Rarely mentioned in the diverse demographics of Queens are the otherworldly goblins and ghouls who appear every October 31. The dead do outnumber the living more than two to one in the borough once called the Land of Cemeteries. Besides planning a frightful night on the town or at your house with your friends, you can get your spook on at several annual events throughout the borough. Don't forget to get dressed up in your scariest stuff.
Halloween Harvest Festival in Long Island City
The Halloween Harvest Festival is great chance to check out the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Join the Halloween art-making workshops where kids can learn from Socrates artists. Or enter your dog in the Canine Costume Contest. Plus there's face-painting, art-making, and harvest foods from local restaurants. This year the event will take place on October 26, 2019 at 12 pm.
Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
The Jackson Heights Halloween Parade is the second-largest Halloween parade in New York. Neighborhood kids—and some grown-ups too—come decked out in scary costumes, face paint, and over-the-top decorations. In past years, the parade organizers have handed out more than 3,500 goodie bags to kids who march. Check the website closer to the event for details.
Houdini's Grave in Ridgewood
What better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit the grave of Harry Houdini? Before his death on Halloween in 1926, the famous contortionist, it has been said, left behind a code with which friends could contact him on a future Halloween night at his grave in Machpelah Cemetery, Ridgewood. Try to crack it, if you can.
Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden
Every year, the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing hosts the Harvest Fest, which is an afternoon of Halloween fun, stories, and music. There will be garden workshops and tours, a pumpkin patch, a beer and wine garden, lawn games, trivia, arts and crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. This year there will even be a special carnivorous plant display. It will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tickets are $6 for non-members, which includes garden admission.
Haunted House and Children's Fall Festival at the Queens Farm Museum
A real highlight of Halloween is the Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park. Come for the haunts and stay for the hayrides, sack races, treats, cider, pumpkins, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Check out the Haunted House and the Amazing Maize Maze between turns on the country-western dance floor. Don't forget to wear your best costume. This year the event will take place on Sunday October 27, 2019 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Advance tickets cost $20.
Older kids, ages 6 to 12, might want to head to the museum the day before, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, to journey through the haunted farmhouse. There will be spooks at every turn. It lasts from 1 pm to 7 pm. Tickets cost $4 in advance and $7 at the door.
Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten
Fort Totten is one of the most haunted sites in Bayside. Around Halloween season, the park puts on spooky lantern tours, where Urban Park Rangers lead nighttime walks through the Civil War-era battery. Expect frights mixed in with a history lesson.
Rubie's Costume Company in Richmond Hill
Not satisfied with the pre-packaged monsters at the drugstore or party store? Find your dream costume at Rubie's Costume Company in Richmond Hill. Rubie's is one of the largest costume manufacturers in the world and supplies costumes to retailers across the country. Its retail headquarters in Richmond Hill is worth a visit for that hard-to-find item. It can get overrun with customers, but be patient and you'll find what you need. Rubie's also rents costumes for adults.