Halloween in NYC isn’t limited to Oct. 31st. Family-friendly Halloween events start the week before, including some which need reservations. Here’s where to take the kids – and the dog – to celebrate.
Boo at the Zoo is an annual weekend event at the Bronx Zoo, with activities include a hay maze, pumpkin carving demos, costume parates and more. New this year is the “Jack O ‘Lantern Illumination, ” in which you’ll walk through the Somba Village’s eerie tunnel filled with more than 1,000 hand-carved and lit Jack O’Lanterns sculpted into various animal shapes. Boo at the Zoo is 10am to 5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays for five weekends, beginning this weekend, through Nov. 1. $33.95 for adults, $23.95 for children ages 3-12. bronxzoo.com
Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival is a FREE event on the Pier 6 Lawns celebrating both Halloween and the autumn harvest with face painting, mask making, pumpkin picking, an obstacle course and more. 10:30am to 1pm on Saturday, Oct. 24th.
Luna Park Halloween Harvest is Monday, Oct. 26, with pick and paint pumpkins, meet costumed characters, nosh on candy apples and guess the weight of “Jack” the giant pumpkin for a chance to win prizes valued up to $1,000. FREE admission. lunaparknyc.comnyc
Wander through the Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect pumpkin. On weekdays, pumpkins are sold in the gift shop. There is no admission fee to enter the patch. There’s also a maze, which requires a paid ticket. Daily 11am to 4:30pm at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park.