Halloween Fun for Families in NYC

Celebrate Halloween with your kids at these fun New York City events.

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From costume parades to haunted farms, New York City has so many fun ways for families to celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October. You can catch Boo at the Zoo, see a Halloween parade, or join in to make a Halloween craft. The Halloween spirit spreads all across NYC, giving you nearby opportunities to celebrate no matter where you're staying.

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Boo at the Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo costume parade

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This annual Halloween celebration is held on weekends from September 28 through November 3, 2019, as well as Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Bronx Zoo and is geared toward children and families. Face painting, storytelling, and pumpkin painting are among the special Halloween-themed fun. Wear your Halloween costume and march in the parade. All activities are included with Zoo admission, except the hayride which requires the "Total Experience" ticket for an additional charge.

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Halloween Celebration at American Museum of Natural History

American Museum Of Natural History 13th Annual Family Party
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Head to the Upper West Side for a fun Halloween event at AMNH. Held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, the event provides families with an opportunity to join other costumed families for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, costumed characters, and live performances at AMNH. Live performers and characters at past events have included Curious George, a magician, stilt walkers, and performers from the Big Apple Circus. Tickets are available in advance, as well as at the door.

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Halloween Events at the Queens Farm

Children's Halloween Festival


The Queens County Farm is the oldest operating farm in New York State and hosts a full slate of Halloween and fall activities. You can get your thrills at the Queens County Farm Haunted House each fall. This haunted house is appropriate for children ages 6-12 and is held indoors. Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins, and apples are for sale. Discounted tickets are available online.

The Amazing Maize Maze is held Saturday and Sunday, September 28 to October 26, 2019; and Monday, October 14, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30). Maze by Moonlight is held two Saturdays, October 12 and 19, 2019, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (last ticket sold at 9:00) at the Queens County Farm. The 3-acre cornfield is transformed into a challenge course where participants hunt for clues, solve puzzles and try to escape from the maze.

The Queens County Farm also has a Children's Fall Festival on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for just $20 per person. Admission to the fall festival includes a bouncy house, pig races, live music, and crafts. 

October is pumpkin month at the farm and you can experience the crisp fall air as seek out that perfect pumpkin. Walk the farm grounds and soak in a little bit of New York history.

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New York's Village Halloween Parade

Village Halloween Parade


Every year the Halloween parade in the Village is host to the craziest, scariest, and most impressive costumes. The Village Halloween Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, on 6th Avenue and Spring Street and continues up 6th Avenue to 21st Street. Whether you want to march in the Halloween parade or just watch, this annual event is a great experience.

Hundreds of puppets, over 35 bands, costumed dancers, and thousands of New Yorkers in costumes march in this very creative parade. If you are in costume and want to march you can join in at the start point on 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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Spooky Pumpkin Garden

Spooky Pumpkin Garden


More than 500 expertly carved pumpkins come together to create this annual event in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden at the NYBG from Saturday, September 21, 2019, through Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Every weekend from 10 a.m.–6 p.m there are special daytime events, including Halloween parades, scavenger hunts, and spooky readings. Spooky Pumpkin Nights, where you wear your costume and explore the nighttime trails of the Adventure Garden, take place October 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2019, from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park

Live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demos, a parade, and the annual Pumpkin Flotilla are all part of the fun in Central Park on October 30, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wear your costume and bring your carved pumpkin (soccer-ball size) for this annual event at the Dana Discovery Center. 

The Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight. Space in the flotilla is limited to 50 pumpkins so it's first come, first served (and you won't get your pumpkin back after they set sail).