Halloween Events in New York City for 2021

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Check out our list of 55 annual Halloween events in the city and add your own in the comments if you know a spooky haunt that isn't listed below!


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There are a few well-known Halloween events in the city, but as the holiday grows in popularity, more neighborhoods have added a spooky celebration of some kind β€” If you know of a local Halloween event we've missed or if you have a photo you'd like to share, send us an email or leave the details in the comments below!

Queens County Farm Museum Maize Maze
New York Botanical Garden's Scarecrows and Pumpkins
Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Patch and Candy Hunt
Luna Park Halloween Harvest
Boo at the Zoo β€” Bronx Zoo
Pumpkin Patch at Historic Richmond Town
Sunnyside Gardens Park Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Fair
A Haunting in Hollis
Boo at the Zoo at Prospect Park Zoo
Terror on Totten Haunted House
Pumpkin Decorating at CAMP
Queens Botanical Pumpkin Patch
Halloween Mini Monster Mash
The William Vale Hotel Rooftop Pumpkin Patch
Prospect Park Haunted Carousel
10/23: Governors Island Pumpkin Point
10/23: Industry City Monster Mash
10/23: Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival
10/23: Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Costume Parade
10/23: South Bronx Halloween Parade
10/23: Sutton Place Photo Scavenger Hunt
10/24: Halloween Cargo Bike Ride
10/24: PS130 Fall Fest
10/27: NYU Children's Trick-or-Treat in Washington Square Park
10/28: Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park
10/28: Merchant's House Haunted House Tour
10/29: Giant Pumpkin Carving at Chelsea Market
10/29: East Midtown Trick-or-Treat
10/30: Cobble Hill Halloween Window Painting
10/30: Halloween at the South Street Seaport
10/30: Greenpoint Halloween Parade and Spooktacular Party
10/30: Washington Square Park Dog Costume Parade
10/30: Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade
10/30: Fall Family Festival at Hollis Congregational Church
10/30: Fort Greene Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
10/30: Halloween Fun at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
10/30: Sutton Spooktacular
10/30: Washington Market Park Pumpkin Carving Contest
10/31: Queens County Farm Museum Halloween on the Farm
10/31: Howl-o-Ween Parade at Industry City
10/31: BAMboo! at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
10/31: Dumboween
10/31: Halloween at BKCM
10/31: Songs from the Crypt at Merchant's House
10/31: Village Halloween Parade
11/6: Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Smash
A Haunting At Hendrick's House β€” Hendrick I. Lott House
Haunted Subway at Union Square
American Museum of Natural History Trick-or-Treat
Riverside Park Howl-o-Ween Costume Party
Riverside Park Hippo Halloween Parade
Archtober Pumpkitecture Carving Contest
Town Square's Pumpkin Day
Scary Drive-in Movies from Rooftop Films
Hallowheel Inter-BOO-rough Bridge Rides


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The William Vale Hotel Rooftop Pumpkin Patch (ends 10/25)
Queens County Farm Museum Maize Maze (ends 10/30)
Terror on Totten Haunted House (ends 10/30)
Pumpkin Decorating at CAMP (ends 10/31)
Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Patch and Candy Hunt (ends 10/31)
Pumpkin Patch at Historic Richmond Town (ends 10/31)
Prospect Park Haunted Carousel (ends 10/31)
New York Botanical Garden's Scarecrows and Pumpkins (ends 10/31)
Queens Botanical Pumpkin Patch (ends 10/31)
Luna Park Halloween Harvest (ends 10/31)
Boo at the Zoo at Prospect Park Zoo (ends 10/31)
Boo at the Zoo β€” Bronx Zoo (ends 10/31)
A Haunting in Hollis (ends 11/1)


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Queens County Farm Museum Maize Maze

Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park, Queens
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The Amazing Maize Maze via Chris L. on Flickr

Not every part of the season needs to be scary! Visit the Queens County Farm Museum's corn maze to take a relaxing walk through the field during the daytime, finding clues along the way to end at the Victory Bridge where you can see the entire design made in the field.

The maze pathways are enlarged and additional coronavirus measures will be in place.

If you're feeling extra confident in your maze-ing ways, schedule a night visit on October 2nd, 23rd, or 28th, when the maze will be open past sundown for "Maze by Moonlight", when you navigate the maze with flashlights for an extra challenge!

The farm also hosts Harvest Weekends and a pumpkin patch during October for those of us who don't trust our maze-solving skills! Swing by the farm on October 31st for Halloween on the Farm, where you can show off your costume, take a hayride, visit some farm animals, and take a last run through the Maize Maze.

www.queensfarm.org Get directions ↗️

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New York Botanical Garden's Scarecrows and Pumpkins

New York Botanical Garden, Fordham, Bronx
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Pumpkinhead Scarecrows via NY Botanical Garden

Find the tallest pumpkins lurking in the Botanical Garden! The Everett Children's Adventure Garden is transformed into a land of giants with pumpkin-headed scarecrows standing tall along the pathways!

Explore the scarecrow exhibit and you may even find spooky skeleton puppets roaming the garden on Saturdays and Sundays, and on weekends in October, stop by to see how the pumpkins are carved. See the NYBG website for their full schedule of Autumn activities.

Great Pumpkin Path via New York Botanical Garden

www.nybg.org Get directions ↗️

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Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Patch and Candy Hunt

3159 Flatbush Avenue, Floyd Bennett Field
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Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Picking via Green Meadows on Facebook

Green Meadows Farm has multiple ways to enjoy some open-air Halloween fun! Stop by the farm each weekend and Wednesdays for pumpkin picking, hayrides, photo ops, farm equipment to play on, and picnic areas for snack time.

When Halloween rolls around, come down to the farm for their Candy Hunt, where kids can dress up and roam around to find the hidden candies, while also exploring all the farm's play equipment.

Once the holiday has faded away, come back to the farm for the Pumpkin Smash in November! πŸŽƒπŸ˜±

greenmeadowsfarmbrooklyn.com Get directions ↗️

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Luna Park Halloween Harvest

Luna Park, Coney Island
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Halloween Harvest via Luna Park

Surf on down to Luna Park to see the special Halloween attractions! There will be pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, caricature artists, balloon art, special photo ops, mini tractor races, and a special giant pumpkin carving exhibition on October 23rd!

lunaparknyc.com Get directions ↗️

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Boo at the Zoo β€” Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo, West Farms, Bronx
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Boo at the Zoo logo via Bronx Zoo

The zoo has plenty of open space for animals to roam, and also room enough for everyone to safely enjoy Boo at the Zoo, even during coronavirus times! The zoo has confirmed that the event will be taking place this year on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October.

The Boo will bring entertainment, instructional demonstrations, a costume parade, displays of carved pumpkins, and a candy trail! Events will have limited, socially-distanced tickets available.

Tickets are required for entry into the zoo, and face coverings and proof of vaccination are required during your visit.

Bronx Zoo Get directions ↗️

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Pumpkin Patch at Historic Richmond Town

Historic Richmond Town, South Shore, Staten Island
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Pumpkin precautions via Historic Richmond Town on Instagram

On Saturdays and Sundays, swing by the Decker Farm pumpkin patch at Historic Richmond Town and get started on the perfect jack-o'-lantern! The pumpkin patch is just one part of the Halloween experience at the farm: Also check out the Fall-themed photo ops, the hay maze, and even use a big slingshot to hurl a pumpkin into the field!

www.historicrichmondtown.org Get directions ↗️

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Sunnyside Gardens Park Oktoberfest and Arts & Crafts Fair

48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104, Sunnyside, Queens
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An early start to the harvest season, the Sunnyside Oktoberfest brings beer to the park, but also a pumpkin patch, face painters, and many food vendors make the event family-friendly!

sunnysidegardenspark.org Get directions ↗️

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A Haunting in Hollis

Hollis Avenue, Queens Village, Queens
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Enter the front yard of 211-17 Hollis Avenue in October and you may be in for quite a fright! An unassuming neighborhood home has become a haunted house, complete with goblins and zombies wandering the maze that winds its way around the house and spirits spooking up the three stories inside!

ahauntinginhollis.com Get directions ↗️

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Boo at the Zoo at Prospect Park Zoo

Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park
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Creatues of the night can cause quite a fright… unless you learn all about bats and how they actually benefit the environment! Enjoy educational activities and arts and crafts at Prospect Part Zoo's Boo at the Zoo!

prospectparkzoo.com Get directions ↗️

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Terror on Totten Haunted House

604 Little Bay Road, Queens, Willets Point
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Terror on Totten Haunted House via terrorontotten.com

The NYPD brings the screams in Queens! This free haunted house is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in October at Fort Totten, an old military base in northern Queens that dates back to the Civil War.

Some of the scares can be quite shocking, so the haunted house is only recommended for ages 12 and up.

Follow directions to get to Fort Totten, then look for Building 604, along the West side of the compound.

terrorontotten.com Get directions ↗️

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Pumpkin Decorating at CAMP

20 Hudson Yards, Hudson Yards
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Multiple CAMP toy stores are bringing a pumpkin-decorating party to their stores! Make a reservation to decorate your own everlasting pumpkin, then head over to Hudson Yards, Columbus Circle, or City Point stores.

Tickets are required to limit the number of simultaneous participants, and masks and proof of vaccination are required for anyone 12 years or older.

camp.com Get directions ↗️

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Queens Botanical Pumpkin Patch

Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, Queens
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Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch 2012 via Queens Botanical on Flickr

The Botanical Garden hosts weekend pumpkin pickin' during October πŸŽƒ Get your tickets ahead of time to reserve a spot, since coronavirus measures are limiting the number of people admitted at one time. Explore the pumpkin patch, get an arts & crafts project to take home, and take some photos at Halloween photo ops.

Queens Botanical Garden Get directions ↗️

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Halloween Mini Monster Mash

Cobble Hill Park, Cobble Hill
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Mini Monster Mash 2021 via Families First Brooklyn

Hop on down Cobble Hill and join Families First for their Halloween funtime with crafts, snacks, games, temporary tattoos, and facepainting!

www.familiesfirstbrooklyn.org Get directions ↗️

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The William Vale Hotel Rooftop Pumpkin Patch

111 N 12th Street, Williamsburg
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Pumpkin Patch via The William Vale

Where else would you find a pumpkin patch but on the grassy top of a hotel? Take in the skyline views while you pick a pumpkin at the William Vale hotel. Crafts and beverages will be available to accompany your pumpkin picking.

www.thewilliamvale.com Get directions ↗️

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Governors Island Pumpkin Point

Nolan Park, Governors Island
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Halloween on Governors Island via Mary and Andrew on Flickr

A pumpkin patch has sprouted up in the middle of New York Harbor! Sail on over to Governors Island to pick up a pumpkin from the thousands on display. Pumpkin Point is held outside, with arts & crafts, vendors, food stands, and live music.

www.govisland.com Get directions ↗️

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Industry City Monster Mash

36th Street, Industry City
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Halloween decorations via Industry City

A bit of friendly fun before the spookies set in! Industry City hosts a day of events for kids, but anyone can stop by and take a photo with the festive fall decorations.

If you're still a bit spooked by the possibility of a large crowd, you can join Industry City's online costume contest on their Instagram page

industrycity.com Get directions ↗️

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights
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Brooklyn Bridge pumpkin via rabi w on Flickr

Visit the lawns on Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park to enjoy a spooky time by the sea! There will be a pumpkin patch, animals, live music, arts and crafts, storytime, and lawn games.

www.brooklynbridgepark.org Get directions ↗️

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Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Costume Parade

East River Park amphitheater, East Village
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Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade via Stacie Joy on Flickr

The photogenic parade of pets in costumes has long been a staple of the NYC Halloween season, with 2021 being the 30th year! Don't let the name fool you, however: The event moved from Tompkins Square Park a few years ago and is held farther south in East River Park at the amphitheater.

Follow the Tompkins Square Dog Run on Instagram and Facebook for some fun photos if you can't make it to the event in person.

www.tompkinssquaredogrun.com Get directions ↗️

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South Bronx Halloween Parade

Southern Boulevard, South Bronx
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South Bronx Halloween Parade via Bronx Community Board 2

The 36th annual South Bronx Halloween Parade is on! The theme this year is Day of The Soul - Celebrating Our Loved Ones. Wear your best costume and you may take home a prize in one of four age groups for Most Creative Costume, with costume judging taking place after the parade.

The parade begins on Simpson Street and ends in front of St. Athanasius Church.

www.bxcb2.org Get directions ↗️

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Sutton Place Photo Scavenger Hunt

Sutton Place Parks, Sutton Place
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Sutton Spooktacular 2021 via Sutton Place Parks Conservancy

The kids and pets will be showing off their costumes during Sutton Spooktacular on October 30th, but a special photography scavenger hunt is ongoing during the Halloween season! πŸ“Έ

Follow the clues and take photos of seven hidden locations to win a free ice cream cone!

suttonplaceparks.org Get directions ↗️

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Halloween Cargo Bike Ride

Grassy Oval, Governor's Island
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Halloween Cargo Bikes via Madeleine Novich

Feel the Autumn wind in your hair as you loop around Governor's Island on a Halloween bike ride! A group of cargo bike riders will be meeting up to cycle around and spread some Halloween cheer. Meet at the grassy oval on the South side of the island for a picnic, then go for a ride to the Governor's Island pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin. All types of bikes are welcome at the event, but extra points if you turn your cargo bike into a mobile Halloween display!

For more information, contact Jeff Novich on Twitter or @cargobikemomma on Instagram.

Facebook Get directions ↗️

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PS130 Fall Fest

713 Caton Ave, Kensington
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Fall Fest 2021 via PS130 PTA

This school event is open to the public! Visit the PS130 courtyard and you'll find games to play, pony rides, an obstacle course, performances, music from djs, temporary tattoos, and a pumpkin patch! Kids in costume can take part in the costume parade at 1pm

ps130pta.org Get directions ↗️

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NYU Children's Trick-or-Treat in Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park, West Village
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Halloween in Washington Square Park via Betty Tsang on Flickr

The frights are back in WSP, with the 31st annual kids' Halloween event changing from a costume parade to a trick-or-treat this year. Come to the park for fun daytime activities like treat stations, crafts, coloring, a pumpkin patch, and a spooky photo op.

Space is limited for the the pumpkin painting to ensure supplies are available, so pre-register online.

washingtonsqpark.org Get directions ↗️

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Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park

Harlem Meer, Northeast Central Park
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Pumpkin flotilla via Central Park Conservancy

Central Park's Halloween celebration includes a unique parade of pumpkins as they sail across the Harlem Meer! If you've carved yourself a jack o'lantern, bring it to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center inside the park at 110th Street and add it to the floating train of pumpkins that will be pulled across the water! New for 2021: You can now pick up your pumpkins after they've taken a ride across the meer πŸŽƒ This year also expands the celebrations across three days, so visit Harlem Meer on October 26, 27, and 28th for crafts, a scavenger hunt, and the flotilla.

Central Park Conservancy Get directions ↗️

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Merchant's House Haunted House Tour

29 East 4th Street, East Village
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Take a candlelit tour of Merchant's House, called "Manhattan's Most Haunted House"! Paranormal investigators have brought their fancy electronic equipment to try and divine what haunts the house, but you'll only have the light of a candle to lead you across this National Historic Landmark's squeaking floorboards.

merchantshouse.org Get directions ↗️

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Giant Pumpkin Carving at Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market, Chelsea
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Carved pumpkins via Chelsea Market

Park your orange gourd by the front door at home and let the professionals show you how it's done! Pumpkin carvers from Manic Pumpkins will be slicing into a 400 pound giant pumpkin at Chelsea Market

For jack-o'-lantern inspiration, check out the Manic Pumpkins website for amazing photos and videos of their intricate carvings.

www.chelseamarket.com Get directions ↗️

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Bonus: Check out the full calendar of Halloween events from the Parks Department, including more pet parades, costume parties, haunted house tours, and even a post-Halloween pumpkin smash! πŸ˜±πŸŽƒπŸ’₯

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East Midtown Trick-or-Treat

919 Third Avenue, East Midtown
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Trick-or-Treat via East Midtown Partnership

There's treats hiding in the concrete canyons of Midtown! The East Midtown Partnership will hold a trick-or-treat for kids 12 or younger where businesses and Midtown buildings will hand out scary snacks 🍫

20+ participating locations from 42nd Street to 67th will be handing out candy, and you can find the treats using the online map.

To prevent a large gathering, the event has been modified to avoid a central starting location, so you can visit any participating location to pick up a trick-or-treat bag and then begin your sweet journey!

eastmidtown.org Get directions ↗️

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Cobble Hill Halloween Window Painting

Court Street, Cobble Hill
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Ghost: Close-up via Robert Gannon

Decorate the neighborhood! A fun activity where kids can paint the windows of select businesses along Court Street with colorful Halloween scenes! Register ahead of time and plan out your design that can fit within a 3x2 foot area. Painting supplies will be provided.

www.masonlaneart.com Get directions ↗️

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Halloween at the South Street Seaport

South Street at Beekman Street, South Street Seaport
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Street fairs, pumpkin painting, and trick-or-treating! Visit the Seaport to catch some fresh air and enjoy their Autumn decorations. The Hester Street Fair and Fulton Stall Market will have fun foods and drinks to try, and businesses will be handing out treats.

Seaport District Get directions ↗️

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Greenpoint Halloween Parade and Spooktacular Party

Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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Halloween Parade via Town Square BK on Instagram

Come strut your stuff in your Halloween costume! These afternoon events held by Town Square BK ensure you can have some spooky fun before the real monsters creep out after the sun goes down! This year, events are modified to allow proper social distancing with timed entries on the hour. The Spooktacular Party begins at 10am at 177 Kent Street between Manhattan Ave and McGuinness. While the parade is free to join, tickets are required to attend the Spooktacular party. When noon rolls around, the parade will kick off, marching from around the block starting and ending at 177 Kent. The Zombie Nerf War held in previous years has been canceled for 2020 due to coronavirus concerns.

www.townsquarebk.org Get directions ↗️

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Washington Square Park Dog Costume Parade

Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village
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Halloween 2009 via Betty Tsang on Flickr

There's a chance for your pups to strut their stuff at both the Washington Square Park's dog costume contest and the Tompkins Square Park parade, both held before Halloween. At Washington Square, there are usually prizes for the participants and ample photo opportunities for the attendees, so stop by and spend some time with stylish pets dressed to impress in their spooky best!

wspdogrun.org Get directions ↗️

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Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade

Maimonides Park, Coney Island
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Children's Halloween Parade via Alliance for Coney Island

This Coney Island Halloween parade will bring the roars to the shore! At Maimonides Park baseball stadium (formerly MCU Park), there will be a full day of entertainment, with snacks, magic shows, arts & crafts, and bounce houses! Prizes will be awarded for best group costume, most creative costume, best handmade costume, and best overall costume.

Haloween Parade flyer via Alliance for Coney Island

Facebook Get directions ↗️

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Fall Family Festival at Hollis Congregational Church

211-04 Hollis Ave, Queens Village
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Fall Family Festival 2021 via Hollis Congregational Church

The carnival has come to town! Not to be outdone by the Haunting in Hollis across the street, the Hollis Congregational Church is sending in the clowns and the stilt-walkers, and a hayride, and a rock-climbing wall! Visit the church parking lot for a full set of Halloween treats like candy apples, fried oreos, and apple cider.

www.eventbrite.com Get directions ↗️

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Fort Greene Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
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The Great Pupkin 2018 via cisc1970 on Flickr

Bring out the pups for the 2021 for the 23rd annual Fort Greene costume contest! 🐢

Dress those dogs and join the fun or just walk the park and enjoy the costumed canines! If you're bringing your pet, be sure to pre-register before the event and have your registration receipt ready when you visit.

www.fortgreenepups.org Get directions ↗️

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Halloween Fun at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
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Construction began on the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House 312 years ago in 1709, so there are more than a few spirits lurking within these stone walls! Visit the landmarked house for their Halloween event, where you can put together some spooky souvenirs and grab some treats! There will be a kids costume parade, but no costume is necessary if you don't want to participate.

Sign up for tickets in advance to reserve your place during the waves of timed entries that ensure the house isn't overcrowded.

onderdonkhouse.org Get directions ↗️

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Sutton Spooktacular

Sutton Place Parks, Sutton Place
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Sutton Spooktacular 2021 via Sutton Place Parks Conservancy

Come one, come all to Sutton Place! This event has a costume parade for both kids and pets!

Gather at the 57th Street cul-de-sac on the East Side at 3pm for the kids' costume parade, then enjoy some live music and a magic show until the 5pm parade of pets! Loot bags will be available for both kids and pets πŸ›οΈ

If you're looking for some Fall fun without costumed kids underfoot, stop by the park any time from October 23rd to November 3rd and try the Sutton Place Photo Scavenger Hunt!

suttonplaceparks.org Get directions ↗️

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Washington Market Park Pumpkin Carving Contest

Washington Market Park, Tribeca
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Photo by Gabe Harvis via Friends of Washington Market Park

Carve your best pumpkin at home and bring it down to Washington Market Park! The pumpkin carving contest is celebrating its 7th year in 2021, with a bit of a modification due to coronavirus: Instead of a single event, bring your pumpkins to the park and put them on display, and the winner will be announced later on the park's Instagram page. You can then either pick up your pumpkin or leave it as decoration and the park will compost it later.

Winners will be chosen in five carving categories: cutest, scariest, funniest, most creative, and most realistic πŸŽƒ The organizers will provide battery-powered candles to light your pumpkin, but carving must be done ahead of time.

www.washingtonmarketpark.org Get directions ↗️

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Queens County Farm Museum Halloween on the Farm

Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park, Queens
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The Amazing Maize Maze via Chris L. on Flickr

When the spookiest day of the year arrives, make your way to the Queens County Farm Museum for their special Halloween celebration!

The corn maze will be open, along with hayrides, trick-or-treating, a haunted farmhouse, music, and educational arts and crafts. Wear your costume for an extra bit of festive flair and enjoy snacks from local food vendors.

Swing by the farm all October for the Maize Maze, where you can explore the pathways through the corn field, finding clues along the way to end at the Victory Bridge, where you can see the entire design made in the field. The farm also hosts Harvest Weekends and a pumpkin patch during October for those of us who don't trust our maze-solving skills!

www.queensfarm.org Get directions ↗️

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Howl-o-Ween Parade at Industry City

Industry City Building 6, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
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Howl-o-Ween 2017 via Industry City

It's another opportunity for your pups to strut their stuff! Big Alice brewery will be hosting the pet parade, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Rescue City adoption agency. Some of the dogs available for adoption will even be participating in the parade! The event is free and will be held at Big Alice in Building 6 on 34th Street in Industry City.

industrycity.com Get directions ↗️

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BAMboo! at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Place and St. Felix St, Boerum Hill
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Kids can come on down the the BAM for an outdoor treatfest! The Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMboo! event will be a Halloween block party where kids can grab pre-packaged treat bags, then explore the area for arts & crafts, toys, and more!

www.bam.org Get directions ↗️

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Dumboween

Dumbo Archway, Dumbo
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Dumbo March to the Arch via Dumbo.is

A day full of fun in Dumbo! The March to the Arch parade will begin the day at 3pm with a parade from Washington Street between Front and Water heading to the Dumbo archway led by puppets and live music. The party under the arch will then begin, with plenty of events, a costume contest, and candy! Trick-or-treating will take place across the neighborhood, with 40+ businesses participating!

Dumbo, Brooklyn Get directions ↗️

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Halloween at BKCM

58 7th Ave, Park Slope
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Brooklyn Conservatory Halloween 2018 via Jordan Rathkopf / BKCM

Shrieks and strings at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music! 🧟🎻 The music-makers turn the outside of their building into a haunted attraction, with live music, a garden with musical elements, and candy!

bkcm.org Get directions ↗️

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Songs from the Crypt at Merchant's House

29 East 4th Street, East Village
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Grab your tickets for a spine-tingling Halloween concert at Merchant's House, called "Manhattan's Most Haunted House"! Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt by the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society brings 19th century songs to the parlor of Merchant's House, a National Historic Landmark built in 1832.

merchantshouse.org Get directions ↗️

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Village Halloween Parade

Sixth Avenue, West Village
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Village Halloween Parade via Peter Burka on Flickr

The classic New York Halloween celebration! The Village parade marches up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street, so head downtown early to get a spot along the parade route as the sidewalks get packed and you may be locked into your viewing location for the entire parade. NY1 usually broadcasts live from the open plaza at the intersection of Greenwich and Sixth Ave, just south of Jefferson Market Library.

If you want to march in the parade, line up at Sixth Avenue between Spring and Broome, and be sure to approach from the south or east of the area. Serious costumes only! You will not be permitted to join the parade if your outfit isn't up to parade standards.

halloween-nyc.com Get directions ↗️

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Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Smash

3159 Flatbush Avenue, Floyd Bennett Field
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Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Picking via Green Meadows on Facebook

You visited the farm for Halloween fun, but now bid farewell to the season at the Pumpkin Smash! All those pumpkins you saw in the Green Meadows Pumpkin Patch are now becoming animal food! πŸŽƒπŸ˜±

Stop by the farm on the first two weekends in November and take part in smashing the pumpkins, where you'll climb a staircase and slam them down on the ground! Stick around for a hayride, fun photo ops, farm equipment to play on, and picnic areas for snack time.

greenmeadowsfarmbrooklyn.com Get directions ↗️

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A Haunting At Hendrick's House β€” Hendrick I. Lott House

Hendrick I. Lott House, Marine Park, Brooklyn
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Experience a trip back in time at one of Brooklyn's oldest houses! Parts of the Lott House date back to 1720 and the home was enlarged into its current form in the year 1800. This Halloween, visit the property for a spooky cocktail party that helps raise funds to maintain and restore the old home. Costumes are required, and hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

NYC Parks Department Get directions ↗️

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Haunted Subway at Union Square

14th Street subway station, Union Square
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Haunted Subway 2018 flyer via @NYPDTransit on Twitter

A new classic on the Halloween scene! The MTA and NYPD Transit Bureau are turning the Union Square subway into a haunted house! This is the second year for the event and the details are sparse, but swing by the subway entrances at the south end of Union Square to see what spooky spectres live below the city streets.

Did you know? Some NYPD precincts also turn their offices into haunted houses and hand out candy during October, so the Haunted Subway is likely to look a lot like one of those precincts, but the subway comes pre-decorated with spooky substances dripping from the ceiling and some very realistic Halloween rats!

Union Square Partnership Get directions ↗️

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American Museum of Natural History Trick-or-Treat

American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Skull via AMNH

The museum is open for some mid-day trick-or-treating, with arts and crafts and entertainment from costumed characters, a magician, circus performers, and a bubble show! Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the museum will close at 1pm to regular visitors without reservations.

www.amnh.org Get directions ↗️

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Riverside Park Howl-o-Ween Costume Party

Riverside Park, Upper West Side
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Howl-o-Ween 2018 via Dog Run 87 on Facebook

[Canceled for 2020] If you're more of an uptown pup, there's a chance to strut your stuff in Riverside Park at the 87th Street dog run! The event includes a parade along the promenade, prizes awarded in multiple categories, and a photo booth. The event is free but donations are suggested that will benefit the Riverside Park Conservancy's Dog Owner's Group to help improve the pet facilities in the park.

Riverside Park Conservancy Get directions ↗️

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Riverside Park Hippo Halloween Parade

Riverside Park, Upper West Side
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86th Street on the UWS via Sagie on Flickr

[Canceled for 2020] The dogs of the Upper West Side had their chance to parade earlier in the month, now the people of the UWS will be dressed up for a trip from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument at 89th Street to Hippo Playground in Riverside Park. Arrive in costume and enjoy some free treats and live music at the playground at the end of the parade.

Riverside Park Conservancy Get directions ↗️

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Archtober Pumpkitecture Carving Contest

[Virtual event for 2020], Soho
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DXA's Jack Skellington axo. via Sam Lahoz / centerforarchitecture.org

[Virtual event for 2020] The coronavirus pandemic has put a temporary stop to the in-person carving of Archtober's pumpkins, but enterprising architecture firms can still submit their over-the-top jack-o'-lanterns for the 6th annual Pumpkitecture contest! These designs take the jolly o'-lanterns to a new level, incorporating experimental designs and transforming pumpkins into works of art, machinery, sculpture, or impressionistic explorations of Halloween themes.

Everyone is invited to enter the virtual Pumpkitecture contest this year by sending in up to 5 photos and 1 video to @archtober on social media or via the Archtober website before October 29th. The winners in multiple categories will be announced on Halloween.

No matter how obtuse your design, it must include at least one real pumpkin, but nearly anything else can be included to dress up your pumpkin into an unexpected masterpiece!

2020.archtober.org Get directions ↗️

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Town Square's Pumpkin Day

Greenpoint Terminal Market, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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Pumpkin Day flyer via Town Square BK

Pick your pumpkin along the Brooklyn waterfront! Browse the selection and decorate your pumpkin at decorating stations while enjoying music and extra activities. Tickets are required and assigned to specific time slots to keep attendants properly distanced due to coronavirus concerns.

www.townsquarebk.org Get directions ↗️

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Scary Drive-in Movies from Rooftop Films

NY Hall of Science, Flushing, Queens
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Queens Drive-in via @QueensDriveIn on Twitter

The selection of movies at the Queens Drive-in takes a turn for the spooky beginning October 24th! The drive-in, held in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park at the NY Hall of Science, will be showing double-features of horror films for you to enjoy while hanging out in your car.

Schedule:
* 10/24: 'Psycho' and 'The Birds'
* 10/25: 'Nosferatu' with a live musical score and 'Young Frankenstein'
* 10/28: 'Get Out' and 'The Babadook'
* 10/30: 'Halloween' and 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
* 10/31: 'Little Shop Of Horrors' and 'Beetlejuice'

Enter via the 111th Street/49th Avenue entrance to the NY Hall of Science and make sure you have an FM radio to hear the audio from the movie.

rooftopfilms.com Get directions ↗️

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Hallowheel Inter-BOO-rough Bridge Rides

East Village and UES, Manhattan
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Hallowheel ride via Bridges4People Campaign

Join the Bridges4People Campaign for a costumed bike ride that to highlight how ~scary~ some of the bike infrastructure can be on the bridges!

Multiple rides will take different routes from each borough to the bridges, so register on Eventbrite to receive updates before the ride. After meeting up, the ride will end at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side to demonstrate to the Mayor the need for better bike infrastructure. Candy and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, so dress your best and make sure your mummy wrapping or witchy robe won't get caught in your bike wheel!

bridges4people.com Get directions ↗️


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