Top 5 Spooky Halloween Parties for Kids at Cool NYC Attractions

Kids are excited to don their costumes, go trick or treating, and participate in spooktacular fun activities throughout the city, and cool attractions in New York City, including museums and observatories, are hosting their own Halloween parties for kids. We pick the top five you should take your little ones to this year.

Cool New York City attractions, from the Top of the Rock to the Natural History Museum, are hosting spooktacular Halloween parties for kids to celebrate the holiday with face-painting, trick or treating, games, activities, contests and more. We pick the top five Halloween bashes for kids in the Big Apple that are not to be missed this year.

American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
Museum of Natural History Sleepover1. Night at the Museum Halloween Sleepover
Get ready to spend a night in the darkened halls of the American Museum of Natural History at the annual sleepover. Featuring an exploration of the live-animal exhibition, a nighttime Museum Quest, and Halloween-themed activities, the museum opens its doors for kids ages 6-13. And don't forget to dress in your most creative costume -- there are prizes for the most orginal ones! Registration required by phone. When: Oct. 20 and Oct. 27

Ripley's Believe it Or Not two headed calfRipley's Believe It or Not!, Times Square
2. Ripley's Boo-lieve It or Not! Slumber Fest
Ready to be spooked? Go on a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt, find your way out of a late-night haunted house, and see all kinds of weird things--like a two-headed calf--during Ripley's Times Square Boo-lieve It or Not! Slumber Fest. Kids ages 6-17 can also be amazed by a stunt show and fire-breather. When: Oct. 27

Central Parknew york's largest pumpkin flotilla
3. Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
Don your best Halloween costume to participate in Central Park's parade and catch a sight of NYC's largest pumpkin flotilla. Submit your carved jack o' lantern for your chance to compete in the contest and win big. There will also be spooky music, live entertainment, and Halloween-themed arts and crafts at the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail. When: Oct. 28

Top of the Rock Halloween SpooktacularTop of the Rock, Midtown
4. Spooktacular Halloween Celebration
Zoom up to the Top of the Rock for a Spooktacular Halloween Celebration high above the Big Apple where there will be face-painting, magic shows, sweet treats, and costumed characters that the whole family can enjoy. When: Oct. 28

bronx boo at the zoo hayrideBronx Zoo, Bronx
5. Boo at the Zoo
Join the zoo's Halloween tradition and party with the animals at the Boo at the Zoo. From The Haunting at Habitat Mansion and the Creepy Hollows Hayride to the Costume Parade and wildlife magic shows, all of the family-friendly Halloween activities at the Bronx Zoo embrace the spirit of the season and teach kids about nocturnal wildlife. Kids younger than 12 wearing a costume get in FREE! When: Sept. 29 - Oct. 31