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Best kid-friendly Halloween events in NYC: October 8–14

From costume parties and parades to harvest festivals and pumpkin patches, these Halloween events in NYC get families into the spooky spirit.

  • NYBG Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • GrowNYC's Halloween Costume Swap

  • Fall Kids Fest

  • Queens Farm Pumpkin Picking

  • Ascarium

  • Photo: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

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

  • Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch

NYBG Haunted Pumpkin Garden


Continue to get into the spooky spirit this week with family-friendly Halloween events in NYC that will appeal to kids of all ages. Pumpkin patches and puppet shows are sure to delight little ones, while older kids seeking amped-up thrills can get their fix with macabre magic shows and ghoulish ghost tours. Plus, stop by Madison Square Park on October 13 to say hi at our annual Fall Kids Fest!

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. Mon Oct 8—Sun Oct 14 10am—6pm. New York Botanical Garden. Free with all-garden pass. All ages.

The Spooktacular Pumpkin Party
Dance with master puppeteer Ralph Lee's costumed creatures and meet the largest bat in the world, the gigantic flying fox of Malaysia, in the Haunted Pumpkin Garden. Spooky storytelling and live performances by Fisher Price's Little People Live! are also in the mix at this Halloween bash. Mon Oct 8 noon—5:30pm. New York Botanical Garden. Free with all-garden pass. Ages 5 and up.

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 the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Tue Oct 9, Thu Oct 11, Fri Oct 12 at 10:30am, noon; Wed Oct 10 at 10:30am, noon, 2:30pm; Sat Oct 13, Sun Oct 14 at 1pm. Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. $8, children under 13 free. Ages 3 to 9.

House of Ghostly Haunts
Join Cardone the Magician as he takes audience members for a thrill ride with a classic spook show. Drawing inspiration from favorite cult classics, Cardone induces chills with a magic show full of strange and bizarre happenings. Tue Oct 9 at 7pm. Canal Park Playhouse. $20. Ages 7 and up.

GrowNYC's Halloween Costume Swap
Still looking for a Halloween costume? Check out GrowNYC's costume swap. Come find a new-to-you costume, or donate your clean, gently used costumes to the swap. Items to bring are limited to clothing, costumes, accessories, decorations and other Halloween-related items. Swapping is free, and you can take or give as much as you like. Fri Oct 12 noon—4pm. Ottendorfer Library. Free. All ages.

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