NYC Halloween Happenings

So many ways to celebrate Halloween city style! Weekday, weekend, low-key, over-the-top, culture, concerts and candy (don't forget to buy that candy). Many fall festivals have a Halloween flavor and check out these blocks for awesome decor anytime.

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All Events This Week

  PUMPKINS  

The foliage-filled Bronx has rhino-smashing pumpkins, giant pumpkin animal carvings, costume parades, mazes and more at Boo at the Zoo plus jack-o’-lantern scarecrows, the world’s largest pumpkins and creepy creatures at the (spooky) New York Botanical Garden. Pick a pumpkin with a downtown view on Governors Island, visit urban pumpkin patches in Rock Center or Chelsea Market and watch a pumpkin flotilla in Central Park. More gourds at so many fairs & festivals.

  MUSEUMS & MULTICULTURAL  

Trick or treat at the iconic (and crowded) Natural History Museum, create and parade at the Children’s Museum of the Arts or Children’s Museum of Manhattan, summon the spirits of the past (and hang with Harry Potter) at the New-York Historical Society, learn all about Frankenstein at the Morgan Library or explore haunted NYC at the Museum of the City of New York.

Get global with Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors in Socrates Sculpture Garden, an Irish Halloween party and a dragon-led parade of ghouls at Japan Society’s Obake Family Day.

  MUSIC & SHOWS  

  ALL HALLOWEEN EVENTS  


Thursday, October 18


Haunted Subway

Union Square ~ 14th Street & Fourth Avenue ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
4:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
NYPD Officers & the MTA host the first annual Haunted Subway inside the Union Square subway station (enter at 15th Street & University). Treats, police…


Friday, October 19


Pumpkin Patch at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center ~ 45 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
All Day
FREE
Find a pumpkin patch in midtown at the seasonally inspired display in the Channel Gardens.

Chelsea Market Halloween Display

Chelsea Market ~ 75 9th Avenue ~ Chelsea
7:00 am–11:30 pm
FREE
Chelsea Market gets scary with ghosts and other spooky characters including animated screamers. Head downstairs to Chelsea Local to browse and buy) all sorts of…

Spooky Pumpkin Garden

New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard ~ Bronx
10:00 am–6:00 pm
$28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2
Explore more than 100 pumpkin-headed scarecrows set among giant and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Put on a festive fall…

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden Storytime: All about Jack-O-Lanterns

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden ~ 421 East 61st Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–11:30 am
$8 adults, $7/students & seniors, Free/kids under 12
Hear stories about Jack-O-Lanterns and afterwards make your own Jack-O-Lantern ball and cup to take home. Also dress-up in the Children's Corner and role-play with…

Flour Shop Rainbow Pumpkins

Flour Shop ~ 177 Lafayette Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
11:00 am–7:30 pm
FREE
Visit a rainbow pumpkin patch (and get a rainbow push pop) at colorful bakery Flour Shop.

Haunted Subway

Union Square ~ 14th Street & Fourth Avenue ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
4:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
NYPD Officers & the MTA host the first annual Haunted Subway inside the Union Square subway station (enter at 15th Street & University). Treats, police…

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Van Cortlandt Manor ~ 525 S Riverside ~ Westchester
6:30 pm–10:30 pm
$27, $20/ages 3-17; $22, $16/ages 3-17 Monday-Thursday
Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns forming amazing sculptures, including a medieval castle, signs of the…


Saturday, October 20


Breakfast With The Baboons: Spooky Pumpkin Carving

Prospect Park Zoo ~ 450 Flatbush Ave ~ Brooklyn
9:00 am–10:30 am
FREE
Enjoy exclusive early access to the zoo with a wild troop of baboons. Eat a tasty breakfast, meet an animal up close, make a special…

Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a haunted…

Giant Pumpkin Weekend

New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard ~ Bronx
10:00 am–6:00 pm
$28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2
Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—arrive at the glorious-in-fall Botanical Garden. Meet the growers to learn more about…

Halloween Hoedown with Families First Brooklyn

Families First ~ 250 Baltic Street ~ Brooklyn
10:00 am–1:00 pm
$40/family
Not-for-profit community space Families First hosts a Hoedown with Hopalong Andrew, the neighborhood’s favorite singing cowboy. Also enjoy mini bouncy house, face painting, tattoos, games,…

Kids Rock Fall Fest at Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller Center ~ 45 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy autumnal festivities at iconic Rockefeller Plaza including face painting, photo booth, slime, leaf rubbing and a DJ dance party.

PS 166 Fall Fest

PS 166 ~ 132 West 89th Street ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Free admission; fees for some activities
This carnival-like street fair for school and neighborhood families includes an "alien invation," Haunted House, a maze, arts & crafts, games, bouncy house obstacle course,…

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Governors Island ~ Governors Island ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Free, small donation that benefits the Friends of Governors Island for pumpkins
Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes. Enjoy live music,…

Zensational Zombies

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–5:00 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Celebrate the undead at the Children's Museum of Manhattan with zombie dollmaking, zombie dancing, and a workshop on making gross fake wounds.

Haunted Paper House

Governors Island ~ Governors Island ~ Lower Manhattan
10:30 am–5:30 pm
FREE
Find ghosts, monsters, jack o’ lanterns and Halloween spirit – all made out of paper. Across two floors, artists and guests can help create and…

Brooklyn Bridge Park's Harvest Festival

Brookyln Bridge Park ~ 334 Furman Street ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–2:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a parade led by a brass band, face painting, spin art, live animal demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, square dance,…

Creature Collagraphs

The Morgan Library & Museum ~ 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street ~ Midtown East
11:00 am–1:00 pm
$20
Inspired by the exhibition It’s Alive: Frankenstein at 200, express your inner Dr. Frankenstein and bring to life a fictional creature of your own/ Delve…

Spirit SouSou! | Honoring our Ancestors!

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute ~ DATE AND TIME Sat, October 20, 2018 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT Add to Calendar LOCATION Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute 120 East 125th Street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
11:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
In the spirit of of Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween, learn about African descendants' traditions to honor departed family members with color, light, and…

Super Sabado: Día de los Muertos

El Museo Del Barrio ~ 1230 Fifth Avenue ~ Upper East Side
11:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition friends commemorating relatives who have passed away with a procession led by Danza Azteca Chichimeca, a community altar by…

The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

14th Street Y ~ 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$12, $10/kids
A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can't scare a soul…

Annual Halloween Harvest at Luna Park

Coney Island ~ West 21st Street & Surf Avenue ~ Brooklyn
12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Free admission; fees for some activities.
Coney Island's seaside amusement park gets in the Halloween spirit with magic shows, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, roaming artists, costume contest, trick-or-treating, mini-tractor races…

Elizabeth Street Garden 6th Annual Harvest Festival

Elizabeth Street Garden ~ 203 Elizabeth Street ~ Lower East Side
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy free fun and activities for everyone to enjoy from delicious snacks to pumpkin decorating to face painting, crafts and more in a lovely neighborhood…

Creepy Creatures of Halloween

New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard ~ Bronx
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out…

HAUNTED! with Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra

Brooklyn Museum ~ 200 Eastern Parkway ~ Brooklyn
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$20, $10/ages 18 & under, include museum admission
Join trick-or-treating and a hilarious musical romp with the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, led by music director Dorothy Savitch and featuring live actors, video, and…

Wanda's Monster

92Y ~ 1395 Lexington Avenue ~ Upper East Side
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
$18
Based on the award-winning children's book by Eileen Spinelli, with music and lyrics by superstar singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner, this warm-hearted musical tells the story of an…

Laurie Berkner Band Monster Halloween Concert

The Concert Hall @ NY Society For Ethical Culture ~ 2 West 64th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
$39/ages 1 & up, free/babies under 1
See a live halloween concert by Brooklyn-based kiddie rockers The Laurie Berkner Band, one of our family's faves.

The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt

Washington Square Park ~ 5th Avenue & Washington Square North ~ West Village & East Village
3:30 pm–5:30 pm
$21.50, $17.50/kids
Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the…

Family Friendly Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery ~ 131 East 10th Street at Second Avevnue ~ West Village/East Village
4:30 pm–6:00 pm
$25, $15/ages 12 & under
Hear ghost stories from the East Village and Greenwich Village on a carefully researched route through historic neighborhoods. Delve into the history behind the hauntings,…

Spooktacular Night Walks

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
$45
Get ready for a 'Spooktacular' evening as your family stays behind in the zoo while everyone else leaves. Gather in the zoo's program space for…

Halloween Murder Mystery

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden ~ 421 East 61st Street ~ Upper East Side
6:15 pm–7:15 pm
$25, $15/ages 12 & under
In a fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the…


Sunday, October 21


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a haunted…

Morningside Montessori Fall Fair

Outside Morningside Montessori School ~ West 100th Street between West End and Broadway ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–3:00 pm
Free; fees for some activities
Morningside Montessori's annual Fall Festival features live music, a bounce house, face painting, games, food and a haunted house. Performances by Ramblin' Dan, Manhattan Aardvarks,…

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Governors Island ~ Governors Island ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Free, small donation that benefits the Friends of Governors Island for pumpkins
Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes. Enjoy live music,…

Zensational Zombies

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–5:00 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Celebrate the undead at the Children's Museum of Manhattan with zombie dollmaking, zombie dancing, and a workshop on making gross fake wounds.

Center for Architecture Family Build and Wear Workshop

Center for Architecture ~ 536 LaGuardia Place ~ West Village/East Village
10:30 am–12:30 pm
$6/adults, $12/kids
Create an architecture-inspired Halloween costume. Learn how to “read” buildings for clues about their design and function through an interactive slide show. Using these concepts,…

Fall Kids' Craft: Halloween Finger Puppets

Brooklyn Women’s Exchange ~ 55 Pierrepont Street ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–2:00 pm
$5/family suggested donation
Make Halloween finger puppets out of felt with historic craft association Brooklyn Women’s Exchange. Drop in any time.

HRPK Fall Fest

Pier 25 ~ N. Moore Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
11:00 am–4:00 pm
free; fees for some activities
Test out your Halloween costume, paint a pumpkin, go fishing, eat cotton candy, get your face painted, laugh with the Story Pirates, watch a magic…

Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair

Carl Schurz Park ~ East End and East 86th Street ~ Upper East Side
12:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges at the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy's annual dog costume…

Third Annual 'Batty Over Halloween' Celebration

Astoria Park ~ Shore Blvd between the Hell Gate Bridge & Pool ~ Queens
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
FREE
Join the Central Astoria LDC on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park for music, puppets, cotton candy, balloon twisting, face painting, munchkin pumpkins and more.

Creepy Creatures of Halloween

New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard ~ Bronx
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out…

Wanda's Monster - Sensory Friendly Performance

92Y ~ 1395 Lexington Avenue ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–2:45 pm
$18
Based on the award-winning children's book by Eileen Spinelli, with music and lyrics by superstar singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner, this warm-hearted musical tells the story of an…

Spooktacular Night Walks

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
$45
Get ready for a 'Spooktacular' evening as your family stays behind in the zoo while everyone else leaves. Gather in the zoo's program space for…


Thursday, October 25


The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

14th Street Y ~ 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$12, $10/kids
A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can't scare a soul…


Friday, October 26


The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

14th Street Y ~ 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$12, $10/kids
A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can't scare a soul…

Asphalt Screams

Asphalt Green ~ 555 East 90th Street ~ Upper East Side
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Free, donations to support community programs welcome
This annual spooky sports celebration features trick or treating, active Halloween games and sports-related activities, including a Spooktacular Soccer Shootout. Also at Asphalt Green Battery…

Kidville UWS Halloween Monster Bash

Kidville Upper West Side ~ 205 W 88th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–5:30 pm
$30
Make a DIY slime art project, have wicked fun in the jumpy castle, boo-ountiful ooey gooey treats and much more.

Halloween Murder Mystery

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden ~ 421 East 61st Street ~ Upper East Side
6:15 pm–7:15 pm
$25, $15/ages 12 & under
In a fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the…

Spooktacular Night Walks

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
7:00 pm–8:30 pm
$45
Get ready for a 'Spooktacular' evening as your family stays behind in the zoo while everyone else leaves. Gather in the zoo's program space for…


Saturday, October 27


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a haunted…

CMA's Annual Halloween Parade

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) ~ 102 Charlton Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:00 am–5:00 pm
$5.50 at this link, free/ages under 1 & 65+
Ghosts, Vampires, Fairies, Witches, Superheroes, and Monsters are invited to join CMA's annual Halloween Parade. Try a host of Halloween-themed workshops and create spooky decorations,…

Gotham Gargoyles: A Halloween Workshop

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine ~ 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
10:00 am–12:00 pm
$10
The morning begins with a reading of Eve Bunting's Night of the Gargoyles, then down to the workshop to assemble gargling, grimacing clay gargoyles, skeleton…

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Governors Island ~ Governors Island ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Free, small donation that benefits the Friends of Governors Island for pumpkins
Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes. Enjoy live music,…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Día de los Muertos

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
The historic Wave Hill House nestled among scenic forests and gardens hosts storytime and crafts inspired by the surroundings. Visiting artist Paulina Perera-Riveroll shares this special…

Bubbles Spooky Bash

The Learning Experience Children’s Academy ~ 28 Washington Street ~ Lower Manhattan
10:30 am–1:00 pm
FREE
A preschool/daycare joins up with local businesses to host fall family activities including musical performances by Rolie Polie Guacamole, tennis by Super Stars Tennis, cooking…

Church Street School for Music & Arts Halloween Spooktacular

Church Street School for Music and Art ~ 74 Warren Street (at Chambers) ~ Tribeca/Soho
11:00 am–3:00 pm
$25/adult, $15/child, $65/family
Celebrate the magic of Halloween at a fun-filled, all ages family party featuring a halloween costume parade, spooky scavenger hunt, face painting, art projects, a…

CMOM’s Halloweekend

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–5:00 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Explore the magical side of Halloween; is it a trick or a treat? Learn the science and secrets behind illusions, explore the science of sound…

Film Forum Jr.: Son of Frankenstein

Film Forum ~ 209 West Houston Street ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:30 pm
$9
Get ready for Halloween with a screening of a 1939 classic horror film. Basil Rathbone’s son of the notorious Dr. Frankenstein moves his family to…

Harlem Grown's Halloween Festival

Harlem Grown Urban Farm ~ 118 West 134th Street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
11:00 am–2:00 pm
FREE
Harlem Grown Urban Farm closes out its season with face painting, spooky arts and crafts, cooking demos, a haunted hoop house and healthy treats. Costumes…

Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$25
Andy Cannon, one of Scotland’s finest storytellers for children, takes on multiple roles to recount Shakespeare’s Scottish Play with a few simple props in this…

Meatpacking District's Harvest Fest 2018

Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park ~ West 14th Street & Tenth Avenue ~ Chelsea
11:00 am–4:00 pm
FREE
This outdoor artisanal market and seasonal festival features family friendly activities including dessert sampling, arts and crafts, card decorating, trick-or-treat bag making, a dance class…

Socrates Sculpture Park Halloween Harvest Festival

Socrates Sculpture Park ~ 32-01 Vernon Boulevard ~ Queens
11:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
This annual festival is inspired this year by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors. Vibrant cultural performance and activities will be provided by…

The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

14th Street Y ~ 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$12, $10/kids
A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can't scare a soul…

Brookfield Place Halloween Bash

Brookfield Place ~ 220 Vesey Street ~ Lower Manhattan
12:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Bring costume-clad kids to a family-friendly Brookfield Place Halloween Bash. Dance out that candy with the awarding-winning Brooklyn band The Pop-Ups, explore interactive exhibit The…

Day of the Dead Festival

St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery ~ 131 East 10th Street at Second Avevnue ~ West Village/East Village
12:00 pm–6:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate NYC's Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) tradition wit art-marking, poetry readings, live music, Mexican Folk Art and more in a recreation of…

Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead

National Museum of the American Indian – New York ~ One Bowling Green ~ Lower Manhattan
12:00 pm–5:00 pm
FREE
Celebate El día de los muertos (the Day of the Dead) with traditional dances honoring ancestors performed by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa around the community ofrenda (altar).…

Ghouls & Gourds 2018

Brooklyn Botanic Garden ~ 100 Washington Avenue ~ Brooklyn
12:00 pm–5:30 pm
$20, $15/students & seniors, free/ages 12 & under
Join Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade plus enjoy stilt dancing, live music, brussels sprout bowling, author autographs, drum circles and more seasonal festivities.

Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden ~ 43-50 Main Street ~ Queens
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
$6, $4/students & seniors, $2/age 4-12, free ages 3 & under
Make a seasonal botanical craft, see a magic show, join a dance party, see a carnivorous plant display and meet and take pictures with Flora,…

Halloween in Prospect Park & Brooklyn Boo

Prospect Park Bandshell ~ 62 West Drive ~ Brooklyn
12:00 pm–5:00 pm
FREE
Prospect Park Alliance invites all local ghosts and ghouls to free, ghastly fun to Prospect Park. From 12 - 3 pm, encounter zombies, werewolves, witches…

Creepy Creatures of Halloween

New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard ~ Bronx
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out…

Queens County Farm Museum Haunted House

Queens County Farm Museum ~ 73-50 Little Neck Parkway ~ Queens
1:00 pm–7:00 pm
$4
Get a (gentle) scare inside a haunted house recommended for ages 6+. Also visit farm animals, a pumpkin patch and the the Amazing Maize Maze.

Trick-Or-Treating at Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Governors Island ~ Governors Island ~ Lower Manhattan
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Experience the rare chance to trick or treat from house to house in New York City. Exhibitors and spooky friends will be stationed at the…

Wanda's Monster

92Y ~ 1395 Lexington Avenue ~ Upper East Side
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
$18
Based on the award-winning children's book by Eileen Spinelli, with music and lyrics by superstar singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner, this warm-hearted musical tells the story of an…

ABT Fall Family Matinee

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
1:15 pm–4:00 pm
$25-$160, 50% off/ages 18 & under
Wear your favorite costume and celebrate Halloween with American Ballet Theatre. Before and during the matinee performance featuring Le Jeune, the pas de deux from…

Just Kidding: National Dance Institute Celebration Team

Symphony Space ~ 2537 Broadway at 95th Street ~ Upper West Side
1:15 pm–3:15 pm
FREE
Kids dance for kids in a high-energy show featuring original choreography and live music paying tribute to the cultures, cities, and species that thrive along…

AMNH Annual Halloween Celebration

American Museum of Natural History ~ West 81st Street & Central Park West ~ Upper West Side
2:00 pm–6:00 pm
$16, $13/members
Trick or treat among the Museum’s iconic halls with stilt-walkers, balloon artists and costumed characters including Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Wild Thing,…

The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt

Greenwich Village ~ Greenwich Village ~ West Village & East Village
3:30 pm–5:30 pm
$21.50, $17.50/kids
Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the…

Family Friendly Brooklyn Heights Ghost Tour

Brooklyn Heights ~ North-west corner of Court Street and Pacific Street ~ Brooklyn
4:30 pm–6:00 pm
$25, $15/ages 12 & under
Take a stroll to frightening sites of Brooklyn Heights including the former site of a “ghost-haunted” fort, mystery gouses that are definitely not what they…

Spooktacular Night Walks

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
$45
Get ready for a 'Spooktacular' evening as your family stays behind in the zoo while everyone else leaves. Gather in the zoo's program space for…

Kidville UWS Halloween Monster Bash

Kidville Upper West Side ~ 205 W 88th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
5:30 pm–7:00 pm
$30
Make a DIY slime art project, have wicked fun in the jumpy castle, boo-ountiful ooey gooey treats and much more.

Halloween Murder Mystery

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden ~ 421 East 61st Street ~ Upper East Side
6:15 pm–7:15 pm
$25, $15/ages 12 & under
In a fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the…


Sunday, October 28


Halloween Story Time with Author John Sazaklis

Book Nook Enrichment ~ 23 Warren Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
12:00 am–12:30 pm
FREE
Wear your favorite costume and come enjoy crafts, refreshments, a monster mash dance party and a spooktacular storytime with New York Times bestselling author John…

Bleecker Park Halloween Festival

Bleecker Street Playground ~ Hudson and Bleecker Streets ~ West Village/East Village
10:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Join a costume parade around the neighborhood to the Bleecker Street Playground, where there will be pony rides, cupcake and cookie decorating, face painting, balloon…

Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a haunted…

CMA's Annual Halloween Parade

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) ~ 102 Charlton Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:00 am–5:00 pm
$5.50 at this link, free/ages under 1 & 65+
Ghosts, Vampires, Fairies, Witches, Superheroes, and Monsters are invited to join CMA's annual Halloween Parade. Try a host of Halloween-themed workshops and create spooky decorations,…

High Line Hotel Dog Costume Parade

The High Line Hotel ~ 180 Tenth Avenue at 20th Street ~ Chelsea
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
See costumed pups competing for Golden Sneaker Award plus enjoy face painters, Halloween craft stations, a professional pumpkin carver and treats tricking out the hotel’s…

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Governors Island ~ Governors Island ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Free, small donation that benefits the Friends of Governors Island for pumpkins
Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes. Enjoy live music,…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Día de los Muertos

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
$10, $6/students & seniors, $4/ages 6–18, free/ages 5 & under
The historic Wave Hill House nestled among scenic forests and gardens hosts storytime and crafts inspired by the surroundings. Visiting artist Paulina Perera-Riveroll shares this special…

CMOM’s Halloweekend

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–5:00 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Explore the magical side of Halloween; is it a trick or a treat? Learn the science and secrets behind illusions, explore the science of sound…

Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

Lincoln Center ~ 65th Street & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$25
Andy Cannon, one of Scotland’s finest storytellers for children, takes on multiple roles to recount Shakespeare’s Scottish Play with a few simple props in this…

Obake Family Day

Japan Society ~ 333 East 47th Street ~ Midtown East
11:00 am–3:00 pm
$15/adult, $10/kids 3-12, free/kids under 2
Experience Japan’s ghosts, goblins and mystical creatures. Meet spooky obake, humorous yokai and other curious creatures from Japan’s fantastical body of folklore through animated films,…

Queens County Farm Museum Children's Fall Festival

Queens County Farm Museum ~ 73-50 Little Neck Parkway ~ Queens
11:00 am–4:00 pm
$20
Dress in costume for this fall celebration for kids. Boogie down to live country western music, take an autumn hayride, visit a Haunted House, ride…

Sensory Friendly Scary Stories + Scharen Knippen

Lefferts Historic House ~ 452 Flatbush Avenue ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House for a sensory friendly event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Celebrate fall an hour before…

Washington Square Park Halloween Dog Costume Contest

Washington Square Park ~ 5th Avenue & Washington Square North ~ West Village & East Village
11:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Dogs in costumes compete at the Washington Square Park Fountain for big prizes.

An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna

Irish Arts Center ~ 553 West 51 Street ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Halloween's Irish Celtic origins with magical mischief from RTÉ Junior’s abraKIDabra magician Joe Daly. Carve turnips, play traditional Irish Halloween games, and watching a performance from Darrah Carr Dance.…

Studio Ghibli Fest: Spirited Away

AMC Empire 25 ~ 234 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
12:45 pm–2:15 pm
$12.50
See acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's rollicking adventure about a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant who falls out of the sky and into…

Studio Ghibli Fest: Spirited Away

Regal New Roc City 18 ~ 33 Le Count Place ~ Westchester
12:45 pm–2:15 pm
$12.50
See acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's rollicking adventure about a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant who falls out of the sky and into…

Creepy Creatures of Halloween

New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard ~ Bronx
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out…

Washington Market Park Annual Halloween Parade and Party

Washington Market Park ~ Chambers Street bet.ween Greenwich Street & West Street ~ Tribeca/Soho
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Line-up for the parade at 12:50 pm at CitiGroup Plaza (Greenwich Street at N. Moore Street) then travel down Greenwich Street to the park for…

Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Flotilla

Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer ~ 152 West 71st Street ~ Upper East Side
4:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
Find out if your carved pumpkin will float at this (usually crowded) lakeside celebration featuring pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade and…

DiMenna Creepy History Museum’s Haunted Halloween Party

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
$20
Experience the spookier side of history with Victorian-era fortune-telling, creepy crafts, Gilded Age ghost stories and lots of candy. Also receive timed tickets to visit…


Monday, October 29


Live Pumpkin Carving

Chelsea Market ~ 75 9th Avenue ~ Chelsea
10:00 am–11:00 am
FREE
Join Hugh McMahon for a live giant pumpkin carving at the top of the stairs to the Chelsea Local, which has all sorts of pumpkins…


Wednesday, October 31


CMOM’s Halloweekend

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–5:00 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Explore the magical side of Halloween; is it a trick or a treat? Learn the science and secrets behind illusions, explore the science of sound…

Spooky City: Halloween at the Museum

Museum of the City of New York ~ 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–6:00 pm
Get 2 tickets for $15
Wear your costume and/or make a mask and “trick or treat” on a haunted New York scavenger hunt where you’ll enjoy spooky tales and treats…

Frankenreads

The Morgan Library & Museum ~ 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street ~ Midtown East
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
$18, $12/students & seniors, free/12 and under
The Morgan joins a global community of over 100 institutions in twenty countries to celebrate Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with a public reading of selections from…

Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade

Washington Square Park ~ 5th Avenue & Washington Square North ~ West Village & East Village
3:00 pm–6:00 pm
FREE
Gather by the Washington Square Arch at 3 pm for a less crowded and crazy version of the evening's parade. Free trick-or-treat bags, performances, games,…

Trick or Treating at Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market ~ 75 9th Avenue ~ Chelsea
3:00 pm–6:00 pm
FREE
Trick or treat throughout the Chelsea Market Concourse plus see spooky decor and performers. Visit the urban pumpkin patch at Chelsea Local downstairs.

Halloween Fun on Randall’s Island

Randall’s Island ~ 20 Randall’s Island Park ~ Upper East Side
3:30 pm–5:30 pm
FREE
Prepare for your evening Halloween adventure on Randall’s Island. Make a trick-or-treat bag, create a mask to complete your costume, and get your photo taken…

Hippo Playground Halloween Parade

Hippo Playground, Riverside Park ~ Riverside & 91st Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–5:30 pm
FREE
Celebrate Halloween at Hippo Playground with the annual Halloween Parade and concert.

Halloween Block Parties

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4:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
Residents and businesses on certain NYC blocks go all out every year for Halloween, with serious decorations, no car traffic, haunted apartments and lots of…

Carnegie Hill Neighbors Spooktacular Block Party

Carnegie Hill ~ 92nd Street at Park & Madison ~ Upper East Side
5:00 pm–6:30 pm
FREE
Enjoy tricks, treats, prizes, live DJ and a stage to show off your costumes on a festive UES block. Donations suggested and appreciated.


Friday, November 2


Dia de Los Muertos

Museum of the City of New York ~ 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street ~ Upper East Side
2:30 pm–5:00 pm
Get 2 tickets for $15
Celebrate the Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Bring photos of your loved ones and decorate a frame to honor those still…

 HALLOWEEN BOOKS  

Apples and Pumpkins
Bold, autumn-colored paintings and a simple but lively story capture a little girl’s joy and satisfaction as she shares in the excitement of the fall season, picking apples, searching for the perfect pumpkin and trick-or-treating.

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.

If You’re A Monster And You Know It
Stomp your paws, twitch your tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Rebecca Emberley’s rollicking text is accompanied by fun illustrations created in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley.

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Join Mary Shelley on the stormy night two hundred years ago when this pioneering young woman created her frightening novel Frankenstein. Gorgeous illustrations and engaging storytelling appeal to all ages.

The Day of the Dead/El Dia de Los Muertos
Vibrant collages follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors with the traditional symbols of Day of the Dead – marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread. Each image is accompanied by poetic text is both English and Spanish.

The Night Before Halloween
Get ready with little monsters and goofy goblins in this silly, spooky spin on the classic Christmas poem.