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 are not be permitted in the park during the event. For your convenience, a free stroller-check will be available at Duane and Greenwich streets, run by our Friends board volunteers.
PARADE: Our parade line-up begins at 12:45pm near CitiGroup Plaza (Greenwich Street at N. Moore Street). The parade travels south along Greenwich Street to the park.
Location: Washington Market Park, Chambers and Greenwich Streets
Children's Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Queens County Farm
Date: October 25, 2015, 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-alikes 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
ADMISSION: $5 per person* (Free with Farm Membership)
*Admission includes: Bounce houses & games for kids, pig racing,
Halloween character photo ops, Savannah Sky country band, and ConEdison
Ecology booth kids' crafts. Additional fees apply for: Petting zoo, pony
rides, hayrides, Haunted House, and The Amazing Maize Maze. No ATM
machine on site. Please plan accordingly.
Location: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park
Date: October 25, 2015, 3:30-7pm
Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin
carving demonstrations, and, of course, Central Park Conservancy’s
signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at
twilight! Participation is free; all ages are welcome. Tickets are not
required; RSVP to let us know you’re coming.
Members-only Perk: pre-register online to reserve space in the
flotilla for your pumpkin by Friday, October 23. (Please remember to
bring your membership card with you).
Non-Members: On-site registration only on day of event (Sunday,
October 25 at 3:30pm) to reserve space in the flotilla for your pumpkin.
Schedule of Events
3:30-5:30pm: Pumpkin Flotilla Drop Off, Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations, Halloween Crafts, Live Music
3:45–4:30pm: Spooky Stories
4:45-5:30pm: Spooky Stories
6-6:30pm: Halloween Parade
6:30pm: Pumpkin Flotilla Launch
Pumpkin Flotilla Guidelines
Get a pumpkin: Bring a pumpkin that weighs about 8 pounds after it’s
carved; that’s approximately the size of a soccer ball. Mini or
extra-large pumpkins cannot be accepted for the flotilla.
Get creative: All pumpkins must come with tops and be gutted and carved
at home. Jack-o’-lanterns with artificial decorations, such as paint,
glitter, marker, food dye, paper, plastic, light bulbs, candles, or
floats cannot be accepted for the flotilla.
A light and floating device will be provided when you register your jack-o’-lantern at the event.
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park at 110th at Lenox Avenue
Harvest Fest with the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA)
Date: October 25, 2015, 10am-4pm
Free activities and family fun for all ages!
After three successful years, Harvest Fest has become a highly
anticipated event and an opportunity for families and children to
celebrate, play and experience the Meatpacking District.
Once a year, Gansevoort Plaza is transformed into an autumn backdrop for
area businesses to host activities such as tiara bejewelling, cupcake
decorating, pumpkin decorating and mini-golfing.
Location: Gansevoort Plaza, Gansevoort Street and Ninth Avenue
Crypt Crawl: Spotlight on Halloween Tour at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015, 4-5pm and 5-6pm; Saturday, October 31, 2015, 1-2pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm
Shake your spirits loose this Halloween season! Hear the stories of the
entombed, learn the origins of Halloween as a Celtic New Year
celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve, and creep
into the Cathedral's crypt. Bring a flashlight. Space is limited and
participants must be 12 years of age or older. $25 per person, $20 per
Location: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Halloween Extravaganza at St. John the Divine
Date: October 30, 2015, 7pm and 10pm
The Cathedral’s annual Halloween celebration returns! With organist
Timothy Brumfield playing the Great Organ to accompany this year’s
screening of F.W. Murneau's silent classic Nosferatu (1922) and
the procession of Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s
ghosts and ghouls, Halloween at the Cathedral will be infused with new
The full stretch of the nave is at the disposal of Mr. Lee’s fantastic
creatures of the night, and visitors are encouraged to brace themselves
for increased ghostly mischief and ghoulish tricks. Seats closest to the
action are for the bravest at heart, who may find themselves directly
confronted with the hooked, expressive nose of a demon, the mossy nails
of a witch, or the bulging, flushed cheeks of a ghostly manchild. Light
design by Melissa Mizell.
Location: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Date: October 31, 2015, 4-7pm
Calling all ghouls and goblins: it’s time to get down at the BAMboo! Monster Mash! Put on your devilish dancing shoes and kick off trick-or-treating right at this free outdoor Halloween block party featuring family-friendly music and mischief.
Featuring Abby the DJ
• Candy giveaways
• Bounce house
• Carnival games
• Costume contest
• Arts & crafts
Location: Outside of the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lafayette Ave between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street
15th Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival
Date: October 31, 2015, 12-3pm
Join the Fort Greene Park Conservancy and the Urban Park Rangers for the
15th annual Fort Greene Halloween Festival! Attractions include hay
rides, pumpkin giveaways and painting, a costume parade, creepy-crawlies
with the Urban Park Rangers, and Fort Greene PUPS's wildly popular
Great PUPkin costume contest for dogs and owners.
All free to the public, rain or shine.
Location: Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue
Gotham Gargoyles: A Children's Halloween Workshop at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Date: October 31, 2015, 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 children ages 4 – 8 years old. $10 per child, with
accompanying adult. Check in at Visitor Center upon arrival.
Location: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Wonderween at Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Date: October 31, 2015, 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
Screenings page. All activities require general admission tickets to the
Lab which can be obtained same day on a walk-up basis. Space is
Location: 550 Madison Avenue between 56th and 57th Street
New 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 42nd 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!
2015 Theme: “Shine a Light!” In times of darkness, we bring in the light! Or as Martin Luther King says: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Bring the Light! Bring the Love! Shine Your Light!
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 7pm! 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