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MANHATTAN HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Calling all witches, goblins, ghouls and ghosts! There's Halloween family fun to be had all month long! Kids are sure to have ghoulishly good time with our list of Halloween parties, haunted houses, pumpkin picking, spooky storytelling, and much more in Manhattan!


Saturday, October 4


SKYSCRAPER SKELETONS: Kids will learn how skyscrapers stand tall and then erect their own skeleton of a skyscraper using toothpicks and gumdrops. 10:30am. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $5. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place. 212-968-1961. www.skyscraper.org.

Thursday, October 9


DAGGERS AND SWORDS WORKSHOP: Visitors will create their own dagger or sword from cardboard. Daggers and swords will be decorated with jewels, paint and other materials. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


POP STAR SUNGLASSES: CMA helps teach kids how to create some funky pop star glasses. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


GOURD HEADS CRAFT: Make funny faces using gourds, googly eyes, and other material. 4pm. Age: TOD, YE. FREE . Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, The Bronx. 718-579-4244. www.nypl.org/branch/local/bx/fdc.cfm.

Saturday, October 11


SKYSCRAPER HAUNTS: Kids can come and make Halloween costumes resembling their favorite skyscrapers. 10:30am. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $5. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place. 212-968-1961. www.skyscraper.org.

Sunday, October 12


DAZZLING SKULLS: Children bejewel a skull shaped template in honor of the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration. 12pm. Age: All ages. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Friday, October 17


GREAT PUMPKIN WORKSHOP: Kids help layer a papier mache pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin gets bigger and stronger with each layer put on. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Saturday, October 18


PUMPKIN PATCH WORKSHOP: Using packaging paper and newspaper kids can create the form of a pumpkin. Then kids can decorate it with tissue paper and paint. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


BROWNSTONE SCHOOL'S HALLOWEEN FUN FAIR: Families can enjoy a bouncy castle, train ride, sand art, obstacle course and a bevy of kid friendly workshops and crafts in celebration of Halloween. 11am. Age: All ages. FREE. Brownstone School, 160 West 78th St.. 212-874-1341.


FALL FESTIVAL: Families can enjoy games, crafts, rides and performances by local artists. They can sample international dishes from popular Upper West Side restaurants and delicious homemade baked goods. 11am. Age: All ages. $1. PS 166, West 89th St. between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves.. 917-301-8830.

Sunday, October 19


CRAZY FACES: This project starts with the traditional observation of the face and moves towards abstraction. Museum guests mix it up with collage and cray-pas. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


DREAM HALLOWEEN: The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation welcomes families and friends to trick or treat in style at its Dream Halloween fundraiser. Neil Friedman, President, Mattel Brands and his wife Amanda will host the event. The Foundation opens its doors to hundreds of families to attend Dream Halloween in-costume and trick-or-treat for toys, meet their favorite cartoon characters, play games, create arts and crafts and enjoy delicious food. For tickets and information, call (347) 835-1205. 3pm. Age: All ages. Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street. 347-835-1205. www.ticketweb.com.

Wednesday, October 22


SPOOKY CITY: Children collaborate on a spooky city. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


CHOCOLATE MILK: THE OFFICIAL DRINK OF HALLOWEEN TOUR: Local children's author/illustrator Brian Floca reads his books, "The Hinky Pink" and "Max & Moe's Halloween" at this event, foucsed on teaching children how low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk can make Halloween healthier. Kids sample chocolate milk from local milk processors and receive their own chocolate milk mustache photo. 4pm.Age: TOD. FREE. Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street. 312-988-2311. www.booksofwonder.com.

Thursday, October 23


TOP HAT WORKSHOP: Kids use sturdy paper to create a formal top hat. Top Hats will be finished off with paint and ribbon to add extra elegance. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Friday, October 24


BUILD A SKELETON WORKSHOP: Kids create their own skeletons from white paper shapes. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Childrens Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street . 516-883-7480. www.cmany.org.

Saturday, October 25


BOO AT THE ZOO: Polar bears and other animals wolf down their yummy Halloween goodies at this event. Visitors aren't only spectators; they get into the spirit with crafts and games. 10am. Age: All ages. $8 adults, $3 children under 12. Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. 212-921-9070. www.centralparkzoo.com.


HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS: Kids design creepy bat and ghost crisps (colored tortilla chips in Halloween shapes) and make monster mash?up (apple raisin dip) with children's cooking educator Aaren McKen. 3 and 4pm.1am. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street. 212-721-1223. www.cmom.org.


WILD WORLD OF BATS: Back again just in time for Halloween, Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation leads this live-animal program about bats. Attendees will learn amazing facts about endangered bat species and vampire bats and have the opportunity to meet a few bat ambassadors, including the Malayan flying fox, the largest bat in the world, with a wingspan of up to six feet. 7:30pm. Age: All ages. $10 adults, $8 children. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org.


HOME-MADE HALLOWEEN TREATS: Kids will mix, measure and make a spooky master�ece and a take home Halloween surprise. 10 and 11:30am.1am. Age: YE, TW. $60. Cupcake Kids, 151 West 10th St.. 646-789-5554. www.cupcakekidsnyc.com.


HAUNTED HOUSES: Children construct a Haunted House out of recycled cardboard. Cobwebs, paper, and other materials will be available for adding a little more frightening appeal. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


SPOOKY CELEBRATION: Trick or Treat and welcome the new exclusive 8" Halloween Doll, "Spooky Celebration." Candy and costumes, plus special Halloween themed raffle items. 9am. Age: TOD, YE, TW. FREE. Alexander Doll Company , 615 West 131st Street, 6th Floor. 212-283-5900. www.madamealexander.com .


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN HALLOWEEN AT MADAME TUSSAUDS: Little monsters, witches and ghosts come ALIVE at Madame Tussauds NY with the Monster and Igor! 12 - 3pm.12pm. Age: All ages. MADAME TUSSAUDS, 234 West 42nd Street. 800-246-8872. www.nycwax.com.


FANTASMA'S MAGICAL HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA: Magician Graham Fishman puts on a magic show featuring live doves in this "Bird Act." Families also take a tour of the Houdini exhibit, featuring rare items that once belonged to the famous magician. The winner of the Halloween costume contest will take home a collection of magic toys. 4pm.Age: All ages. FREE. Fantasma Magic Store, 421 Seventh Ave . 212-244-3633. www.fantasmamagic.com.


MONSTER MASH HALLOWEEN BASH: Dress up in costume and kick up your heels at a family dance party. 3:30 - 5 p.m..Age: TOD, YE, TW, TE, AD. $40 (family of three), $5 per additional child. Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street. 212-787-1178. www.manhattanmovement.com.

Sunday, October 26


AUTHOR SERIES: CAMBRIA EVANS: This author/illustrator will read her new book, Bone Soup, about a clever but ever famished skeleton in search of a Halloween feast. Kids will use model magic to create a cauldron with their own magic ingredients. 2 and 3pm.1am. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street. 212-721-1223. www.cmom.org.


HALLOWEEN AT CMA: CMA celebrates Halloween this year with projects like pumpkin sculptures, face-painting, a collaborative spiderweb mural and more. There will also be a fashion show for children to show off their costumes and a trick or treat parade through SoHo. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN HALLOWEEN AT MADAME TUSSAUDS: Little monsters, witches and ghosts come ALIVE at Madame Tussauds NY with the Monster and Igor! 12 - 3pm.12pm. Age: All ages. MADAME TUSSAUDS, 234 West 42nd Street. 800-246-8872. www.nycwax.com.

Tuesday, October 28


BROOMSTICK BASH: Families can learn to be better eaters and how to maintain healthy habits throughout the holidays in a fun, festive atmosphere. 3:30pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Mount Sinai Medical Center, Manhattan. www.divabetic.org/bbash.php.

Wednesday, October 29


FRIGHTENING FINGER PUPPETS: Children create monsters, ghouls, witches, black cats for puppet show or for fashionable rings. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Thursday, October 30


BLACK CAT COLLAGE: Kids use black cat silhouettes to create a cool cat collage. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE AND CONTEST:TheCuteKid.com, home to the world's biggest online Cute Baby & Kid contest, and Dylan's Candy Bar have teamed up to offer this parade and costume contest. All kids in costume are welcome for an afternoon of free candy, fun and a chance to win prizes like the Halloween CuteKid of the Year award. 4pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. FREE. Dylan's Candy Bar, 1011 Third Avenue. 646-735-0078. www.dylanscandybar.com

TALK AND TASTE: CANDY: Children discover the history and origins of candy, including jelly beans, Tootsie Rolls, Chuckles, Red Hots, wax lips, and gum. They'll learn which candies were inspired by Prohibition and the roaring 1920's, as well as the influence World War II had on the candy industry. New flavors and candies of the future will be introduced. 12pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $16. 92nd Street Y , 92nd Street at Lexington Avenue. 212-415-5500. www.92Y.org .

 

 

Friday, October 31


TARGET FREE HALLOWEEN: CMOM remains open until 8pm, with FREE admission after 5pm. A day of special Halloween activities. 5pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street. 212-721-1223. www.cmom.org.


HALLOWEEN AT THE MUSEUM: Visitors are invited to trick or treat in warmth and safety among the dinosaurs, elephants, and other-worldly universe. Kids' favorite characters wander the halls greeting and entertaining; spooky arts and crafts keep little hands busy; and live performances punctuate the proceedings. 4pm. Age: All ages. $10. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org.


A HALLOWEEN HAPPENING: Trinity Church gets into the Halloween spirit with games, ghost tales and a nighttime screening of the silent 1920's thriller Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 4pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Pl. (Broadway at Wall St.). 212-602-0747. www.trinitywallstreet.org.

TRICKS N' TREATS - KIDS' HALLOWEEN PARTY AT LE CARROUSEL: Children in costume can join the park's carousel mascot, Flaubert Frog, and Clifford the Big Red Dog for pumpkin painting, scary stories, candy treats and magic tricks by magician Arnie Kolodner. Mr. Kolodner promises that one lucky child will float in mid-air. 4pm. Age: TOD, YE. FREE; carousel rides are $2 each or 10 rides for $15. Bryant Park, 6th Avenue between 40th & 42nd Streets. 212-768-4242. www.bryantpark.org.


THE 35TH ANNUAL NEW YORK'S VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE : Thousands of costumed New Yorkers and visitors, along with hundreds of puppets, bands, dancers and artists line up Sixth Avenue in this lively annual event. Anyone in costume is invited to join. The parade route goes up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street. 6:30pm line-up for those who want to be in the parade..7pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Greenwich Village , 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal, up to 21st Street. 212-475-3300. www.halloween-nyc.com.


HALLOWEEN EVENT: Mirrors, curtains and candelabras will transform the 67th floor Weather Room into a festive Halloween scene. Besides enjoying 360-degree views of NYC, children can enjoy magic tricks, face painting and cotton candy. 8am; 3pm magic tricks, face-painting and cotton candy.Age: All ages. $18 adults; $13 children ages 6-12. Top of the Rock Observation Deck , 30 Rockefeller Center, 67th Floor. 877-692-7625. www.topoftherocknyc.com.


JAM-BOO-REE: Kids enjoy trick-or-treating with free candy, brownies, cookies, and Chelsea Market treats, courtesy of Market retailers. Pumpkin Master Hugh McMahon carves a 500 pound pumpkin at his infamous pumpkin gallery. Live music is also provided by the Defibulators. 2:30pm.Age: All ages. FREE. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue. 212-652-2121. www.chelseamarket.com.



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