Celebrating Halloween in Queens

Halloween in Queens - Maize Maze
Photo (c) John Roleke

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.

Jackson Heights Halloween Parade

The Jackson Heights Halloween Parade is the second-largest Halloween parade in New York. Neighborhood kids—and some grown-ups too—come decked out in scary costumes, face paint, and over-the-top decorations. In past years, the parade organizers have handed out more than 3,500 goodie bags to kids who march.

Halloween Harvest Festival in Long Island City

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.

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 CemeteryRidgewood. Try to crack it, if you can.

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden 

Every year, the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing hosts the Harvest Fest, which is an afternoon of Halloween fun, stories, and music. There will be garden workshops and tours, a pumpkin patch, a beer and wine garden, lawn games, trivia, arts and crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. It will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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. Don't forget to wear your best costume.

Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten 

Fort Totten is one of the most haunted sites in Bayside. Around Halloween season, the park puts on spooky lantern tours, where Urban Park Rangers lead nighttime walks through the Civil War-era battery. Expect frights mixed in with a history lesson.

Rubie's Costume Company in Richmond Hill

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.