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Halloween Events in New York City

Every day in NYC is a party, but Halloween in New York is a holiday not to be missed! Enjoy Halloween activities for kids, families, and grown-ups throughout the month of October, and make sure to catch the nation's largest public Halloween celebration at the annual New York Village Halloween Parade!

2014 Halloween Events in New York City (Check back soon for 2015 Halloween Events in NYC)

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo HalloweenBoo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Date: Weekends October 4-November 2, 2014
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition! Come visit our bats, tiger cubs, and creepy-crawly critters and enjoy the crisp fall weather at the zoo. Take the family on a hayride, explore a Haunted Mansion, and enjoy music, magic and more. Treat stations around the park will sweeten your visit.
Location: Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road (second entrance at Southern Boulevard and East 182nd), Bronx, NY

Rockaway Fall Festival
Date: Sunday, October 12th, 2014, noon-3pm
The sixth annual festival includes a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayrides, a bounce house, a puppet show, and entertainment. Sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards
Location: Bayswater Park, Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway, Queens
Fall Kids' Fest at Madison Square Park
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11am-2pm
Join us for a day of free fun and fall festivities with your family on October 18th from 11am-2pm in Mad. Sq. Park.  Take home a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, meet local art organizations, walk away with a cool craft, play games on the lawn, jump and jive to live entertainment at the Mad. Sq. Kids Stage and with Songs for Seeds at the reflecting pool. Additionally, we will have other great activities such as face painting (everyone’s favorite), snacks, storytelling, the magic of movies, and costume parades (sport your costume early this season)! Don’t miss our new horticulture station, Garden Stop! 
 Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenues.

Jefferson Market Garden Children's Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11am-2pm (Rain date, Sunday, October 12th)
This happy event for children features free kid-size pumpkins and supplies to decorate them on-site, seasonal autumn crafts, goodies and the rare opportunity for city kids to kick leaves and roll off big bales of straw. Plus entertainment sponsored by the New York Public Library.
Location: Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and 10th Street

Super Sabado Celebration at El Museo del Barrio
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 12-5pm
Join us for a special Super Sabado, as we celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition that commemorates friends and relatives who have passed away. Enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, live music and a spooky procession from the nearby Dana Discovery Center to the museum.
Location: El Museum del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street

Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:30am-1pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park, will celebrate the fall season with a Harvest Festival on Pier 6! Come in costume to enjoy a pumpkin patch, face painting, volleyball, mask making, storytelling and more! Musical guests including Audra Rox and the Bilingual Birdies, sponsored by Monk Fruit in the Raw, and an 11am Zumba class with the Dodge YMCA. Make sure to visit the photo booth at the pumpkin patch to get a great picture of your little ones in costume!
The Atlantic Avenue BID is adding a new dimension to this year's Harvest Festival with a old fashioned trolley bus that will be making stops at B63 bus stops all the way down Atlantic from Brooklyn Bridge Park to 4th Avenue. The BID will be adding more fun programming around the Hoyt Street Garden and elsewhere on the avenue and it will be handing out information about Atlantic Avenue's many family-friendly restaurants!

Location: Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Atlantic Avenue and the waterfront

Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11am-3pm (rain or shine)
Welcome fall with our annual Halloween Harvest Festival as we invoke the spirits of Queens and share the stories and legends of this historic waterway!
11am-2pm: Costume-making workshops, led by Socrates artists and Free Style Arts Association 11:30am–2:30pm: Face painting by Agostino Arts!
1-2pm: Annual Canine Costume Contest, with LIC’s Pooches Sport & Spa
1-3pm: GrowNYC Greenmarket Apple Bie Bake-Off!
2-3pm: Variations Theatre Group in conjunction with other Queens arts organizations will bring Halloween Astoria lore back-to-life, in a way never seen before-with spooky stories being told throughout Socrates Sculpture Park through dance, puppetry, and story. Featuring Elizabeth Seldin, Andy Cook-Feltz, Sheerya Shivers, & Paul Pinto.
The Queens Kickshaw will be selling harvest foods and fall delights throughout the festival.
Also, join the Greater Astoria Historical Society for a walking tour and learn of the horrors and mysteries of the treacherous East River, from churning whirlpools to electric eels. Starting under the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria Park (Shore Blvd.), tour participants will stroll through Old Astoria Village and walk along the East River waterfront to Socrates Sculpture Park where their journey will culminate with ghostly performances of the area’s haunted history.

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway

Haunted Pumpkin Garden at New York Botanical Garden
Date: October 25-26, 2014
Experience the thrills and chills of the season with a garden full of intricately carved pumpkin sculptures, bugs, bats, parades, and more. New this year, the Haunted Pumpkin Garden features creepy creature encounters every weekend and the largest Spooky Nighttime Adventures trail ever! 
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture your youngster's imagination. Every day kids can play inside a "gourd-geous" Pumpkin House, put on a scary show at the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, look for wiggly worms, and join a Halloween Parade, while every weekend offers even more treats.

Location: New York Botanical Garden - 900 Washington Avenue (at President Street), Brooklyn
Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park in Queens
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they mix history with Halloween on a lantern tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten. You must be on line by 8:15 pm to be guaranteed admittance.
Location: Fort Totten Park, Cross Island Parkway, Totten Road to 15 Road

Halloween at Queens County Farm Museum NYCChildren's Fall Festival  & Corn Maze at Queens County Farm
October 26, 2014, 11am-4pm
A festival of Halloween fun for children of all ages; everyone is invited to wear their costume! Free children's games & bounces and professional character look-a-likes will add to the excitement. Don't miss out on pig races, kids' pony rides, food, live country music, and the ConEdison Ecology booth. Our Haunted House and Amazing Maize Maze will be open as well. This is a popular event, so if crowds aren't your thing we recommend arriving early. ADMISSION: $5.00 per person* Free with Farm Membership
*Admission includes Bounces and games for kids, Pig Racing , Halloween Characters (photos with characters welcome), Savannah Sky Country Band, ConEdison Ecology booth, and craft activity for kids. Additional fees apply for: Animal Feeding, Pony Ride, Hayride, Haunted House (12-4pm), and Amazing Maize Maze.
Location: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

Halloween Harvest Fest in the Meatpacking DistrictHarvest Fest with the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA)
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10am-4pm
Join MPIA on Saturday, October 25 in Gansevoort Plaza for Harvest Fest - an outdoor festival offering Halloween fun for kids and families. We're bringing together some of the most popular establishments in the neighborhood to host individual booths that will offer kid friendly activities and food tastings. Harvest Fest is FREE to attend and is part of MPIA’s efforts to provide public programming throughout the year to engage surrounding communities with the Meatpacking District.
Location: Gansevoort Plaza, Gansevoort Street and Ninth Avenue

Crypt Crawls Halloween Tour
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014, 4-5pm
Shake your spirits loose this Halloween! Creep into the Cathedral's crypt with Cathedral Guides and learn the origins of Halloween as the Celtic New Year celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve. Reservations are recommended and participants must be 12 years of age and older. 
Location: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

Haunted High Line Halloween
Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 11am-3pm
Come in costume to trick-or-treat with characters from the High Line’s industrial past. Sneak through a haunted train tunnel (if you dare!), get lost in a hay-bale maze, dance to a ditty, decorate a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, and construct your own train car from recycled materials.
Pose for pictures in a dress-up photo booth, complete with a view of the High Line’s historic past and the 18-foot High Line Ghost Train made by local children and puppet master Ralph Lee.
We hope you'll join us at our largest family event of the year!

Location: High Line on Tenth Avenue between 14th to 17th Streets

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12-3pm
Pooches let their alter-egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you've ever seen at the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. CNN calls it "the largest dog costume parade in the world” with hundreds of dogs in costumes and thousands of spectators. The London Guardian says “It’s Barkin’ Mad.” This year's parade will be sponsored by Purina Beggin' with contestants competing for thousands of dollars in prizes
Location: Tompkins Square Dog Run - East 9th Street, between Avenue A and B

Gotham Gargoyles: A Children's Halloween Workshop at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10am-12pm
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 creatures, and paper gargoyle masks. Recommended for ages 4 and up. $8 per child, with accompanying adult. Meet at Visitor Center.
Location: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

Wonderween at Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10am-4pm
Grab your little ghouls and join us for a hauntingly good time at our annual Wonderween event! Come decked out in your Halloween costume and catch a monstrous movie, make some creepy crafts, hear a spooky story and go home with gobs of ghoulish goodies! Movie screenings require a separate ticket. For more information on reserving tickets for our Wonderween screenings, please visit our Children’s Screenings page. All craft activities require general admission to the Lab and are available on a first come first served basis.
Location: 550 Madison Avenue between 56th and 57th Street

Haunted Halloween Carnival – Park Slope
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014 11am-3pm
Enjoy games and crafts, a haunted house, a bouncy house, a costume contest.
Location: First Street Recreation Center of P.S. 372, 1st Street between Third and Fourth Avenues

Scholastic Store Halloween Parade
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 3pm
Celebrate ghosts, skeletons, pumpkins, pirates, and all of your favorite things about Halloween with Clifford! Come dressed in your best costume to make spooky Halloween treat bags, join Clifford in his Halloween Parade, and take part in a costume contest! The parade is sure to delight (not fright) young kids.

Location: Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway Between Prince and Spring Streets

Halloween Festival in Crocheron Park, Queens
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12-3pm

Come join us for a day of spooky fun including rides, craft projects, a costume contest, free giveaways, and much more.
Location: 33rd Road and 215th Place in Crocheron Park, Queens

Pumpkin Fest in Central Park
Saturday, October 25, 2014 11am-3pm

Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Fest, New York City's annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park! Pumpkin Fest takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Activities will include:
NY"Z" Scream Haunted House - Our spooktacular haunted house at Bethesda Fountain is back again and this year it’s filled with zombies!
Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House on Friday, October 24th from 4-7pm!
Pumpkin Patch - Kids take home a free sugar pumpkin! Pumpkin Decorating Zone. Live Quidditch Matches - Transport yourself to Hogwarts to witness this fast action sport! Marionette Performances by CityParksPuppetMobile. JestMaster Walkabout Characters.
Pumpkin Carving. Create a Creepy Creature - Make your own ghost, ghoul or pumpkin puppet with The New Victory Theater! Get Crafty with Scribble Town - Have fun making pumpkin puppets, tissue paper pumpkins, and even pumpkins with accordion legs! Live Entertainment. Pride of NY Farmers' Market. All events are free! Event is rain or shine!
Location: Central Park Bandshell, enter at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Prospect Park Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival
Date:  Saturday, October 25, 2014, noon-3pm
Deep in the Park lies Lookout Hill, the highest point in Prospect Park and home of the Prospect Park Alliance’s Annual Halloween Haunted Walk. Ghouls and goblins lurk behind the trees, ready to provide a silly scare! An adult should accompany young children. After the Haunted Walk, head over to the Halloween Carnival. This annual treat on the Nethermead features fun games for children, pony rides, and more! Rain or shine. 
Location: Nethermead & Lookout Hill, enter park at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street
Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, noon-3pm
Families can enjoy a cornucopia of free activities, including hay rides, face painting, stilt walkers, pumpkins to decorate, a spooky cemetery, plus live entertainment.
Location: Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue, Cumberland Street and DeKalb Avenue

Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park Dana Discovery CenterHalloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail in Central Park
Date:  Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:30-6:30pm
Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and of course our signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight!
Location: Central Park, enter at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues  

The Friends of Washington Market Park Annual Halloween Costume Parade and Party
Date:  Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1-3:3pm, rain, snow or shine!
Our annual Halloween Party and Costume Parade is the park’s longest running event, and it is one of the highlights of our year and for children in the neighborhood! Inside the park, Friends volunteers run a dozen free events, from penny-in-a-haystack to a bone dig in the sandbox, and a hay circle on the lawn.
PLEASE NOTE: Strollers will not be permitted in the park during the event. For your convenience, a stroller-check will be available at Duane and Greenwich streets, run by our Friends board volunteers.
Location: Washington Market Park, Chambers and Greenwich Streets

Spooky Storytime Yoga
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 11:30am
Don't miss our 12th annual Halloween-themed StoryTime class! In celebration of Halloween, we'll ready spooky stories (not too spooky), and emphasize Wolf, Bat, Spider, Goblin, Pumpkin, Witch, Wizard, Ghost, Cat and other fun holiday poses. Be sure to wear your costume and expect some Halloween surprises, including...GLOW-IN-THE-DARK!
Location: Karma Kids Yoga, 104 West 14th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

BaMboo! Halloween at Bam in Brooklyn New YorkBAMboo!
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014, 4-7pm
Greetings, globe-treaters! Take a thrills and chills-filled journey around the world this Halloween at BAMboo!
Featuring Brooklyn teen deejay – DJ Kakez.
     • Candy giveaways
     • Bounce house
     • Carnival games
     • Costume contest
     • Arts & crafts
Happy Halloween, Fort Greene!
Location: Outside of the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lafayette Ave between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street

NYC Halloween ParadeNew York's Village Halloween Parade
Date: October 31, 2015, 7-10:30pm
See the nation's largest public Halloween celebration and the nation's only night parade at the 40th annual Halloween Parade! The parade is a mile-long stage featuring tens of thousands of costumed marchers, hundreds Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world, stilt walkers, jugglers, break dancers and other street performers. The New York City Halloween Parade attracts two million spectators, and over one million watch it on television. All Those in Costume are Welcome to Join Hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and Thousands of other New Yorkers in Costumes of their Own Creation in the Nation’s Most Wildly Creative Public Participatory Event in the Greatest City in the World!

For all those in costume is on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. The Parade STARTS at 7 pm! Alert! ONLY enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring!
Location: 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street
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