FREE Halloween Events for Families in New York City

FREE Halloween Events for Families in New York City

Check out these fun, free, and kid-friendly Halloween events to enjoy with your family in NYC.

Your guide to FREE things to do for Halloween in New York City, including family festivals, carnivals, corn mazes, costume parties, spooky story times, and much more in the boroughs. Check out these free, kid-friendly Halloween events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

FREE Halloween Events in Manhattan

FREE Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 28, 4pm
WHERE: Central Park- Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues, Central Park
WHAT: Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, and the Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail at twilight!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Your spooky jack-o-lantern will make Halloween history as it sails into the night.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1370.


FREE Halloween Howl and Healthy Hound Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12-3pm
WHERE: Carl Schurz Park, East 87th Street and East End Avenue, Upper East Side
WHAT: See more than 200 pups in their spookiest and silliest Halloween costumes and watch them strut their stuff!
WANT TO GO? 212-459-4455.


FREE Harvest Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 13, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Carl Schurz Park, East 87th Street and East End Avenue, Upper East Side
WHAT: Pick a pumpkin and decorate it, meet a live-action scarecrow, get your face painted, and enjoy an afternoon Halloween party in the park.
WANT TO GO? 212-459-4455.


FREE 'The Cat in the Hat' Storytime
WHEN: Oct. 27-28, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Strand Books, 828 Broadway, East Village
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: It's a special Halloween-themed storytime and craft session featuring the world's silliest and most famous black cat.
WANT TO GO? 212-473-1452.


FREE Halloween Events in Brooklyn 

FREE Children's Halloween Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 10am
WHERE: Coney Island, 1904 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Head to Coney Island for Halloween-themed games, face painting, live entertainment, trick-or-treating, and the official Coney Island costume contest!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The first 1,500 registered kids receive a two-hour Luna Park wristband!
WANT TO GO? 718-594-7895.


FREE Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 12-3pm
WHERE: Lookout Hill, 150 West Drive, Prospect Park
WHAT: Encounter Halloween spirits on a walk through the Lookout Hill. Then, enjoy a festive Halloween fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities and treats from some of the city’s top food trucks.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951.


FREE Harvest Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 6 Lawns, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
WHAT: A pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, music, and games await at this year’s Harvest Festival.
WANT TO GO? 718-802-0603.


FREE Halloween Events in Queens

FREE Halloween Harvest Festival
WHEN: Oct. 27-28, 12-4pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
WHAT: Inspired by the Haitian Festival of the Ancestorsand featuring costume-and-art making, face-painting, and the Canine Costume Contest with fun prizes and local judges.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819.


FREE Halloween Trunk or Treat and Food Drive
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2pm
WHERE: Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens
WHAT: Volunteers will park their Halloween decorated cars in a secured, closed off area of Maple Grove Cemetery and pass out candy from their trunks.
WANT TO GO? 347-878-6614.


FREE Spooktopia: Saturday Family Movie
WHEN: Oct. 6-27, Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: Arverne Library, 312 Beach 54 St., Arverne
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Come and get into the mood for the Halloween!
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.


FREE Halloween Party!
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4pm
WHERE: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Come in costume and celebrate Halloween with fun, games, music, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0700.


FREE Movie Night: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 4, 4pm
WHERE: Woodhaven Library, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's pumpkin king, has become bored with the same routine of frightening people when he stumbles on Christmastown and gets a new lease on life.
WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010.


FREE Family Movie Afternoon: 'Z.O.M.B.I.E.S'
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 19, 3pm
WHERE: Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave., Howard Beach
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A zombie and a cheerleader work together to show the town of Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences.
WANT TO GO? 718-641-7086.


FREE Fall Harvest and Giant Pumpkin Contest
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10am
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
WHAT: This newly expanded competition includes giant pumpkins and additional categories for large, decorated vegetables.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066.


FREE Halloween Events in Staten Island

FREE Greenbelt Annual Pumpkin Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6, 12-4pm
WHERE: Willowbrook Park, Eton Place and Richmond Ave., Staten Island 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Pick up pumpkins then take part in fishing lessons, a nature-inspired craft, face painting, and a visit from Quiver Farms Petting Zoo. 
WANT TO GO? 718-667-3545.



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