Halloween Fun for Families in NYC

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. You can catch Boo at the Zoo, see a Halloween parade, or join in to make a Halloween craft.

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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 the end of October 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. Traditionally held on the Saturday before Halloween, 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. Tickets are available in advance, as well as at the door. The event website provides details including a list of entertainers for the upcoming Halloween event.

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Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden


Traditionally held on the Saturday before Halloween, the whole family can enjoy celebrating Halloween at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. There is usually 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! Watch the website of the event for details.

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Halloween Events at the Queens Farm

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 and Maze by Moonlight is held on selected dates in October 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.–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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Halloween at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Halloween Monster Mash Hosted By The Brooklyn Nets
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Halloween is traditionally celebrated at the Brooklyn Children's Museum by learning about things like bats and spiders, decorating your own canvas trick-or-treat bag, and joining in the fun of a costume contest. The scheduled celebration is included in the cost of admission. Watch the events calendar for upcoming Halloween event dates.

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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.

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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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 mid-September through October 31st annually. 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, a parade, and the annual Pumpkin Flotilla are all part of the fun in Central Park. Wear your costume and bring your carved pumpkin (soccer-ball size) for this annual event at the Dana Discovery Center. Watch the event website for updated times and details.

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