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Don't Miss Out On A Thing This Halloween

It’s that time of year! Halloween is upon us and festivities are all around.  We have sifted through the offerings and created a handy location by location guide. Some events might just be worth travelling that little bit further for, especially since school is closed next week so do read to the end for the ‘Further Afield’ section!


East Village


Day of the Dead — East Village

Saturday, October 26–Sunday, October 27

Day of the Dead—or Día de los Muertos in Spanish—is observed by many Hispanic cultures, and perhaps more popular than ever thanks to the Pixar movie Coco. While the festival has no relation to Halloween, it happens at the same time of year and can appear similar to the untrained eye; skulls, colorful outfits, and parades abound. Mano a Mano throws one of the best Day of the Dead events in NYC at St. Mark's Church in the East Village. The two-day festival includes a marketplace with Mexican food and wares, live music, dance acts, paper craft workshops, and a communal altar, where you can place photos in memory of your loved ones. FREE


Little Missionary’s / Sara Curry Annual Halloween Party

Saturday October 26, 11am to 2pm

131 East 10th Street at 2nd Avenue

Face painting, haunted house, pumpkin painting, crafts and bake sale.  Everyone welcome!


Greenwich Village


2019 Annual Children's Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31

The 29th Annual Children's Halloween Parade is one of the city's largest free children's events on Halloween Day!  Come dressed up to join in with the parade!




5th Annual Carved Pumpkin Contest

Saturday, October 26

Sponsored by The Friends of Washington Market Park, this is a free community event with trophies awarded in five categories: cutest, scariest, funniest, most realistic, and most creative. Bring your own pumpkin to enter, or just stop by with your family to enjoy the festive display!


Halloween Parade and Party 

Sunday, October 27

Washington Market Park's Halloween festivities start with a costume parade from CitiGroup Plaza to the park. In the park, Halloween activities include penny-in-a-haystack, a bone dig in the sandbox, a hay circle on the lawn, and more!


Hell’s Kitchen


An Irish Halloween / Oíche Shamhna: Celtic Magic

Sunday, October 27

Carve a turnip (the original jack-o’-lantern), play traditional Irish Halloween games, and join Laura Simms, artistic director of Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, as she brings to life marvelously spooky tales from Celtic mythology.




Trick or Treat at the Terminal

Sunday Oct. 27, Noon – 3pm

Celebrate Halloween inside Grand Central Terminal. They are hosting Trick or Treat, with family activities such as face painting and pumpkin picking and decorating! Participating Grand Central shops and restaurants will be giving away candy and other surprises to children in costume during the event. (Get there early while supplies last!).  FREE

Grand Central Terminal, 
89 E. 42nd St.



Upper East Side


Asphalt Screams

Friday, October 25, FREE

Dress up and head out to an afternoon of tricks, treats, and Halloween games. Asphalt Screams features trick or treating and sports-related activities, including a ghostly Soccer Shootout.


Halloween Costume Contest and Parade

Sunday, October 27

Kids are invited to dress up in their best costume to win a prize and join in the parade outdoors around James Cagney Place.


Central Park


Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla — Central Park

Wednesday October 30, 4-7pm

Head to Harlem Meer for this event – it grows in popularity every year! Enjoy Halloween crafts, scary stories, live music, and a pumpkin-carving demo. As the sun begins to go down, join the costume parade around the northeastern edge of Central Park and then watch hundreds of lit jack o' lanterns set afloat on the water. Pumpkins for the flotilla are bring your own.   There will also be arts and crafts, storytelling, and an expert carver. The best part of the evening is sending the pumpkins on to the water and watching them light up the lake. FREE.

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park

110th St. between 5th and Lenox Aves. (inside the park)




Upper West Side


The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween Concert

Saturday, October 26

Celebrate Halloween with bestselling children's recording artist Laurie Berkner. Parents and children are encouraged to come in costume!

Tickets start at $39


Halloween Celebration at The American Museum of Natural History 

Saturday, October 26

The Halloween festivities at the American Museum of Natural History are legendary in New York. Children are handed candy as they travel through the haunted spaces, meeting dressed up characters from their favorite TV shows and books. There will be arts and crafts, and live music. Bring your own trick-or-treat bags.


Kids' Pop Costumes and Karaoke

Wednesday, October 30

Celebrate Halloween a day early with karaoke and a costume party! Come in costume!


Hippo Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31

The annual Hippo Playground Halloween Parade invites costumed kids to gather at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at 89th Street and Riverside Drive and parade to Hippo Playground (accompanied by bagpipes!) to enjoy cider and snacks and a musical performance.




Harvest Homecoming Festival— Prospect Heights

Sunday, October 20

Lots of festive fun is promised at this event, including hay rides and lawn games. Children will have a chance to show off their Halloween costumes in a children’s parade winding through the Garden.


Prospect Park Zoo

Open every weekend in October from 11am to 4pm

The Prospect Park Zoo celebrates Halloween with Boo at the Zoo which are included with the price of admission.  Halloween themed crafts and games as well as the chance to learn about bats around the world and in New York.


Halloween Haunted Walk & Fair in Prospect Park

Sat., Oct. 26 - 12-3 pm: FREE, Lookout Hill in Prospect Park

The fair is perfect for all ages, with fun family-friendly activities and a haunted walk through Lookout Hill, recommended for kids ages 7-12.  There will be food trucks there too so that’s dinner covered too!


Brooklyn Boo: Albee Square — Downtown Brooklyn

Saturday, October 26

This after-party follows the Prospect Park Haunted Halloween Walk (which is geared towards older kids) is the perfect place to bring little trick-or-treaters. Dance to Halloween-themed music and enjoy face painting, nail art, and balloons. FREE


Park Slope Civic Council Children’s Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31

There are plenty of seasonal parades in NYC, but Park Slope's annual procession is the oldest children's Halloween parade in the country. Head to the Old Stone House for activities in the afternoon, and register for the main event, from 6:30pm at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue. The parade ends up back at the historic house for a party with live music and dancing in J.J. Byrne Playground. Shops on Fifth and Seventh Avenues hand out sweets to trick or treaters.  FREE


Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 26

The Children's Halloween Parade offers FREE entertainment, face-painting, a costume contest, and trick-or-treating.


The Bronx


Boo at the Zoo — Bronx Zoo

Weekends, September 28 through November 3

Head to the Bronx Zoo for more Halloween fun. Kids can make Halloween crafts, collect treats, watch pumpkin-carving demos, musical performances, magic shows, and story time. Come in costume to join in with the twice-daily parades.


Spooky Pumpkin Garden at the NY Botanical Garden

Visit the gardens throughout October to see the winding trails of the children's garden decorated with carved pumpkins and spooky decorations. Special events and activities happen all month long, including spooky plant crafts, a Victorian playhouse, and puppet shows.  Meet creatures like snakes and bats at Noon and 2 p.m. the weekend of October 26th and Giant Pumpkin Weekend Oct. 26 and 27.





Halloween at the Garden at Queens Botanical Garden

Sunday October 27

Celebrate Halloween on Sunday October 27 with a themed botanical craft, a magic show, and go trick or treating in your costume. Check out the creepy carnivorous plant display, then join in with the Halloween dance party! 

12-4 p.m.

Free with admission



Children's Halloween Festival — Floral Park, Queens

Sunday, October 27

Head to the Queens County Farm Museum in your best costume for live music, hayrides, pony rides, and a seasonal petting zoo. While you're there, accompany your little ones through The Amazing Maize Maze and then grab a pumpkin at the Farm Store 



Further Afield...


Rise of the Jack o Lanterns — Long Island and Governors Island

The Rise of the Jack o Lanterns is an established favorite on Long Island at Old Westbury Gardens. Thousands of hand-carved pumpkins are on display – from spooky Halloween-themed ones to Disney princess carvings, dinosaurs, and more! Look for the 100-pound pumpkins.



The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

It’s a bit further to go but where else can you see more than 7,000 glowing, intricately carved pumpkins shining along the riverside near Van Cortlandt Manor. This is the tristate area’s most spirited Halloween event, and also one of the best fall day trips from NYC. There are also "stargazing" opportunities inside the Pumpkin Planetarium, flying ghosts and a special appearance by Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman.


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is on-view for select dates during the week and on weekends.  October 3-31; November 1-3; 8-10; 15-17; 22-23; 29-30

525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY.