by Alison Reiser
Check out these fun Halloween events for kids and families in Rockland County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ, including the annual Halloween Parade in Nyack and the popular Zoo Boo in Paramus.
27th Annual Nyack Halloween Parade
Main Street, Nyack
Dancing ghouls, marching bands, floats, stilt walkers, and giant puppets are all part of the action at this popular annual event. Festivities begin at 2pm with live music in the municipal parking lot in the center of town. Then head down to Memorial Park (where Depew meets the Hudson River), where the parade steps off at 5:30pm. Marchers then head toward Broadway then over to Main Street, ending at the municipal parking lot for live music and an awards ceremony. FREE!
'I Spy' Halloween Trail
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall
Kids can come in costume to find some spooktacular objects cleverly hidden along the nature center's trails. Afterward, stop in the Crafts and Creepy Critter Room to make a craft to take home.
Palisades Center, West Nyack
The mall hosts this pre-Halloween celebration with candy, music, and games. Come in costume! FREE!
Bossy Frog Band Halloween Performance
Pearl River Farmers' Market
Stop by the market's closing day for a special, Halloween performance by the Bossy Frog at 10am. The market features conventional and organic produce from Hudson Valley farmers, local honey and eggs, fresh baked goods, small batch ice cream, cut flowers, children's books, story times, prepared food from Rockland Roots, children's activities and entertainment, and more. FREE!
Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ
The zoo opens its doors for trick-or-treaters and special night-time visits with the animals. Kids are invited to come in costume for trick-or-treating around the zoo, ghostly story telling, and magic shows. The Erie Express haunted train ride starts at 6:30pm. (Train ride is not recommended for young children).
Seasonal Workshop at Jill's Ceramics
Fridays throughout October: All ages workshop
Monday & Tuesday throughout October: Toddlers-only workshop
Artists can make unique holiday crafts or seasonal gifts. Make something special for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or simply for fall. Artists can also choose from coffee mugs, picture frames, flower pots, garden markers, and more. Pieces can be taken home or left for glazing.
Halloween Crafts at Grandma's Kitchen
Register is required for these Halloween-themed kids' workshops at Grandma's Kitchen:
Oct. 15 and 28: Halloween Luminary
Oct. 19 and 30: Ghost Cake
Oct. 29: Haunted House
More Halloween Fun
Check out our roundup of the best Halloween fun in Westchester, including The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze and other Historic Hudson Valley events.