It will be positively spooky in New York City this weekend, with lots of family-friendly Halloween events. Here are some of the best, and best of all, they are FREE, and kids are encouraged to come in costume.
Dracula’s Castle: The Jackie Robinson Recreation Center in Harlem turns its historic, castle-like interior into a spooky haunted house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. There’s also Halloween-themed games, kid-friendly candy and more. Event website.
Friday and Saturday:
Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten: Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Park rangers lead families through the fort’s Water Battery, which has a reputation of being haunted.
Halloween Extravaganza 2014: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 pm., at Westerliegh Park, Springfield and Neal Dow Avenues, Staten Island. There’s a haunted house, pumpkin decorating, a costume parade and more.
Halloween Harvest Festival: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to1 p.m. at Brookklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, with face painting, a costume parade, obstacle course, mask making and more.
Haunted High Line Halloween: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with talks about arts and crafts projects, trick-or-treating, and actually exploring a train tunnel said to be haunted. Enter at Tenth Ave. and 14th St.
Halloween Harvest Festival: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria. Art workshop with Socrates artists, face painting, live entertainment, harvest foods from local restaurants, and a dog costume contest. Event website.
Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival: Hayrides, pumpkin patch, face painting, creepy critters. along with games, costume parades, a gourd giveaway, even a dog costume contest, noon to 3 p.m. Event website
Wonderween: Kids are invited to come in costume to the 16th annual Wonderween at the Sony Wonder Technlogy Lab, for hands-on workshops with slimy goo and other creepy crafts, spooky storytelling andmore. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event website.
Saturday and Sunday:
Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest: Saturday and Sunday at the Coney Island amusement park. Kids can paint pumpkins, be entertained by magicians and balloon harvests and more. Event website
See the NYC on the Cheap round-up page of Halloween activities and events for more spook-tacular ideas. And use hashtag #FreeInNYC @nyccheap.