Ghosts and Goblins Galore!
Halloween starts early in Queens this year and lasts all month. Check out the events below for some frightening family fun in your area.
Boo at the Zoo is back for another year with wildlife magic shows, musical performances by Gigi and the Lend Me A Hand Band and others, professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, a parade of costumes, a hay maze, and craft workshops. Plus, see the brand new Haunted Safari adventure that includes an augmented reality/3-D experience, and the Lost Hayride that features an animated tour of Creepy Hollows. Weekends throughout October, starting at 11am. $16; $12 children 3-12 years old; FREE children under 3. The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, 718-367-1010.
Visit the Queens County Farm Museum's Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin patch. Climb over pumpkins large and small and choose your favorite. October 1-31, 11am-4pm. Prices vary by pumpkin size. The museum will also host Halloween Haunted House and Hayrides on Halloween weekend, October 30-31, starting at 4pm. Along with some thrills and chills, families can enjoy Halloween treats and mulled cider, and pumpkins and apples will be sold. $4 per person for haunted house; $2 per person for hayrides. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 718-347-3276.
Join the Richmond Hill Library for scary stories and songs featuring ghosts, witches, vampires, and other odd occurrences during Scary Stuff. October 14 at 4pm. Appropriate for elementary-aged kids and tweens. FREE, but space is limited and preregistration is required. Queens Library, Richmond Hill branch, 118-14 Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill. 718-849-7150.
Queens Village Library will host Halloween Craft for Teens, when teens can bring their friends to create fun, holiday-themed crafts together. October 19 at 4:30pm. FREE. Queens Library: Queens Village branch, 94-11 217 Street, Queens Village. 718-776-6800.
Careful - this Halloween event isn't for the faint of heart. Queens Library Flushing invites music fans and Halloween revelers to see Blood Fest 2010: Halloween Show & Rock Concert. Presented by Blood Moon Rising Horror Magazine, Blood Fest hosts the band December's Fall, along with horror movie screenings, costume contests, a haunted tunnel, and more. October 23 at 12pm. FREE. Queens Library Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing. 718-661-1200.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they mix history with Halloween on a Haunted Lantern Tour of the historic Water Battery. October 25-26 at 6:30pm. Fort Totten Park, Totten Road and the Cross Island Parkway, Bayside. 718-352-1769.
What's Cooking? will host a Halloween Spook Special - from tasty treats to decorative ghoulish cookies and desserts, these recipes are as delicious and nutritious as they are spooky. Create a craft and a take-home treat, then enjoy a main course to eat in-class, along with a yummy dessert. October 28 at 4pm; October 29 at 5pm. Appropriate for elementary school-aged children and tweens. $49. What's Cooking?, 30 East Main Street, Oyster Bay. 516-922-2665.
The Voelker Orth Museum welcomes families to attend its Halloween Party, featuring plenty of games, crafts, spooky storytelling, a costume contest, and more. October 29, 5pm. $2; $1 children. The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing. 718-539-6227. www.fleetwoodneighbors.org.
Are the stories of the treacherous waters of the East River true? Ever wonder where the name Hell Gate came from? Celebrate the spirits of Halloween and learn about spooky stories and legends during a Walking Tour of the Haunted Waters of the East River. Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge. Call for reservations. October 30 at 3pm. All ages. $15; $10 for ghouls in costume. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City. 718-278-0700.
Looking for a fun and safe place to take the kids for Halloween? Look no further than the Queens Botanical Garden. Join the Garden for its traditional Pumpkin Patch, which includes activities for the kids and pumpkin painting. October 31, starts at 1pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. 718-539-5296.
Before you trick-or-treat, stop by Flushing Town Hall in costume to celebrate the community traditions of the Day of the Dead, Halloween, and All Saints Day in Halloween - Remixed. The event includes hands-on festive fun for the whole family. October 31 at 2pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. 718-463-7700.
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