It’s the first weekend in October, and that means, the countdown to Halloween is on! It also means opening weekend for LOTS of fun seasonal activities. Head to Decker Farm to pick out a pumpkin and go on a hayride, try out some of your costume ideas at Boo at Zoo or put on a silly get up and march in the Ragamuffin Parade. Not ready for pumpkin festivities yet? Take your tiny scientists to the Makers Faire or bring the kiddies AND your furry four legged family member to the park for the annual My Dog Loves Central Park event. Read on for all the best ways to enjoy NYC this weekend!

Photo: Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking


Shababa Kids in the Kitchen
Bring your budding chefs to explore Jewish recipes, including Shabbat and holiday favorites and creative snacks. You’ll sing Shababa songs and blessings, set a beautiful Shabbat table and celebrate with family and friends. Pre-registration is required.  Fri. Event details

My Dog Loves Central Park
It’s an outing for the whole family, even your four-legged sidekick. Your furry friend’s tail will be wagging at this fair filled with contests, training tips, tricks for treats and dancing, all just for your pup. And your kiddos will love having their best bud with them for the afternoon. Don’t have a dog? Bring your little ones to visit with all the dogs anyways OR swing by to adopt the newest member of your fam. Sat. Event details


Princess Strong Yoga
Join Elsa, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Merida as you go on an adventure to learn strength, bravery, kindness, and how helping and loving each other is what being a princess is all about! Each princess will have a challenge. Gather each castle gem to complete your crown for Coronation Day and celebrate the strength that lies within every princess! And of course, costumes are encouraged so dress as your favorite princess! Sun. Event details


Strut Your Mutt
Instead of just taking your doggy out for a quick walk, head to Strut Your Mutt and the whole family can your kiddo’s best friend on a stroll. Don’t have a dog? Bring your little animal lovers to check out all the furry friends at this fun event, that includes doggie yoga, pet portraits, fun music and contest. There will be plenty of great activities for the kiddies too, including face painting, dog biscuit decorating, and more. Not to mention you’re contributing to a great cause, local rescues and shelters. Sat. Event details


Twirl with a Russian Ballerina
Bring your little ballerinas to watch a Ballerina from The Moscow Ballet as she performs a Russian children’s story. Your kiddos will learn a Russian Folk Dance and enjoy an interactive dance activity. And of course, you’re at the Children’s Museum, so make sure to check out all the cool exhibits, including an area designed just for the little tots. Fri. Event details

Chile Pepper Festival
It’s time to get spicy at Brooklyn Botanic Garden! Festival activities include a fire breathing act, pop-up gardening station where kids can pot a chile plant to take home, sampling of spicy sauces and chocolates, and live music on BBG’s Cherry Esplanade throughout the day where you can kick back and relax. Sat. Event details

March in the Ragamuffin Parade
This parade is all about the kiddies. Put on your best costume and march along side other kids in creative get ups. Everyone gets a free gift and the grand prize winners for the “most creative costume” win a bike! So use your imagination and strut your stuff. Sat. Event details


Makers Faire
Head to the Hall of Science to check out 600 exhibits about art, science, creativity, and innovation. See creativity in action and inspire your kids to make something of their own. In keeping with Hall of Science tradition, plenty of the Maker Faire creations are hands-on, so kids can touch as well as see — and learn. Expect to see drones, robots, space crafts and more! Sat. & Sun. Event details


Opening Weekend: Boo at the Zoo
Get into the Halloween spirit and get some extra wear out of that Halloween costume and dress to impress for Boo at the Zoo. Join in a parade, get lost in the Hay Maze, make creepy masks, catch a magic show and so much more. Your kiddos can even trick-or-treat around the zoo, so be prepared to come home with some loot. Not to mention, you’re at the zoo, so visit with the animals! Sat. & Sun. Event details

Staten Island

Opening Weekend: Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm
Visit this historic 1800s farm to get the full pumpkin picking experience. Go for a hayride, race your family in the corn maze, get creative with seasonal arts and crafts, have your face painted with something spooky. Oh and of course, go pumpkin picking! Make your way through the fields to find the perfect gourd to take home and carve. Sat. & Sun. Event details

How will your family have fun this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling