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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! Most of these NYC Halloween activities are free, but some require admission.

We hope you had a happy and fun Halloween! Stay tuned for details on 2016 Halloween events in NYC
(Below is a list of 2015 Halloween events in New York City)

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo Halloween NYCBoo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Date: Weekends October 3-November 1, 2015
Our favorite Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo, is back at the Bronx Zoo, weekends in October, including Columbus day. Stop by for music, magic, and fun facts about our favorite animals that are surrounded by Mystery and Mischief. Take a look at the schedule of events and plan a trip with the whole family.
Location: Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road (second entrance at Southern Boulevard and East 182nd), Bronx, NY

Date: October 10, 2015, 11am-2pm (Rain date, Sunday, October 11th)
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 belvePublic Library.
The Children's Harvest Festival that brings each Garden season to a close just gets better each year. Last year, village kids decorated pumpkins and cookies provided by Citarella and enjoyed an awesome story-telling hour produced by Jefferson Market Library. Garden volunteers and the NYC Law Enforcement Explorers Troop Post 2206 from the 6th Precinct helped each frolicker realize their artistic vision.

Location: Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and 10th Street

Halloween in NYC - Super Sabado at El Museo del BarrioSuper Sabado Celebration at El Museo del Barrio
Date: October 17, 2015, 12-5pm
Celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition that commemorates friends and relatives who have passed away, with face painting, artmaking, a dance performance, and more.
Location: El Museum del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street

Fall Kids' Fest at Madison Square Park
Date: October 17, 2015, 10am-3pm
Kids Fest: Stages in the Square is a Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first-ever performing arts festival for children and their families taking place Saturday, October 17 10am-3pm. The day revolves around a diverse lineup of performing arts programming including music, dance, theatre, puppetry, and circus performances appropriate for children ages 0-12 and their families.

 Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenues.

Rockaway Fall Festival
Date: October 18, 2015, noon-3pm
The ninth annual festival includes a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayrides, and entertainment. Sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards
Location: Bayswater Park, Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway, Queens
Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park in Queens
October 23, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
Leave your fear at home as the Urban Park Rangers lead your family through the haunted Fort Totten Water Battery. Participants must arrive no later than 8pm for guaranteed admittance. Please call the Fort Totten Visitor Center at 718-352-1769 for more information.
Location: Fort Totten Park, Cross Island Parkway, Totten Road to 15 Road, Queens

Halloween at Queens County Farm Museum NYCThe Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm
Weekends, September 19-October 25, 2015 (and Columbus Day, Monday, October 12), 11am-4:30pm (weather permitting; last ticket sold at 4:30pm). Don't miss Maze by Moonlight on Oct 17, 2015 when the maze stays open until 9pm!)
Ready to be amaaazed? Kids and adults alike will have fun finding their way out of this 3-acre corn labyrinth! The adventure begins with a "Stalk Talk" to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of the maze. Feel up to the challenge? Then join us for the fun of getting lost and loving it!
ADMISSION*: $9/adult; $5/child (ages 4-11); ages 3 & under free
* Groups of 10 people or more get $1 discount off prices shown. NOTE: There is a $5 admission fee to enter the farm grounds on Sunday, October 25 for the Children's Fall Festival.
Location: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Date: October 24, 2015, 10:30am-1pm
Come and celebrate the fall season with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park! Our 5th annual Harvest Festival will have have free, fun activities for the whole family! Enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling,volleyball, and musical performances. Also, make sure to stop by the pumpkin patch, photo-booth, and obstacle course.
Location: Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Atlantic Avenue and the waterfront

Halloween in NYC - Socrates Sculpture ParkHalloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park
Date: October 24, 2015, 11am-3pm (rain or shine)
Discover your Spirit Animal at this year’s annual Halloween Harvest Festival!
Join us for this day of free family fun at Socrates Sculpture Park. Visitors will get the chance to make their own halloween costume, get their face painted, watch a story unfold during a shadow puppet performance, see a harvest festival dance, and enter their dog in our ever-popular Annual Juried Canine Costume Contest.  As a special treat this year, our favorite Urban Shaman Mama Donna will be performing a pet blessing ritual – so be sure to bring your furry, finned, or feathered pet!

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

Dia de los Muertos Weekends at New York Botanical Garden
Date: October 24 & 25 and October 31 & November 1, 2015
"Frida Kahlo" exhibit concludes with a celebration of the Mexican tradition known for bringing together family and friends to remember loved ones, Día de los Muertos. For two weekends in late October, join in the festivities with a procession of larger-than-life skeletons, butterflies, and La Catrina—the grande dame of this colorful holiday—hand-crafted by Lucrecia Novoa, or stroll the Conservatory Plaza with the stilt dancers of Los Zancudos de Zaachila presented by Laura Anderson Barbata. Dress the part by creating your own mask to wear or having your face painted for the occasion! Artists in residence The Villalobos Brothers close out these weekend fiestas at the Garden with performances on October 31 & November 1.

Location: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

Giant Pumpkin Carving with Ray Villafane at New York Botanical Garden
Date: October 24 & 25, 2015, 10am-6pm
Watch Master Carver Ray Villafane transform giant pumpkins into a Día de los Muertos tableau. Enjoy daily Q&A sessions with his additional carvers. From October 24 through November 1, giant pumpkins supplied by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth will once again be on display in the Garden, some weighing more than a ton!

Location: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
Giant Pumpkin Display at New York Botanical Garden
Date: October 24-November 1, 2015, 10am-6pm
Giant pumpkins from North America once again arrive at the Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. See how you measure up against these giants, some weighing more than a ton!

Location: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road

Haunted High Line Halloween
Date: October 24, 2015 12-3pm
The High Line is haunted with spooky characters from the elevated railway's industrial past! Haunted High Line Halloween offers a day of free community festivities in celebration of the fall season. Family fun for all ages!
Location: High Line on Tenth Avenue between 14th to 17th Streets

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade25th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Date: October 24, 2015, 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
Purina Beggin' presents the 25th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park.

Location: Tompkins Square Dog Run - East 9th Street, between Avenue A and B

Prospect Park Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair
Date: October 24, 2015, 12-3pm
The Prospect Park Alliance presents its 36th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair on Saturday, October 24, from 12 to 3 pm. This cherished annual event brings thousands of families to Prospect Park’s Lookout Hill and Nethermead for an afternoon of ghoulish fun that is free and open to the public.
Encounter zombies, werewolves, good (and not-so-good) witches, and other Halloween characters on a haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill, ideal for families with children ages 7-12. All ages can enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities, as well as sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks. This year, meet Snoopy from The Peanuts Movie, and learn the tricks of the trade from Blue Sky Studio artists, who will teach children how to draw their own Snoopy.
Throughout the weekend, enjoy Halloween events at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Children's Corner.

Location: Nethermead & Lookout Hill, enter park at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog ParadeThe Friends of Washington Market Park Annual Halloween Costume Parade and Party
Date: October 25, 2015, 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, 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
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 early.
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

Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park Dana Discovery CenterHalloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park
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
Halloween Harvest Fest in the Meatpacking DistrictHarvest 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 student/senior.
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 energy.
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

BaMboo! Halloween at Bam in Brooklyn New YorkBAMboo!
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
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 limited.
Location: 550 Madison Avenue between 56th and 57th 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 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
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