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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!


Check back soon for 2014 Halloween Events in New York City (the following are 2013 Halloween Events in NYC)

Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo in NYCBoo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Date: Weekends October 5-November 3, 2013
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 19, 2013, 11am-2pm
Join us this Saturday in Madison Square Park with our partners Time Out Kids from 11am to 2pm for fun and excitement with live music, pumpkins, arts and crafts, games, costume swaps and parades, eats and treats, face painting, storytelling, movies and so much more! Make sure to pick up a Kids Fest flier from one of our greeters or at our activity stations throughout the park.
Location:
 Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenues.


Jefferson Market Garden Children's Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 11am-2pm (Rain date, Sunday, October 20th)
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 19, 2013 11am-6pm
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 19, 2013, 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 19-20, 2013
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! On October 19-20, watch master carver Ray Villafane of Food Network fame transform humongous pumpkins into unearthly creatures. It's so much fun, it's scary!
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

Halloween at St. John the Divine in New York City
Procession of the Ghouls at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Date: Friday, October 25th, 2013, 7pm and 10pm

Friday, October 25, 7 pm and 10 pm
Procession of the Ghouls, following a screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Join the Mettawee River Theater Company and their infernal puppets for a spooky night in the Cathedral! The film this year will be the classic German Expressionist horror story The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Tickets are $20.
Location: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park in Queens
Date:
Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26, 2013, 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


Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Queens County Farm
Date:
October 25-27, 2013
Friday, Oct 25: Haunted House 4pm-7pm; Hayrides 4pm-7pm         
Saturday, Oct. 26: Corn Maze 11am-4:30pm; Pumpkin Patch 11 am-4:30pm; Hayrides 11am-7pm; Haunted House 4pm-7pm
Sunday, Oct. 27: (Grounds  admission is $5 per person on Sun. Oct 27)        
Children's Fall Festival 11am-4pm; Maze 11am-4:30pm; Pumpkin Patch 11am-4:30pm; Haunted House 4pm-7pm; Hayrides 4pm-7pm
Location: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

Harvest Fest with the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA)
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10am-4pm
Join MPIA on Saturday, October 26 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

Cathedral of Saint John the DivineCrypt Crawls Halloween Tour
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 11am-noon
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. $20 per person, $15 per student/senior. Bring a flashlight.
Location: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

Haunted High Line Halloween
Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2013 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

23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 12-3pm
Prepare your pooches - and their costumes! It’s time for the best Halloween party on four legs! The 23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is presented by Beggin’® Strips.
Location: Tompkins Square Dog Run - East 9th Street, between Avenue A and Boon, 1-2 pm, 3-4 pm, and 4-5 pm
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. $20 per person, $15 per student/senior. Bring a flashlight. Click here for reservations.
Location: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

Gotham Gargoyles: A Children's Halloween Workshop at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Date:
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10am-noon
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 26, 2013, 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 26, 2013 11am-4pm
Enjoy games and crafts, a haunted house, a bouncy house, a costume contest and appearances by Star Wars characters. The first 200 kids to arrive snag trick-or-treat bags filled with goodies.
Location: First Street Recreation Center of P.S. 372, 1st Street between Third and Fourth Avenues


Scholastic Store Halloween Parade
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 3-4pm
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 26, 2013, 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
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 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 25 from 4-7pm!
Pumpkin Patch - Kids take home a free sugar pumpkin!
The Care.com 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 26, 2013, noon-3pm
The beloved Halloween Haunted Walk is back and scarier than ever! Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Visitors brave enough to experience this harrowing hike should head to Lookout Hill. The Halloween Haunted Walk is suitable for children accompanied by parents/guardians or older siblings (though it may be frightening for very young children).
There’s also the Houlihan Lokey Carnival on the Nethermead featuring all kinds of fun, games and seasonal treats. Begin at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th St. The Haunted Walk and Carnival is open to all and completely free of charge.
Location: Nethermead & Lookout Hill, enter park at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street

Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 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

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail in Central Park
Date:  Sunday, October 27, 2013, 4-6:30pm
Wear your costume and bring a carved jack-o’-lantern before 5:30 pm for spooky music, crafts, live entertainment, a parade, and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight! Please check for jack-o’-lantern size, weight, and decoration restrictions. Space in the Pumpkin Sail is limited. No advance registration. All ages.

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 27, 2013, 1-3pm, 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 to a Hay Maze on the lawn. This year, Princess Katie and Racer Steve entertain the crowd from the gazebo with their fun blend of kids rock.
Join our line-up for parade at 12:45 p.m. at CitiGroup Plaza (Greenwich Street at N. Moore Street). The parade will travel down Greenwich Street to the park.
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 30, 2013, 11:30am
Don't miss our 10th annual Halloween-themed StoryTime class! In celebration of Halloween, we'll 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! Free to all!
Location: Karma Kids Yoga, 104 West 14th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues


Ghostly Goo at Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Date: Saturday, October 5 and Thursday, October 31, 2013, 12-1pm, $6 per participant
We all know Ghosts leave slime trails, so now we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting messy making some icky, slimy ghost goo of our own! With a dose of science and some careful mixing, you’ll be making a special concoction of spooky proportions. Appropriate for all ages. Reservations of up to four (4) children can be made by calling (212) 833-8100 and selecting option 3. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the event date.
Location: 550 Madison Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets


BaMboo! Halloween at Bam in Brooklyn New YrokBAMboo!
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013, 4-7pm
Grab the kids and stuff the sarcophagi full of candy at BAM's 12th annual Halloween block party! Sphinxes, snakes, and Cleopatras gather for an afternoon of ancient Egypt themed games, candy giveaways, and costume contests, and activities.
Performances by:
     • The Brooklyn Music School’s Rock Ensemble
     • DJ from the Scratch DJ Academy
     • Stilt walkers
Plus:
     • candy giveaways
     • obstacle course
     • button-making
     • a hieroglyphics artist
     • carnival games
     • and more!
Location: Outside of the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lafayette Ave between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street

New York's Village Halloween Parade
Date: October 31, 2013, 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!
Watch the 2013 NYC Halloween Parade live: on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street  from 7pm-10:30pm
Location: 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street
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