Ongoing Family-Friendly Halloween Happenings
This 250-acre botanical garden, home to incredible horticulture exhibitions and a year-round calendar of family events, gets a Halloween makeover with hordes of festive gourds and silly scarecrows, with corresponding special activities, including pumpkin carving demonstrations and contests.
Along with the Halloween themed scenery, there are events such as visits from “creepy creatures of the night,” after-dark activities and a monstrous pumpkin display on Giant Pumpkin Weekend.
- Through Oct. 31 at New York Botanical Garden.
- Weekday prices: Adults: $23; Seniors (65+) and Students (with valid ID): $20; Children (2–12): $10; Children under 2: Free
The largest collection of earth’s most fierce predators in New York City will also host monsters of a more mythical nature this October with Boo at the Zoo.
From costume parades and craft fairs for children to a Halloween-themed beer festival, Bootoberfest, the Bronx Zoo is rolling out the orange carpet every weekend for all that is spooky.
- Weekends through Nov. 3, and also Monday, Oct. 14.
- Not cheap – Prices are $39.95 for adults 13 and older; $34.95 for Seniors; $29.95 for children 3-12; children under two are free.
- NOTE – a Membership is $210 for unlimited access for 2 adults, 1 guest, and up to 4 children under 18, as well as discounts and other member benefits. Pays for itself after two visits, including Boo at the Zoo.
Take in breathtaking views of the New York Harbor on the seven-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan to Governors Island park. Walk along the Jack O’ Lantern trail, a tree-lined pathway weaving through centuries-old buildings.
Make a day of it, to explore Castle Williams, a 200-year-old former military fort and prison, five miles of car-free bike paths, art exhibits and more.
Governor’s Island is FREE. The Halloween event is ticketed.
- October 17-27 on Governor’s Island
- Tickets are $26 for Adults, $22 for Children.
- Purchase tickets for a specific date
- Timed entry tickets are required
- Advance purchase is required.
There also are Night of 1,000 Lanterns events in Westchester and Secaucus, New Jersey. See the website for locations, prices and dates.