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Halloween in NYC – Ultimate Guide to Family Events and Activities

10.14.17

Halloween is here! Our ABSOLUTE favorite time of year, and there’s no better place to enjoy the season then in New York City. From month-long events to neighborhood harvest festivals, the month of October is chocked full of spooky fun for all ages of little ones. Start your planning now with our Halloween in NYC guide to the city, and our curated list of favorite can’t miss Halloween favorites!

Halloween in NYC – Continuous Month Long Celebrations

Halloween in NYC - Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo
Pick out your spookiest costume and get ready for 11 days of the annual Halloween craze – Boo at the Zoo. This family friendly, not-so-scary cherished tradition brings together fun Halloween activities with the Bronx Zoo’s resident wildlife. From annual favorites such as the hay maze, pumpkin carving demos, and wild costume parades, this is one event you will not want to miss! This year the event is bigger and better than ever for parents; Two Words: Beer Garden! We recap our top 10 reasons of why Boo at the Zoo is a family must do in our article with Mommy Nearest HERE.
Boo at the Zoo. Bronx Zoo. 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460. More on the fun festivities HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Luna Park Coney Island

Trick or Treasure – Luna Park’s Halloween Adventure
No bones about it, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park is the perfect place for little ones to bring in the fun fall season. Every weekend through Halloween there will be costumed trick or treating, the city’s best pumpkin patch, and Halloween themed arts and crafts – there’s endless activities, our favorite amusement park pulls out all the stops for Halloween. This year’s Halloween theme is Treasure Island – and walking through the elaborately decorated scenes, is like walking through a  Halloween harvest wonderland! The entire park was beautifully transformed into a fall fest, with hay bales, autumn flowers, pumpkins, and corn stalks, complete with a fun pirate theme, that even includes a plank to walk! And the best part – it’s just a quick subway ride from the city.  Shiver me timbers – make sure to take you little buccaneers there before the fun ends. Read our full recap on this year’s fun event HERE. 
Luna Park Halloween Harvest. Luna Park in Coney Island. 1000 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224.  All activities take place from 2pm-6pm every weekend from September 16th – October 29th. More information HERE.

Chelsea Market Halloween Decorations
While not technically an event, walking through these spooky halls is a family favorite each and every year. Chelsea Market pulls out all the stops for Halloween – including many spooky scenes and vignettes throughout the complex. Warning – some of the scenes could be gruesome or scary for little kids, and many have sensors and are ready to jump up and cause quite a scare. After touring the ground level head down to the basement to see the intricately carved (and beautifully displayed) pumpkins at the grocery store Chelsea Local, which is as close as you can get to a pumpkin patch in the city. Want to learn more about Chelsea Market? Read our article on Mommy Nearest HERE.
Chelsea Market.  75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16 Streets). More information HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Pumpkin Fests

A Blaze-ing Pumpkin Events
No need to wait for the Great Pumpkin to appear to see a Halloween Display, New York is home to many great pumpkin events, including the famous Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze!  The Blaze is an annual Halloween extravaganza in the Hudson Valley with over 7,000 carved jack o’ lanterns and pumpkin sculptures that brings in over 175,000 visitors each year! A great day trip for fans of Halloween, art or pumpkin carvings! Interested in tickets? Act quick! Days and times sell out in a blink. Rather stay local? New York City’s newest and most anticipated event, Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, is ready to light up New York Harbor this October! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists from around the tri-state area, staged along a festive, paved, tree-lined experience right here on Governor’s Island. We cant wait for this one!
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Runs through October/early November. Van Cortlandt Manor. 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Read our review HERE.  Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns. Governor’s Island. Starts October 26th. More information HERE.

 

Halloween in NYC – Fun (and mostly FREE!) Halloween Festivities

Halloween in NYC - Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden  – Sunday Oct 15th
The Queens Botanical Garden offers a fun-filled afternoon planned for the whole family. From live music, bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, and a beer and wine tent too, this popular pumpkin patch is one not to miss.
Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch. Queens Botanical Garden. Free with Garden Admission. 43-50 Main Street Flushing, NY 11355. More information HERE.

tompkins square dog halloween parade

Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade – Saturday Oct 21st
Got a four legged friend who likes the Halloween season? Creative Canines (and their owners!) let their alter-egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you’ve ever seen at the annual Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade that celebrates Halloween. Once called “the largest dog costume parade in the world” by CNN, this annual fur friend event showcases hundreds of dogs in costumes and thousands of spectators. And the crowds aren’t the only thing thats big! This year’s parade contestants will be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes.
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.  500 East 9th Street in Alphabet City. Runway competition begins at Noon. No need to pre-register, just come and have fun. Suggested Donations is $5 at the door. A parade of all contestants and spectators will follow after Best In Show is announced. More information HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Headless Horseman Carousel

Tricks and Treats at Le Carousel – Saturday October 21st 
It’s a Halloween kick-off with tricks and treats galore as a magician brings magic to Le Carousel. Kids are invited to come in costume and partake in free pumpkin-decorating, trick-or-treating, magic, and music performances. Our favorite activity?  Taking a spin on the “haunted” Le Carousel! Don’t lose your head at this fun holiday event that we look forward to each and every year.
Tricks and Treats at Le Carousel. Bryant Park. Event is free, Carousel rides are $3 each. More information on the event HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Haunted Highline

Haunted Highline – Saturday October 28th
Travel back in time and learn the history of The High Line. Enjoy family-friendly activities including a photo booth, face painting, dancing, music, live performances, ghosts, trick-or-treating and more. Event is free – but visitors should RSVP here before attending for quicker entry.
Haunted Highline. Takes place atop the elevated Highline Park, throughout the area between 14th street – 16th streets. 11:00-3:00. FREE. More Information HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Meatpacking District Harvest Fest

Meatpacking Harvest Festival – Saturday October 28th
Bringing together purveyors and brands to sample, sell, and showcase unique foods and crafts – this festival is always a favorite for the family. Bonus – it takes place across the street from the Haunted Highline festivities so it makes for an easy planned out day. Enjoy art, music, and fun free activities throughout the day – including kids yoga and crafts such as making your own trick-or-treat bags.
Meatpacking District Harvest Fest. 14th Street Park, 10th avenue between 14th and 15th streets. 11:00-4:00. Event is FREE but some sampling stations do cost money. More information HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place Halloween Bash – Saturday October 28th
Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at Brookfield Place, with their family-friendly Halloween party. Bring your costume-clad kids to a spook-tacular afternoon full of fun activities including quiet clubbing, Mysterious Cauldrons art installation, a Costume catwalk, LEGO Photo Op, and more.
Halloween Bash at Brookfield Place. 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY. Halloween Bash is from 12-3. FREE. More information HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Prospect Park

Halloween in Prospect Park + BKLYN BOO at City Point – Saturday October 28th 
Prospect Park Alliance invites all local ghosts and ghouls to the 38th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair. Taking place Saturday, October 28, this cherished annual event brings thousands of families for free, ghastly fun to Prospect Park and—for the first time this year—an after party awaits at City Point in downtown Brooklyn!
Halloween Haunted Walk + Fair, from 12–3 pm, Prospect Park, FREE. BKLYN BOO! 2–5 pm, City Point, FREE. More information HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Fidi Families

FiDi Families Halloween Block Party at the Seaport District – Sunday October 29th
FiDi Families are taking over the historic cobblestone streets of the Seaport District with a Halloween Block Party! Activities include a pumpkin station (while supplies last), music, face painting, balloon twisters, costumed characters and more. A  favorite event each year.  Free but pre-registration is requested.
FiDi Families Halloween Block Party. 11:00 – 2:00. FREE. Fulton Street (between Water and South Streets). More information and to register HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Washington Market Park

Washington Market Park Halloween Parade and Party – Sunday October 29th
The annual Washington Market Park’s Halloween Party and Costume Parade is the park’s longest running event, and is a Halloween highlight every year. The festivities starts with a children’s costume parade that leads into the park. In the park you will find a dozen free events, from penny-in-a-haystack to a bone dig in the sandbox, and a hay circle on the lawn.
Washington Market Park. 310 Greenwich Street, Tribeca. 1:00-3:00. Parade line up at 12:50 near CitiGroup Plaza (Beach Street at N. Moore Street). More information HERE.

Halloween in NYC - Pumpkin Flotilla

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail – Sunday October 29th
Wear your costume and bring a carved jack-o’-lantern before 5:30 pm for spooky music, crafts, live entertainment, a parade, and most of all the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight!. Space in the Pumpkin Sail is limited. No advance registration. All ages.
Halloween Pumpkin Sail. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, located inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues. 4:00 – 7:00. Read more about pumpkin guidelines and the event HERE.

village Halloween parade

Village Halloween Parade – October 31st
You are not a New Yorker unless you participate at least once in NYC’s spookiest Halloween procession, and one of the best Halloween parties in our nation – the Village Halloween Parade. This famous ghoul fest runs every year on Halloween eve, and consists of a massive costumed Halloween parade through Greenwich Village’s streets. Anyone is allowed to march – but you MUST be in costume.The people you will meet while marching in the crazy NYC scene guarantees a ghoulishly good time for all. NOT recommended for small children due to the scariness and content of the costumes and craziness of the Village neighborhood, but a great event to either watch or march in with older kids.
Village Halloween Parade. 7:00 – 11:00 Halloween night. The parade runs up Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St in Manhattan. FREE. Must be in costume to march. For parade line-up details and more HERE.
Village Halloween Parade. More information HERE.

 

 

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