Halloween Events in New York City for 2020

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Check out our list of 32 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
Boo at the Zoo β€” Bronx Zoo
East Midtown Trick-or-Treat
New York Botanical Garden's Great Pumpkin Path
Pumpkin Patch at Historic Richmond Town
Fort Greene Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest
Pumpkin Arch at the South Street Seaport
Archtober Pumpkitecture Carving Contest
Town Square's Pumpkin Day
Queens Botanical Pumpkin Patch
Governors Island Pumpkin Point
Halloween Cargo Bike Ride
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Costume Parade
South Bronx Halloween Parade
A Haunting in Hollis
Washington Market Park Pumpkin Carving Contest
Scary Drive-in Movies from Rooftop Films
Industry City Pumpkin Decorating Party
Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt
10/31: Greenpoint Halloween Parade and Spooktacular Party
10/31: Hallowheel Inter-BOO-rough Bridge Rides
10/31: NYU Children's Parade in Washington Square Park
10/31: Halloween Craft at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
10/31: Village Halloween Parade
A Haunting At Hendrick's House β€” Hendrick I. Lott House
Haunted Subway at Union Square
Washington Square Park Dog Costume Parade
Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival
American Museum of Natural History Trick-or-Treat
Riverside Park Howl-o-Ween Costume Party
Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park
Riverside Park Hippo Halloween Parade


πŸ¦‰ Ongoing Events πŸ¦‰

Fort Greene Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest (ends 10/29)
Archtober Pumpkitecture Carving Contest (ends 10/29)
Queens County Farm Museum Maize Maze (ends 10/30)
Queens Botanical Pumpkin Patch (ends 10/31)
Scary Drive-in Movies from Rooftop Films (ends 10/31)
Pumpkin Patch at Historic Richmond Town (ends 10/31)
New York Botanical Garden's Great Pumpkin Path (ends 11/1)
Governors Island Pumpkin Point (ends 11/1)
East Midtown Trick-or-Treat (ends 11/1)
Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt (ends 11/1)
Boo at the Zoo β€” Bronx Zoo (ends 11/1)
A Haunting in Hollis (ends 11/2)
Pumpkin Arch at the South Street Seaport (ends 11/25)


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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 by the corn paths.

For 2020, 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 your visit on one of the two nights, October 3rd and 24th, when the maze will be open past sundown for "Maze by Moonlight", when you navigate the maze with flashlights!

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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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 still be taking place this year Thursdays through Sundays during the month of October.

The Boo will bring entertainment, instructional demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, stilt walkers, and a candy trail! Events will have limited, socially-distanced seating and will be sanitized between each show.

Tickets are required for entry into the zoo, and face coverings and social distancing are required during your visit.

To honor those who served us all throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the zoo offers free tickets for healthcare workers.

Bronx Zoo Get directions ↗️

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East Midtown Trick-or-Treat

[Virtual event for 2020], East Midtown
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Trick-or-Treat via East Midtown Partnership

[Virtual event for 2020] Even though the 6th annual East Midtown trick-or-treat will be virtual due to coronavirus concerns, the trick-or-treat has become an online costume contest, with the winner in each of three categories receiving a prize pack! Enter your photo by using the hashtag #EastMidtownHalloween on social media or emailing info@eastmidtown.org β€” Prize packs will be awarded to the best baby costume, kids costume, and family costume. The prize even includes a fast-pass to use at next year's Halloween event!

eastmidtown.org Get directions ↗️

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New York Botanical Garden's Great Pumpkin Path

New York Botanical Garden, Fordham, Bronx
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Great Pumpkin Path via New York Botanical Garden

Find the biggest pumpkins lurking along the Botanical Garden's Great Pumpkin Path! The Conservatory Lawn is transformed with a huge harvest-time haul of gourds and pumpkins, including a few giant pumpkins weighing more than a ton that will arrive on Saturday, October 24th.

Pumpkinhead Scarecrows via NY Botanical Garden

www.nybg.org 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!

The farm will also add special extras on October 31, including pumpkin carving demonstrations and live reenactments of old-time radio programs!

All events have been modified to enable socially-distancing, and face masks are required at all times.

www.historicrichmondtown.org Get directions ↗️

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Fort Greene Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

[Virtual event for 2020], Fort Greene, Brooklyn
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The Great Pupkin 2018 via cisc1970 on Flickr

[Virtual event for 2020] The pups are on parade again in 2020 for the 22nd annual Fort Greene dog parade, but this year the celebration will be a bit different: Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, the costume contest will be held online, first with online voting for the best costumes beginning on October 10th, then a final competition held October 29th on Facebook Live where the top vote-getters will strut their stuff!

Stay tuned to the Fort Greene PUPS website and follow them on social media to learn how to enter your pup in the contest or vote on the contestants 🐢

www.fortgreenepups.org Get directions ↗️

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Pumpkin Arch at the South Street Seaport

South Street at Beekman Street, South Street Seaport
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Pumpkin arch via Billie Grace Ward on Flickr

The big pumpkin arch at Pier 17 in the Seaport is back and ready for well-ventilated holiday celebrating! Come down and catch a photo of the arch, which is built with 500 pumpkins, and add some Halloween style to your social media feed or holiday photoshoot. The arch is located out in the open along the East River, so not only will there be plenty of fresh air, but photos will feature the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, making for a lovely backdrop! The arch will be in place through both the Halloween and Harvest-y Thanksgiving season πŸ‚

Seaport District 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 5th 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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Event took place on October 17, 2020

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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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 Garden hosts a weekend of pumpkin pickin' right before Halloween πŸŽƒ Get your tickets ahead of time to reserve a spot, since coronavirus measures are limiting the number of people admitted at one time. While exploring the pumpkin patch, you must wear a mask and keep a 6-foot distance from other guests, and hand sanitizer will be available.

Queens Botanical Garden 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. The event is outside, so social distancing will be easier, but trick-or-treating will not be held and concession stands will not be available during the 2020 Pumpkin Point.

www.govisland.com Get directions ↗️

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Event took place on October 24, 2020

Halloween Cargo Bike Ride

Columbus Circle, Central Park
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Hell on Wheels via Thomas Altfather Good on Flickr

Feel the Autumn wind in your hair as you loop around Central Park on a Halloween bike ride! A group of cargo bike riders will be meeting up to circle around Central Park and spread some Halloween cheer. Meet just inside the park near Columbus Circle, where the ride will start, then loop around the park and end nearby at Hescher Playground. 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.

Get directions ↗️

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Event took place on October 24, 2020

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Costume Parade

[Virtual event for 2020], East Village
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Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade via Stacie Joy on Flickr

[Virtual event for 2020] The photogenic parade of pets in costumes has long been a staple of the NYC Halloween season, with 2020 being the 6th year! The parade is still on, but due to coronavirus concerns, the celebration goes virtual this year πŸ’»πŸ•

Beginning on October 1st, parade officials will be accepting photos and videos of your dressed-up pets at Halloween@tompkinssquaredogrun.com and then presenting those entries during live video streams on social media.

Check out the Tompkins Square Dog Run on Instagram and Facebook for the latest info.

www.tompkinssquaredogrun.com Get directions ↗️

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Event took place on October 24, 2020

South Bronx Halloween Parade

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

The 35th annual South Bronx Halloween Parade is on, but will be celebrated a bit differently for 2020. Due to coronavirus concerns, the parade will be sized down to a marching band parading down the sidewalk along the traditional parade route, with candy, masks, and hand sanitizer given out to anyone watching from the sidelines! The parade will begin on Simpson Street and end in front of St. Athanasius Church.

If you'd rather enjoy the parade from home, tune in to @BronxHalloweenParade on Instagram for a livestream of the event!

www.bxcb2.org Get directions ↗️

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A Haunting in Hollis

Hollis Avenue, Queens Village, Queens
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A Haunting in Hollis via @nerishashs / @ahauntinginhollis on Instagram

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.

Tickets are $10 and be aware that there will be new sanitation procedures and limited timeslots available so that the attraction can be cleaned and social distance can be maintained.

www.eventbrite.com Get directions ↗️

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Event took place on October 24, 2020

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 6th year in 2020, with trophies awarded 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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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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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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Event took place on October 25, 2020

Industry City Pumpkin Decorating Party

Industry City Courtyard 3/4, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
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Nighttime in Industry City via Billie Grace Ward on Flickr

Get your pumpkins ready for the big day by stopping by Industry City! There will be pumpkins and decorating materials available, along with cider, snacks, and an open bar for the adults. To accommodate safe social distancing, the event will be outdoors under tents, with heat lamps keeping the October chill away.

industrycity.com Get directions ↗️

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Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt

20 Hudson Yards, Hudson Yards
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CAMP store via @campstores on Instagram

Hudson Yards' toy store CAMP is bringing an immersive trick-or-treat experience to the city this season! Head over to Hudson Yards Mall and pick up your treasure map to find your way around the area, using a bracelet to unlock each trick-or-treat area.

Tickets are required to limit the number of simultaneous participants, masks are required, and there will be sanitization stations provided.

camp.com 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 72 Noble Street between Franklin and West. While the parade is free to join, tickets are required to attend the party at the Brooklyn Expo Center. When noon rolls around, the parade will kick off, marching from 72 Noble Street around the block, then back to the Spooktacular Party. 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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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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NYU Children's Parade in Washington Square Park

[Virtual event for 2020], West Village

Halloween in Washington Square Park via Betty Tsang on Flickr

[Virtual event for 2020] Although the coronavirus outbreak is keeping the event online-only this year, the 30th annual parade will still take place. Community Board 2 and NYU are hosting an online virtual parade where kids can show off their costumes and see a magician and a special musical performance! Visit the NYU website to find details on how to enter the costume contest, receive a log-in code, and download the special activity book!

www.nyu.edu Get directions ↗️

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Halloween Craft at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
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Photo via Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

Construction began on the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House 311 years ago in 1709, so 2020's coronavirus outbreak won't keep it down! Visit the landmarked house for their Halloween crafting 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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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! Typically, the Village parade marches along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street, but the main parade will be canceled for 2020 due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. Instead, the parade organizers have planned a spontaneous celebration that will pop up somewhere in the city to scare any passers-by!

Since the parade is known for its West Village route, the pop-up parade is likely to be in that area also, but the ghosts and ghouls may appear anywhere!

halloween-nyc.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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Washington Square Park Dog Costume Parade

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

[No 2020 date available] 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.

Stop by Washington Square Park again on October 31 for the 29th annual childrens costume parade.

Washington Square Park Conservancy 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

[Canceled for 2020] 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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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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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 in the park at 110th at 4pm and add it to the floating train of pumpkins that will be pulled across the water by a witch in a canoe! The night is also filled with activities like carving demonstrations and a costume contest, but be advised that the jack o'lanterns will be sailing off into the sunset and will not be returned and will become part of the Halloween display.

Central 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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