Check out these festive and kid-friendly Halloween events for families in New York City parks.
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. nycgovparks.org.
WHEN: Oct. 28-29, Saturday-Sunday, 12-5pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Carousel, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard
WHAT: Don’t be scared when you see the haunted carousel! Take a spin on the spooky ride to your favorite Halloween jams.
WANT TO GO? $2. 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.
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. prospectpark.org.
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.
WANT TO GO? parkslopeciviccouncil.org.
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. nycgovparks.org.
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. socratessculpturepark.org.
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. nycgovparks.org.
Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Oct. 28-29, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
WHAT: Don't miss this annual Halloween event. It's jam-packed with fun activities! Be sure to check out the trick-or-treat education stations around the zoo, face painting, live animal demonstrations, and spooky story time. Of course, there'll be plenty of animals to visit, and a special Halloween themed treats for some of the animals too!
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 2. 718-352-1769. queenszoo.com.
Halloween at the Garden
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Families can show off their Halloween costume, make a seasonal botanical craft, see a magic show, and meet and take pictures with Flora, QBG’s friendly mascot! Be sure to bring a trick-or-treat bag.
WANT TO GO? $6; $4 seniors and students; $2 children ages 4-12; free for children younger than 3. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.
Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
WHAT: The Bronx Zoo is the place to be when Halloween is around the corner. This year's Boo at the Zoo has family favorites like magic shows, costume parades, pumpkin carvings, a candy trail, a bird meet and greet, animal treats, crafts, and mentalism shows, plus hayrides, nature treks, and a haunted forest. Taking place weekends throughout October.
WANT TO GO? $36.95; $31.95 seniors; $26.96 children; free for children younger than 2. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.