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Events This Week
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 if you’re still shopping). 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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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)


Experience a sensory performance of pictorial and tactile poetic movements and circus activities choreographed by Swede Claire Parsons. Recommended for ages 2 – 6.

30 minute performances at 10 am & 11:30 am. Also on Saturday.

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PJ Library Story time

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Learn about Jewish holidays and traditions in a monthly story time featuring the PJ Library’s rich selection of books, stories, and songs for children.

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8:30 am - 11:00 am
Riverside Park @ 103rd Street (West 103rd Street & Riverside)

The YMCA’s Fit For All 5K & BooFest feature relay races, face painting, crafts, yoga, cooking and special guests.

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Harvest Fest 2014

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gansevoort Plaza (Ninth Avenue at Gansevort Street)

Neighborhood establishments come together to host kid-friendly activities, food tastings, live music and more.

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The Little Orchestra Society Lolli-Pops Concert: Circus Parade

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)

$28 with this link

Introduce 2 to 5 year olds to classical music with the help of the cuddly Lolli-Pops gang. In this new program kids help create a musical day at the circus with music by Bizet, Kabalevsky and Bamert. We are big fans of The Little Orchestra Society, which has been putting on fantastic family-friendly events for 65 years.

Saturday at 10 & 11:30 am. Also on Sunday 11:30 am & 1:00 pm.

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sony Wonder Technology Lab (56th Street and Madison Avenue)

Watch Elmo, Dora and other favorite TV characters celebrate Halloween on the big screen, make creepy crafts and go home with ghoulish goodies. RSVP for film screenings by calling 212.833.8100, x3.

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9th Annual H4K Halloween Family Disco and Halloween Parade

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Harlem Center PAL Gymnasium (441 Manhattan Avenue at 119th Street)


Arrive in costume and enjoy activities for children of all ages, as well as face painting, a DJ spinning hits, and more. Free Halloween parade for all at 1 pm.

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Fall Harvest Party

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Learning Experience Children’s Academy (28 Washington Street)

Celebrate fall and Halloween with a spooky story time, snacks, games, live music, crafts and pumpkin decorating. Costumes encouraged.

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Halloween Cookie Decorating Party

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Citarella (2135 Broadway at West 75th Street)


Decorate fab-BOO-lous Halloween cookies and create a one-of-a-kind Halloween pumpkin. Also enjoy mini-cupcakes, apple cider, popcorn and a treat-filled goodie bag. Costumes encouraged. Three sessions at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Limited spaces; call 212-874-0383 to register.

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Haunted High Line Halloween

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

The High Line will be transported to a spooky past, where haunted trains ruled and the ghosts of hungry workers roamed the West Side. Trick-or-treat with characters like the Mad Cookie Man and the West Side Cowboy, make giant art creations that banish giant fears, explore a haunted train tunnel made by students from the School of Visual Arts, and discover how brave children helped make the High Line happen.

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PS 6 Fall Fair

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
PS 6 (East 82 Street between Park and Madison Avenues)

Free admission; fees for some actvities

Enjoy rides, carnival games, crafts, food, Halloween costume contests, live music, karaoke, and a street fair. Proceeds benefit PS 6.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
St. Agnes Library (444 Amsterdam @ 81st Street)

Come in costume for a special Halloween storytime for ages 2 – 10. Pre-register in person or call 212-621-0619.

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Central Park East II Elementary School's Annual Fall Fair

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Central Park East II (104th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues)

Free admission; fees for some activities

Fun for all ages including three bouncy houses, carnival games, arts and crafts, a box maze, face painting and body art, live entertainment, a rummage sale, homemade eats like doughnuts, organic ice cream, popcorn and cotton candy, motorcycle photo ops, and tables from the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the Studio Museum of Harlem.

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The 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tompkins Square (East 9th Street between Avenue A and B)

Pooches let their alter-egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you’ve ever seen at this annual canine parade. Dogs need to be pre registered to participate.

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Tricks and Treats

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy a magic show, spooky stories with Flaubert Frog, face painting, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating and rides on ‘Le Carrousel’ ($3 per ride).

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street)


The story of a newborn chick who emerges from her shell to a strange, busy world is told through movement, music, and puppets in this magical theater piece.

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Family Craft: Make a Muppet!

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riverside Library (127 Amsterdam Avenue)

In celebration of 45 years of Sesame Street and the Somebody Come and Play exhibit at the neighboring Library for the Performing Arts, make a paper bag muppets. Materials provided.

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Clifford's Halloween Parade

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Scholastic Store (557 Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets)

Make spooky Halloween treat bags, join Clifford in his Halloween Parade, and take part in a costume contest.

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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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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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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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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.


Featured Deals

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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