October 26-28 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
October 26-28
Halloween Fun, a Giant Corn Maze, Our Photo Contest, and Great Spooky Ideas


FlotillaHalloween's just around the corner, which means your child can finally show off his well-thought-out costume around town (if he hasn't already!) and there are plenty of places to do just that. March in the parade at Central Park and witness NYC's largest pumpkin flotilla, go on the Haunted Walk at Prospect Park, or test your wits on a scavenger hunt for treats on the Boo Trail. Then see dancing ghouls and stilt walkers at the annual Halloween Parade of Nyack, or walk wooded paths at Spooky Fest. Plus vote for your favorite scarecrow at Beardsley Zoo.

For a Good Cause: Head to the 24th annual Spooky Walk at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, or donate clothing, blankets, and shoes to pediatric cancer patients and particpate in a fundraiser walk.

PoniesCreepy Creatures, Magic, & Ponies: Play with creepy crawly creatures, learn all about nocturnal bats and owls, and be wowed by magician Cido who will showcase his illusions and tricks. Plus go on pony rides, jump in bouncy houses, and get your face painted at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian's annual Spookfest.

To Infinity and Beyond: HeroesSky rocket up to the Top of the Rock for a kid-friendly Halloween party, and visit CMA for its Halloween Galexseum celebration of villains and heroes. Celebrate Astronomy Day at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and also get lost in its Giant Corn Maze (free), and decorate pumpkins.

Indoor FUN (Pumpking Bowling!) & More Fall Fests: Try pumpkin bowling, jack-o-lantern bean bag toss, and spooky mini golf at the Halloween Spooky Sportacular at Give It Your All Sports. Elsewhere, make slime and decorate trick-or-treat bags at the NYC Police Museum.

Play games, jump in bounce houses, ride ponies, and visit the petting zoo at a Children's Fall Festival in Queens, and drop by the Fall Festival for Special Needs where there will be Halloween activities plus a resource fair for families of children with special needs.

See below for pumpkin patches near you, Halloween safety tips from the NYPD, and more.

Happy Halloween!

Lisa Chung
Associate Editor

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Announcing Our Halloween
Photo Contest!


Share a photo of your child in his or her Halloween costume for your chance to win a $500 gift card or Broadway tickets!

2 Ways to Enter:

- Post your photo on our Facebook wall

- Email your photo with contact info to: photocontest@

Our month of Halloween giveaways continues:

- Win a surprise basket of goodies

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