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Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
October 19-21
Huge Pumpkins at NYBG, a FREE Enchanted Weekend, Pirates at Ascarium, Mario the Magician, and Fall Harvest Fests

   

Giant ZombiesThe "spook" factor is turned up this weekend as Halloween is celebrated throughout the towns, and we're excited to return to the New York Botanical Garden's annual Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend to witness master carver Ray Villafane transform gigantic pumpkins into zombies.

The Outdoors: Howl-O-WeenHave a "Howl-O-Ween" at Beardsley Zoo where you'll ride hayrides, visit a haunted farmyard, and watch a magic show. Next, Halloween at the Ascarium (NY Aquarium) features swashbuckling pirates, a Haunted Seafari, and animal exhibits. Put on your costume for trick-or-treating and a walk through a family-friendly haunted house at Halloween in the Park in Rockland. Elsewhere, trek wooded paths of the Center for the Science Teaching and Learning's preserve that's "spookified" with special effects, eerie lighting, and a few unwelcomed guests.

FairiesDress in costume for the Children's Halloween Festival featuring live entertainment and a silent auction, or participate in the Rag-a-Muffin Parade. Then, compete in a pumpkin carving contest and (if you dare) go on a paranormal walking tour at Maple Grove Cemetery. Trade in ghosts and goblins for little fairies and gnomes at Wave Hill's Free Enchanted Weekend, or visit The Enchanted Castle to meet friendly costumed characters.

Indoor Fright Fests and the Circus: Learn where the Sorting Hat will place you at the Second Annual Harry Potter Halloween Workshop with Lilchefs.com, and don your PJs for the Creatures of the Night Spooktacular Sleepover (don't forget a flashlight!). Then, be amazed by the spooky tricks of Mario the Magician, and see other tricks of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey when fearless performers show off extreme jumps and twists.

For a Good Cause: Make a bear for children in need at Stuffed with Hugs weekend with Build-A-Bear Workshop, and get together for a fall clean-up of Prospect Park on It's My Park Day. Create Architectural Lanterns during Family Day that will be used to help decorate the Center for Architecture's annual fundraising event.

Harvest and Foods: Learn what it means to have healthy meals from chefs and nutrition experts at the National Food Day Celebration. Also discover the importance of harvest at various festivals, including at Brooklyn Bridge Park, King Manor Museum, and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

See Below for: Latest posts on our blog, a guide to pumpkin patches near you, and more.

Lisa Chung
Associate Editor, NYMetroParents

P.S. Mark your calendar: Sunday, Oct. 21 is the FREE Celebrate! Party Showcase where you'll meet party professionals who will help make planning your child's birthday or bat or bar mitzvah easier.

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Our month of Halloween giveaways continues with amazing treats:

- Win VIP Passes to the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze.

- Snag cozy hats to complete your kid's animal-inspired costume.


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