The CDC has specific recommendations in place for Halloween 2020, and New York State has a ban on social gatherings of 50 or more for regions in Phase 4. We have updated our information to the best of our knowledge, but as we’ve learned in 2020, changes can happen at the last minute, so please confirm information before heading out. Even if you can’t trick-or-treat, there are lots of fun ways to celebrate with the kids

Like everything else, Halloween in NYC is a bit different this year, but don’t be spooked! There are still lots of Halloween events for kids and families happening this year! We’ve rounded up the best of them, both in-person events and virtual ones. From costume parades, Halloween festivals, outdoor movies and yes, dog costume contests, you can still get your freak on for NYC Halloween 2020. Kid still needs a costume? Head to one of these NYC shops. Want quick, NYC-themed costume inspiration? Click here. For ALL the Halloween events, head to our events calendar!

Walk the Great Pumpkin Path at the New York Botanical Garden

Discover tons of pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of the Garden’s Great Pumpkin Path! Some of the largest pumpkins in the world arrive on October 24, and you'll find a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Garden, too.

Through Nov. 1. 

Click here for more info! 

photo: Liberty Science Center

Have Spooky Fun at Liberty Science Center

Not only is the Liberty Science Center open, it's rolling out Halloween fun from October 15 through November 1. Make your way through the famous spider maze and learn about some eight-legged wonders along the way.

Inside the Center, follow the Face Your Fears Path to learn about five phobias, and earn stickers to gain entrance to a Pumpkin Patch. Stop by "Wild About Animals" for a great live show featuring some creepy, crawly residents. Plus, there's Halloween dance party every day and you can see pumpkins smashed to smithereens during a "Boom Time" show.  

Safe costumes are encouraged, and masks are required. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here to buy tickets.

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd.
Liberty State Park
201-200-1000
Online: lsc.org

photo: The Cauldron NYC

Carve a Pumpkin with Potterheads

One of our favorite theme restaurants in NYC,  Harry Potter-influence spot The Cauldron Magical Pub & Experience welcoming wizards, witches and unicorns for covid-safe Jack-o’-lantern carving on weekends in October. 

Sessions of 45 minutes are hosted by our theatrical staff and include pre-shelled pumpkin, carving tools, a specialty "HallowCream" (hot beverage) concoction. Tickets start at $15/person; advance purchase required. 

47 Stone St. 
Financial District
212-480-8142
Online: thecauldron.io 

photo: Laurie Berkner

Groove With Laurie Berkner's "Halloween Party" Live Virtual Family Concerts

Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner has been performing a concert on Halloween for years, and she's taking it virtual in 2020 so all can enjoy and be safe!  Her "Halloween Party" Live Virtual Family Concerts will happen on Halloween and Noon and 5 p.m. on Laurie's website. Tickets are $20 per family, and they get you access to both shows for a double dose of musical fun. 

Click here for more info! 

photo: NJPAC

Magic for Humans at Home with Justin Willman

Magician and host of the Netflix series Magic For Humans Justin Willman, is performing an interactive hour of magic, comedy, and unexpected surprises on Halloween—via Zoom! The spooky and fun-filled event for the whole family will also include a costume contest, so dress for it! During the performance Willman will be able to see, hear and interact with the audience in real time, and each ticket allows viewing on one device.  Capacity is limited. 

$25/device
Sat., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
Online: njpac.org

photo: BAM/Elena Olivo

Virtual BAMboo!

BAM is bringing its annual Halloween celebration, BAMboo! online!

This free, family-friendly Halloween party is now in its 19th year, and now audiences near and far can enjoy. This year’s program will feature a live interactive dance party, awe-inspiring makeup transformations, a costume contest, magicians, storytelling, and more. Best for ages four to 12, the event will stream live on Zoom and Vimeo. 

Sat., Oct 31, 2 -4pm

Online: bam.org
 

photo: iStock

Go on a Scavenger Hunt at CAMP in Hudson Yards

Folks at CAMP have designed a fun, Covid-safe, touchless trick-or-treating experience all throughout the mall at Hudson Yards. Families will go door-to-door on a scavenger hunt finding tricks, treats and secret codes to crack! You can expect CAMP-style fun that is interactive, full of laughs, some light scares and safely-dispensed treats. Recommended for families with kids ages 4-12. Costumes welcome, and families will go through the experience one at a time.

Tickets are $30/person, and must be reserved in advance. 

Camp Hudson Yards
20 Hudson Yards
Online: eventbrite.com

photo: Time Out Market New York

Treats at Time Out Market New York

On Saturday, October 31st, Time Out Market New York will be offering reserved seating and inviting locals to come dressed up in their favorite costumes. Great for children and families, guests will receive a delicious bag of candy upon arrival (safely wrapped) and a photo opportunity at a spooky installation. 

Tables will be available for a 90-minute reservation for socially-distant seatings at the Market’s dedicated Riverside Dining Room at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., or 4 p.m. for a maximum party of four. The ticket will also include a $5 credit to use across the Market’s eight vendors including Clinton Street Baking Company, Bessou, and Jacob’s Pickles. 

Click here for more info

photo: Treasure Trunk Theater

Have Halloween Fun with Treasure Trunk Theater in Downtown Brooklyn

Don a costume and a mask (the Covid kind) and attend a Halloween Sing-Along Adventure for kids ages 0-3 yrs from 10-10:45 a.m., or a Halloween Imagination Adventure for kids ages four to seven from 11-11:45 a.m.! 

Tickets: $35
Sat., Oct., 31st
Cadman Plaza Park
Online: hisawyer.com

See a Movie Outside

The Katmint Learning Initiative and rum bar ( with a great outdoor space) The Rogers Garden are hosting Family & Adult Movie Nights on October 30, 31 and November 1. (Proceeds go to The Katmint, a local preschool alternative.)

On Friday, 10/30, catch "Black Panther" from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Costumes are welcomed, and children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Popcorn and refreshments will be available on site. Mask are required when social distance cannot be met. Health checks will be performed and PPE supplies offered. Seating is first-come, first-served. 

Tickets: $10/person in advance; $15/person at the door. Email for tickets here.

The Rogers Garden
708 Rogers Ave. 
347-295-3866
Online: therogersgarden.com

10/31 brings a Halloween Trick or Treat giveaway from 3-5pm at The Katmint, located at 180 Malcolm X Boulevard. 

Online: thekatmint.com

 

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Hit Up a Pumpkin Patch in Midtown

Head to the Carnegie Diner at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue to pick a pumpkin in the heart of the concrete jungle. In addition to pumpkins, the urban patch offers plenty of photo ops for a seasonal snap. The diner is open for indoor and outdoor dining, too! 

Click here for more info! 

photo: The William Vale

Or Pick a Pumpkin on a Rooftop in Williamsburg

Head to the William Vale Hotel and pick a pumpkin on its elevated green space Vale Park. In addition to lots of sizes to choose from, the hotel has partnered with Lauren Gabrielson's Fashion Camp to outfit the space with craft tables to customize pumpkins and make scarecrows. Pumpkin prices vary by size. Beverages will be available including hot chocolate, ciders and mulled wine.

Click here for more info! 

Get Crafty in Ridgewood, Queens

Head  The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House on Halloween for seasonal arts and crafts and spooky ghost stories. Kids can socially-distanced “trick-or-treat” with individually wrapped candy goody bags, and can come in costume to participate in a costume parade. Rain date November 1. Recommended for kids ages 6-10. Masks and reservations are required. Get tickets here.

Tickets: $5/adults; free/kids
Sat., Oct. 31, 1 - 4 p.m.
The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House
1820 Flushing Ave.
Ridgewood
Online: onderdonkhouse.org

photo: Puppetworks

See a Puppet Show in Park Slope

Puppetworks is performing shows at 25 percent capacity. Taking the stage now is classic take Jack & the Beanstalk, told with marionettes. You can catch at 12:30 p.m. on Halloween. 

Click here for more info! 

photo: WCS

Go Boo at the Zoo

There's still time to hit this popular Halloween tradition, but tickets are scarce on weekends. Boo at the Zoo runs through November 1 and is free with zoo admission. Advance tickets are required. 

Click here for more info! 

photo: Mimi O'Connor

See The Great Pupkin

This longstanding Fort Greene Park Conservancy contest where doggies duke it out for the prize of Best Costume (and recognition in other specialty categories) is online this year. Pups can register from Oct. 10 - 22 (for a $5 fee); voting takes place from Oct. 23-26, and the grand finale, a livestream featuring finalist goes down Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. 

Online: fortgreenepups.org

Strut at This Virtual Halloween Parade & Costume Contest

Manhattan Community Board 2 and NYU celebrate the 30th year of free, family-friendly Halloween fun. For the first time ever, they are hosting a festive virtual Children’s Halloween Parade with musical performances, a costume contest, a magician, and more. The video will premiere at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 31.

Your family can participate in the parade by dressing up and sharing a photo to be included. The virtual parade will feature a slideshow of some of the costumes, and awards will be given! Email community.engagement@nyu.edu with your costume photos by October 16.

Click here for more info!

Marvel at the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in the Hudson Valley is a perennial favorite fall activity. It's a display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Expect a pumpkin carousel, Statue of Liberty, fire truck, a "Museum of Pumpkin Art" (in which famous works a rendered in gourds) and more. Plus, synchronized lights and an original score. Tickets are on sale now for all dates, and must be purchased in advance. Get them before they sell out, because they will, especially because capacity is reduced to accommodate CDC recommendations and social distancing. (On Long Island? They have one, too!)

Tickets: $24 and up; members and kids under two are free
September 18- October 31; November 1; 6-8; 13-15; 20-21
Van Cortlandt Manor
525 S Riverside
Croton-on-Hudson
914-631-8200
Online: hudsonvalley.org

Bow Wow at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Another famous pooch parade that's gone virtual, the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade will take place on Saturday, October 24, from noon - 3 p.m. There's no need to register, just dress your doggie pal in his or her best, and log on! 

Sat., Oct. 24
12-3 p.m.
Online: tompkinssquaredogrun.com

Do Halloween on the Farm at Queens County Farm

Queens Farm is hosting this special admission day designed for kids and their grown-ups. Halloween on the Farm includes admission to the Amazing Maize Maze, hayrides, kids crafts at the Con Edison Ecology booth and trick-or-treating with the farm animals. This all-inclusive event is the finale of the fall season at Queens Farm.  Costumes are encouraged. Advance online tickets only; get yours here. 

Tickets: $20/person; free for ages 0-3
Sat., Oct. 31, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park
Online: queensfarm.org

photo: Mimi O'Connor

Zip & Zoom at Camelback Mountain

Have an extreme Halloween at Camelback. The resort's Halloween Monster Mountain Coaster ($22) zooms down Camelback Mountain with terrifying creatures, roaming beasts and forest ghouls along the way. Then hop the The Lights Out Zip Line ($18), a 1,000-foot Double Barrel Zip Line over a shadowy abyss below. Camelback is also offering a Zip, Zoom and Splash package if you want to stay over and enjoy the water park and some day time mountain adventure fun. (Read about our fall visit to Camelback here!)

Camelback Resort Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Water Park
301 Resort Dr.
Tannersville, Pa
570-629-1661
Online: camelbackresort.com

photo: Great Wolf Lodge

Or Enjoy Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf's Howl-O-Ween celebration happens all month-long, with plenty of precautions to offer families a safe and healthy experience. Visitors can expect variety of seasonally-themed activities, including a physically distanced Trick-Or-Treat Trail, too-cute-to-spook crafts, a costume contest, and all sorts of ghoulishly delightful activities to get families into the Halloween spirit. All events will require advanced reservations to attend, with the Monster Bash Dance Party and UnBOOlievable Story Time using physically-distanced marked viewing/participation areas for attendees. Read about our visit to Great Wolf Lodge here! 

Great Wolf Lodge
1 Great Wolf Dr.
Scotrun, PA
570-688-9899
Online: greatwolf.com 

Do Halloween at the Garden at Queens Botanical Garden

Celebrate Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden. Kids are invited to strut their stuff in costume, and activities include a trick or treat trail, live performances, and a magic show. The event is free but garden admission is required. Get advance tickets here. Masks and social distancing are a must. 

The QBG also has a pumpkin patch that's open on October 24, 25, and Halloween. Purchase tickets (that include a pumpkin and admission to the Halloween event) for $12 here

Tickets: $6/adults; $4/seniors; $2/kids 4-12, free/kids three and under
Sat., Oct. 31
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St.
Flushing
Online: queensboranical.org

photo: NYSCI

See Creepy Classics at the New York Hall of Science Drive-in

The Queens Drive-in at the New York Hall of Science is busting out two fun classics for Halloween, Little Shop of Horrors and Beetlejuice. Entry and pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Note: All Queens Drive-In attendees will need to enter via the 111th Street/49th Avenue entrance to the New York Hall of Science. 

Sat., Oct 31, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45/car
47-01 111th St.
Corona
718-595-9123
Online: nysci.org

—Mimi O’Connor

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