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NYC Halloween Free Events for Kids and Families

Halloween Events are abundant in NYC thanks to our NYC Parks department’s commitment to free and awesome family fun.

 

Activities start today and range from pumpkin carving to parties to parades.  From Manhattan to Brooklyn to Queens, kids of all ages can get in on the Halloween festivities this year.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OCT26

GreenThumb Workshop: Pumpkin Carving

at United We Stand Community Garden, Bronx

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
GreenThumb will have pumpkins and carving tools ready, but please bring your own supplies and decorating materials to add to the beauty of your seasonal creations.

Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 27, 2016

OCT27

Pumpkin Party in Hudson Park

at 35th Street Playground (in Hudson Park) , Manhattan

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Come decorate pumpkins with us (no carving involved). We will also be giving out treat bags and cider – all for free!
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT27

Movies Under the Stars: Shocktober Fest – Casper

at Monsignor McGolrick Park (in Msgr. McGolrick Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
In this live-action feature of the animated classic, Casper, a kind young ghost, falls in love with Kat, the teen daughter of a paranormal expert.
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT27

Madame’s Masquerade: 2016 Fall Fundraising Gala

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Libations and refreshments will be provided while live music throughout the evening will encourage the conjuring of spirits.

Friday, October 28, 2016

OCT28

Toddler Halloween Costume Parade

at Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Come celebrate Halloween with NYC Parks. Join us for a day full of fun! Show off your costume, paint pumpkins, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT28

The Ultimate Comic Escape Room: Superhero Bootcamp & Ultimate Superhero Escape Room

at Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center (in Alfred E. Smith Playground) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:55 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Complete the superhero obstacle course challenge and use the power of your mind to solve the clues and escape from the Superhero room within 20 minutes!
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT28

Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival: Halloween Movie Night

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of Halloween weekend with a double-header movie experience outside of Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. The festivities will begin at 6:00pm.
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT28

Movies Under the Stars: Shocktoberfest – Krampus

at Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center (in Herbert Von King Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free film! In this horror comedy, a boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning…
Free!

OCT28

Haunted Lantern Tours

at Fort Totten Visitor’s Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Leave your fears at home as the Urban Park Rangers lead your family through the haunted Fort Totten Water Battery.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 29, 2016

OCT29

Joe Holzka Community Garden Pumpkin Festival

at Joe Holzka Community Garden (in ) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Please join the garden for their annual pumpkin festival. Children aged 12 and under must be present to receive a pumpkin.
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT29

Family Art Project: Furry Bat Shadow-Puppet Cave

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Learn about this shy, flying mammal and join the bat roost in a shadow-puppet cave theater.
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT29

It’s My Park at Rosemary’s Playground

at Rosemary’s Playground , Queens

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Friends of Rosemary’s Playground to clean up, plant, and celebrate Halloween with a costume parade at Rosemary’s Playground.
Free!

OCT29

Halloween Harvest Festival

at Socrates Sculpture Park , Queens

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
The festival will feature costume-making, a collaborative sculpture workshop, face painting, festive music, circus food favorites, circus acts, and more.
Free!

Must See
Event
OCT29

Pumpkin Patch

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
October is Pumpkin Month at Queens Farm! Enjoy wandering through our patch to find your perfect pumpkin.

OCT29

Harlem Grown Halloween Festival

at Harlem Grown , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Tour the haunted garden, make your own Halloween treat, and pick your own pumpkin at the pumpkin patch!
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT29

The Ultimate Comic Escape Room

at Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center (in Alfred E. Smith Playground) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:55 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Complete the superhero obstacle course challenge and use the power of your mind to solve the clues and escape from the Superhero room within 20 minutes!
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT29

Halloween Festival

at Parade Grounds (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a spooky, fun-filled afternoon, featuring crafts, games, rides, music, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT29

16th Annual Halloween Festival & Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

at Fort Greene Park , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The festival will feature live music, dance workshops, games with giveaways, face painting, a pumpkin patch, creepy-crawlies with the Rangers, and a dog costume contest.
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT29

Halloween in Prospect Park

at The Nethermead (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location ,Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location ,The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn , Children’s Corner (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for the 37th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT29

Fall Festival

at Kaiser Park Lawn (in Kaiser Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Have a spooky good time with carnival games, costume contests, pumpkin picking, face painting, and more at this wonderful festival.
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT29

Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join the staff of Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex continue the Halloween Festivities as we host our first annual Halloween Festival & Haunted Trails. The festivities will begin at…
Free!

Must See
Event
OCT29

Halloween Party & Movie Night

at Athens Square , Queens  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of Halloween- themed fun! Activities include crafts, games, a costume contest, music, giveaways, a movie, and more! Screening of Monster House begins at dusk. Bring…
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT29

Gravestones and Goth: Cemetery Walk and Classic Horror Literature Readings

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Fact or fiction? Take a guided, candle-lit stroll to the Pell grave site and learn the true story of Goodwife Pell’s involvement in a 1650s witchcraft trial.

OCT29

Movies Under the Stars: Shocktober Fest : The Rocky Horror Picture Show

at McCarren Park Pool Deck (in McCarren Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Let’s do the Time Warp, again!
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT29

Movies Under the Stars: Monster House

at Athens Square , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film!
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT29

Movies Under the Stars: Shocktober Fest – ParaNorman

at Sunset Park , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
In this delightful animated feature, Norman has the ability to speak with the dead—and he often prefers their company to that of the living.
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT29

Haunted Lantern Tours

at Fort Totten Visitor’s Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Leave your fears at home as the Urban Park Rangers lead your family through the haunted Fort Totten Water Battery.
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT29

Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival: Haunted Trails

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for a half mile Haunted Trail walk as we host our first annual Halloween Festival at Ocean Breeze Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
OCT29

Ghosts of Conference House

at Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Is Conference House Park Staten Island’s most haunted park? Find out on a nighttime hike through an ancient burial ground and into the Conference House.
Free!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

OCT30

Halloween Dog Costume Celebration

at Little Bay Park Dog Run (in Little Bay Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Friends of Fort Totten invite you to bring your dog dressed in their best costume for this fun event. There will be prizes!
Free!

OCT30

Pumpkin Patch

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
October is Pumpkin Month at Queens Farm! Enjoy wandering through our patch to find your perfect pumpkin.

OCT30

Children’s Fall Festival

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Children’s games, bounce houses, and professional character look-alikes will add to the festive air.

Best For
Kids
OCT30

Halloween Kidz Karnival

at Pier 26 , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us as we transform Pier 26 into “Halloween Central” with fun-filled attractions for the family.
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT30

Howl-O-Ween

at Canine Court (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Come to the Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest! Dress up your dog to compete in this pawtastic Halloween event.

Best For
Kids
OCT30

Shocktoberfest

at Playground for All Children (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for Shocktoberfest! Visit the pumpkin patch, jump on fun inflatable playgrounds, and enjoy crafts, games, music, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT30

Halloween at the Garden

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Show off your Halloween costume and bring your trick-or-treat bags!

Best For
Kids

OCT30

Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join the staff of Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex continue the Halloween Festivities as we host our first annual Halloween Festival & Haunted Trails. The festivities will begin at…
Free!

Must See
Event
OCT30

Central Astoria LDC Presents The First Annual Batty Over Halloween Celebration

at Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The celebration will include music, a theatrical performance, face painting, balloon twisting, Halloween characters, cotton candy, and mini pumpkins.
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT30

Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival: Spooky Walk for Children

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of Halloween weekend with a double-header movie experience outside of Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. The festivities will begin at 6:00pm.
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT30

Central Park Conservancy Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a costume parade, and Central Park Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla.
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT30

Ocean Breeze Halloween Festival: Haunted Trails

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for a half mile Haunted Trail walk as we host our first annual Halloween Festival at Ocean Breeze Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, October 31, 2016

OCT31

Fall Fest at Sherman Shriek Park

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location, Swindler Cove (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan

2:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Participate in arts and costume crafts activities, enjoy delicious edible creations, and take home fun souvenirs.
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT31

Spooky Halloween at Ashford Learning Garden

at Ashford Learning Center , Brooklyn

3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
There will be face painting for the kid, healthy treats, and fun games throughout the day.
Free!

OCT31

A Haunting We Will Go

at Cedar Grove Avenue and Seafoam Street (in Great Kills Park) , Staten Island

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a frightful time with bugs, snakes, ghosts, goblins, and the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT31

Halloween Party

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of Halloween fun including games, crafts, a costume contest, music, giveaways, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT31

A Haunting We Will Go

at New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue (in Great Kills Park) , Staten Island

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join us for a haunted walk, a pumpkin patch, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids
OCT31

Haunted Halloween House

at Jackie Robinson Recreation Center (in Jackie Robinson Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Come out and celebrate Halloween with NYC Parks. Walk through our spooky haunted house, full of scary monsters! Play Halloween themed games, win prizes and more. Prizes are while…
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT31

The Ultimate Comic Escape Room

at Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center (in Alfred E. Smith Playground) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:55 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Complete the superhero obstacle course challenge and use the power of your mind to solve the clues and escape from the Superhero room within 20 minutes!
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT31

WBO Pumpkin Party

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
This year the Pumpkin Party will have arts and crafts, carnival games, photo ops, and feel boxes.
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT31

Movies Under the Stars: The Addams Family

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film!
Free!

Best For
Kids

OCT31

WBO Haunted House

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Venture through our Haunted House – you are likely to run into zombies, ghosts, vampires, and spiders. Make sure you are ready to scream!
Free!

Must See
Event

OCT31

Tales from the Crypt: Horror on Hallowe’en

at Merchant’s House Museum , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for dramatic readings from the darkest of 19th century Gothic literature and true ghost stories of the unsettling and un-explainable as reported by museum visitors.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

NOV5

Pumpkin Smash 2016

at Clement Clarke Moore Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Turn your pumpkins into compost during Pumpkin Smash 2016!
Free!

Must See
Event

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