Here’s the ultimate NYC Halloween guide for family-friendly events.
It’s not too soon to get your tickets for popular events, especially those on one day only, like the crypt crawl at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, before they sell out.
As always, NYC on the Cheap includes only FREE and budget-friendly events.
You’ll have to look elsewhere for high-priced ways to celebrate Halloween.
Take the kids. Take the grandkids. Have fun.
Family Friendly Halloween Events in NYC
One-day events first, to help you plan.
Most one-day family events are on the weekend before Halloween, Fri.-Sun., Oct. 25-27.
Ongoing events are through Oct. 31 or the weekend after Halloween, ending on Sun., Nov. 3.
This is an old-fashioned fall foliage festival complete with hay rides, lawn games, and more
Local cider makers and kombucha brewers offer tastings, a farmers’ market features heritage apples from local orchards, and kids can debut their Halloween costumes in a high-energy drum parade.
- Sunday, Oct. 20, 11am to 5pm at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Tickets are $25-$30 on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website
- Get discount tickets FREE to $22 from NYCOTC discount ticket partner Goldstar
2019 is the 10th annual Halloween parade and costume contest.
Brooklyn’s most festive residents will parade down Surf Avenue and enjoy face painting, a costume contest and, of course, trick or treating. FREE, of course.
- Parade is FREE, at 10am on Saturday, Oct. 26th.
If you have a bigger budget, explore nearby Luna Park Halloween Harvest, every weekend through Oct. 27.
- Tickets start at $39 and include all rides, including the legendary Cyclone roller coaster.
Trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, fun with roaming cartoon characters, and live performances.
Past performers and characters have included Curious George®, a magician, stilt walkers, and performers from the Big Apple Circus.
- Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2pm to 6pm
- Tickets are $16 per person.
Also at AMNH
Immerse yourself in the traditions of Día de Muertos at this family-friendly, full-day festival featuring altars dedicated to extinct animal species, performances by Mexican folk musicians and dance troupes, hands-on artisanal and scientific workshops, and a craft marketplace.
- Saturday, Nov. 2, 11am to 5pm
- FREE with museum admission
- In the Hall of Biodiversity
Shake your spirits loose this Halloween season! Hear the stories of the entombed, learn the origins of Halloween as a Celtic New Year celebration and later transformation into All Hallows Eve, and creep into the Cathedral’s crypt.
Space is limited and participants must be 12 years of age or older.
- Friday, Oct. 25 at 4pm or 5pm.
- $25 per adult, $20 per senior/student.
In Historic Richmond Town, a live relic from the 18th century where visitors can see what colonial life was like firsthand, families can trick or treat, bob for apples, jump in the hay and make crafts in the town’s main village. There’s also a costume parade and a magic show.
- Saturday, Oct. 26, 3pm to 7pm at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island.
- Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for Seniors and Students, $5 for children 4-11, and free for children to age 3.
- Click here for directions
This popular annual FREE event includes a spooky stroll that stumbles on zombies, werewolves, witches and other Halloween spirits on the way through the woodland Lookout Hill.
A Halloween Fair on the Nethermead features activities and sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks.
- Saturday, Oct. 26, Noon to 3pm
- Prospect Park Nethermead
At New York City’s only interactive science museum, children are encouraged to explore the science of creepy this Halloween by using household materials to make prosthetic wounds or their own vial of fake blood. Prizes are handed out to those who arrive in costume or make one at the workshop.
Make a day of it and also visit a special exhibit at the museum about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
- Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 26–27 (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)
- Admission is Adults (ages 18+): $16; Children (ages 2 – 17), Students with college ID and Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $13
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
It’s a big weekend for Halloween, with different events on Saturday and Sunday at the longest continually famed site in New York State..
- Queens Farmhouse Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
- Click here for directions, including by MTA subway and bus and LIRR
Prepare for a scare inside our haunted farmhouse! This ghoulish adventure is the perfect way to twist and turn in to Halloween. This indoor event is rain or shine. Recommend for ages 6–12.
- Saturday, Oct. 26, 1pm to 7pm
- Advance Tickets: $4 all ages; Door Tickets: $7 all ages
- Buy tickets
Children’s Halloween Festival
Dress in your favorite costume and come on down to the farm. Two-step to live country western music, take a hayride, visit the Haunted Farmhouse and enjoy pony rides and a seasonal petting zoo. Find your way out of The Amazing Maize Maze, check out the Con Edison Ecology booth for recycling tips and get crafty with our farm educators.
- Sunday, Oct. 27, 11am to 4:30pm
- Advance Tickets Only: $20 all ages (all-inclusive pay-one-price event)
- Buy tickets
Enjoy getting 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 out of this interactive maze.
Feel up to the challenge? Maybe the kids will lead you out.There’s also a Maize by Moonlight evening event in October.
- Every weekend through Oct. 26th, plus on Mon., October 14, 2019
- 11:00 am–4:30 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30)
- Advance Tickets: $10; $5 (ages 4-11), Door Tickets: $15; $8 (ages 4-11), Free for ages 3 & under
This annual FREE event in Central Park includes pumpkin carving, crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, a festive pumpkin patch and the park’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla in which carved pumpkins set sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 4pm and 7pm
- Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
Thousands of creatively dressed marchers, giant puppets, dancers and bands entertain millions of onlookers in this spooky fun jamboree. It’s New York City’s second biggest annual party, after that New Year’s Eve thing in Times Square.
And it gets better every year, since it started in 1974 as a puppet parade for kids in the West Village.
Note – Be advised that some costumes and puppets are risque and may not be suitable for some children.
- FREE on Halloween night (October 31), 7pm to 11pm.
- Starts on Sixth Avenue and Spring Street and marches up the avenue to 16th Street.
- The best way to get there is public transportation, since many streets around the parade route will be closed.
- Take the C or E to Spring St.; A, B, C, D, E, F or M to West 4th St.; 1 to Houston St. or Christopher St.; or 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F or M to 14th St.