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Best kid-friendly Halloween events in NYC: October 29 to 31

October ends with a bang thanks to trick-or-treating, costume parties and other wicked Halloween events in NYC.

  • Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin

  • NYBG Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Yo Gabba Gabba Live!

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    Jam on DUMBO

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    American Museum of Natural History Halloween Party 2011

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    American Museum of Natural History Halloween Party 2011

  • Asphalt Screams

  • From Peter Stuyvesant to Edgar Allan Poe: The Ghosts of the East Village

  • Village Halloween Parade

Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin


It's time to break out those costumes (we know you've tried them on already!) and plan your night of trick-or-treating, whether it's in one of our favorite neighborhoods or at another safe, family-friendly spot. Plus, kids looking for an alternative to knocking on doors all night can celebrate All Hallows' Eve at a parade, costume party or haunted hike.

Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin
Shadow Box Theatre's annual production of this Ugly Duckling--esque musical gets kids hyped for Halloween while teaching lessons about individuality and self-confidence. Young audience members will root for the funny-looking pumpkin hero as they bop along to original guitar music and participate in a Halloween sing-along. Mon Oct 29, Tue Oct 30 at 10, 11:30am; Wed Oct 31 at 10:30am. P.S. 3. $15, in advance $10. Ages 3 to 7.

Haunted Halloween Hike
Sip hot chocolate and listen to ghost stories as you embark on a guided walk through Alley Pond Park's spooky wooded trails. With two sessions—an earlier one for ages 5 to 7 and a later one for ages 8 to 12—kids will be appropriately creeped out without being scared out of their wits. Don't forget your costume—and a flashlight! Preregistration is required; call to reserve a spot. Mon Oct 29 4:30—6pm, 6:30--8pm. Alley Pond Environmental Center. $13. Ages 5 to 12.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
Get a spooky fix in this scary patch, where frightening spirits lurk in between the gourds. Kids can play in the Pumpkin House, stage a show in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, dissect owl pellets, collect fallen fruits and leaves, and get some extra mileage out of their costumes at a daily parade. Meanwhile, older kids learn the tricks of pumpkin carving from the masters and pot buckwheat seeds to grow at home. Tue Oct 30, Wed Oct 31 10am—6pm. New York Botanical Garden. Free with all-garden pass. All ages.

Hansel and Gretel's Halloween Adventure
In this spinoff of the classic fairy tale, the brother and sister duo find themselves in New York City on Halloween night, where they meet mermaids, monsters and more as they explore Central Park and Belvedere Castle. The production features handmade marionettes by the master puppetmakers of Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Tue Oct 30 at 10:30am, noon; Wed Oct 31 at 10:30am, noon, 2:30, 4:30pm. Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. $8, children under 13 free. Ages 3 to 9.

Little Language Playhouse Children's Enrichment Workshop
In this week's session at the Dyker Heights Italian-language space, kids learn how to make spooky Halloween spider brownies.Tue Oct 30 4—6pm. Little Language Playhouse. $25. Ages 4 and up.

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