Halloween Fun for Families in NYC

Halloween Fun for Families in NYC

Looking for a little spook? Check out everything you can do with your kids to celebrate the season.

Trick-or-treating only happens on October 31, but if you're a parent, you know kids love celebrating the holiday all month long. Whether you're looking for a haunted hayride, spooky festival, or a not-so-scary family movie, October is full of Halloween-themed events for families. Here's a roundup of all the spooky, scary, and even friendly fun in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, and Queens–we've put everything together in one place so you and your kids can get back to celebrating the season. 

 

Halloween Events in Manhattan

FREE Special Spooky Storytime
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11:00am
WHERE: Book Culture Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Frederick Glasser and Edward Miller will read from their new book, Monsters Come Out Tonight!
WANT TO GO? 212-595-1962. bookculture.com.

Pumpkins & Potions with The Creative Kitchen
WHEN: Oct. 19-20, see website for times
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: The Creative Kitchen takes over CMOM for a weekend of tricks, treating, and tastings with cooking demonstrations, food-inspired storytimes, sing-alongs, and more!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

FREE Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 12:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Carl Schurz Park, E. 87th St. and East End Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: All
WHAT: More than 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges!
WANT TO GO? 212-459-4455. carlschurzparknyc.etapwss.com/index.php/events.

Halloween Murder Mystery
WHEN: Oct. 19-26, 10/19, 10/25, 10/26, 6:15pm and 7:30pm
WHERE: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, New York
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: In this fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the Museum by candlelight, collect clues, and tackle challenges to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $25 Adults, $15 Children under 12 and Members. 212-838-6878. https://mvhm.org/.

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Oct. 19-26, Saturdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
WHERE: Washington Square Park, 5th Avenue & Washington Square North, New York
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Advance purchase required.
WANT TO GO? $17.50-$21.50. 877-946-4868. https://watsonadventures.com/location/new-york-city/greenwich-village/#event-8285.

NYCRUNS HAUNTED ISLAND 5K & 10K
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan, New York Harbor
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: After you’ve scared yourself silly during this Haunted run, stick around for Halloween treats, including candy!
WANT TO GO? $40-45. 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

Gotham Gargoyles: A Halloween Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Enjoy a reading of Eve Bunting’s Night of the Gargoyles, then assemble gargling, grimacing clay gargoyles and dancing skeleton creatures, paint pumpkin rocks, and more!
WANT TO GO? $10 per child, with accompanying adult. 212-316-7530. https://stjohndivine.org/calendar/28954/gotham-gargoyles-a-halloween-workshop.

The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 3:00-5:00pm
WHERE: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Families can enjoy a live Halloween performance by The Laurie Berkner Band.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Wear your costume and boogie to your favorite songs!
WANT TO GO? $39 and up. 212-874-5210. nysec.org.

FREE 5th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:45-6:00pm
WHERE: Washington Market Park, Greenwich and Chambers Streets, Tribeca
AGES: All
WHAT: Prizes will be awarded in several categories: scariest, funniest, and most creative being just a few. Bring your already carved jack-o-lantern to enter, or just stop by with your family to enjoy the festive display!
WHY WE LOVE IT: This event is short and sweet -- perfect before dinner and bedtime!
WANT TO GO? washingtonmarketpark.org.

CMOM's Halloweekend: Justin the Magician
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2:00-2:45pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Justin the Magician for a spooky-good time!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Kids' Night Out-Halloween
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 5:30-8pm
WHERE: Broadway Dance Center Children & Teens, 37 West 65th Street, Third Floor, New York
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Kids can dress in costume, play some tricks, eat some treats, and make crafts. Enjoy a night out while your children spend the evening at BDC Children & Teens! Cheese pizza and cookies served.
WANT TO GO? $40. 2124570035. http://broadwaydancecenter.com/children-teens/kids-night-out.

Night of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns
WHEN: Oct. 17-27, 5:00-10:00pm nightly
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan, New York Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience over 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns all hand-carved by paid artists using real pumpkins!
WANT TO GO? $26 adults; $22 childrens ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

FREE Day of the Dead Festival
WHEN: Oct. 26-27, daily, 11:00am-6:00pm
WHERE: St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St., East Village
AGES: All
WHAT: Remember your departed loved-ones by bringing copies of photographs to be part of the ofrenda (altar) and honor them throughout the celebration.
WANT TO GO? https://manoamano.us/.

CMOM's Halloweekend
WHEN: Oct. 26-27, 10:00am-7:00pm Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, New York
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT:
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for infants younger than 1). 2127211223. cmom.org.

FREE Mad. Sq. Dogs: Howl-O-Ween
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 10:30am-12:30 pm
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, Flatiron District
AGES: All
WHAT: Festivities include trick-or-treat giveaways, family portraits at the photobooth, hydration station, and paws-on activities presented by local partners. The event will culminate with a costume paw-rade around the Oval Lawn.
WANT TO GO? 212-520-7600. madisonsquarepark.org.

FREE Halloween Parade and Party
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Washington Market Park, Greenwich and Chambers Streets, Tribeca
AGES: All
WHAT: This long-standing Tribeca tradition brings the entire neighborhood together for a parade down Greenwich Street, culminating at a huge park party with games and music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will enjoy crafts, games, and spying so many cool costumes!
WANT TO GO? washingtonmarketpark.org.

Historical Hallowe'en Family Party
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 5:00-7:00pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Imagine the past through Victorian-era fortune telling, creepy crafts, and, of course, lots of candy.
WANT TO GO? $20. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.

Annual Halloween Parade
WHEN: Oct. 27-28, daily, 10:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: Create spooky decorations, elements for your costume, and more. Then, jump in the parade around the museum to show off your costumes and creations!
WANT TO GO? $13. 212-274-0986. cmany.org/.

Musical Halloween Costume Runway and Dance Party
WHEN: Oct. 26-31, 10/26-27, 10/31, 4:30-4:45pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Show off your Halloween costume by joining a parade around the entire Museum and a Halloween dance party in the newest exhibit, Let’s Dance!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Halloween Ghost Slime
WHEN: Oct. 26-31, 10/26-27, 10/31, 1:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES:
WHAT: Concoct a gooey, slimy batch of ghost slime.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Kids Kitchen: Freaky Foods
WHEN: Oct. 26-31, 10/26, 2:00pm and 3:00pm; 10/31, 2:00-3:30pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the strange and unknown world of some abnormal and possibly spooky dishes!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Trick-or-Treating at Showfields
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 31, 11am-8pm
WHERE: Showfields, 11 Bond St., Noho
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Celebrate Halloween with the kids at SHOWFIELDS! With twinkling lights, spider webs and spooky decor, SHOWFIELDS is the perfect backdrop for in-store trick-or-treating with over 50 candy stations throughout the store for kids stock up on. For even more added fun, there will be face painting from 3pm-7pm so that every kid can truly be in character and an Instagrammable Dubble Bubble-themed photo booth so you’ll always have proof of just how sweet Halloween 2019 was! 
WANT TO GO? www.showfields.com/.

Halloween Events in Brooklyn and Staten Island

FREE Pumpkin Painting: Brooklyn
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Berry Street Garden, 303 Berry St., Williamsburg
AGES: All
WHAT: It’s that time of year to use your creative chops and turn pumpkins into festive decorations. GreenThumb will have pumpkins and paint ready, while supplies last.
WANT TO GO? 212-602-5300. https://nycgovparks.org/events/2019/10/19/pumpkin-painting-brooklyn.

Spooktacular 2019
WHEN: Oct. 19-20, Oct 19 & 20: 5-8:30pm
WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Don’t miss Staten Island’s largest Halloween-themed event brimming with shows, games, and enchantment spread over the Zoo’s 8-acre campus. Expect a costume contest, interactive games for children, musical-comedy shows, a hay maze, Monster Alley, a carousel, candy, crafts, and music.
WANT TO GO? $25; free for children 2 and under. 718-442-3100.

FREE Halloween Haunted Walk & Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12-3pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Lookout Hill, 150 West Drive, Park Slope
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: This annual event brings thousands of kids and families for spooky fun to Prospect Park. 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.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead with sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

FREE 5th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:45-6:00pm
WHERE: Washington Market Park, Greenwich and Chambers Streets, Tribeca
AGES: All
WHAT: Prizes will be awarded in several categories: scariest, funniest, and most creative being just a few. Bring your already carved jack-o-lantern to enter, or just stop by with your family to enjoy the festive display!
WHY WE LOVE IT: This event is short and sweet -- perfect before dinner and bedtime!
WANT TO GO? washingtonmarketpark.org.

FREE Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 10am
WHERE: Coney Island Boardwalk, Boardwalk and W. 10th St., Coney Island
AGES: All
WHAT: The 10th annual Children's Halloween Parade offers free entertainment, face-painting, a costume contest, and of course, trick-or-treating. Handmade Coney Island-themed costumes are encouraged for the costume contest. Must be age 15 and younger to enter.
WANT TO GO? https://allianceforconeyisland.org/events-1/10th-annual-childrens-halloween-parade.

FREE Bklyn Boo: Albee Square
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2pm
WHERE: Albee Square on Fulton Mall, Fulton St. and Bond St. , Downtown Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Head to Albee Square for a multicultural Halloween celebration with kids activities, live music, and art.
WANT TO GO? 212-889-0808. downtownbrooklyn.com/events/family-community?page=2.

Halloween in Richmond Town
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 3-7pm
WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: In the nostalgic spirit of an old-fashioned community Halloween, visitors will enjoy a safe, fun trick-or-treating experience, while visiting historic structures, catching mystifying shows, and sampling delicious halloween-y treats!
WANT TO GO? $8 Adults; $6 seniors and students (ages 12-17); $5 children (ages 4-11). https://historicrichmondtown.org.

Halloween All Day!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Wear your costume and join throughout the day for activities!
WANT TO GO? $8. https://sichildrensmuseum.org.

FREE Halloween Harvest Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: The festival features costume-making, Agostino Arts face-painting, Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Pet Memorial Altar and Blessing of the Animals, and a Doggie Costume Contest!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Vibrant cultural activities also include a Gede song workshop, card readings, and a procession culminating in a dance and drum performance.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

Night Of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns
WHEN: Oct. 17-27, 5-10pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan, New York Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: A truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt on Governors Island where you'll see LED-lit jack o’lanterns staged along a festive, paved, illuminated tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries old buildings.
WANT TO GO? $26 Adults; $22 children ages 3-17; FREE for children ages 2 and under. 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

Spooky Slime Fest
WHEN: Oct. 26-27, Saturday: 1-5pm; Sunday: 11am-3pm
WHERE: Conselyea Street, 111 Conselyea Street , Williamsburg
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Have fun with games, costumes, and slime contests! Trade slime with old and new friends!
WANT TO GO? $10. 917-364-3878. https://eventbrite.com/e/generalparent-admission-saturday-tickets-66474526097.

Musical Haunted House
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 3-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Music School, 126 St. Felix Street, Fort Greene
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy thrills, costumes, candy, and especially music!
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-638-5660. brooklynmusicschool.org.

 

Halloween Events in Queens

FREE Spooky Board Games for Teens
WHEN: Oct. 11-25, Friday, 10/11 and 10/25, 3:00-4:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Jackson Heights Branch, 35-51 81st St., Jackson Heights
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Play horror-themed board games!
WANT TO GO? 718-899-2500. queenslibrary.org/branch/Jackson-Heights.

FREE Children's Movie: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 25, 3:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Children and their parent or caregiver are invited to watch Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018, PG).
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. queenslibrary.org/branch/Broadway.

FREE 'Boo'tiful: Saturday Family Movie
WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays, 2:00-6:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Arverne, 312 Beach 54 Street, Arverne
AGES: All
WHAT: A spooky and fun afternoon of movies to get to the mood for the Halloween.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.

Haunted Farmhouse
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 1:00-7:00pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Prepare for a scare inside a haunted farmhouse! This ghoulish adventure is the perfect way to twist and turn in to Halloween. This indoor event is rain or shine. Recommend for ages 6–12.
WANT TO GO? $7 advance/$4 at door. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

FREE Halloween Harvest: Lantern Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Create a lantern from everyday materials and explore aspects of illumination with translucency, opacity, and cut-outs. RSVP: [email protected]
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2:00-4:30pm
WHERE: Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Halloween a few days early with this fun Trunk or Treat and Fall Family Celebration.
WANT TO GO? FREE with canned good donation. 347-878-6614. [email protected]

FREE Recyclable Halloween
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 3:00-5:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Woodside Branch, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside
AGES: All
WHAT: Participants will have a small introduction to the Halloween holiday's meaning and how to recycle regular items in the house. Then create candle holders with recyclable items.
WANT TO GO? 718-429-4700. queenslibrary.org/branch/Woodhaven.

FREE Children's Halloween Party
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Join for a fantastically spooky Halloween party. There will be fun games, BINGO, a freeze dance contest, costume show, and a Halloween parade. Ages 4-8.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110.

Young Chefs – Spooky Halloween Snacks
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:30am-12:00pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Young APEC Chefs will prepare tasty treats during this ghoulish cooking class. Menu will include Oreo Pumpkin Pops, Strawberry Ghosts, Cheesy Eyeballs, and Witch’s Halloween Brew! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $24. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Halloween Masks And Crafts For Kids
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 11:00am-1:00pm
WHERE: Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Stop by the children's room and make some Halloween masks and crafts.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Halloween Blood Fest 2019
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: This event features a spook house, the rock band Decembers Fall, a magical light show by Warlock, costume and scream contests, the zombie short film "The Pit," and live on stage Frankenstein's resurrection.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Halloween Harvest Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: The festival features costume-making, Agostino Arts face-painting, Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Pet Memorial Altar and Blessing of the Animals, and a Doggie Costume Contest!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Vibrant cultural activities also include a Gede song workshop, card readings, and a procession culminating in a dance and drum performance.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

Dead or Alive 2019
WHEN: Oct. 26-27, daily, 1:00-5:00pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th Street, Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: A weekend of exploring the science of the creepy. Use household materials to make fake blood or prosthetic wounds, learn how geometry and perspective are used in set design, and explore video and lighting effects.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Prizes will be handed out for those who come in costume. Don’t have a costume? Make one with recycled materials!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($16 adults; $13 children ages 2-17). 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Halloween at the Garden
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 12:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Everything you need to celebrate Halloween: trick or treat trail, seasonal crafts, performances including a magic show, a carnivorous plant display, and a costume dance party. Show off your Halloween costume and bring your trick-or-treat bags!
WANT TO GO? $6 (includes Garden admission). 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

KCA Cinema Sundays: Hotel Transylvania
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 3:00pm
WHERE: Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter. Family fun for everyone will feature Halloween festivities to celebrate the season. Costumes suggested.
WANT TO GO? $9 adults; $6 children. 718-793-8080. http://kupferbergcenter.org/event/kca-cinema-sundays-hotel-transylvania/.

Children's Halloween Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 11:00am-4:00pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: ]Two-step to live country western music, take a hayride, visit the Haunted Farmhouse, and enjoy pony rides and a seasonal petting zoo.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families will have fun finding their way out of The Amazing Maize Maze and getting crafty with farm educators.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

 

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