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, dressed up in your scariest stuff, you can get your spook on at several annual events throughout the borough. Check out these options, which include fun events for kids and teenagers.
Costume Shops in Queens
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 rent costumes for adults.
Here are some of our favorite events in Queens for Halloween.
Everybody Loves a Parade
The Jackson Heights Halloween Parade is the second-largest Halloween parade in New York. It's all about the neighborhood kids and their costumes. And a few over-the-top grown-ups, too.
Halloween Harvest Festival in LIC
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.
Visit 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.
Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Garden
The Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing has a Sunday afternoon of Halloween fun, stories, and music.There are garden workshops and tours, a pumpkin patch, food, crafts, and a beer tent.
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. The one-day Children's Fall Festival is also at the museum. 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. Wear your costumes.
Fort on a Haunted Hill at Halloween at Fort Totten
One weekend at Fort Totten in Bayside is a great seasonal tradition, one your teenagers might even enjoy. The Urban Park Rangers lead nighttime tours of the Civil War-era fort's battery. Expect frights mixed in with a history lesson.