Halloween Happenings

This year has been plenty scary, but Halloween is still happening, with socially distanced options for spooky fun for NY families, including some in-person options for October 31.

Plus lots of nearby pumpkin patches and anywhere, 100% covid safe virtual celebrations.

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Halloween: Manhattan

Pumpkin Arch


Take a photo with a cool pumpkin arch framing a great river view. Frighteningly excellent drinks for grown-ups available at the Heineken Riverdeck Garden Bar and grab a bite to eat at Malibu Farm, The Fulton, or Cobble & Co. All restaurants are offering indoor and outdoor dining, with a selection of seasonal dishes.

Halloween Decor

Manhattan: Downtown

Though there will be no crowded trick-or-treating/block parties this year, still enjoy spooky decorations on brownstones and stores at these locations. UPPER WEST SIDE ・82nd Street (Columbus & Amsterdam) ・88th Street (Columbus & CPW) ・94th Street (Columbus & CPW) UPPER EAST SIDE ・61st Street (Second & Third Ave) ・67th Street (Fifth Ave & Madison) ・70th…

Monster by Tin & Ed


See a new inflatable sculpture by  New York based artists Tin&Ed of  a newly imagined hybrid flower whose gigantic bloom is over 20 feet high and 25 feet wide. For one week only, come face to face with this strange new life form which is inspired by carnivorous and parasitic plants and fungi. Monster will be…

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island


Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes. One per visitor, free of charge. No reservations needed Lots to explore on this island oasis with stunning views. No reservation needed for patch, but advance tickets for ferries ($3) from Battery Maritime…

Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt


Solve the mystery in a family friendly Halloween adventure at Hudson Yards Mall hosted by experiential toy store Camp. Grab a map and discover 18 mystery doors throughout the mall with plenty of tricks and treats. This touchless, interactive, silly, and slightly spooky Halloween experience is fun for the whole family.

Mozart For Munchkins UWS Spooktacular

Central Park

Meet the violin and viola with some of New York’s top string players. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach and Grieg, spooktacular Halloween tunes, and sing-alongs- there’s nothing better than little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns marching to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King.” Also at 10 am.

Pumpkin Carving at The Cauldron NYC


Carve a Jack-o’-lantern at magical pub The Cauldron NYC on Stone Street while enjoying signature HallowCream. Served with or without alcohol (and always topped with homemade butterscotch whipped cream). Pre-shelled pumpkin, carving tools, and template provided.

Mozart For Munchkins West Village Spooktacular

West Village

Little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” in a relaxed, interactive classical concert. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach, hear spooktacular tunes, and join sing-alongs. Also at other locations on other days throughout NYC.

Halloween at the Museum of Ice Cream


Come in costume to a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, a big sprinkle pool, a three-story slide and lots of ice cream to try. Purchase a special Halloween “Trick or Sweet” Experience for $10 more than regular admission (over $50 in value) to enjoy some spooktacular delights. Receive candies, prizes, and…

Washington Market Park Pumpkin Carving Contest


Drop-off your carved and/or decorated pumpkin at a table at the park entrance between 11am and 1pm to be placed in a pumpkin patch along the iron fencing of Greenwich Street between Duane and Reade Streets (which can be admired at any time). Pumpkins will be judged in five categories: cutest, scariest, funniest, most creative…

In Person Halloween Mermaid Tea with Ariel

Upper East Side-80s

Favorite mermaid Ariel will join Halloween tea. Wear your own costume or one available in the store. Enjoy story, craft, song and candy of course. Dress up and then have tea outside at the restaurant next door, weather permitting.

Asphalt Screams

Upper East Side-90s+

Asphalt Green will be distributing goodie bags to the first 1,000 ghouls and goblins who visit on Halloween. Festive music and decorations make for spooktacular fun.

Haunted Fountain at the Cathedral


West 111th Street Block Association & The Cathedral of St. John The Divine present a safe, outdoor, physically-distanced family Halloween event at the Cathedral’s (already creepy) Peace Fountain. Join trick-or-treating, safety briefs, costume contests, live music, photos, and other attractions. Advance online registration, masks and social distancing required. Fees for some activities.

Oculus Outdoors: The Nightmare Before Christmas


Enjoy socially distanced, outdoor fun on the Oculus Plaza. Explore retail pop-ups, the Oculus Beer Garden, and Il Patio di Eataly. Stop-motion Halloween classic The Nightmare Before Christmas screens at 7 pm. All private pods are arranged with six feet of distance, follow strict COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Food & beverage delivery options available…

Luminocity Festival


Wander through 10 acres of outdoor spectacular light art displays based on the tradition of Chinese Lanterns. * New displays include fantastical ancient civilizations, lush illuminated jungles, can & dog influencers and 30-foot high towers. * Wear comfortable shoes that work in mud. Strollers are allowed but it’s not the smoothest terrain. * Learn about…

Halloween: Bronx

Boo at the Zoo

The spacious animal kingdom is all decked out for Halloween. * Thursday through Sunday, watch giant pumpkin carving demos, join dancers, stilt-walkers and drummers in (socially-distanced) costume parades, see magic acts, explore an Extinct Animal Graveyard, go on a MASKerade scavenger hunt to find favorite “masked” and “costumed” animals throughout the zoo, pick up treats…

NYBG Great Pumpkin Path

Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of a path on the Conservatory Lawn. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the gardens wand wander through gorgeous fall foliage in the expansive Thain Family Forest. * Giant pumpkins (and we mean giant – 2000 lbs+ –…

Halloween Harvest Festival with the Black Feminist Project

Join The Black Feminist Project at fun, safe, and socially distant Halloween event with activities for the kids, a popup boogie down market, volunteer day for volunteer farmers, a BX Rebirth Family Photobooth, and Costume Contest. A full and haunted day at Black Joy Farm the South Bronx.

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Dia de los Muertos

Enjoy nature-inspired art projects among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Celebrate this special Mexican cultural holiday when the spirits of loved ones come home to visit. Learn the traditional use of the four elements to adorn nicho boxes, small shadow boxes filled with meaning and purpose that honor a lost loved one….

Halloween: Brooklyn/Queens

Halloween Movies at Skyline Drive-In


Watch favorite family Halloween movies including Hotel Transylvania, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus, from your car in Greenpoint with killer views of the Manhattan Skyline. Parking spaces are first-come-first-serve basis so come early. Bring chairs/blankets etc if you want to sit outside your car (outdoor seating for those without cars also available). Indoor…

Treasure Trunk Theatre Halloween Outdoor Imagination Adventure


Celebrate Halloween with Treasure Trunk in a very special Imagination Adventure. Join energetic and engaging teaching artist to travel to exciting new places on an action-packed, magical adventure with a Halloween twist, After warming up bodies, voices, and imaginations, open the magical treasure trunk and discover items that will spark our journey for the class….

Halloween on the Farm

Floral Park

Wear your costume to historic Queens County Farm for an Amazing Maize Maze, spooky hayrides and trick-or-treating with the farm animals. Find eight stations located throughout the farm’s 47 acres to safely experience Halloween. Also Adopt-a-Worm composting program, ghastly crafts and recycling. Local food vendors on site and shop at Queens Farm’s acclaimed Farmstand, featuring…

Halloween at the Garden


Little ones can show off their Halloween costume at Queens Botanical Garden, walk a trick or treat trail, and enjoy performances, including a magic show. Includes admission to the garden. For an extra $10, also get timed admission to the Pumpkin Patch and get a grab and go craft activity.

Vander Ende – Onderdonk House Halloween Craft


Enjoy seasonal arts & crafts and spooky ghost stories on a historic farm. Join socially distanced “Trick or Treat” with individually wrapped candy goody bags and a costume parade.

Halloween Family Fun Jazz with the Mark Morris Dance Group


Join Mark Morris Dance Group for a fun, family-friendly, outdoor, socially distanced dance class. Includes a basic warm-up and specially-themed choreography to get all ages in the mood for candy and ghosts. Register in advance as classes are capped at 50 participants. Signing up for the waitlist encouraged; you will probably be accommodated.

Día de los Muertos Family Celebration


Discover the rich history and traditions associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with family-friendly crafts and a visit to the community altar in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel designed by artist Scherezade Garcia.

Queens Drive-In: Coco


See Pixar’s 2017 Oscar-winning animated musical celebrating a family’s love in the spirit of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Watch from your car in a parking lot. Presented by Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image, and New York Hall of Science.

Halloween Beyond NYC

The Spooky Season at Liberty Science Center

Jersey City

Join free Halloween fun all over the Science Center. Explore the outdoor Spider Maze is back and face phopias in th  Face Your Fears Path, earning stickets that can be redeemed in a pumpkin patch. See a live show featuring creepy, crawliest animals. Gather for a Halloween dance party every day and smash pumpkins to…

Waterdrinker Farm Fall Festival


Pick your pumpkins and sunflowers ($2/stem) in spacious fields. * Activities include enjoy mini golf, a jumbo jump pad, barnyard animals, roasted corn, tractor pedal cars for tots and barnyard animals. * Open daily, train and hay rides only on weekends & holidays. * No advance reservations; pay at the gate. Capacity is limited to…

Stew Leonard’s Halloween Happenings


Grocery store Stew Leonard’s invites all little ghouls and goblins to a drive-through Halloween celebration. Cars will follow a path through more than a dozen family-friendly Halloween-themed scenes featuring inflatable characters, located in the parking lot near Stew’s pumpkin patch. Tune the car’a radio to WSTU-FM for Clover the Cow’s spooky Halloween soundtrack Plus, all…

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze


Meander through an 18th-century landscape ablaze with more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns forming amazing sculptures and settings. Tour the brand-new Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats. See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a unique star show. Features synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack. Fun for all ages.

Home of the ‘Legend’

Sleepy Hall

Take a spooky tour on the grounds of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving’s estate and go on a literature-themed scavenger hunt. A special exhibit highlights how the Legend has lived in the imagination of popular culture through the centuries since its publication. Capacity is extremely limited. Masks and social distancing required.

Haunted House Hunt

Carmel Hamlet

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and walk the historic grounds at Bottlegate Farm to look for 18 spooktacular haunted houses – from graveyards, to witches and creepy train tracks. Once you’ve found all the haunted houses, come explore the barn and conquer a scavenger hunt with a special treat at the end. Photo-ops, light…

Halloweekend at the HRM 2020

Decorate mini pumpkins in the Hudson River Museum Courtyard with an imaginary landscape or a creepy scene. Then, take scary selfies in the shadow of historic home Glenview. Also celebrate Día de Muertos by adding a paper flower—representing a marigold, or cempasúchil—in honor of your departed loved ones, or place a picture in a Community…

Halloween Drive-in Movies


Watch Halloween classics from your car in the parking lot of a suburban mall. Tickets for each movie sold separately. Saturday, October 24 6pm-8pm: Hotel Transylvania 8pm-10pm: Ghostbusters Saturday, October 31, 2020 6pm-8pm: Hocus Pocus 8pm-10pm: Beetlejuice Eat at food trucks or mall eateries including Shake Shack before the show.

Luminocity Festival

New York

Wander through 10 acres of outdoor spectacular light art displays based on the tradition of Chinese Lanterns. * New displays include fantastical ancient civilizations, lush illuminated jungles, can & dog influencers and 30-foot high towers. * Wear comfortable shoes that work in mud. Strollers are allowed but it’s not the smoothest terrain. * Learn about…

Virtual Halloween

Living History @ Home: Celebrate Halloween!

Join New-York Historical Society to celebrate Halloween Victorian style with music and historic spooky—but not too scary—stories with master storyteller Jonathon Kruk.

Ministry of Mystery Virtual Escape Room

Guide Agent Frank through a mysterious room, help her search for clues, find the Object of Doom, and escape imminent harm. In this virtual mission, participants are the eyes and brains of the team while Agent Frank will be the hands. Decode messages, follow your instincts, discover the Object of Doom and escape before danger…

Intrepid Online Family Programs: Spooky Space

Witches, spiders and ghosts…in space! Find out which eerie creatures lurk in the night sky as Intrepid Museum Educator explore the astronomical origins of Halloween and share a few haunting tales of unexplained phenomena as witnessed by astronauts.

The (Virtual) Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest 2020

For the first (and hopefully last) time, Fort Greene PUPS will host the22nd Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest online. Stylish pups can register before Oct 22. All can vote online from October 23rd – 26th.​​ On Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 pm, the Top Ten Finalists will compete in a livestream event that culminates…

CMA Live: Creative Movement with Mackie Halloween Special

Have you wondered how to dance like a zombie? Groove like a ghost? Boogie like a boogeyman? Join CMA Teaching Artist Mackie Saylor for a virtual movement class to celebrate Halloween. Participants are welcome to wear their costumes to get into the ghostly spirit.

Virtual Halloween Tea with Rapunzel

Come dressed up and join us for a virtual themed Halloween party with Rapunzel herself. Enjoy a spooky story, crafts and songs. Make pumpkin lanterns and witches hats. Supplies needed: Construction paper: 1 piece black, 1 piece purple, 1 piece orange, black marker, scissors, glue stick, scotch tape. Friday October 30th, 4-4:45pm, $25 per child…

illumiNATIONS: Día de los Muertos

Learn about monarchs, a key element in Día de los Muertos celebrations, from cultural and scientific experts, and enjoy the music of GRAMMY-winning East L.A. band Queztal. Hear from sculptor and maskmaker Zarco Guerrero about the role masks play in Día de los Muertos celebrations and tour his studio in Mesa, AZ. Visit the museum’s…

CMA Live Family Collaboration: Spooky Kooky Halloween

Join Tom Burnett, CMA Director of Early Childhood Education, for a free session of music, storytelling, and collaborative art-making for the whole family to enjoy. Make spooky (and kooky) art and costumes out of household materials, take turns playing games, and groove to Halloween music.

Halloween Circus Costumes Inspired by Alexander Calder

Learn about Calder’s Circus and create fabulous character costumes, just in time for Halloween. Alexander Calder created Calder’s Circus in 1925 after seeing a real circus performance. Using everyday materials, he built his own miniature one equipped with dozens of performer figurines. Calder carried his circus in suitcases and performed it for his friends in…

Show Up, Kids Online Spooky Halloween Show

See an interactive family comedy for 3-10 year olds online & live with a spooky Halloween theme. Interact with the hilarious Pete and the world in a fresh twist on kids’ shows as the audience helps write, design and direct a show.

Laurie Berkner Halloween Party Virtual Concert

Sing, dance & party in costume with a beloved kindie rocker for a virtual Halloween party. She’ll be playing some Halloween party songs and other favorites plus some special surprises. Also at 5 pm.

Trick or Treat & Opera

Canto Vocal Programs presents a fun Halloween Concert for the entire family on Zoom. Help us chase away Villains and find all the Heroes and Princesses that are hiding in an interactive Online Halloween Concert. Costumes encouraged.

The Wizards Of Oakwood Drive

Join a live, interactive, 45-minute online performance for young audiences taking place on Zoom. Two sibling wizards perform spells in a winner-take-all contest, and with a little help from parents in advance of the show, magic will happen in your own home. A short list of items and simple instructions on where to place them…


BAM’s beloved block party transforms for the digital space into an action-packed afternoon of revelry for families everywhere. Join a lineup of Halloween tricks and treats, including a magic show, professional pumpkin carving, story time, and dance party. Delight in wild, wacky, and adorable costumes from near and far—and have the opportunity to win prizes…

Día de los Muertos Weekend Festival

Join the National Museum of the American Indian for a virtual celebration of Día de los Muertos. Museum folklorist Cynthia Vidaurri as she answers frequently asked questions about Day of the Dead with images collected over her years of research, as well as selected images from past Day of the Dead programs at the museum….

New-York Historical Society Special Halloween Storytime

Join New-York Historical Society via Zoom this Halloween for a special spooooky—but not scary—Little New-Yorkers. Sing silly songs, dance the Monster Mash, and tell magical stories about ghosts, goblins, and goats. Dress up in your favorite costume as we discover fun facts about trick-or-treating and candy on this very special and fang-tastic Halloween.

Dance with Dee : Virtual Halloween Party Produced by Marshmello

The loveable Dee from the new show Mellodees leads a magical Monster Mash sing and dance along adventure. All participants will receive free downloadable pumpkin stencils, coloring pages, and puzzles. Costumes encouraged.