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Halloween Fun for Families in and Near NYC

Halloween Fun for Families in and Near NYC

Looking for a little spooky fun? Check out everything you can (safely) do with your kids to celebrate the season.


This year, Halloween celebrations look a little different than we're used to. For one, masks take on a whole new meeting. Also, some families won't feel comfortable trick-or-treating or handing out candy this year. Don't worry—there are still plenty of fun in-person and virtual Halloween happenings this season and the venues are doing what they can to keep you and your little guys and ghouls as safe as possible. 

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Brooklyn Halloween Fun


 

IN PERSON: Halloween Experience
WHEN: 
Oct. 25 through Nov. 01, Monday and Tuesday, 2-10pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 12-10pm; Fridays, 12-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday, 12-10pm
WHERE: Beat the Bomb, 255 Water Street, Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Beat The Bomb, the Brooklyn-based immersive video game experience, will be offering a very special Halloween experience for its guests. Players can find Halloween-themed games, free candy and some spooky surprises! The perfect activity for families or friends, at Beat The Bomb, groups of 2-6 players can choose from five different immersive games lasting 60 minutes each. The goal: earn time on the bomb clock by beating levels. Then they must disarm the paint bomb before time runs out… or GET BLASTED! Advanced registration required. 
WHAT TO GO? $44.95. beatthebomb.com



FREE ONLINE: Frankenstein Fridays!
WHEN: Oct. 9-30, Fridays, 3-3:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach Library Facebook page
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join the library for some spooktacular entertainment! They will be posting Halloween themed crafts for kids that are easy to do and a lot of fun! There may even be a spooky reading!
WANT TO GO? bklynlibrary.org.

IN PERSON: Town Square's Greenpoint Halloween Parade & Spooktacular Party
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, Halloween Parade: 12pm; Spooktacular Party: 10am-3pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Greenpoint
AGES: All
WHAT: Costumed kids of all ages will march in the parade and can then go trick-or-treating with the Greenpoint Market vendors. For the party, children can expect arts and crafts, carnival games, dancing, live music, a bouncy house for little ones, and more! Reserve tickets in advance for the party.
WANT TO GO? $30; $20 in advance; $10 special mommy/daddy tickets; $5 mommy/daddy tickets in advance. 347-559-1410. halloween-2020.eventbrite.com.

IN PERSON Halloween at BCM
WHEN:
Saturday, Oct. 31, 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights 
AGES: All 
WHAT: 
Wear your costumes for Halloween at Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Visitors will be able to trick or treat on BCM’s roof, and throughout the exhibits. Activities include making your own masks, enjoying a special Halloween-themed Animal Adventures workshop, and print- making with fall produce like apples and pumpkins. Purchase tickets in advance. 
WANT TO GO? $13. brooklynkids.org

IN PERSON Dia de los Muertos
WHEN: 
Nov. 1, 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights 
WHAT: Guest curator and teaching artist Mincho Vega joins BCM to help visitors learn about and celebrate the Day of the Dead. Help to build a collaborative ofrenda (altar) on BCM’s roof to honor ancestors and loved ones and offers a way to connect with the past. Get your energy flowing with performances from Ase Dance Theatre Collective, and explore the holiday through music and art. Purchase  tickets in advance. 
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? $13. brooklynkids.org


FREE ONLINE: BAMboo!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2-4pm
WHERE: BAM’s Zoom or Vimeo
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: For the first time, this festive Halloween celebration goes virtual, featuring a live interactive dance party, awe-inspiring makeup transformations, a costume contest, magicians, storytelling, and more. BAMboo! will stream live on Zoom and Vimeo.
WANT TO GO? bam.org.

IN PERSON: Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Oct. 1-31, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
AGES: All
WHAT: prospect Park Zoo is going batty every day in October with Halloween-themed educational (and fun) decorations. Download a spooky scavenger hunt and see if you can answer the clues as you wander through the zoo. Visit the tombstones of extinct animals in sea lion court and learn why extinction isn’t inevitable with your help! Get creative with your masks and take a photo at one of the beautiful harvest decoration areas.
WANT TO GO? $9.95; $7.95 seniors 65 and older; $6.95 ages 3-12. 718-399-7339. prospectparkzoo.com.

IN PERSON: Not So Scary Halloween Party
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 1 , 6-8pm
WHERE: TeePee Party Place NYC , 481 Dekalb Ave., Ground Floor Unit 5, Bedford-Stuyvesant
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Learn how to dance to “Thriller,” meet Princess Elena and learn about Dia de los Muertos, jump in the bouncy castle, enjoy spooky treats, face painting and more! Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $30. eventbrite.com/e/kids-halloween-party-tickets-123170898473?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

IN PERSON: Green Meadows Farm Fall 2020
WHEN: Through Nov. 22: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Make your plans to visit the Green Meadows Farm outdoor events with a slew of cool activities, including hayrides, pumpkin picking, tractors for children to sit on, bales of hay to climb, chalk barn, children tunnel tubes, scarecrows and more. Purchase your tickets in advance.
WANT TO GO? $12 ages 2 and older. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com.

Manhattan Halloween Fun




FREE ONLINE: The Supernow Halloween Spectacular
WHEN: Oct. 29-31, Thursday, 4pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: Camp Super Now, Zoom
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: During this interactive Halloween mystery adventure, kids will go trick-or-treating in a haunted house and meet a cast of silly characters, each with a trick for kids to complete. The experience will culminate with a surprise reveal of the final candy destination and a family monster mash dance party. Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? campsupernow.com/halloween.

ONLINE Special Halloween Storytime @ Home
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 3:30pm
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the museum via Zoom this Halloween, for a special spooooky "but not scary" Little New-Yorkers. Sing silly songs, dance the Monster Mash, and tell magical stories about ghosts, goblins, and goats! Dress up in your favorite costume and discover fun facts about trick-or-treating and candy on this very special and fang-tastic Halloween. Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? Pay as you wish. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.

ONLINE Watson Adventures: Haunted Tales: The Online Halloween Family Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Watson Adventures, Zoom
AGES: 10 and older
WHAT: Are you prepared to Zoom with ghosts? Eplore real places that are said to be haunted, and learn the tales of the ghosts who linger there. Ghost-plagued places include the Hollywood Hotel where Marilyn Monroe and other celeb ghosts haven't checked out; the White House in search of presidential ghosts, and the Salem Witch Trial Memorial where you'll learn the chilling fate of Giles Corey, just to name a few. No previous knowledge is required. Teams of up to six can play together or remotely. Advance booking is required. WANT TO GO? $19 per person. 877-946-4868. watsonadventures.com.

FREE ONLINE Children's Halloween Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1pm
WHERE: Manhattan Community Board 2 and NYU
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Manhattan Community Board 2 and NYU for the 30th year of free, family-friendly Halloween fun! For the first time ever, they are hosting a festive virtual Children's Halloween Parade with musical performances, a costume contest, a downloadable activity book and more. See website to RSVP.
WANT TO GO? nyu.edu/community/nyu-in-nyc/halloween.html.

FREE IN PERSON Fall Fest at Sherman "Shriek" Park
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-3:30pm
WHERE: Sherman Creek Park, 3725 Tenth Ave., Washington Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Walk down The Haunted Path In The Heights into the Trick or Treat Village to visit Halloween stations that everyone can visit and pick up goodies! Masks and social distancing required. RSVP online.
WANT TO GO? 212-333-2552. nyrp.org.

FREE ONLINE DIGITAL HALLOWEEN BASH
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:30am-12:40pm
WHERE: Brookfield Place New York, 230 Vesey St., Financial District
AGES: All
WHAT: Put on your costume and join Brookfield Place New York online for FANGtastic family-friendly digital programming. Digital programming will feature Sonia De Los Santos, Mario the Maker Magician, String Theory Theater and a Kids Food Festival cooking class.
WANT TO GO? 212-978-1673. bfplny.com.

ONLINE Laurie Berkner Family 'Halloween Party' Virtual Concerts
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: Laurie Berkner’s website
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner will give the season of costumes, candy, and jack-o'-lanterns a "boo-st" with two special Halloween family concerts.
WANT TO GO? $20. laurieberkner.com/concerts.

IN PERSON Trick or Sweet
WHEN: Oct. 29-31, Thursday-Saturday, 12-8pm
WHERE: Museum of Ice Cream, 558 Broadway, Soho
AGES: All
WHAT: Purchase the special Halloween “Trick or Sweet” Experience to enjoy some spooktacular delights during your visit! Receive candies, prizes, and unique MOIC merchandise! Purchase tickets in advance.
WANT TO GO? $39; $10 add-on for Trick or Sweet Experience. museumoficecream.com.

IN PERSON Central Park Pumpkin Painting
WHEN: Oct. 11-31, Sundays, plus Oct. 31, 2:30pm
WHERE: Central Park, 67 Central Park West, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Master Artist will walk you through the steps to make a creative and unique Halloween decoration. All supplies, including pumpkins, will be provided. This is a paint night concept with a fun twist that will get you in the Halloween spirit! Must purchase in advance. Tickets NOT sold at door.
WANT TO GO? $35.95. dljparty.ticketleap.com/pumpkin-paint-night/dates.

Queens Halloween Fun




IN PERSON No Tricks, All Treats Family Fun Day!
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 3-5:30pm
WHERE: Tanenbaum Family Pool, 58-25 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Come in costume and move through the not-so-spooky path for candy, crafts, and fun! Temperature checks and masks are required. Advance booking is required.
WANT TO GO? $10 children ages 2 and older; free for adults with children. 718-225-6750. commonpointqueens.org.

IN PERSON Ghoulish Goblin Gathering
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 3:30-5pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Little ghosts and ghouls are invited to join APEC educators for this all outdoor event that promises to be Spooktacular! Activities include How to Catch a Monster STEM challenge, Halloween Scavenger Hike, and more. Come in costume. All participants will receive a commemorative gift. Children are required to wear masks for the entire program. This is a drop-off class and will take place entirely outside. Event takes place rain (under outdoor tents) or shine!
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-229-4000. alleypond.doubleknot.com.

IN PERSON Halloween at the Garden
WHEN: Oct. 24-31, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Little ones can show off their Halloween costume, walk the trick-or-treat trail, and enjoy performances, including a magic show!
WANT TO GO? $12 ages 4-12; $10 adults; free for members. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

IN PERSON Pumpkin Science
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 10-11:15am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Come to APEC for some seasonal science using pumpkins! Experiment with sinking and floating pumpkin parts, make a mini-pumpkin volcano, and sink your hands into some pumpkin playdough. Enjoy a game of pumpkin bowling and take an outdoor nature walk. All participants are required to wear masks for the entire program. Only 1 caregiver per child will be admitted into the classroom. Limited to 6 parent-child pairs.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-229-4000. alleypond.doubleknot.com.

IN PERSON Feeding Frenzy!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-2pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 6-10
WHAT: Halloween at APEC is getting spooky! This program will teach students about some of APEC’s many animal ambassadors, but with a twist! With a focus on the feeding habits of some of our creepier animals, students will get to see snake, frog, and vinegaroon feedings! Limited to 8 students. Masks must be worn at all times. Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-229-4000. alleypond.doubleknot.com.

IN PERSON BEES ARTS AND CRAFTS STUDIO: HALLOWEEN ART PARTY
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12-2pm and 4-6pm
WHERE: The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave., Glendale
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Bring the kids to make a Halloween-themed painting and a Halloween Craft! Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $40. 347-682-9924. shopatlaspark.com.

IN PERSON Halloween Craft
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-4pm
WHERE: Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make seasonal arts and crafts and hear spooky ghost stories! Socially distanced “Trick or Treat” with individually wrapped candy goodie bags. Dress up to participate in the costume parade. Advanced reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 12. 718-456-1776. onderdonkhouse.org.

IN PERSON Glow in the Dark Kids Paint Party
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5-7:30pm
WHERE: Allure Art Studio, 197-05 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: This annual party includes a glow paint session, snacks and refreshments, lots of candy, and tote bags for your trick-or-treater! Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20. https://eventbrite.com/e/glow-in-the-dark-kids-paint-party-tickets-123876139869?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

IN PERSON Halloween on the Farm
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: It's a monster mash! Wear your costume to the farm for this Halloween spooktacular for kids and their grown-ups. Families will enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, spooky hayrides, trick-or-treating with the farm animals, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-347-3276. eventbrite.com/e/halloween-on-the-farm-tickets-122429611263.

Rockland Halloween Fun




FREE ONLINE Not-So-Spooky Story Time
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 5-5:30pm
WHERE: Orangeburg Library, 20 S. Greenbush Road, Orangeburg
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Wear your costumes for this special Halloween story time. Join Miss Kimberly for a few Halloween stories. Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? 845-359-2244. orangeburglibrary.org.

FREE ONLINE Bumps in the Night: Creepy Tales and Ghost Stories for Tweens and Teens
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 7-8pm
WHERE: Pearl River Library, 80 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River
AGES: 10 and older
WHAT: Celebrate Halloween and enjoy an evening of creepy tales and ghost stories! Dress up in costume for this live streamed performance by The Storycrafters and watch from the comfort of your home! Registration Required. This program will be live streamed via Zoom and a link will be emailed to registrants on the day of the program. Call or e-mail Jennifer Daddio (jdaddio@pearlriverlibrary.org) with any questions.
WANT TO GO? 845-735-4084. pearlriverlibrary.org.

FREE IN PERSON Halloween Drive-In Event at Bach to Rock Music School
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-3:15pm
WHERE: Bach to Rock Music School Nanuet, 150 East Route 59, Nanuet
AGES: All
WHAT: Although Halloween will not be the same this year, Bach to Rock Music School wants to provide a safe and fun Halloween experience. Enjoy an outdoor drive-in event featuring live music, DJ's, trunk-or-treating, a prize wheel & more! Student bands will be featured and solo artists performing in the parking lot within an enclosed area. RSVP is required for this event as it will be operating with social distancing in mind. Space is extremely limited to 10 cars per time slot so please contact reserve your spot ASAP if you and your family wish to attend. Four 30-minute time slots available: 1-1:30pm, 1:35-2:05pm, 2:10-2:40pm, and 2:45-3:15pm. CDC-approved masks required! This means Halloween/costume masks do not count. It is strongly discouraged to wear a costume mask over your CDC approved mask as this may impair breathing. This event will be highly structured to ensure everyone's safety. Please make sure to follow these rules if you wish to attend. 1. Arrive on-time to your registered slot. If you arrive too early, there will not be a parking spot for you, and if you arrive late, you can miss your turn to trunk-or-treat .2. Stay in your vehicle at all times until a staff member says it is your turn to come out and trunk-or-treat. 3. Face masks are required and must stay on when you are not sitting in your vehicle. 4. Do not grab any candy/treats yourself. Each decorated car will have someone wearing gloves to hand out the treats. 5. Kids must be accompanied by an adult when outside of the vehicle. 6. Wear your favorite costume and have fun! Call 845-215-9536 or email Nanuet@bachtorock.com to reserve your time slot today!
WANT TO GO? 845-215-9536. nanuet.b2rmusic.com.

ONLINE Spooky Cookie Decorating
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 11am
WHERE: Blues Baking Bash, Zoom
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: The Blue’s Baking Bash team will be teaching you and your family how to decorate Halloween themed cookies for free with the purchase of their Halloween cookie kit. With the purchase of the Halloween Cookie Kit, the Spooky Cookie Decorating Class is FREE, the Zoom link will be emailed to the visitor after the purchase. Ages 3 and older.
WANT TO GO? $20. 201-676-0062. bluesbakingbash.com.

IN PERSON Pellets and Potions
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2-3pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 members. 201-568-6093. https://tenaflynaturecenter.org/event-3988322.

ONLINE Magic for Humans at Home with Justin Willman: Halloween Show!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 7pm
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark
AGES: All
WHAT: An interactive hour of magic, comedy, and unexpected surprises delivered directly into your living room. Justin is a regular on the Tonight Show, Ellen, and Comedy Central, and is the star of the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans. Now he invites you and your friends to join him (on Zoom) for this unique and intimate all-ages experiment. For Halloween weekend Justin has created a brand-new show packed with more tricks and treats than you can imagine. Plus, there will be a costume contest, so dress appropriately. It’s going to be a spooky and fun-filled event that your whole family will enjoy.
WANT TO GO? $25. 800-466-5722. njpac.org.

IN PERSON I SPY Halloween Nature Trail 'Fairy Tale Forest'
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall
AGES: All
WHAT: The Nature Museum needs help to lift the curse on Kenridge Farm! Head into the Fairy Tale Forest where your favorite storybook characters live, and keep a sharp eye out to see if they have the ingredients needed to help reverse the curse. Find them all and a treat will be waiting upon your return! This self-guided activity is a great way for families to celebrate Halloween with COVID-19 precautions in place. Costumes are encouraged! Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $10. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org.

IN PERSON Halloweekends: 80's Spooks Weekend
WHEN: Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Friday-Sunday, 7pm
WHERE: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, 498 Red Apple Ct., Central Valley
AGES: All
WHAT: This weekend is all about films that you either know or have to know whether you're a boomer, Gen X, millennial or a Gen Z'er, you will absolutely love these big ol' cotton candy flicks. Oh, there's more....tickets include: Live Performances, Stand-Up Comedy, Digital Programming, Trivia - Raffles, Concession Snacks, & exclusive Travel Channel's GHOSTOBER previews. Purchase tickets in advance. Parental discretion advised. Friday: Ghostbusters; Saturday: Poltergeist; Sunday: Gremlins
WANT TO GO? $100 for first 4 guests; $20 additional guests up to 8 guests total. nightout.com.

IN PERSON No Scare Halloween
WHEN: Oct. 17-Nov. 1, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Museum Village, 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Museum Village for their expanded walk-through, socially distanced No-Scare Halloween this October! Wear your not-so-scary costumes to this family-friendly, boo-free zone, stroll through the Halloween Village and enjoy activities, games, demos, and more.
WANT TO GO? $13; $11 seniors 65 and older; $9 ages 4-12; free for children 3 and younger. 845-782-8248. museumvillage.org.

IN PERSON Hallowfest
WHEN: Sept. 18-Nov. 1, Saturday-Sunday, 2-6pm
WHERE: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a spooktacular celebration of family-friendly frights! Reserve tickets in advance.
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $29.99. 732-928-2000. sixflags.com.



 

Westchester Halloween Fun



FREE IN PERSON Halloween Workshop: Spooky Scratch Games
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 6-8:30pm
WHERE: MacInspires Larchmont - Mamaroneck, 1139 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: In this night of spooky STEAM, you will be creating an awesome Halloween themed video game with MIT's Scratch. The kids will learn about coding, digital art, and game design while having a fun time being creative and socializing safely. Costumes are not required but very welcome!
WANT TO GO? 914-630-7338. macinspires.com.

FREE IN PERSON Halloween Party
WHEN:
Oct. 31, 10am-4pm
WHERE: One River School Larchmont of Art + Design, 2081 Boston Post Road, Larchmont
AGES: All
WHAT: Stop in for a costume contest with prizes, candy and more!
WANT TO GO? Free. larchmont.oneriverschool.com/events

IN PERSON Halloween in the Park
WHEN: Oct. 27-30, Tuesday, 10am and 10:45am; Wednesday, 9:30am; Thursday, 10am; Friday, 10am and 10:45am
WHERE: Groove Family Music, Addison Park, Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: The Groove Band will be dressed up and ready to rock! Costumes are encouraged for both kids and grown-ups. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
WANT TO GO? $20. 914-834-3383. findgroove.com.

FREE IN PERSON Halloween Drive Thru at Stew's
WHEN: Oct. 2-31, 11am-9pm, daily
WHERE: Stew Leonards, 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers
AGES: All
WHAT: Stew Leonard's invites all little ghouls and goblins to their first-ever drive-through Halloween celebration! Cars will follow a path through more than a dozen family-friendly Halloween-themed scenes featuring inflatable characters, located in the parking lot just steps from Stew's pumpkin patch. Customers can also tune their car's radio to WSTU-FM where Clover the Cow's spooky Halloween soundtrack will delight kids of all ages. This free, socially distanced event is open to the community. Plus, all kids under age 12 who wear their Halloween costume to Stew Leonard's from Oct. 26-31, 2020 will receive a free ice cream cone at the Ice Cream Parlor. And, if they say "Trick or Treat" at the checkout lane, they'll receive a free small treat bag!
WANT TO GO? 914-375-4700. stewleonards.com.

IN PERSON Halloween JAMS
WHEN: Oct. 27-31, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 10am and 10:45am
WHERE: Groove Family Music, Addison Park located on Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont
AGES: 1-6
WHAT: It's Halloween Week and Groove is celebrating with a musical, magical, mystical JAM in Addison Park. Costumes are encouraged for all (you too, grown-ups). As always, there will be live music, non-candy treats and a groovy time for the whole family. No tricks; all treats! In accordance with the current NYS COVID-19 restrictions, the number of attendees will be strictly limited. Your family will be asked to complete a Health and Safety Pledge prior to each class. Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20. 914-834-3383. findgroove.com.

FREE ONLINE Virtual Planetarium Show for Kids: Blue Moon for Halloween!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
AGES: 6-10
WHAT: Do your kids love the Planetarium? HRM does, too—and since we can’t get together under the dome yet, they will bring the Planetarium to you! This Halloween there will be a blue moon—the second full moon this month! Although you might think of a full moon when you think of Halloween, it doesn’t always happen this way. Are there astronomical happenings which always do happen on Halloween? Join HRM and find out! Just like programs in the Planetarium, they’ll be able to take questions—this time through chat and comments. Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

IN PERSON Halloween at the HRM
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12-5pm
WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
AGES: All
WHAT: Calling all ghosts, ghouls, and goblins! Get in the Halloween spirit in the Courtyard of HRM's haunted historic home, Glenview, by decorating mini pumpkins with an imaginary landscape or a creepy scene, gallivanting in a socially distanced Costume Parade, starting at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm, and taking your scariest selfies in the shadow of our historic structure. Free with Museum admission.
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 seniors 62 and older, students, veterans; $4 ages 3-18; free for members and children younger than 3. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

FREE ONLINE Halloween Sing me a Story
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Mt. Kisco Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
AGES: Newborn to 7
WHAT: Join storyteller Nancy Hershatter for a fun musical Halloween story! Sponsored by the Mount Kisco Public Library Board of Trustees. Zoom Info: TBA
WANT TO GO? 914-666-8041. mountkiscolibrary.org.

IN PERSON Pumpkins & Potions with Doc Harmon
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Westchester Children's Museum, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye
AGES: 7 and older
WHAT: Come in costume and learn how to carve a jack-o’-lantern and make a magic potion! Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? $9. 914-420-5050. discoverwcm.org.

IN PERSON Great Pumpkin Path
WHEN: Oct. 3-Nov. 1, Tuesday-Sunday, and Columbus Day, 10am-6pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of the Great Pumpkin Path on the Conservatory Lawn, culminating with some of the largest pumpkins in the world with the arrival of giant pumpkins on Oct. 24. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Garden as well.
WANT TO GO? $28; $25 seniors 65 and older and students with valid ID; $12 children 2-12; free for members and children younger than 2. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

IN PERSON Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Oct. 1-Nov. 1, Thursday-Sunday and Monday, Oct. 12, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a day of fun including traditional favorites such as daily magic and mind reading shows, professional pumpkin carving demos and more.
WANT TO GO? $39.95; $34.95 seniors 65 and older; $29.95 children 3-12; free for members. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

IN PERSON The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
WHEN: Sept. 18-Nov. 21, see website for exact times
WHERE: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson
AGES: All
WHAT: Discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack-o’-lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on-site. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $24; free for members and children younger than 3. 914-631-8200. hudsonvalley.org.

 

Long Island Halloween Fun


FREE ONLINE Zombie Barbies
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 3-4pm
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Turn a Barbie doll into a scary monster! Kits will be available for pickup a week before the program. Kits are first come, first serve. Convierte una mu eca Barbie en un monstruo aterrador! Los kits estar n disponibles para recoger una semana antes del programa. Los kits se entregan por orden de llegada. This is a pre-recorded video that you can watch at anytime but it will go live at 3pm on the Teen Instagram and PMLIB YouTube Channel. Este video pre-grabado se publicar a las 3pm en Instagram (@Pmlibteen) y Youtube (@PatchogueMedfordLibrary).
WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700. pmlib.org.

ONLINE Ghost Ships: Virtual Fun Friday Workshop
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 4pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: From the Flying Dutchman to the Mary Celeste, explore some of the spookiest ships ever to sail the seven seas. Discover how to create a ghostly optical illusion as we make your own thaumatropes using materials found at home. You'll need a straw or stick and some paper. Free to Participate, $5 suggested donation appreciated.
WANT TO GO? $5 donation greatly appreciated. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

IN PERSON Nightmare at the Movies
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 7pm: Goosebumps 2; 9:30pm: Halloween 2
WHERE: Adventureland, 2245 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: A safe and fun night out for the whole family. All packages include a chicken dinner with fries and a drink, popcorn, an Adventureland arcade card and trivia on select days!
WANT TO GO? $40 per person or $125 per carload. 631-694-6868. Adventureland.us.


IN PERSON Spooky Science Night at Cradle of Aviation Museum
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 5-7pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: The Cradle of Aviation Museum's annual Family Science Nights return with the beloved “Spooky Science Night” with two socially-distant and safe, limited attendee, family sessions. Each session is packed with stimulating family-fun, STEM activities, and a Halloween parade to entertain the entire family. All activities are included with admission. All tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Ideal for kids in grades K-5. Activities include Frankenstein Hands: Use your mad scientist skills to dissect frozen hands to discover what is trapped inside. Candy Catapults: Protecting your Halloween hoard is serious business. Construct and test your own catapults. Boo-Be-Gones: You ain’t afraid of no ghosts! Learn how to keep ghosts away with some homemade ghost repellant. Predicting the Future: Do you have a sixth sense? See if you can predict the future by studying what comes before it! Kepler Planet Hunt: There are thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy and some have gotten lost in our museum. Can you shed some light on their location?
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 members. 516-572-4111. cradleofaviation.org.

FREE IN PERSON Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale Halloween Happenings
WHEN: Oct. 2-31, daily, 11am-8pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 261 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Stew Leonard's in Farmingdale invites all little ghouls and goblins to their first-ever drive-through Halloween celebration! Cars will follow a path through more than a dozen family-friendly Halloween-themed scenes featuring inflatable characters, located in our parking lot just steps from Stew's pumpkin patch. Customers can also tune their car's radio to WSTU-FM where Clover the Cow's spooky Halloween soundtrack will delight kids of all ages. This free, socially distanced event is open to the community. Plus, all kids under age 12 who wear their Halloween costume to Stew Leonard's from Oct. 26-31 will receive a free ice cream cone at their Ice Cream Parlor. And, if they say "Trick or Treat" at the checkout lane, they'll receive a free small treat bag!
WANT TO GO? 516-962-8210. stewleonards.com.

FREE IN PERSON Halloween Drive Thru at Stew's
WHEN: Oct. 2-31, daily, 11am-9pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's, 1897 Front St., East Meadow
AGES: All
WHAT: Stew Leonard’s in East Meadow invites all little ghouls and goblins to their first-ever drive-through Halloween celebration! Cars will follow a path through more than a dozen family-friendly Halloween-themed scenes featuring inflatable characters, located in their parking lot just steps from Stew’s pumpkin patch. Customers can also tune their car’s radio to WSTU-FM where Clover the Cow’s spooky Halloween soundtrack will delight kids of all ages. This free, socially distanced event is open to the community. Plus, all kids under age 12 who wear their Halloween costume to Stew Leonard’s from Oct. 26-31 will receive a free ice cream cone at their Ice Cream Parlor.
WANT TO GO? 516-394-9001. stewleonards.com.

IN PERSON BLAZE LONG ISLAND
WHEN: Oct. 2-Nov. 1, Friday-Sunday, 6:30-10:30pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 6:30-9pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
AGES: All
WHAT: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a walk-through experience of thousands of hand-carved pumpkins in elaborate displays that light up the night with larger-than-life installations, along with synchronized lighting, create a magical, family-friendly experience for all ages. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $24. 914-366-6900. pumpkinblaze.org.

 

FREE IN PERSON Halloween Storywalk
WHEN: Oct. 17-31, All Day
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Halloween by going on a story adventure through Patchogue Village. Enjoy a self-guided quest for the entire family! Pick up your map at the Children's Department Information Desk during library hours or print your map and story questions from home at any time to navigate your way through Patchogue Village by following a story. Complete your quest and receive a Halloween surprise! Call for more information 631-654-4700 ext. 200. Don't forget to wear your costume! Celebra Halloween con una aventura de cuentos a trav s de Patchogue Village. Disfruta de una b squeda guiada para toda la familia! Recoge tu mapa en el escritorio de informaci n del Departamento de Ni os durante el horario de la biblioteca o imprime tu mapa y las preguntas de la historia desde tu casa en cualquier momento para caminar por Patchogue Village siguiendo un cuento. Completa tu misi n y recibe una sorpresa de Halloween! Llama para m s informaci n al 631-654-4700 ext. 200. No olvides ponerte tu disfraz!
WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700. pmlib.org.

IN PERSON Spooky Weekend Crafts
WHEN: Oct. 3-31, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4 pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Bring the kids, costumes encouraged! Every weekend in October, enjoy spooky self-serve crafts in the museum workshop. Free with admission!
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children 4-18; free for children, active military with ID and members. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

IN PERSON Haunted Village in Southampton
WHEN: Oct. 24-31, Saturdays, 2-4pm
WHERE: Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Ln., Southampton
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit a haunted Southampton Village inhabited with ghosts, goblins and ghouls all on the grounds of the historic Rogers Mansion. The museum’s outbuildings will be open and occupied with the unimaginable. Explore the Creepy Carpenter’s Shop, meet Debbie Downbeat in the old Hildreth’s Department Store, and encounter a Bloody Blacksmith with many more shocking surprises. Families will enjoy a safe, controlled Halloween with all NYS Covid regulations enforced including no food, drink or onsite restrooms. RSVP’s required with timed entrances limited to 100 people on the one acre lot.
WANT TO GO? $10; free for children 10 and younger. 631-283-2494. southamptonhistory.org.

IN PERSON Haunted Hallway: A Collection of Creepy Curiosities
WHEN: Sept. 16-Nov. 7, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10am-4:30pm
WHERE: Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 West Main Street, Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit...if you dare! The creepiest curiosities will have you looking over your shoulders as you meander the museum's halls.
WANT TO GO? $10 families; $5 adults; $3 seniors 60 and older; $1 children 17 and younger; free for memebrs. 631-727-2881. suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

FREE ONLINE 'Nightmare on Main Street': Exhibition
WHEN: Oct. 16-Nov. 7, 8am-5pm
WHERE: Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main St., Huntington
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Nightmare on Main Street is in its 9th year and remains a favorite of student artists. Students in grades 6-12 were invited to participate in this show with submissions inspired by Halloween! This event will all be presented via Facebook LIVE.
WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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