Here is our list of events, both virtual and in-person, both family-friendly and for adults only, including several FREE events and activities, plus Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) FREE events.
Enjoy Halloween on the cheap in New York City.
Tune in to this virtual play of stories inspired by Edgar Allan Poe – who lived and worked for many years in what is now called Poe Cottage in the Bronx.
This one-man play re-imagines themes from several Poe stories from the point of view of a man named Gene, who introduces us to his sweetheart Lenora, a collection of kooky neighbors and their various creatively named pets, and the disturbing cycle of violence threatening to envelope each of them, all while tuning out the mysterious thumping sound haunting him.
The author and performer is Alec Silberblatt, a talented actor/playwright who divides his time between New York City and his native Pittsburgh. His plays have been performed in both cities, and he has performed in both cities.
A Tell-Tale Heart performances are today, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct.25,
The Thursday, Oct. 22 performance is a live reading, and the remaining evenings are the recording of that first night.
Tickets start at $10, which supports the local theater group Public PlayTime, which supports young theater talent like him.
Click HERE for access.
Read a review of the play on Broadway World.
Full Disclosure: Alec Silberblatt is a relative of mine. But that has nothing to do with the impressive talent of this young man.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 – Dracula
For More Free and Cheap Things to Do
All Hallows’ Eve: NY Phil at the Cathedral
The New York Philharmonic will partner with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine this Halloween to present a FREE streamed performance of classically spooky compositions by Saint-Saëns and others, recorded in the Cathedral.
- Saturday, October 31 at 6pm
AMNH Online Costume Contest
In place of an in-person family day event this year, The American Museum of Natural History has launched an online Halloween contest, for a chance to win four tickets to the Museum, with entry to special exhibitions T. rex: The Ultimate Predator and The Nature of Color.
Costumes will be judged on originality, detail, creative use of materials, and (most importantly) theme, with a special focus on the best natural history-inspired costumes
Submit a photo by Saturday, October 31, at 7 pm ET.
Learn more about the costume contest here.
Halloween Installation at the Winter Garden
To celebrate Halloween at Brookfield Place, artists Tin&Ed have created an inflatable sculpture titled, Monster.
For one week only, you’re invited to come face to face with this strange new life form suspended in the palms in the Winter Garden glass atrium, where you can turn yourself into a monster with a specially designed AR filter on Instagram.
- October 24-31, 8am-10pm daily
Safely Enjoy Spooky Season At Governors Island’s Pumpkin Point
Just because trick-or-treating will be a little more solitary this year doesn’t mean you have to let jack-o-lantern season pass you by. To celebrate autumn, take a trip to unofficial Lower Manhattan backyard Governors Island, where its annual Pumpkin Point returns on Saturday, Oct, 24, through Nov. 1.
The patch will feature thousands of artfully arranged pumpkins paired with fall-themed decorations. Visitors are invited to roam the patch, provided they are masked and keep a safe distance of at least six feet from the other pumpkinheads.
Best of all, a visit nets you a free pumpkin, which you can carve into or draw on at home or simply use as a festive doorstop.
- October 24 to November 1, 10a to 6p at Nolan Park.
- See Governors Island’s website for ferry times.
Join Manhattan Community Board 2 and NYU for the 30th year of FREE family-friendly Halloween fun.
For the first time ever, it is a virtual Children’s Halloween Parade, with musical performances, a costume contest, a downloadable activity book and more.
You’re invited to share a photo of yourself and your family dressed up in your favorite costume. The virtual parade will feature a slideshow of submitted costumes, and prizes for the winners.
- Oct. 31 at 1pm
- Click here for the link to watch.
BAM’s beloved family-friendly block party transforms for the digital space into an action-packed afternoon of Halloween tricks and treats, including a magic show, professional pumpkin carving, story time, and dance party.
Best of all, delight in wild, wacky, and adorable costumes from near and far—and have the opportunity to win prizes with your own entry at the annual costume contest.
- Oct. 31 at 2pm
- FREE, but RSVP required.
Day of the Dead Virtual Events
Celebrate this event all weekend with these FREE virtual events from the National Museum of the American Indian.
illumiNATIONS: Día de los Muertos
Learn about monarch butterflies from cultural and scientific experts, and enjoy the music of GRAMMY-winning East L.A. band Quetzal.
- October 30, 6–7 PM ET
- FREE, but registration is required.
Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead Weekend Festival
Join NMAI for a virtual celebration of Día de los Muertos! Learn the basics of the day from the museum’s folklorist, make paper marigold flowers, explore the holiday’s rich culinary heritage, and post messages in memory of your loved ones on a virtual ofrenda.
Sonia De Los Santos: Born with a smile on her face (that’s what her mom says) in Monterrey, Mexico, and in 2007 started touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar and jarana and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends before working on solo family music albums and being nominated in 2019 for a Latin Grammy.
String Theory Theater: A small Baltimore based puppet troupe composed of artist Dirk Joseph and daughters Sequoia (20yrs) and Azaria (14yrs). Founded in 2016, String Theory Theater’s performance themes range from children’s puppetry to adult satire. Their shows employ various puppetry formats including hand puppets, rod puppets, crankies, shadow puppets, marionettes, toy theater, and large scale festival puppets.
The Mario Show with Mario the Maker Magician: As seen on Sesame Street, Universal Kids, and live on tour with David Blaine, Mario the Maker Magician is a (normally) touring performer who has been creating online content in the form of his hit virtual show, The Mario Show, during this time away from the road. David Blaine calls him “the best kids magician in the world!!” Tune in and experience it for yourself!
Kids Food Festival: The exciting and engaging programming of the Kids Food Festival helps to establish wholesome lifelong habits, while working to avert childhood obesity.
- October 31, 10:30am to 12:45pm
- More information here.