Halloween Fun for Families

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

From costume parades to haunted farms, New York City has so many fun ways for families to celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October.
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    Boo at the Bronx Zoo

    Lizards on Jack-O-Lantern at Boo at the Zoo Halloween Celebration at the Bronx Zoo
    ••• Lizards on Jack-O-Lantern at Boo at the Zoo. Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

    This annual Halloween celebration is held on weekends from late September through early November at the Bronx Zoo and is geared toward children and families. Face painting, storytelling, and pumpkin painting are among the special Halloween-themed fun. All activities are included with Zoo admission, except the hay ride which requires the "Total Experience" ticket or an additional charge.

    More: Boo at the Zoo Visitors Guide
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    American Museum Of Natural History 13th Annual Family Party
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    Want to take your trick-or-treating off the street? Head to the Upper West Side for a fun Halloween event at AMNH. From 4-7 p.m. on October 31, 2016 join other costumed families for an evening of trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, costumed characters, and live performances at AMNH. Admission is $14 ($12 for museum members) and tickets are available in advance, as well as at the door.

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    Children's Museum Of The Arts Spring Benefit 2012
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    New for 2016! The Children's Museum of the Arts will be participating the the Village Halloween Parade! Throughout the week before Halloween (beginning October 24) there will be opportunities to create costumes at the museum to wear in the parade, spooky masks and even sugar skull skeletons. Check out their events calendar for more details.

    More: Children's Museum of the Arts Guide

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    On Saturday, October 29, 2016 the whole family can enjoy celebrating Halloween at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. There will be a costume parade, crafts, music and many other Halloween-themed activities during the Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and children under 12 are admitted free!

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    Halloween Events at the Queens Farm

    Reading clues in a maize maze
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    On Saturday, October 29 from 1-7 p.m. and Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. you can visit the Queens County Farm Haunted House. This haunted house is appropriate for children ages 6-12. Admission is $4. Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples also for sale.

    This is the final weekend for the Amazing Maize Maze ($10 for adults, $5 for children 4-11 and free for children 3 and under) at the Queens County Farm. The 3 acre corn field 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 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for just $5/person. Admission to the fall festival includes bouncy house, pig races, live music and crafts. 

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    A Pink Halloween

    Celebrate Halloween with Eloise at The Plaza Hotel  with a Pink Halloween Party. Festivities include a "rawther fancy costume contest," painting pumpkins, pumpkin tea, pink lemonade, chicken sliders and french fries and pink desserts. Tickets are $50 each.

    Dates: Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 12-1 p.m. and Monday, October 31, 2016 from 4-5 p.m.


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    Halloween at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

    Halloween Monster Mash Hosted By The Brooklyn Nets
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    Halloween will be celebrated on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Brooklyn Children's Museum from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. by learning about bats and spiders, decorating your own canvas trick-or-treat bag and a costume contest. Celebration is included in the cost of admission.