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, 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 Howl & Healthy Hound Fair
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 15, 12-3pm
WHERE: Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue between East 84th and 90th streets, Upper East Side  
WHAT: Watch mutts strut their stuff in quirky get-ups at this annual dog gathering. Expect to see more than 200 creatively costumed pups sartorially evaluated by a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges. 
WANT TO GO? 212-459-4455. 

FREE Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 12-3pm
WHERE: Tompkins Square, East 9th Street and Avenue A, East Village
WHAT: Pups get in on Halloween costume fun at the Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Spectators will see hundreds of dogs in costumes, all who are competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. The runway competition begins at noon. No need to pre-register. $5 suggested donation. 

FREE West Village Children's Halloween Festival 
 Sunday, Oct. 22, 10am-4PM
WHERE: Bleecker Playground, Hudson Street between West 11th and Bank streets, West Village 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Popular local event with fun costume parade and competition. 

FREE Asphalt Screams
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 27, 4-6pm
WHERE: Asphalt Green, Upper East Side and Battery Park City campuses 
WHAT: Gear up in costume for an afternoon of tricks, treats, and active Halloween games. This annual Halloween event will feature trick-or-treating and sports-related activities, including a Spooktacular Soccer Shootout. Plus, the first 500 kids at each campus will receive a goody bag. Donations are welcome and will support Asphalt Green's free community programs that serve thousands of New Yorkers with sports and fitness opportunities. 
WANT TO GO? 212.369.8890. 

FREE Lincoln Center Trick-or-Treat
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11am
WHERE: Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Broadway between 63rd and 64th streets
WHAT: This annual Halloween celebration returns for a fun-filled day of costumes, candy, spooky stories, and seasonal fun. Get there right at 11am to catch a telling of Crankenstein by author Samantha Berger—the story a seemingly ordinary boy who goes through some seriously grumpy transformations. 
WANT TO GO? 212-875-5000. 

FREE Haunted High Line Halloween
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11am-3pm
WHERE: The High Line, West 14th to West 16th streets between Tenth and Twelfth avenues, Chelsea
WHAT: Spend an afternoon enjoying artistic face painting, a candy scavenger hunt, an old-time photo booth, and live performances. There will be a cookie factory art project, a Halloween Magic Show, music and dancing with the Bilingual Birdies, a safe streets art project, a ghost tunnel, creepy crawlers in a mobile garden, a DJ/Karaoke station, and more. RSVP: RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Entrance is first-come, first-served. 
WANT TO GO? 212-500-6035. 

FREE Halloween Parade and Party
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 1-3pm
WHERE: Washington Market Park, 199 Chambers St., Tribeca  
WHAT: Tribeca families adore this annual Halloween party and costume parade. Volunteers will run a dozen free events, including penny-in-a-haystack, a bone dig in the sandbox, crafts, juggling, hula hooping, and a hay circle on the lawn. Strollers are not be permitted in the park during the event. A free stroller-check will be available at Duane and Greenwich Streets. 
WANT TO GO? 212-408-0100. 

FREE Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 4-7pm
WHERE: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues, Central Park  
WHAT: Make a spooky jack-o'-lantern and then sent it floating in the open waters of the Harlem Meer at twilight as part of this annual Halloween festival. The family fun usually includes live music and scary stories too. 
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1370. 

FREE NYC's 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade 
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 7-10:30pm
WHERE: West Village, Sixth Avenue from Spring to West 16th streets, SoHo/West Village 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: Watch as the scariest creatures in town parade up through the West Village for one of the most famous Halloween parades in the U.S. This noisy, crowded and a little risqué parade is a NYC must-do-once. The 2017 theme is: Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie

FREE Trick or Treat Grand Central
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 31, see website for times
WHERE: Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., Midtown East 
WHAT: Bring the family to Grand Central to celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating at participating shops and restaurants, face painting, tote giveaways, raffles, and more. 
WANT TO GO? 212-340-2583. 

FREE 27th Annual Children's Halloween Parade
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3-6pm
WHERE: Washington Square Park, University Place, from East 13th to West 3rd streets, Washington Square 
WHAT: Gather at the fountain in Washington Square Park for a family-friendly Halloween parade, hosted by NYU and Manhattan Community Board 2. Then, kids can snag free trick-or-treat bags, play games, and experience rides on West 3rd Street between LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street. There will be entertainment and performances on West 3rd Street following the parade. 
WANT TO GO? 212-982-6255. 

FREE Inwood Pumpkin Pageant
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5pm
WHERE: Isham Park, 1 Park Terrace E., Inwood
WHAT: Responsibly recycle your Halloween pumpkins at the 4th annual Inwood Pumpkin Pageant. Bring your old gourds and jack-o'-lanterns to the park where volunteers will light up the offerings at dusk in a beautiful display of holiday light. The remains will be composted with the help of the New York Restoration Project. Prize ribbons will be awarded to crowd favorites.


FREE Halloween Events in Brooklyn 

FREE Halloween Harvest Festival
WHEN: Sept. 16-Oct. 29, Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm
WHERE: Luna Park in Coney Island, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island
WHAT: Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends through October 29th for family-friendly activities, fall decorations and more. Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest features pumpkin picking and painting and free activities like trick or treating, daily entertainment, costumed characters, caricature artists, balloon benders and twisters, magicians, one of NYC’s largest pumpkins and more. You don’t have to travel upstate or out to Long Island to pick a pumpkin – you can pick your very own gourd right here in Brooklyn! Visit the pumpkin patch and for $5 take home a pumpkin to call your own. Don’t forget to paint it at the pumpkin painting station, too. Luna Park is home to the world famous Cyclone Roller Coaster and has over 28 rides, games and attractions for all ages to enjoy. 
WANT TO GO? Free admission; $5 pumpkin picking and painting. 718-373-5862. 

FREE Scharen Knippen (Paper Cutting)
WHEN: Oct. 1-29, Sundays, 2-4pm
WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, 425 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush  
WHAT: Celebrate fall at Lefferts Historic House with the old Dutch craft Scharen Knippen. Cut out autumn and halloween scenes and patterns, some designed in the 19th century by Mrs. Lefferts herself. 
WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 718-789-2822. 

FREE Halloween Harvest Dog Parade and Costume Contest
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 14, 12pm
WHERE: Luna Park in Coney Island, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island
WHAT: Dogs like to dress up for Halloween, too! Bring your cute canine companion to Luna Park for this popular annual event. 
WANT TO GO? 718-373-5862. 

FREE NYSoM Monster Mash
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2-5pm
WHERE: Studio 10, 566 Nostrand Ave., 2nd Fl., Bedford Stuyvesant
WHAT: Join this spooktacular Halloween event featuring a scavenger hunt, Halloween crafts (including pumpkin painting and make your own slime), music by NYSoM DJ King Kat, costume contest, games, activities, and more. 

FREE Forest Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Hazel Village, 510 3rd Ave., Gowanus  
WHAT: Halloween might be a spooky time for kids, but not at Hazel Village - a Gowanus-based shop that makes organic woodland animals and dolls. On October 21st, Hazel Village is hosting a Wes Anderson-inspired “Forest Fair” to celebrate the holiday. There will be plenty of trick-or-treating opportunities, shopping, kids crafting, photo-taking, and tasty thematic treats. In addition to Hazel Village, indie kids brands like Lovelane Designs, Les Gamins, Natti Natti, and Monroe Workshop are setting up shop. Families are encouraged to come dressed in costume to be fully immersed in the festivities. Best of all, this whimsical event is open to the public and admission is free.
WANT TO GO? 213-292-1264. 

FREE Marc and Maniac Pumpkin Carvers
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 22, 12-6pm
WHERE: Luna Park, Jack's Pumpkin Shack, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island
WHAT: Maniac Pumpkin Carvers was founded by Chris Soria and Marc Evan. These two artists combined their illustration and sculpting skills with their love of Halloween to create Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, a company specializing in high end, custom pumpkin art. Come check out the crazy carving they do to celebrate 5 years of Halloween Harvest at Luna Park. 
WANT TO GO? free admission; $3-5 activities. 718-373-5862. 

FREE 13th Annual Haunted Halloween Carnival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11am-3pm
WHERE: 1st Street Recreation Center of PS 372, 1st Street and 4th Avenue, Park Slope
WHAT: This annual event features activities for kids of all ages including games, crafts, snacks, a bouncy moon walk, and a haunted house. There will also be performances, free giveaways, and a costume contest. The first 200 kids will receive trick or treat gift bags filled with tons of goodies. Special guests include Tuffy Tiger and cameos by Star Wars Characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison and the Echo Base Rebel Legion. 
WANT TO GO? 718-768-3703. 

FREE Scary Stories with Tammy Hall
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2-4pm
WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Flatbush  
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: Make sure you’re sitting next to someone braver than you! Master storyteller Tammy Hall keeps the tradition of scary stories alive with tales told in the village of Flatbush 200 years ago. While you’re there, make a spooky Halloween cut-out based on a Lefferts family design. 
WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 718-789-2822.

FREE Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 12-3pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Lookout Hill/Nethermeade, 16th Street and Prospect Park South West, Windsor Terrace
WHAT: Encounter zombies, werewolves, witches and other Halloween spirits on a haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill, ideal for families with children ages 7-12. All ages can enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities, as well as sweet and savory treats from some of the city¹s top food trucks.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8960.

FREE Bklyn Boo!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2-5pm
WHERE: City Point, 445 Albee Square West, Downtown Brooklyn
WHAT: After the fun in Prospect Park, the Halloween hoots and howls continue at City Point with live DJs, a costume contest, trick-or-treats, a pumpkin patch, wicked nail art and fun for all ages.

FREE Creepy Crawly Halloween
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 1-4:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Flatbush
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
WHAT: Take a second look at the creatures that give you the creeps, you may find you like them. Participate in fun activities and experiments that will make your spine tingle. Owl Pellet Dissection, 1-3pm: Participants will have the opportunity to pick apart owl pellets, masses of undigested parts of food that owl species occasionally regurgitate. Creepy Crawly Walk, 2-3pm: Participants will search for Prospect Park's creepy residents and explore the hidden side of the park. Animal Encounter, 3-4pm: Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection and even assist in an actual feeding.
WANT TO GO? 718-287-3400.

FREE Story Time: Jennie Palmer presents The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11:30am at Fort Greene location; 1:30pm at Prospect Lefferts Gardens location
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstores, 686 Fulton St. and 632 Flatbush Avenue, Fort Greene and Prospect Lefferts Gardens  
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
WHAT: Just in time for Halloween, debut children’s book author Jennie Palmer presents The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza.  Anita and Winnifred Wompananny are two reclusive kitchen witches who love to whip up delicious treats but are simply terrified of children. After a run-in with a few scary kids in their neighborhood, Anita and Winnifred decide to make their favorite meal: pizza! But they've unintentionally baked their anxious, fearful, freaked-out feelings right into the crust and created one mean pizza… who’s just escaped the kitchen! Bring your little witches, wizards, and pizza lovers for an interactive Halloween story time. 
WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. 

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4-7pm 
WHERE: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
WHAT: BAM’s annual free community Halloween celebration returns, featuring music, carnival games, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, roaming artists, costume contest, and a candy giveaway. 
WANT TO GO? 718-636-4100.

FREE The Annual Park Slope Halloween Parade
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6:30pm
WHERE: Washington Park, Parade starts at 7th Avenue and 14th Street and ends at 5th Avenue and 3rd Street, Park Slope
WHAT: Possibly the largest children’s Halloween march in the nation, the Park Slope Civic Council’s Halloween Parade has been a part of neighborhood life since 1986. Each year, the merchants on Seventh and Fifth Avenues hand out an abundance of sweets and treats to a seemingly never-ending swarm of imaginatively attired children, eagerly holding up their bags. The sidewalks are an obstacle course of visual delights. Royalty and robots, animals and anime, svengalis and superheroes—all strolling the streets of the Slope in the late afternoon and into the evening. 

FREE Halloween 313
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 31, shows run every 30 minutes from 5-9pm
WHERE: 313 Clinton Avenue, Clinton HIll
WHAT: What began as a partnership with the Society for Clinton Hill to make a safe trick-or-treat event for neighborhood kids, has grown into an elaborate live show for thousands of visitors, performed on the front lawn every Halloween night. This year's show features zombies, monsters, and voodoo. 

FREE Halloween Events in Queens

FREE Family Holiday Crafts
WHEN: Oct. 26, 6:30pm
WHERE: Laurelton Library, 134-26 225th St., Laurelton
WHAT: Come create memories and holiday crafts with your family! 
WANT TO GO? 718-528-2822. 

FREE Not-so-Spooky Tuesday Afternoon Movies
WHEN: Oct. 3-31, Tuesdays, 4pm
WHERE: Bellerose Library, 250-08 Hillside Ave., Bellerose
WHAT: Enjoy some Halloween themed films with family and friends. 10/3- "Where the Wild Things Are" (PG, 2009, 101 min.) 10/10- "Hotel Transylvania" (PG, 2015, 89 min.) 10/17- Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (PG, 1993, 76 min.) 10/24- "Goosebumps" (PG, 2015, 103 min.) 10/31- "Gremlins" (PG, 1984, 106 min.) 
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8644. 

FREE Maker Space: Costumes
WHEN: Oct. 3-24, Tuesdays, 4pm
WHERE: Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
AGES: Tween
WHAT: Makers are creators, artists, tinkerers, and inventors! In this month's series of programs, participants will make masks, capes, crowns, wands, or other costume accessories. Get ready for Halloween! Ages 8-12. No registration required. 
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. 

FREE How to Write Scary Stories!
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 15, 12:30-1:15pm
WHERE: The Astoria Bookshop, 30-01 35th Ave., Long Island City
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen
WHAT: The Young Writer's Workshop is back! This time hosted by guest instructor Michelle Schusterman, author of Olive and the Backstage Ghost, and The Kat Sinclair Files. Halloween is right around the corner, and Michelle Schusterman will be helping teens, and young writers alike craft the creepiest, under-your-skin, mystery and scary stories! Whether you've been writing for awhile now, or you just want to learn the basics, be sure to drop by our workshop to get in the mood for Halloween festivities! Happy writing!
WANT TO GO? 718-278-2665. 

FREE Haunted Lantern Tours at Water Battery
WHEN: Oct. 27-28, Friday-Saturday, 6:30pm
WHERE: Water Battery Gate, Fort Totten Park, Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15th Road, Bayside
WHAT: Join the NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers as they mix history with Halloween fun on an outdoor, walking haunted lantern tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten. Participants must be in line at the Water Battery Gate at Shore Road no later than 8p.m. to be guaranteed admittance. Sorry, no strollers allowed on the tour but there will be stroller parking available. 
WANT TO GO? 718-352-1769. 

FREE Halloween Harvest Festival: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City NY 11106  
WHAT: The Socrates season always goes out with a BANG with their Halloween Harvest Festival! This year’s theme is Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with a vibrant procession and dance performance presented by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York, which has been sharing Mexican heritage and culture with the NYC community for more than 30 years. Enjoy spooky costume- and art-making with Socrates artists and Free Style Arts Association, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and add your mementos and relics to an ancestral community altar. Urban Shaman Mama Donna will be offering harvest animal blessings for your pets, and if your pooch is in costume you can participate in a Socrates tradition – our annual Canine Costume Contest with fun prizes and local judges, including Château le Woof
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819.

FREE Halloween Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 12-3pm
WHERE: Parade Grounds at Fort Totten Park, Story Road, Bayside
WHAT: A day of spooky family fun. Highlights include live entertainment, inflatables, interactive games, a hay ride, a hay maze/pumpkin patch, costume contests, and free goodie bags! 
WANT TO GO? 718-352-4793. 

FREE Halloween Trunk or Treat and Food Drive
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2pm
WHERE: Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens
WHAT: Families can celebrate Halloween in a safe, friendly environment and help the needy at this community event sponsored by The Friends of Maple Grove. Volunteers will park their Halloween decorated cars in a secured closed off area of Maple Grove Cemetery. They will open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and pass out candy from their trunks and have participants view their artistic efforts. 
WANT TO GO? 347-878-6614. 

FREE Halloween Events in Staten Island

FREE Haunted Hikes
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Clay Pit Ponds State Preserve, Gericke Farm, 2876 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island 
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: Will you be spooked by these local ghost stories? Meet at Clay Pit's historic Gericke Farm to hear spooky tales for Halloween. 
WANT TO GO? 718-967-1976. 

FREE Community Halloween Event
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2-4pm
WHERE: The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave., Bushwick
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
WHAT: Join this family Community Halloween Event. Wear your spookiest costume to explore the beautiful grounds of The Evergreens on a horse-drawn hayride. Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating and refreshments. Free and open to the public; appropriate for all ages. The party will take place near the office building; follow the signs from the Bushwick Avenue entrance. Limited parking is available on-site; visitors are encouraged to use public transportation.
WANT TO GO? 718-455-5300. 


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