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. Ages 3-12. Event details.

Grease Sing-Along
Head to a Grease screening with sing-along lyrics and learn how to do the hand-jive. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Financial District. $20. All ages. Event details.

Poetry Reading for Little Ghouls
Come in costume and hear monstrous, spooky verse from poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Karla Kushkin, Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. Fri. 5 p.m. Battery Park City. Suggested $5 Donation. Ages 0-10. Event details.

Weekend-Long Halloween at CMA
It’s a whole weekend of Halloween events at the Children’s Museum of Art, including a DIY trick-or-treat bag workshop, monster mask crafts, costume parade. Fri.-Sun. Times vary by day. SoHo. $11. All ages. Event details.


Watch Creature from the Black Lagoon
Head to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for a spooky and campy matinee about a human-ish amphibian. Sun. 2 p.m. Fort Greene. $10/adult; $7 children 12 and under. Ages 7 and up. Event details


Go Batty at the New York Hall of Science
Take your little Stellaluna fan to meet live bats and learn about what you can do to help them. Sun. 1 & 3 p.m. Corona. $6/adults; $5/children. All ages. Event details

What are you up to this Halloween weekend?

— Abigail Matsumoto