The best 16 Halloween events and activities for kids in Manhattan in October 2015.
Ghouls and Gourds
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 12-5:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn
WHAT: Bang your head to Brooklyn’s youngest heavy metal band, waltz with a woodland creature, chat with children’s book creators, explore a Victorian toy parlor, or just flop down on the grass and enjoy the garden’s gorgeous fall colors.
WANT TO GO? $12; $6 seniors 65 and older and students; free for children younger than 12. 718-623-7200. bbg.org.
Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 3:30pm
WHERE: Washington Square Park (starting point), Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North, Greenwich Village
AGES: 7 and older
WHAT: A ghostly, Halloween-themed scavenger hunt around Greenwich Village with an adult. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $22; $17 chlidren ages 7-17. 877-946-4868. watsonadventures.com.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 25, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Apple Seeds Upper West Side, 200 West End Ave., Upper West Side
WHAT: Halloween-themed free play, music and singing, glow-in-the-dark fun, arts and crafts, freebies, and snacks. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? $10 per child. 212-792-7591. appleseedsplay.com.
Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 25, 3:30-7pm
WHERE: Central Park: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues, Upper West Side
WHAT: A Manhattan must-do event, which culminates in the famous spooky pumpkin flotilla across the Harlem Meer.
WHY WE LOVE IT: As well as the chance to watch your pumpkin set sail, this event has music, story telling and pumpkin carving. Arrive early to secure your place on the flotilla as space is limited. Check the website to see pumpkin requirements.
WANT TO GO? FREE. 212-860-1370. centralparknyc.org.
Subway Shindig for Families: Halloween Central Station
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-8pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
WHAT: Get all dressed up for an evening of imaginative, subway-themed family fun in the museum with face painting, a “glow zone,” and shadow puppet play.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $7; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. mta.info/museum.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: MAGIC Activity Center, 510 E. 74th St., Upper East Side
WHAT: Enjoy trick-or-treating, fun in the gym, hayrides, and crafts at this popular event. Registration recommended.
WANT TO GO? $50. 212-737-2989. magicactivitycenter.com.
Superheroes/Supernatural Halloween Bash
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 5-7pm
WHERE: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side
WHAT: A family party themed around the new exhibit Superheroes of Gotham. Test your super strength, make silhouette trick-or-treat bags, and challenge others with your super-villain knowledge. You might even have a supernatural encounter in a glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt.
WANT TO GO? $12. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.
Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 7pm and 10pm
WHERE: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., Harlem
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A screening of the classic silent movie Nosferatu (1922) followed by the famous parade of puppets, spooks, and ghouls performed by the Mettawee River Theatre Company.
WANT TO GO? $20. 212-316-7540. stjohndivine.org.
Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, see website for special events and times
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronz
WHAT: A medley of special events from a Jack O'Lantern Illumination to a magic show and a Hay Maze. There are crafts at the Dancing Crane Plaza from 11am-4pm and a music show at the Grizzly Bears at 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm.
WANT TO GO? $30.55 online, $33.95 at gate; $21.55 online, $23.95 at gate for children ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-367-1010. bronxzoo.org.
Little Club Heads Halloween Costume Party
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12-3pm
WHERE: Broad Street Ballroom, 41 Broad St., Lower Manhattan
WHAT: Come in your Halloween costumes and enjoy DJ sets, dancing, a costume contest, face painting, photo booth, magic show, and goodie bags.
WANT TO GO? $15. 917-327-3268. littleclubheads.com.
Halloween Kidz Karnival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12pm
WHERE: Hudson River Park: Pier 26, N. Moore Street and the Hudson River, Tribeca
WHAT: Pier 26 will transform into Halloween Central with lots of family friendly fun. Expect to do face painting, mask decorating, cotton candy, rides, and spooky entertainment.
WANT TO GO? FREE, select activities will require tickets. 212-627-2020. hudsonriverpark.org.
Galli Theater’s Halloween Bash
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 3:30pm
WHERE: Gloria Maddox Theater, 151 W. 26th Street, 7th Floor, Chelsea
WHAT: A special Halloween party organized by the children’s theater company including a spooky show.
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 children. 212-731-0668. gallitheaterny.com.
20th Annual Halloween Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2-5pm
WHERE: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, Upper West Side
WHAT: Trick-or-treat around the museum halls and enjoy entertainment and roaming cartoon characters.
WANT TO GO? $14. 212-769-5200. amnh.org.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12-3pm
WHERE: Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., Battery Park City
WHAT: This year’s party will feature live performances, hands-on activities with Carmelo the Science Fellow, a costume catwalk with Fashion Emcees Tracey and Mason, and more.
WANT TO GO? FREE. 212-417-7000. brookfieldplaceny.com.
NYC’s 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 7pm
WHERE: West Village, Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to West 16th Street, Soho/West Village, Manhattan
WHAT: One of the most famous Halloween parades in the U.S., and a New York City must-do.
WANT TO GO? FREE. halloween-nyc.com.
WHEN: Oct. 24-31, Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
WHAT: Three days of spooky workshops, readings and performances at CMOM. Make trick-or-treat bags, enjoy a performance by The Little Rockers and Justin the Magician, explore Lego Robotics and listen to a story time with the author of Monsterjuice. On the 31st, wear your costume for a parade. See website for details.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $12; free for children 1 and younger. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.
Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest
WHEN: Through Nov. 1, Saturday-Sunday, 12-8pm
WHERE: Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn
WHAT: The Halloween Harvest features pumpkin picking and painting and free activities such as trick or treating, daily entertainment, costumed characters, caricature artists, balloon benders and twisters, magicians, one of NYC’s largest pumpkins, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-373-5862. lunaparknyc.com.
Dia De Los Muertos
WHEN: Oct. 24-Nov. 1, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am-4pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
WHAT: Celebrate Mexican traditions known for bringing together family and friends to remember loved ones. Join the festivities with larger than life skeletons, butterflies, and La Catrina, the grande dame of this colorful holiday.
WANT TO GO? $25; $10 for children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 718-817-8716. nybg.org.
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