By Rebecca Forbes

Kids Halloween Events & Activities in Manhattan - 2009

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Celebrate Halloween the whole month! Find fun filled Halloween events and activities for kids and families in Manhattan... Spooky storytelling, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, costume contests, festivals... it's all here!


Saturday, October 3


HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST: Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.

 

Sunday, October 4


HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST:
Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-


Saturday, October 10

HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST: Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


Sunday, October 11

HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST: Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


Monday, October 12

MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC: A different array of the finest stage magicians perform world class magic in an intimate theatrical setting. The on-stage magic continues during intermission as sleight-of-hand magicians mingle with guests in the Close-Up Gallery downstairs as well as in the theatre. 8pm. TE, AD. $34 in advance/$39 day of performance. Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST:
Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


Tuesday, October 13


THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN:
This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


Wednesday, October 14

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


Thursday, October 15

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


Friday, October 16

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


Sunday, October 18


HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST:
Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


Monday, October 19

MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC: A different array of the finest stage magicians perform world class magic in an intimate theatrical setting. The on-stage magic continues during intermission as sleight-of-hand magicians mingle with guests in the Close-Up Gallery downstairs as well as in the theatre. 8pm. TE, AD. $34 in advance/$39 day of performance. Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.

 

Tuesday, October 20

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.

 

Wednesday, October 21


HALLOWEEN 'DRESS REHEARSAL' PARTY :
Enjoy games, prizes and a costume parade. Kids ages three and up who show up wearing their favorite costume will receive a free gift. 3:30pm. TOD, YE, TW. Disney Store, 711 5th Avenue , Manhattan. 914-702-0702. www.DisneyStore.com.


THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN:
This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


Thursday, October 22

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


AFTER DARK:
Take a tour of the eerie darkness and hallowed halls of the museum guided by only a single light. See the "Scream" exhibit, where spooky live actors present terrifying surprises. 9pm. TE, AD. $20. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 234 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 800-246-8872. www.nycwax.com.


Friday, October 23


HAUNTED TOURS:
Create a paper lantern then tour the ghostly grounds of Snug Harbor and enjoy some hot cider and doughnuts. Pre-registration is required. 5pm. TOD, YE, TW. $8. Staten Island Children's Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace , Staten Island . 718-273-2060. www.statenislandkids.org.

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.

AFTER DARK: Take a tour of the eerie darkness and hallowed halls of the museum guided by only a single light. See the "Scream" exhibit, where spooky live actors present terrifying surprises. 9pm. TE, AD. $20. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 234 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 800-246-8872. www.nycwax.com.


Saturday, October 24

BIG GREEN HALLOWEEN: A parent-run festival and fundraiser that will feature live music and entertainment, carnival games, raffles and prizes, stiltwalkers and side show performers, a costume contest and haunted house, a Farmer's Market, celebrity chefs at the grill, and food. 11am. ALL. $1 . PS 166, 132 West 89th Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam, New York. 917-301-8830. www.ps166.org.


THE BROWNSTONE SCHOOL'S HALLOWEEN FUN FAIR :
Enjoy a bouncy castle and slide, train ride, life-size Candyland course, pumpkin and cupcake decorating, sand art, an obstacle course, a bean bag toss, spin art, live music, food, plus a rummage sale and vendors. 11am. All. P.S. 87 School Yard , Amsterdam Avenue and West 77th St., Manhattan. 212-874-1341.

HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST: Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


HALLOWEEN AT THE A-SCARIUM:
Come in costume and celebrate Halloween as you learn about sea monsters, make arts and crafts and enjoy a variety of activities. noon-4pm. All. $13; $9 children, free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


MOMMY & ME HALLOWEEN CRAFTS :
Create a pirate themed Halloween craft, make a treasure chest and personal treasure map and go on your own hunt for booty. All materials are included. 12pm. TOD, AD. $35. PortraitBug, 2466 Broadway, Manhattan. 212-600-4457. www.portraitbug.com.


AFTER DARK:
Take a tour of the eerie darkness and hallowed halls of the museum guided by only a single light. See the "Scream" exhibit, where spooky live actors present terrifying surprises. 9pm. TE, AD. $20. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 234 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 800-246-8872. www.nycwax.com.


Sunday, October 25

HALLOWEEN HOORAH!: Come in your costume or make your own mask and parade around the grounds. Finish the day decorating pumpkins and drinking fresh pressed cider. 11am. All. $20; $8 children 2-12; free children under 2. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W at Fordham Road), Bronx. 718-817-8700. www.nybg.org.


HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST: Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


HALLOWEEN AT THE A-SCARIUM:
Come in costume and celebrate Halloween as you learn about sea monsters, make arts and crafts and enjoy a variety of activities. noon-4pm. All. $13; $9 children, free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


SECOND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY MAGIC SHOW:
Come in costume and tour the in-house Houdini Museum, meet famous magicians, say hello to "Rambo" the Magical Bunny, and the "Birds of Mystery." Free admission if you mention the secret password "Houdini." 4:30pm. All. $25. Fantasma Magic Store, 421 Seventh Ave , Manhattan. 212-244-3633. www.fantasmamagic.com.

LITTLE CLUB HEADS COSTUME PARTY: A dance party for families and kids featuring popular NYC DJ's spinning the tunes, live entertainment, face painting, clowns, balloon sculptors, cotton candy, complementary snacks, and more. 12pm. YE. $15. La Pomme, 37 W. 26th St., Manhattan. 917-327-3268. www.littleclubheads.com.

 

Monday, October 26

MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC: A different array of the finest stage magicians perform world class magic in an intimate theatrical setting. The on-stage magic continues during intermission as sleight-of-hand magicians mingle with guests in the Close-Up Gallery downstairs as well as in the theatre. 8pm. TE, AD. $34 in advance/$39 day of performance. Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.

 

Tuesday, October 27

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


SPOOKY, SPARKLY HALLOWEEN BAT PUPPETS :
Decorate a night creature puppet with day glow paper cut-outs, orange glue and spooky sparkles. 1pm. TOD. $10. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. 212- 721-1223. www.cmomstore.org.

 

Wednesday, October 28

THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN: This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.

 

Thursday, October 29

SPIDER LOLLIPOPS & FAIRY FLOWERS: Make scary spider lollipops or pretty fairy flowers to give away as Halloween treats. 2pm. YE, TW. $25. PortraitBug, 2466 Broadway, Manhattan. 212-600-4457. www.portraitbug.com.


THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN:
This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


AFTER DARK: Take a tour of the eerie darkness and hallowed halls of the museum guided by only a single light. See the "Scream" exhibit, where spooky live actors present terrifying surprises. 9pm. TE, AD. $20. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 234 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 800-246-8872. www.nycwax.com.

 

Friday, October 30


HALLOWEEN PARTY:
Come in costume to celebrate Halloween. RSVP is required. 10am. TOD, YE. Rutgers Church, 236 West 73rd Street, Manhattan. 212-877-2761. www.Rutgerschurch.com.


THE LUMPY BUMPY PUMPKIN:
This Shadow Box 'puppets and people' musical is a comic and compassionate tale that brings Farmer Joe's pumpkin patch to life as Lumpy Bumpy learns that everyone has a special talent. call for showtimes. TOD, YE. $20;$15 advance reservation . Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. 212-724-0677. www.shadowboxtheatre.org.


HISTORIC HALLOWEEN DAY: Brave the darkness and join the spirits at this 19th-century historic house for an eerie, candlelit tour of the Museum. The evening will include ghastly tales told by ghost storyteller extraordinaire Gerald Fierst. 6pm. All. $15; $5 children under age 12. . Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street, New York. 212-838-6878. www.mvhm.org.


BABA YAGA AND THE PUMPKIN FAIRY:
The tale of a young girl raised by Baba Yaga who learns about friendship, magic, and adventure when she breaks one of the witch's rules and releases a pumpkin fairy into the world comes to life on stage. 4pm. TOD, YE, TW. $25. Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan. 646-312-4085. www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.


SPOOKY, SPARKLY HALLOWEEN BAT PUPPETS :
Decorate a night creature puppet with day glow paper cut-outs, orange glue and spooky sparkles. 1pm. TOD. $10. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. 212- 721-1223. www.cmomstore.org.

 

Saturday, October 31


NOT TOO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY :
Enjoy bouncy rides, a costume parade and contest, cotton candy, goody bags, and Halloween crafts projects. 12pm. TOD, YE, TW. Staten Island Children's Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace , Staten Island . 718-273-2060. www.statenislandkids.org.

SHADOW PUPPET STORIES : Transport your imagination by creating silhouette puppets and a nighttime elevated train landscape to animate a retelling of your own travel tale, inspired by transportation stories that will be read. 1:30pm. YE. $5; $3 children 3-17 . New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Heights . 718-694-1600. www.mta.info.

HAUNTED SEA-FARI CONSERVATION QUEST: Travel through murky waters and see extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures and understand the threats facing the ocean's animals. 10am-5pm. All. $17; $9 children ages 3-12; free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


HALLOWEEN AT THE A-SCARIUM:
Come in costume and celebrate Halloween as you learn about sea monsters, make arts and crafts and enjoy a variety of activities. noon-4pm. All. $13; $9 children, free children under 3. New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island, Brooklyn. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com.


MORNING OF THE GARGOYLES: A CHILDREN?S HALLOWEEN WORKSHOP :
The morning begins with a reading of Eve Bunting?s Night of the Gargoyles, then down to the workshop to assemble gargling, grimacing clay gargoyles, skeleton creatures, and paper gargoyle masks. Reservations suggested. Ages 4 and up. 10am. YE. $8 . Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan. 212-932-7347. www.stjohndivine.org/news_workshops.html.


HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR KIDS:
Kids enjoy treats and take part in fun craft projects. All craft projects are age appropriate and also meant for mom and dad.Enter a halloween costume contest for a chance to win a ladybug package. Get a 4x6 portrait print of the kids in costume for just $9.99 during the Halloween party. 10am for ages 2 and under; 2pm ages 3 and up. All. FREE. PortraitBug, 2466 Broadway, Manhattan. 212-600-4457. www.portraitbug.com.


HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION:
More than 30 of the Museum's popular halls will be open for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, fun with roaming cartoon characters, and live performances. 2pm. All. $16; $9 children. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan. 212-769-5200. www.amnh.org.


BABA YAGA AND THE PUMPKIN FAIRY:
The tale of a young girl raised by Baba Yaga who learns about friendship, magic, and adventure when she breaks one of the witch's rules and releases a pumpkin fairy into the world comes to life on stage. additional sessions at 2pm and 4pm.12pm. TOD, YE, TW. $25. Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan. 646-312-4085. www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.


LITTLE CLUB HEADS HALLOWEEN PARTY:
A dance party for families and kids featuring popular NYC DJ's spinning the tunes, live entertainment, face painting, clowns, balloon sculptors, cotton candy, complementary snacks, and more. 12pm. YE. $15. La Pomme, 37 W. 26th St., Manhattan. 917-327-3268. www.littleclubheads.com.


HEALTHY HAUNTED HOUSES:
Build a sweet and healthy haunted house with graham crackers, icing and assorted dried fruits. additional session at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm.2pm. YE. $10. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. 212- 721-1223. www.cmomstore.org.


AFTER DARK:
Take a tour of the eerie darkness and hallowed halls of the museum guided by only a single light. See the "Scream" exhibit, where spooky live actors present terrifying surprises. 9pm. TE, AD. $20. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 234 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. 800-246-8872. www.nycwax.com.

 

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