Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events Oct 24-31
PS166-Fall-Fest
It’s getting spooky out there! Halloween celebrations are happening all over so get your money’s worth from those costumes (and save up to 30% off kids costumes and accessories at Yoyo.com if you’re still shopping). Plus cool concerts, fall fests, and more family fun. Treat your family to discounted Natural History Museum Memberships for fun with all sorts of creature all year long and make our favorite healthy pumpkin brownies to counteract all the candy.

**All events are free unless noted otherwise**


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Sunday

Bleecker Park Halloween Festival

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bleecker Street Playground ( Hudson and Bleecker Streets)

Enjoy a family-friendly village festival with hayrides, a photo booth, a DJ, a crazy hair salon, face painting, jugglers, crafts and live entertainment including a Halloween-themed concert. Costumes encouraged. Trick or treat at local merchants all day – look for the orange posters in the windows.

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Halloween Bash

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
apple seeds UWS (200 West End Avenue @ West 69th Street)

$10/child, free for members and fall class participants

Celebrate with glow in the dark science activities, Halloween tattoos, a Songs for Seeds performance, free snacks and pizza, open play in the indoor playground and gym, a puppet making workshop with New Victory Theater, and more festive fun. RSVP to 212.792.7591.

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Howlin' Halloween

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton and Front Streets)

Celebrate with a Music for Aardvarks sing-along, costume parades for pets and kids, photo booths, mini pumpkin decorating, and free refreshments from Insomnia Cookies and other local vendors. Sponsored by FiDi Families.

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Morningside Montessori Fall Fair

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Outside Morningside Montessori School (West 100th Street between West End and Broadway)

Enjoy live music, ghost and goblin bowling, biting doughnuts on a string, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a Haunted House tour, ghoulishly good eats at Café Morningside, a bouncy castle, Bialas’ Farmer’s Market, a bargain boutique, book signings and costume parades. All proceeds support the school’s scholarship fund.

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6th Annual Halloween Kidz Karnival

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pier 26 (North Moore Street & West Street)

Free admission; fees for some activities

Dress up and enjoy face painting, mask decorating, wax hands, cotton candy, spin art, rides and Halloween-themed improv shows with the Story Pirates.

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Baby Loves Disco

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street)

$20; $60/family of four, free/pre-walking babies

Cool kids under 8 and their parents can dance to real music (i.e. no Barney) spun and mixed by bona fide DJs blend­ing dance tunes through the decades. Enjoy crafts, food, unlimited drink boxes for kids, and a cash bar for mamas & papas.

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Brookfield Place Halloween Party

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street)

Strut down the runway on a Costume Catwalk and take your photo at the Freaky Photo Op Mosaic Wall by artist Sean Kenney. Get with Terrifying Temporary Tattoos and visit the Face Painting Parlor. See water disappear in a Spooky Science Lab. Enjoy storytelling, magic tricks and performances by The Toys & Tiny Instruments band. Explore a virtual reality environment, play video games and transport yourself with 3D scanning. Dine and Trick o’ Treat at Hudson Eats among the stilt walkers and zombie clowns before showing off your own costumes in a parade finale.

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PS 166 Fall Fest

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
PS 166 (132 West 89th Street)

Free admission; fees for some activities

This carnival-like street fair for school and neighborhood families includes a Haunted House, a maze, arts & crafts, games, a Gaga center, pumpkin and cupcake decorating and seasonal food. Costumes encouraged.

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Halloween: Parade & Pumpkin Sail

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

Find out if your carved pumpkin will float at this (usually crowded) lakeside celebration featuring spooky music, arts & crafts live entertainment, and a fleet of sailing jack o’ lanterns.

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Fall Family Concert

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

Hear the Seniors Orchestral Society of New York play Rossini, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

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Wednesday

Spooky Yoga Storytime

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Karma Kids Yoga (104 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor )

This weekly free active story time gets in the Halloween spirit with glow-in-the-dark-fun and themed yoga poses including Wolf, Bat, Spider, Goblin, Pumpkin, Witch, Ghost and Cat. Costumes encouraged.

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Thursday

Playground Partners TOTS Halloween Costume Party

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
East Meadow, Central Park (East 97th Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy a costume party with a Music for Aardvarks sing-a-long, storytelling, trick-or-treats, pumpkin decorating and more.

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Halloween Celebration

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
67th Street Library (328 East 67th Street between First & Second Avenues)

Enjoy a Halloween celebration, featuring a not-so-scary storytime, a spooky craft, games and fun.

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Friday

Halloween Cookie Party with Music for Aardvarks

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
FAO Schwarz (767 5th Avenue at 58th Street)

$15/kid

Participate in a special sing-a-long with Music for Aardvarks and create a spooky Halloween cookie and personalized apron. 30 minute Music for Aardvarks sing-a-longs at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 4pm. Costumes encouraged.

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Tots/Kids Friendly Boo Celebration

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Think ‘N’ Fun NYC (265 West 79th Street)

In advance: $25/1 kids, $35/2 kids
At the door $30/1 kid, $40/2 kids

Enjoy live music, friendly ghosts, face/hand painting, Halloween games and activities, a mini costume parade, a special story time, yummy goodies, coffee for grown-ups and trick-or-treating in a safe setting.

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Dora & Diego Halloween Screenings

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sony Wonder Technology Lab (56th Street and Madison Avenue)

See two Halloween-themed episodes on the big screen: “Dora the Explorer: Boo,” featuring Little Monster and “Go, Diego, Go: Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween” featuring llamas trying to get to a Halloween party.


At 12 pm, make a Monster Mask in a Family Workshop ($6).


RSVP by calling 212.833.8100 and selecting option 3.

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Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Gather by the Washington Square Arch at 3 pm for a less crowded and crazy version of the evening’s parade. After showing of your costume, enjoy trick-or-treating, games, a brass band, and rides at LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South.

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Hometown Halloween

3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)

Trick or treat in a historic graveyard from 3-5 pm and enjoy apple cider, a photo booth, and chances to win prizes. Kids 10 and over can stay for a screening of the 1920 silent film The Phantom of the Opera accompanied by a haunting organ improvisation.

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Hippo Halloween Parade

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Gather at the Soldiers Monument (89th Street & Riverside Drive) in costume and follow the bagpipers to the Hippo Playground for free cider and donuts.

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Annual Halloween Celebration

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

$12, $11/members

Trick or treat among the Museum’s iconic halls with costumed characters including Clifford, Curious George, Miffy, and Cookie Mouse. Enjoy creepy arts and crafts, live music, magic shows, and The Big Apple Circus’ “Dr. Finklestein’s Zombie Show”.

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Asphalt Screams

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Asphalt Green (555 East 90th Street)

Free, $20 suggest donations to FIT KIDS FIT CITY welcome

This annual spooky sports celebration feature games like Zombie Freeze Tag, Spooktacular Soccer Shootout, and much more. Costumes encouraged. The first 400 kids to arrive receive a goody bag.

Also at Asphalt Green Battery Park City (212 North End Avenue).

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Halloween Block Parties

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The residents and businesses on West 69th Street between Columbus and Central Park West go all out every year for Halloween, with no cars, haunted apartments and lots of candy (and some scary crowds). Other blocks that party hard with serious decorations, no car traffic and lots of candy are:

West 95th Street between Columbus & Central Park West

West 90th street between Columbus & Amsterdam (5-7:30 pm)
Check out the scary maze at St. Martins Tower at the north-east corner of Columbus Avenue & 90th Street, and look for a fortune teller, mad scientists, pirates and more.

West 87th Street between West End Avenue & Riverside

West 79th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam

East 95th Street between Park & Lexington

East 92nd St between Madison & Park Avenue (5-6:30 pm)
Carnegie Hill Neighbors hosts a spooky block party with a costume procession, art projects, candy treats and dancing in the streets to a love DJ. Trophies and prizes awarded for best costumes by age, family and pet.

East 90s between Fifth Avenue & Lexington

West 21st-22nd Streets between Eighth & Tenth Avenue
Trick or Treat in Clement Clarke Moore Park (aka “Seal Park”) then check out decorated brownstones.

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Trick or Treat at the Vital Theatre

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vital Theatre Company (2162 Broadway at West 76th Street)

Come by the Vital Theatre with your costumed cutie for some sweet treats and take a photo with Pinkalicious.

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New-York Haunted Society

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

$10/person in advance, $12 at door

Watch out for zombie Founding Fathers and unusual paintings on the walls at this family party. Get your fortunes told, create Victorian mourning jewelry, take a furry bat home with you, and check out Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ costumes, chosen by popular vote.

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Kidville Halloween Bash

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kidville Upper West Side (205 W 88th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

$20/kid

Celebrate away form the outdoor crowds at a party with pizza, snacks, gym time and special Halloween-themed activities including art projects, glitter tattoos, and photo-op stations.

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Saturday

Meet The Artist Saturdays

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

The first Saturday of each month, Lincoln Center presents informal, interactive, one-hour presentations of a wide range of performances by artists from a broad spectrum of disciplines. These Saturday morning shows in the lovely atrium are specially created for family appeal. Kids are welcome to sit in the front on colorful cushions.

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The Brownstone School’s Annual Fun Fair

11:00 am - 5:00 pm
PS 452 Schoolyard (Columbus Avenue between West 76th & 77th Streets)

Free admission; fees for som activities

Festive activities at this non-profit preschool’s annual fundraiser include games, a bouncy house, a trackless train, spin art, homemade food, rummage sale and more.

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Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian (1 Bowling Green between Broadway and State Street)

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with dance performances, a community ofrenda, and hands-on activities.

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Oíche Shamhna: Celebrate Halloween

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Irish Art Center (553 West 51 Street)

Put those costumes on more time and explore an Irish connection to Halloween. Learn about and experience the Celtic Cailleach or “crone,” more commonly known now as the “witch.” Irish crones will lead witches-brew cooking classes, laugh workshops, storytelling, apple catching, spooky experiments, and, of course, turnip carving.

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Sunday

Obake Family Day

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Japan Society (333 East 47th Street)

$12/adult, $6/kids 3-12, Free/kids under 2

Be transported to a magical world where Japan’s ghosts, goblins and mystical creatures await. Meet babbling obake, humorous yokai and other curious creatures from Japan’s fantastical body of folklore through storytelling, crafts, film, a haunted house and more. Includes unlimited access is available to the exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights. Costumes encouraged.

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Book of The Week

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Get ready for Halloween by turning colorful die-cut pages and watching a Big Green Monster magically come to life. But before you get scared, turn the remaining pages and watch him just as magically disappear.

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Featured Deals


40% Off Everything at Gymboree

Get 40% off all cothes, shoes, sleepwear and accessories at Gymboree.com including the adorable Eric Carle line.


Save 40% On Photo Gifts

Do something with all those photos clogging up your phone. Get 40% off prints, photo gifts, cards, home decor, custom photobooks and more at Shutterfly.com with code EASRLY40 and free shipping on orders $39+ with code SHIP39.


40% Off Little Orchestra Society’s Lolli-Pops Concert

Get $28 tickets (usually $48) to Little Orchestra Society’s Lolli-Pops Concert Circus Parade, an engaging introduction to classical music for 2 to 5 year olds featuring music by Bizet, Kabalevsky and Bamert. Choose from performances on Saturday October 25 10 & 11:30 am & Sunday October 26 at 11:30 am & 1:00 pm.


Discount Natural History Museum Memberships

Membership to the fascinating-for-all-ages American Museum of Natural History is a must for Manhattan families. So much to see and explore, from sea creatures to stars plus awesome family programs. Become a member for less: For $95, get a one-year membership for two adults plus two tickets to the Space Show and two additional tickets to 3D/IMAX films ($usually $159). For $130, get a one-year family membership for two adults and four children plus six tickets to the Space Show (usually $221). Kids under two are free. Membership includes free tickets to all special exhibitions (including the very cool Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs , a subscription to the museum’s magazine, discounts on purchases at the museum shop and cafes; and invites to members-only special tours, programs and workshop.


40% Off Big Apple Circus Tickets

Local troupe Big Apple Circus present intimate kid-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, and more. Get tickets to its latest show “Metamorphosis” at Lincoln Center for $49 (usually $81) on select dates October 17 – November 11.


$25 Off Rent The Runway

Have you heard of Rent the Runway, the website that lets women rent latest-fashion designer dress and accessories for a fraction of the sale price? New customers can save $25 off rentals of $75+. The website is very easy (and fun) to shop on, with tons of informative photo-filled customer reviews, or you can make an appointment with a stylist at one of the NYC showrooms.



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