Halloween is our children’s favorite time of the year. This year’s Halloween celebrations in New York will be bigger and better then ever after the cancelled events due to Covid-19 last year. So, it’s time to drag out your Halloween costumes or rush to Target or Party City and grab a new costume and check out these spooky events happening in the city.
Please note: Even though Halloween is on Sunday this year, there are a few events happening on Saturday 30th or earlier in the week. Also most events require proof of vaccination.
Sunday October 31 – The NYC Greenwich Village Parade
The infamous Parade is back on this year with a theme “lets Play” Children of NY. The Halloween Parade runs up Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St in Manhattan. For more information visit: halloween-nyc.com.
Saturday October 30 – Halloween & Harvest Festival, Long Island City
Head to LIC for the Socrates sculpture garden’s Halloween Harvest Festival, and best of all you can bring your dog to the party! Join in on the second largest doggie costume contest in NYC, also enjoy pumpkin carving, palm leaf making and a catapulting competition. ( the pumpkins will be catapulted !)You will find more information at the website: https://socratessculpturepark.org/program/halloween/
Wednesday October 27 – Scavenger Hunt, Central Park
A popular Free event every year at the Harlem Meer in Central Park. Come dressed in your Halloween outfit and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt from 4-6pm. For more info: Harlem Meer Scavenger hunt.
Sunday October 31 – BamBoo, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
The free annual event is back on this year, so bring your kids in costume from 2pm to collect candy, enjoy music and all the street fair has to offer. For more info: Bamboo.
Saturday & Sunday Through till October 31 – Boo at the Zoo
This is a very popular event at Bronx Zoo. There’s so much more to do than just see the animals. There’s pumpkin carving, costume contest, crafts, spider maze, the list goes on. You need to purchase tickets in advance here: Boo at the Zoo
Saturday October 30 – Park Slope Halloween Parade
It all starts with a music parade at 11:30am between President and Carroll St and then the costume parade kicks off at 12pm down 5th Ave. There are lots of activities all afternoon. For more info: Park Slope Parade
And finally there will always be the local area trick or treat activities. Most shops will have candy for kids to take and most neighborhoods have dedicated street closures where the brownstones are decorated and candy is handed out from the stoops.
On the Upper West Side W 69th St between Central Park West & Broadway is closed off and W 78th St between Amsterdam and Columbus also blocked for street party.