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). Search our daily event listings below by neighborhood to stay local and check out these blocks for awesome decor anytime.


 NATURE & ANIMALS (& PUMPKINS) 

In the foliage-filled Bronx, watch rhinos smash pumpkins and giant pumpkin animal carvings, join a costume parade, take a spooky hayride to hay maze and more at Boo at the Zoo; see jack-o'-lantern scarecrows, the world's largest pumpkins and creepy creatures at the New York Botanical Gardens, or chill with spiders at Wave Hill. Pick a pumpkin with a downtown view onGovernors Island or meet bats and watch a pumpkin flotilla in Central Park.

 MUSEUMS & MULTICULTURAL

Our favorite cultural institutions are throwing Halloween bashes: Trick or treat at the iconic (and crowded) Natural History Museum, create and parade at the Children's Museum of the Arts, summon the spirits of the past at the New-York Historical Society or get NYC spooky at the Museum of the City of New York.

 If the weather allows, trick or treat (and get music and other culture) outside around Lincoln Center or on the High Line. Get global with Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, an Irish Halloween party and a dragon-led parade of ghouls at Japan Society’s Obake Family Day.

 MUSIC  

Hear some monster-style music by our family faves the Laurie Berkner Band and Joanie Leeds (singer of the clever "Confusing Costume"). Or go classical with Little Orchestra Society's Halloween “Carnival of the Animals”.  Meet Michael Jackson and other spirits at the Swedish Marionette Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure.




Sunday, July 22


Eataly Family Class: RossoPomodoro Pizza Party


Sunday, July 22, 10:30 am–11:00 am

Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

$10

Learn how to shape, toss, and build a pizza Napolitano with Eataly’s pizzaioli from RossoPomodoro. Delve into the history of the dish with storytellers, learn basic Italian phrases and vocabulary to speak about pizza margherita, take home recipes and instructions to recreate the dish at home and taste of the final product.


FunikiJam's Totally Awesome Summer!


Sunday, July 22, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Actor’s Temple Theatre (339 West 47th Street)
$15 with promo code AWESOME

When Agent Tina thinks she is going to have a “totally boring” summer, Captain Jam invites her on a one-of-a-kind musical vacation around the world – and back in time. FunikiJam’s latest iteration follows the Agents of Jam to awesome vacation destinations like: the Beach, the Islands, the 80’s, Australi and  America’s Birthday Jam. Kids are encouraged to get out of their seats to dance and sing along with the cast in the aisles or up close to the stage.



Sunday, August 12


FunikiJam's Totally Awesome Summer!


Sunday, August 12, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Actor’s Temple Theatre (339 West 47th Street)
$30

When Agent Tina thinks she is going to have a “totally boring” summer, Captain Jam invites her on a one-of-a-kind musical vacation around the world – and back in time. FunikiJam’s latest iteration follows the Agents of Jam to awesome vacation destinations like: the Beach, the Islands, the 80’s, Australi and  America’s Birthday Jam. Kids are encouraged to get out of their seats to dance and sing along with the cast in the aisles or up close to the stage.



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.

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.