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
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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.

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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. From 2-6 p.m. on October 27, 2018, join other costumed families for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, costumed characters, and live performances at AMNH. Admission is $16 ($13 for museum members) and tickets are available in advance, as well as at the door.

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Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden


On Saturday, October 27, 2018, 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

On Saturday, October 27 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 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for just $20/person. Admission to the fall festival includes bouncy house, pig races, live music and crafts. 

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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 at the Brooklyn Children's Museum 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.

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New York's 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 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.

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Scarecrows and Pumpkins at NYBG

More than 500 expertly carved pumpkins come together to create this annual event in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden at the NYBG from September 22-October 31, 2018. Every weekend there are special events, including Halloween parades, scavenger hunts and spooky readings.

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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park

Live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demos and the annual Pumpkin Flotilla are all part of the fun planned for Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. Wear your costume and bring your carved pumpkin for this annual event at the Dana Discovery Center. 

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