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🎃 The 2020 Ultimate Guide to Halloween Events for NYC Kids 🎃

October 10, 2020

Halloween in New York City is a truly unique time of year, and although this year's festivities will certainly look and feel much different than in previous years, there's nevertheless an abundance of family-friendly fun to be had, both at home and at various destinations throughout Manhatttan and a bit further afield. Before venturing out, I'd advise reviewing the various COVID safety precautions in place at each venue so that you can make an informed decision as to whether the event is right for your family. I'll continue to update this list as I become aware of additional events, so stay tuned! 

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October 30th

Trick-or-Treat Door-to-Door Scavenger Hunt at Hudson Yards
Come grab a map and discover 18 mystery doors throughout Hudson Yards (indoor and outdoor) where you'll find plenty of tricks and treats. This touchless, interactive, silly, and slightly spooky Halloween Experience is fun for the whole family. 

Food Craft Halloween Mad Scientist Class
Join Food Craft for a Halloween-themed Mad Scientist class, during which kids will decorate sunglasses and conduct experiments. 

Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Kids and adults can enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, including magic and mind reading, an extinct animal graveyard, a costume MASKerade, pumpkin carving demos, a candy trail, a pumpkin trail, a scavenger hunt, puppet adventures at the Wildlife Theater, and more. Come dressed in your Halloween best!

Halloween at the Museum of Ice Cream
Come in costume and collect some spooktacular delights at Museum of Ice Cream when you purchase the Halloween "Trick or Sweet" experience. Receive candy, prizes, and unique MOIC merchandise.

Little New Yorkers at Home with the New-York Historical Society: How to Make Friends with a Ghost
This online class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. This week, read How to Make Friends With a Ghost, written and illustrated by Rebecca Green. Meet two unusual friends: a girl and a ghost. Find out how to take care of a ghost so it can be your lifelong companion. Afterward, celebrate Halloween and make friendly, scary, or silly ghosts.

Rapunzel Halloween Party Virtual Event with Let's Dress Up
Come dressed up and join Let's Dress Up! for a virtual themed Halloween party with Rapunzel and enjoy a story, crafts and songs.

Halloween Skinnamarink with Sharon & Randi - Virtual Family Costume Party Singalong
What do Sharon and Randi and their family do for Halloween during a pandemic? They dress up in costumes and make music together, of course! Fans of all ages are invited to dress up in their Halloween attire and join Sharon and Randi for a very special LIVE virtual show.

Halloween-Themed Virtual Movement Class with Children's Museum of the Arts
Have you wondered how to dance like a zombie? Groove like a ghost? Boogie like a boogeyman? Join CMA Teaching Artist Mackie Saylor for a virtual movement class to celebrate Halloween. Participants are welcome to wear their costumes to get into the ghostly spirit. 

NYPL Young Readers Spooky Book Club
Join the NYPL team as they read a few spine-chilling tales and talk about the history of two holidays that fall on the 31st: Halloween and The Day of the Dead (Día De Los Muertos). Wear your costume to show off to other participants.

NYPL BYOB Kids Virtual Booooo Club
Trick or Treat! Fort Washington children's librarians will tell you something good to read! Kids, parents and caregiverscan join in the fun as the librarians share some of their favorite scary tales. Bring your favorite scary book to share.

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island
Governors Island’s annual pumpkin patch, Pumpkin Point, returns this October! This year’s patch will feature thousands of pumpkins and fall-themed decorations arranged across the Island’s historic Nolan Park. Each visitor will be encouraged to take one pumpkin home with them, free of charge. Pumpkin Point 2020 will be a socially distanced event with plenty of room for visitors to spread out and enjoy the patch. 

Great Pumpkin Path at the New York Botanical Garden
Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of our Great Pumpkin Path on the Conservatory Lawn. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Garden as well.

The Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum
Get lost in NYC's only corn maze! The adventure begins with a Stalk Talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way to Victory Bridge where the full vista of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers masterpiece is revealed.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Long Island
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a walk-through experience of thousands of hand-carved pumpkins in elaborate displays that light up the night at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Larger-than-life installations, along with synchronized lighting, create a magical, family-friendly experience for all ages. Get ready for installations that honor the Blaze's new location like a Long Island lighthouse and a lunar module.

October 31st 

In-Person Events:

Asphalt Screams: Trick-or-Treat at Asphalt Green on Halloween
Asphalt Green will be distributing goodie bags to the first 500 ghouls and goblins who visit its Upper East Side campus on Halloween. Festive music and decorations make for spooktacular fun. Event is first come, first served. Please note that RSVP does not guarantee goodie bag. 

Mermaid Halloween Event at Let's Dress Up
Everyone's favorite Mermaid will be joining Let's Dress Up for Halloween tea. Participants will enjoy a story, craft, song, oh and candy of course.

Trick-or-Treat Door-to-Door Scavenger Hunt at Hudson Yards
Come grab a map and discover 18 mystery doors throughout Hudson Yards (indoor and outdoor) where you'll find plenty of tricks and treats. This touchless, interactive, silly, and slightly spooky Halloween Experience is fun for the whole family. 

Trick-or-Treat at Chelsea Market
Mask up, and grab your trick-or-treating bags! Chelsea Market's restaurants are going beyond their menus and handing out all of the best sweets to celebrate. Be sure to visit the stilt walkers on 15th and 16th Streets from 4-6 PM for even more surprises. 

Pumpkin Carving at The Cauldron NYC
Carve a jack-o-lantern at The Cauldron Magical Pub while enjoying a mug of The Cauldron’s signature HallowCream winter warmer. Served with or without alcohol (and always topped with homemade whipped cream)!

East 7th Street Mask-Querade Trick-or-Treating
Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are invited to trick or treat safely and socially distanced, with masks being required. Adults will be able to sit in designated viewing stations to watch their kids, with complimentary mulled wine and spiced cider. Costumes are welcome, but not required. Masks and social distancing protocols will be enforced by volunteer community members as well as staggered entrance and exit times for participants.  

Washington Market Park 2020 Pumpkin Carving Contest
Washington Market Park hosts its annual pumpkin carving contest, during which visitors can view entries along the iron fencing of Greenwich Street between Duane and Reade Streets. If you'd like to enter, drop off your carved and/or decorated pumpkin at the park entrance between 11am-1pm. Winners will be announced on Instagram at 2pm. 

Halloween Kids Spooky Cruise
As this Halloween cruise navigates the Hudson and East River, you'll enjoy panoramic views of Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Skyline, and other landmarks. While on board, your kids will engage in numerous, fun Halloween activities for kids, including: trick or treating, interactions with costumed characters, performances, and more. Each kid will receive a Spooky Goody Bag filled with holiday goodies.

Halloween Haunted House Class with Taste Buds
From frosted candy corn roofs to gummy window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece. Enjoy cheerful spooky tunes while sipping on orange hot cocoa and experiencing quality family time. 

Outdoor Halloween Kids Art Event in Long Island City
Join Claire's Art Adventure and the Blue Bus Project for an Halloween event featuring spooky skulls and funny bone painting, a haunted house collage, "nightmare" necklace crafts, and more. Adults can enjoy tacos, beer, and live music.

Central Park Pumpkin Painting
Decorate your own pumpkin in Central Park as a Master Artist walks you through the steps to create a creative and unique Halloween masterpiece. All supplies, including pumpkins, will be provided.  

Brooklyn Heights Association Halloween Parade
The beloved neighborhood parade tradition continues, but with some safety modifications. The BHA will be hosting a socially-distant, face-coverings required Halloween Parade for families on the Promenade on Saturday Oct 31st at 10am, offering kids a chance to show off their costumes and receive a treat. 

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island
Governors Island’s annual pumpkin patch, Pumpkin Point, returns this October! This year’s patch will feature thousands of pumpkins and fall-themed decorations arranged across the Island’s historic Nolan Park. Each visitor will be encouraged to take one pumpkin home with them, free of charge. Pumpkin Point 2020 will be a socially distanced event with plenty of room for visitors to spread out and enjoy the patch. 

Pumpkin Decorating with Private Picassos
Decorate a pumpkin for Halloween using tempera paint, stickers, googly eyes and collage materials to make your pumpkin uniquely yours. 

Halloween at the Museum of Ice Cream
Come in costume and collect some spooktacular delights at Museum of Ice Cream when you purchase the Halloween "Trick or Sweet" experience. Receive candy, prizes, and unique MOIC merchandise.

Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Kids and adults can enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, including magic and mind reading, an extinct animal graveyard, a costume MASKerade, pumpkin carving demos, a candy trail, a pumpkin trail, a scavenger hunt, puppet adventures at the Wildlife Theater, and more. Come dressed in your Halloween best!

Great Pumpkin Path at the New York Botanical Garden
Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of our Great Pumpkin Path on the Conservatory Lawn. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Garden as well.

Halloween on the Farm at the Queens County Farm Museum
It’s a monster mash! Halloween on the Farm includes admission to the Amazing Maize Maze, hayrides, kids crafts at the Con Edison Ecology booth and trick-or-treating with the farm animals. This all-inclusive event is the finale of the fall season at Queens Farm. 

Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden
Halloween at the Garden is back! Little ones can show off their Halloween costume, walk our trick or treat trail, and enjoy performances, including a magic show.

Halloween in Richmond Town
Enjoy a pumpkin picking experience at Decker Farm with a few extra added spooky features created just for Halloween, at no additional cost. Come dressed in costume and snap a photo on the farm's fall photo ops, see the farm decorated in spooky fashion, watch an expert pumpkin carver work their magic, and enjoy Halloween-themed educational activities. 

Six Flags HALLOWFEST
Six Flags Great Adventure is still bringing back the boos this Halloween with the spirited fun of HALLOWFEST. From 2 to 6 p.m, families and young thrill-seekers will experience HALLOWFEST Thrills by Day including Scarecrow Street, Pumpkin Patch Lane, Hay Bale Maze, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Magic on the Move, Cornstalk National Park, and more. 

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Long Island
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a walk-through experience of thousands of hand-carved pumpkins in elaborate displays that light up the night at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Larger-than-life installations, along with synchronized lighting, create a magical, family-friendly experience for all ages. Get ready for installations that honor the Blaze's new location like a Long Island lighthouse and a lunar module.

Virtual Events:

Virtual Halloween Party with The Craft Studio
Join The Craft Studio for a virtual Halloween celebration. Dress in costume, make a spooky craft, answer some trivia, and of course a Halloween dance party!

Laurie Berkner Halloween Family Concert - Virtual Event
Laurie Berkner will give the season of costumes, candy, and jack-o'-lanterns a "BOO-st" with two special "Halloween Party" LIVE Virtual Family Concerts. With trick-or-treating discouraged this year, Laurie encourages families to join her in bringing out their pumpkins, putting up their Halloween decorations, and getting decked out in their Halloween costume finery. A fun-filled virtual lobby will feature pre-show music and videos, Halloween games, and fun pumpkin coloring pages to bring to the concert. For those who'd like to spend a few minutes chatting one-on-one with Laurie after the show, special Meet-and-Greet tickets are available.

30th Annual Children's Halloween Parade - Virtual Event
Join Manhattan Community Board 2 and NYU for a festive virtual Children's Halloween Parade with musical performances, a costume contest, a downloadable activity book and more. You’re invited to share a photo of yourself and your family dressed up in your favorite costume. The virtual parade will feature a slideshow of submitted costumes and at the end some special awards will be announced.

Virtual Village Halloween Costume Ball for Young Audiences
Theater for the New City has presented its Village Halloween Costume Ball since 1976 and is unwilling to break the tradition during the pandemic. So the organization will present the celebration again this year for the 44th time, but virtually. An evening of Halloween cabaret theater is planned, with a special kid-friendly performance from 4pm-6pm.

Spooky Kooky Halloween Virtual Program with Children's Museum of the Arts
Join CMA for a free session of music, storytelling, and collaborative art-making for the whole family to enjoy. 

Whitney Museum Open Studio from Home: Halloween Circus Costumes Inspired by Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder created Calder’s Circus in 1925 after seeing a real circus performance. Using everyday materials, he built his own miniature one equipped with dozens of performer figurines. Calder carried his circus in suitcases and performed it for his friends in Europe and the U.S. In this online program, kids can join the circus as they learn about Calder’s Circus and create their own fabulous character costumes, just in time for Halloween.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Benefit Concert
The Actors Fund and the Lymphoma Research Foundation are proud to announce a one-night-only virtual Halloween benefit concert presentation of the songs from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney’s classic animated film, as interpreted by some of Broadway’s most ghoulishly talented artists. The evening will be presented by Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, in cooperation with Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and Disney Music Group. The terrifyingly tantalizing one-night-only event will be available to stream for 24 hours, beginning Saturday, October 31 at 7 pm ET.

L'Atelier des Enfants: Create Your Own Halloween Monster with Laurent Sanguinetti
Join Albertine Books for a Halloween story with author and illustrator Laurent Sanguinetti who will read from Himboo-Humboo, his latest book just published by Le Seuil Jeunesse. The reading will be followed by an interactive collective workshop led by Laurent Sanguinetti on Zoom. Children will be invited to create their own special monster, chat with Laurent Sanguinetti, and share their work with each other.

Online Halloween Cooking Workshop: Caramel Apples with All the Toppings
Celebrate Halloween by learning how to make authentic caramel apples, including all the toppings. Kids will learn a little about apple varieties and how this treat became a Halloween tradition. Then they'll make and easy caramel sauce (with enough leftover for ice cream!) and utilize some creative decorating techniques. 

Brookfield Place Digital Halloween Bash
Put on your costume and join Brookfield Place online for FANGtastic family-friendly digital programming featuring Sonia De Los Santos, Mario the Maker Magician, String Theory Theater and a Kids Food Festival cooking class.

Rapunzel Halloween Party Virtual Event with Let's Dress Up
Come dressed up and join Let's Dress Up for a virtual themed Halloween party with Rapunzel and enjoy a story, crafts and songs.

Irish Halloween: Feast of the Fairies - Virtual Event
Celebrate the Irish origins of Halloween from home in a communal feast of fancy! Learn some Halloween traditions like how to make barmbrack bread, carve your own lantern from a turnip (the original jack-o-lantern) with artist Marie Connole, and learn a Halloween-inspired magic trick with Joe Daly. 

Special Halloween Storytime with the New-York Historical Society - Virtual Event
Sing silly songs, dance the Monster Mash, and tell magical stories about ghosts, goblins, and goats. Dress up in your favorite costume as you discover fun facts about trick-or-treating and candy on this very special and fang-tastic Halloween. 

BAMboo!
BAM's beloved block party transforms for the digital space into an action-packed afternoon of revelry for families everywhere. Enjoy a lineup of Halloween tricks and treats, including a magic show, professional pumpkin carving, story time, and dance party. Best of all, delight in wild, wacky, and adorable costumes from near and far—and have the opportunity to win prizes with your own entry at the annual costume contest.

Haunted Tales: The Online Scavenger Hunt for Kids
Are you prepared to Zoom with ghosts? Kids and adults team up to explore real places that are said to be haunted, and you’ll learn the tales of the ghosts who linger there. You’ll meet our host on Zoom, then your team will go into a breakout room and use our browser-based app to follow a trail of clues across eerie websites, in search of answers to tricky questions. To play, you just need a computer, a team, sharp eyes, and maybe nerves of steel.

November 1st 

Trick-or-Treat Door-to-Door Scavenger Hunt at Hudson Yards
Come grab a map and discover 18 mystery doors throughout Hudson Yards (indoor and outdoor) where you'll find plenty of tricks and treats. This touchless, interactive, silly, and slightly spooky Halloween Experience is fun for the whole family. 

Pumpkin Carving at The Cauldron NYC
Carve a jack-o-lantern at The Cauldron Magical Pub while enjoying a mug of The Cauldron’s signature HallowCream winter warmer. Served with or without alcohol (and always topped with homemade whipped cream)!

Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Kids and adults can enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, including magic and mind reading, an extinct animal graveyard, a costume MASKerade, pumpkin carving demos, a candy trail, a pumpkin trail, a scavenger hunt, puppet adventures at the Wildlife Theater, and more. Come dressed in your Halloween best!

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island
Governors Island’s annual pumpkin patch, Pumpkin Point, returns this October! This year’s patch will feature thousands of pumpkins and fall-themed decorations arranged across the Island’s historic Nolan Park. Each visitor will be encouraged to take one pumpkin home with them, free of charge. Pumpkin Point 2020 will be a socially distanced event with plenty of room for visitors to spread out and enjoy the patch. 

Great Pumpkin Path at the New York Botanical Garden
Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of our Great Pumpkin Path on the Conservatory Lawn. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Garden as well.

The AMNH Scientist is In: Dia de Los Muertos Virtual Program
Join Mexican archaeologist Veronica Perez and Director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Ana Porzecanski for this special online family-friendly Day of the Dead celebration. Find out about this Mexican holiday when we honor those who have left the Earth and the extinct animal species, such as the monk seal, golden toad, and the O'ahu Akiaola, that the Museum commemorates on this special occasion.

Dia de Los Muertos Virtual Program with Children's Museum of the Arts
Make Day of the Dead bread with your family! CMA Associate Director of Programming Raquel Du Toit will share her family recipe and other traditional tips and tricks for this special “ofrenda” (offerings for the beloved deceased). Decorate your loaf to celebrate those who have passed and honor their memories. This class will be presented predominantly in Spanish while providing translation to English as needed.