Halloween events in NYC for kids: Costume parades, fests & parties
Get the most out of the October holiday with our guide to Halloween events in NYC. We have the scoop on the best places to celebrate, plus great costume ideas.
Wed Oct 23 2013
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Halloween in NYC is always a huge deal for city families, but especially in 2013—last year, most of the Halloween events in NYC for kids were canceled or postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.This year, we're excited for ghostly celebrations at AMNH, Central Park, BAM, Asphalt Green, the High Line and more. Read on to find out about our 50 favorite Halloween events in NYC for kids (may are free!), as well as great creative homemade Halloween costume ideas for your little one. Plus, don't forget to enter our Halloween costume contest—we're giving away four tickets to see Blue Man Group.
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When is the Halloween Parade?
The annual Village Halloween Parade takes place on Halloween—this year, Thursday, October 31. If you're planning to attend, make sure your tot is comfortable with crowds—typical attendance is usually about 2 million people. Other kid-friendly parades include the Park Slope Halloween Parade (Oct 31), the Greenpoint Children's Halloween Parade (Oct 26) and the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade (Oct 26)
When to go trick-or-treating:
City families can go trick-or-treating on Thursday, October 31 at spots all around the five boroughs—events like Intrepid's Halloween on the Hudson, the Halloween party at AMNH and parties at Trinity Church all offer candy for kids. City neighborhoods like the West Village and the Upper West Side are also good spots for trick-or-treating.
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