Kids Halloween Events & Activities in Queens - 2009




Celebrate Halloween the whole month in Queens! Check out these fun filled Halloween events and activities for kids and families! Spooky storytelling, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, costume contests, festivals... it's all here!

Saturday, 10


PUMPKIN PATCH AND OKTOBERFEST: Enjoy a pumpkin patch, free pumpkin painting, Oktoberfest food, an arts and crafts fair, live music and more. Noon. Age: ALL. FREE. Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-24 39th Avenue, Sunnyside. 718-672-1555.


Saturday, 17

HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL: This 9th annual festival features live music, a special artmaking workshop, facepainting, pumpkin painting, costume-making, and the 5th annual Canine Costume Contest for dogs! The Red Door Theatre Company performs a spooky show at 2pm. Held rain or shine. 11am. Age: All. FREE. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City. 917-776-1039.

IT'S A MYSTERY STORYTIME: Kids celebrate October's Mystery Month by becoming junior detectives. Follow the clues, find out "who did it" and solve the mysteries during this storytime. 11am. Age: TOD, YE. FREE. Barnes & Noble - Bay Terrace, 23-80 Bell Boulevard, Bayside. 718-224-1083.

YOUNG CHEFS - HALLOWEEN DELIGHTS: Kids cook "Mysterious Mummy Dogs" and a tasty brew of hot cocoa with "floating eye balls." A spooky Halloween story will be read as children enjoy their treats. All materials included. 10:30am. Age: YE, TW. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston. 718-229-4000.

KEW GARDENS GREAT PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST & FESTIVAL: The Friends of Maple Grove are sponsoring this Strange, Unusual & A Little Paranormal Walking Tour (NOT for the squeamish or for young children!) followed by expert storytelling, facepainting and crafts. Bring your carved pumpkin with a candle inside. Categories include: Top Pumpkin, Funniest, Scariest, Cutest, Most Original or any other category that the judges might invent. Alternative Vegetables such as Eggplant, Water Chestnuts, Endive or any carved vegetable, will also be accepted. 3:30pm, 6pm contest. Age: All. $5, under 12 FREE. Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. 917- 881-3358.

Sunday, 18

PUMPKIN PATCH MATCH: Three-year-olds pick funny-faced pumpkins in a make-believe pumpkin patch for use in a matching game. They'll also meet some pumpkin-colored animals, decorate pumpkins, and enjoy stories, songs, snacks and a lesson on pumpkin seeds. All participants must be toilet trained. 10:30am. Age: TOD. $17. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston. 718-229-4000.


Wednesday, 21

HALLOWEEN "DRESS REHEARSAL" PARTY: The Disney Store transform into a magical world, where kids celebrate Halloween early and have a chance to show off their fabulous costumes. Kids play enchanting games to win fantastic prizes and participate in a costume parade around the store. 3:30pm. Age: TOD, YE. FREE. Disney Store, 90-15 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst. 718-271-1036.


Friday, 23

HAUNTED TOURS: Create a paper lantern then tour the ghostly grounds of Snug Harbor and enjoy some hot cider and doughnuts. Pre-registration is required. 5pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. $8. Staten Island Children's Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. 718-273-2060.

BAT WALK: Families can stroll through the grounds and view these important citizens of the gardens' ecosystem. 5:30pm. Age: All. $10; $8 seniors over 62; $5 children ages 7-12; free for children 6 and under. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury. 516-333-0048.


Saturday, 24

HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE: Visit the farm's haunted house for thrills and chills, and enjoy hayrides, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples. 4pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $4. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 718-347-3276.

8TH ANNUAL GHOSTLY GALA: Kids come dressed in costume, decorate a goody bag, go gallery trick-or-treating, listen to creepy music, create creepy craft projects, meet live animals and get their faces painted. Special guests from the Bat Conservancy will be in the theater, who will introduce kids to bats from around the world. Advanced tickets required. Call 516-224-5802. 6pm. Age: All. $9; plus an additional $4 for bat conservancy. Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City. 516-224-5800.

HALLOWEEN STORYTIME: Wear your Halloween costumes and enjoy a special Halloween storytime, complete with a black cat theme with adorable picture books including Black Cat Creeping. Enjoy crafts, activities, treats and a costume parade. 11am. Age: TOD. FREE. Barnes And Noble-Bay Terrace, 23-80 Bell Boulevard, Bayside. 718-224-1083.

HANDS-ON HISTORY: AFTERNOON OF GHOULS: Kids celebrate Halloween with an afternoon of family-friendly stories, crafts and other activities. 12pm. Age: All. FREE. King Manor Museum, Jamaica Avenue between 150th & 153rd Streets, Jamaica. 718-206-0545.




Sunday, 25

HALLOWEEN HOORAH!: Come in your costume or make your own mask and parade around the grounds. Finish the day decorating pumpkins and drinking fresh pressed cider. 11am. Age: All. $20; $8 children 2-12; free children under 2. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W at Fordham Road), Bronx. 718-817-8700.


CHILDREN'S FALL FESTIVAL: Kids can wear their Halloween costumes and visit the haunted house (1-7 pm, ages 4-12, $4) as well as enjoy traditional games, including sack races and trinkets-in-the-haystack, plus pony rides and a petting zoo. Professional character look-a-likes will also roam the farm. Enjoy country western music and craft displays of fall items and food. 11am. Age: All. $5. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 718-347-3276.

LIVE BAT ENCOUNTER: Kids learn about bats from around the world and get up-close and personal. Learn about the benefits of bats, why we need to conserve them, and how to help these unique mammals. 12pm; 1pm. Age: All. $4. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. 718-699-0005.


Monday, 26



Tuesday, 27

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS: Kids in grades 1-3 create Halloween crafts. Preregistration required. 3:30pm. Age: YE. FREE. Queens Library-Bellerose branch, 250-06 Hillside Avenue, Bellerose. 718-831-8644.

AMUSING BUT NOT SO SCARY STORIES FOR HALLOWEEN: Kids ages 5 and up listen to funny, but not so scary, stories with Tee Jay the Storyteller. Space is limited. 4pm. Age: YE. FREE. Queens Library: Broad Channel Branch, 16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel. 718-318-4943.


Wednesday, 28

PARANORMAL SOCIETY OF LONG ISLAND: Laura Cummings and John Leita present a slide show on the haunted past of Long Island. Topics such as folklore, ghosts, UFO's and the many interesting places of Long Island will be covered. 4pm. Age: All. FREE. Queens Library-Long Island City branch, 37-44 21 Street, Long Island City. 718-752-3700.


Thursday, 29

HALLOWEEN ARTS AND CRAFTS PROJECT: Kids ages 3-10 create a "spooktacular" Halloween arts and crafts project. 3:30pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. FREE. Queens Library:-Pomonok branch, 158-21 Jewel Avenue, Pomonok. 718-591-4343.


Friday, 30

SHOCKTOBERFEST: This Halloween festival features games, costume and dance contests, candy, and fun for the kids. 4pm. Age: All. FREE. Playground for All Children, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 111-01 Corona Avenue, Corona. 311.

HARVEST FAMILY FUNDRAISER & PUMPKIN PATCH: Kids can participate in a variety of activities, including a costume contest, a scavenger hunt in the garden, decorating their own pumpkin, and enjoying Halloween treats. Registration required. 6pm. Age: All. $25 family of four. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. 718-886-3800.

HALLOWEEN PARTY: Kids are invited to take part in a costume contest, make-your-own spooky decorations and trick-or-treating. Count Dracula may also visit. A magical storyteller also tells some eerie tales. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 5:30pm. Age: All. $2 adults; $1 children. The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing. 718-359-6227.


Saturday, 31

NOT TOO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Enjoy bouncy rides, a costume parade and contest, cotton candy, goody bags, and Halloween crafts projects. 12pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. FREE. Staten Island Children's Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. 718-273-2060.

CATAPULT MONTH: PUMPKIN CHUCKING: Kids learn about the history and science behind catapults. Bring a Halloween pumpkin to get tossed. 1pm. Age: All. FREE. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. 718-699-0005.

PUMPKIN PATCH: Visit the spooky pumpkin patch in the children's garden. Count Dracula and other characters entertain while kids paint their pumpkins and create a green-haired monster to take home. Halloween treats included. 1pm. Age: All. $10. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. 718-886-3800.

HALLOWEEN: REMIXED: Come in costume and celebrate the community traditions of Day of the Dead, Halloween, and All Saints Day with hands-on crafts and activities. Treats and giveaways included. 2pm. Age: All. FREE. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. 718-463-7700.

FAMILY FUN DAY-HALLOWEEN: Families can come in costume and listen to spooky stories, participate in family workshops and more. 2pm. Age: YE, TW. $5. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica. 718-658-7400.


BOO AT THE ZOO: Celebrate Halloween at the zoo, where animals receive special treats and families can stop by the extinct species graveyard to learn about animals of bygone eras. Also, enjoy a day of face-painting and crafts. 10am. Age: All. $7 adults; $4 seniors; $3 children ages 3-12; 3 and under FREE. Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. 718-271-1500.

JACKSON HEIGHTS HALLOWEEN PARADE: The second-largest Halloween parade in New York features neighborhood kids and their costumes, as well as a few over-the-top grown-ups. 5pm. Age: All. FREE. 37th Avenue, starting at 89th Street, ending at 77th Street, Jackson Heights. 718-565-5344.