22 Sep Halloween for Kids in New York City
Halloween for Kids in New York City
Looking for the perfect Halloween celebration for your kids in New York City? Look no further! The city that never sleeps always knows how to throw a spooky and fun-filled Halloween bash that’s perfect for all ages. Check out the events below for for some seriously spine-tingling fun.
September 16 – November 15 (daily except Mondays)
Fall-O-Ween at NYBG
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458
Make NYBG your pumpkin headquarters this fall! The tricks and treats of the season come to life with plentiful pumpkins, gourds, and ghouls—and all sorts of fun-filled activities to celebrate this season of frights and foliage! Day or night, there’s something for everyone as we offer special weekends of pumpkin parades and pumpkin carving face-offs.
September 28 – October 29 (Thursdays Sundays)
Pumpkin Nights at Bronx Zoo
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460
Bronx Zoo Pumpkin Nights, an ALL NEW nighttime family Halloween event, will take place on select evenings this fall! Follow an animal-themed illuminated jack o’lantern trail and learn about animal behavior after dark, plus enjoy games and treats.
September 30 until October 29 (Saturdays & Sundays only, including Monday October 9)
Boo at the Zoo
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460
Bronx Zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween tradition is back. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy!
September 30 (daily, September 30 – October 28 & 30-31, 2023)
Pumpkin Patch at Queens County Farm Museum
Queens County Farm Museum, 3-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens, NY 11004
October is pumpkin month at Queens Farm! Enjoy the crisp fall air as you wander through the patch to scoop up the perfect pumpkin. Stoll through the 47-acre grounds and soak in some New York history – Queens Farm is one of the longest continuously farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697.
Family Program: Spooky Architecture
AIA New York | Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012
Just in time for Halloween, they’re creepy and they’re spooky, but apart from the ghosts, what makes a haunted house haunted? We’ll look at real life examples of haunted architecture for inspiration. Families will then get to make their own haunted buildings. Family Programs are designed for children ages 5–13 years old, accompanied by an adult. Two sessions: 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm
October 14-15, October 21-22 & October 28-29 – October 29
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355
QBG’s ever-popular Pumpkin Patch returns Saturdays and Sundays, October 14 through October 29!
The outdoor Pumpkin Patch at the QBG Farm will be full of harvest-themed photo opportunities and activity stations for seed planting, crafts, autumn-themed book reading, and chalk art! Children (age 4 and older) get to choose their own pumpkin. Be sure to meet and take pictures with the friendly costumed nature creatures roaming the Farm!
Harvest Festival at Carl Schurz Park
Carl Schurz Park, East 86th Street &, East End Ave, New York, NY 10028
Carl Schurz Park’s annual harvest fest packs a punch with plenty of festive fall activities for the whole family. Visit the pumpkin patch on the Mayor’s Lawn at East End Avenue and East 88th Street. Pick your own pumpkin and decorate it. While supplies last. Also enjoy tattoos, make Halloween slime, and take a stroll through the Spooky Trail.
Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 6, Atlantic Avenue and Joralemon Street, New York, NY
Join us this fall as we celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s annual Harvest Festival! Don’t miss our kick-off procession, arts and crafts, storytelling, lawn games and more—including our signature pumpkin patch.
October 21- 22 & October 28-29
Pumpkin Point Governors Island
Nolan Park, Governors Island, Manhattan
Pumpkin Point, Governors Island’s annual free pumpkin patch and fall festival, returns to Nolan Park for 2023! Visitors are invited to pick out their own pumpkins (free with suggested donation) on the weekends of October 21 – 22 and October 28 – 29, 2023, from 10am to 5pm. Come early in the day to make sure you have your pick of the pumpkin patch, and please limit pumpkins to one per person per household.
Halloween on the Harlem Meer
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park N, New York, NY 10029
Come see the Harlem Meer get spooky! Join us for a host of FREE family-friendly activities. Costumes encouraged! Celebrate Halloween in Central Park with a family-friendly event full of magic, entertainment, and music, featuring our signature great pumpkin flotilla.
Harlem Grown Halloween Festival
Harlem Grown, 127 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027
Join Harlem Grown On Saturday, October 28th, 2023 from 10 AM – 3 PM for a a spooky spectacular time at one of our community farms at 116 W 134th St.
We will have free food, festive Halloween activities including: Halloween face painting, Pumpkin painting, Yoga with our sponsor, Three and a Half Acres Yoga, Our most anticipated… A Haunted Tent for all ages!
Rain date will be Sunday, October 29th, 2023 at the same time and location.
Halloween at BCM!
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Halloween is back at BCM! Join us Saturday, October 28 for a day of costumed fun and trick-or-treating around the Museum’s exhibits. Meet some of our spooky animal and insect friends, enjoy monstrous performances, catch a free screening of Muppets Haunted Mansion, and celebrate the day with a costume dance party on our rooftop.
Halloween Harvest Festival 2023
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no its a… pumpkin! Our high flying Halloween Harvest Festival is back with the 3rd annual “Flight of the Gourds” pumpkin carving contest and compost catapult as well as New York’s 2nd largest dog costume contest presented by Chateau le Woof!
Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt for Families
Washington Square Park, 5th Avenue and Washington Square North, NY, NY 10012
Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt for kids and adults! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis and a gorilla in a window.
October 28 & 29
Halloween Disco Kids Party
Doha Bar Lounge, 3834 31st Street, Queens, NY 11101
Join us for a spooktacular event, the Halloween Kids Party ! Get ready to dance, groove, and have a frightfully good time. Bring your little monsters to this in-person extravaganza where they can show off their best costumes and boogie down to the latest tunes. Our DJ will be spinning all the favorite Halloween hits, creating an electrifying atmosphere for the kids to enjoy.
October 28 & 29
Family Art Project: Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos
Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave, Bronx, NY 10471
Celebrate this special Mexican cultural holiday as we explore nicho boxes, small shadow boxes filled with meaning and purpose that honor a lost loved one. Decorate your box with objects and natural materials. At 11:30AM, families can learn more about the holiday with a storytime program in the Gund Theater, all ages welcome. On Sunday, an additional storytime will be held at 12:30PM. Day of the Dead event.
Halloween on the Farm
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens, NY 11004
It’s a monster mash! Wear your costume to the farm for this Halloween spooktacular for kids and their grown-ups.
Halloween at Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, New York, NY 11355
Little ones show off their halloween costumes, walk our trick-or-treat trail, make crafts, and enjoy live performances. Come for a festive, spooky afternoon of Halloween fun! Little ones show off their Halloween costumes, walk our Trick-or-Treat Trail, make crafts, and enjoy live performances—including a magic show!
New York’s 50th Annual Village Halloween Parade
The Parade starts at Canal St. and 6th Avenue and goes up 6th Avenue to 15th Street on 6th Avenue
The 2023 Parade Theme is Upside/Down : Inside/OUT!! You can watch hundreds of giant puppets, more than 50 bands representing music from around the world, dancers of all styles, artists with explosive imaginations, and thousands of New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation.
Please keep checking back to this list as more halloween events for kids in New York City will be added.