Halloween Events in NYC Parks

Halloween Events in NYC Parks

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Check out these festive and kid-friendly Halloween events for families in New York City parks.

New York City parks are getting in on the spooky fun this Halloween season. Check out these great Halloween events at local parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, for you and your kids to enjoy. 
 

Halloween Events in Manhattan Parks

'Hansel & Gretel's Halloween Adventure'
WHEN: Oct. 13-31, Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30am, 12pm, and 1pm
WHERE: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park, 79th Street and West Drive, Central Park
AGES: Young elementary
WHAT: This Halloween adventure featuring favorite characters Hansel and Gretel dives into the children's lifelike dreams full of music and dancing with Central Park and the Belvedere Castle as the beautiful backdrop. This time, the brother and sister pair encounter lovable characters such as amazing mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires, and a fabulous witch. 
WANT TO GO? $8-$12. 212-360-1399. cityparksfoundation.org. 
 

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  
AGES: All
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. carlschurzparknyc.org. 
 

FREE Halloween Parade and Party
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 1-3pm
WHERE: Washington Market Park, 199 Chambers St., Tribeca  
AGES: All
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. washingtonmarketpark.org. 

DiMenna Creepy History Museum's Haunted Halloween Party
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 3-5pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: A Halloween celebration with a side of history, this annual gathering at the museum beckons families to summon the spirits of the past through historical fortune-telling, ghost stories, and creepy crafts. Vote online to help pick costumes for the Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass statues on the museum steps. Then get ready to dive into the spooky side of history, with plenty of candy of course. 
WANT TO GO? $10 in advance; $12 day of ($10 members). 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum. 

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  
AGES: All
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. centralparknyc.org. 

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 
AGES: All
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. nyu.edu. 

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
AGES: All
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: http://www.thehighline.org/activities/haunted-high-line-halloween-family-event RSVP doesn't guarantee entry. Entrance is first-come, first-served. 
WANT TO GO? 212-500-6035. thehighline.org. 

FREE Inwood Pumpkin Pageant
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5pm
WHERE: Isham Park, 1 Park Terrace E., Inwood
AGES: All
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.
WANT TO GO? facebook.com/inwoodpumpkin. 
 

Halloween Events in Brooklyn Parks

Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Oct. 28-29, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Don't miss this popular annual Halloween event. This year the focus will be on bats, from around the world and right here in Brooklyn where the zoo is working to understand their local ecology. The weekend will be jam-packed with fun activities such as a scavenger hunt, face painting, and other Halloween-themed games and crafts. A Spooky Barn will delight the older kids and there will be sea lion training sessions during the day complete with a kid-friendly dance party.
WANT TO GO? $8; $6 seniors; $5 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 718-220-5100. prospectparkzoo.com.

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
AGES: All
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. prospectpark.org.
 

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. prospectpark.org.
 

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.
 

Haunted Carousel
WHEN: Oct. 28-29, Saturday-Sunday, 12-5pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Carousel, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard
AGES: All
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  
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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. 

Halloween Events in Queens Parks 

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
AGES: All
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  
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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. 

Halloween Events in Bronx Parks

Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
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. 

 

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