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October events calendar for kids in NYC

Grab your costume and enjoy our October events calendar! These sweet Halloween and harvest events can't be missed.

Photograph: Filip Wolak
Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Family Field Day

Raise your heart rate and your spirits with some good old-fashioned outdoor recreation at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Family Field Days. Happening once a month from June to August, each event offers a different set of activities tailored to the location. These athletic events have something for every member of your team, including Hula-Hoop races, volleyball clinics, soccer drills and bocce. Family Field Days are free, and all necessary equipment is provided—just bring some good sneakers, a nutritious snack and a whole lot of energy! Between Adams St and Atlantic Ave. All ages.

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20 Aug 2016

Halloween Harvest Festival

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We love a good circus theme—and good thing, because this year’s Halloween Harvest fest is bringing the spooky to you with jugglers, clowning, acrobatics and clowning! There will be costume-making with Socrates artists, plus a cool large-scale sculpture workshop hosted by Free Stule Arts Assocition and Face Painting by Agostino Arts. Pooches are welcome too—there’s even a puppy costume contest! All ages.

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29 Oct 2016

Halloween Celebration at AMNH

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As if the usual dinosaur skeletons and other bones at this iconic museum weren't haunting enough, the halls of the American Museum of Natural History sport chilling decor for its annual Halloween party. Kids dressed in ghoulish garb can trick-or-treat, make arts and crafts and mingle with cartoon characters like Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Peter Rabbit and Miffy. Special live shows include Louie and Subanda, David Grover and the Big Bear Band and Big Nazo, plus magicians, stilt walkers and performers from the Big Apple Circus. Reservations recommended. All ages.

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31 Oct 2016
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World Maker Faire

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This wacky West Coast transplant displays way-out-there experiments that will have your little mad scientists in awe. Past lineups have involved running through a life-size mousetrap, watching a Coke Zero and Mentos mountain explode, shooting marshmallows, flying model drones and powering your own DIY rides. Family passes (5 attendees) are available for Sunday, online advance purchase only. All ages.

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02 Oct 2016

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

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This annual celebration offers plenty of spooky fun for tots and tykes, including a Puss in Boots performance from the Puppetmobile, an arts & crafts table from The Little Orchestra Society and fun musical performances. Festival staples like the pumpkin patch and the Haunted Marsh will also be available, too. Ages 1 to 8.

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29 Oct 2016

Halloween Harvest Festival

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We love a good circus theme—and good thing, because this year’s Halloween Harvest fest is bringing the spooky to you with jugglers, clowning, acrobatics and clowning! There will be costume-making with Socrates artists, plus a cool large-scale sculpture workshop hosted by Free Stule Arts Assocition and Face Painting by Agostino Arts. Pooches are welcome too—there’s even a puppy costume contest! All ages.

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29 Oct 2016

The Amazing Maize Maze

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Check out 2016’s Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum! The American Maze Company builds a labyrinth every year that that stretches over several acres, with the length of the course often stretching two miles! Previous years’ themes of the American Maize Maze’s celebration have included a violin, a riverboat, a train, a farmscape and the largest living sundial. Be sure to check americanmaze.com for the full list of Amazing Maize Maze locations (PA, NC and NY). All ages.

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30 Oct 2016
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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

There's nothing else quite like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for experiencing the magic and wonder of Halloween with your family. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, and you can stroll along the Pumpkin Promenade to take in over 7,000 Jack O' Lanterns (are all hand-carved)! This delightfully eerie walk is also set to cool sound effects, synchronized light displays and an original soundtrack. Expect to see spiders and snakes, animals of all kinds, a Jurassic Park-themed area containing life-size dinosaur sculptures, a huge sea serpent alongside the Croton River and so much more on this spooky stroll. Don’t miss out on the tri-state area’s biggest and most unique Halloween event! All ages.

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Until Sun Nov 13

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden

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New Yorkers are singularly focused on leaves during the fall, but in Japan, it's chrysanthemum-appreciation season. Gawk at multicolored blossoms trained to grow into floral sculptures and single stems that have been manipulated to produce hundreds of blossoms at once. Throughout the month you can also catch ikebana demonstrations, participate in meditation walks and haiku workshops, watch traditional Japanese taiko drumming and more. All ages.

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30 Oct 2016

Picture This!

The Jewish Museum kicks off a new monthly family program featuring hands-on art projects and storybook readings, all inspired by the museum's contents. Each program concludes with a live performance: FunkyMonkeys (Sep 25), Josh & the Jamtones (Oct 9), Alex & the Kaleidoscope (Nov 20) and Oran Etkin (Dec 25). Buy a series package for all four dates at thejewishmuseum.org. Ages 4 to 10.

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25 Dec 2016
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Halloween Harvest at Luna Park

October weekends mean fall-themed fun at Luna Park, including the Halloween Harvest! You'll find a petting zoo and pony rides thanks to the folks at Pony Express Entertainment, face-painting and cool entertainers like Magicians King Henry and Gary the Great. You'll want to stop in for the Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest (Oct 9) to see awesomely-dressed pups in action, or visit when the Marc and the Maniac Carvers (Oct 23) crew are shaping a gourd into a Halloween masterpiece. All ages.

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Until Sun Oct 30

Little Monsters Brunch Screenings

Join Nitehawk for a frightfully good time! While you might think of the theater as an adults-only film spot, it actually does a ton of programming for children and families. The upcoming Little Monsters Brunch Screenings include Halloween favorites Beetlejuice (1988) on 10/8 and 10/9 at 11:30am, Ghostbusters (1984) on 10/22 and 10/23 at 11:30am plus Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) on 10/29 and 10/30 at 11:45am. Costumes are encouraged. Who doesn't want to dine in style! Beetlejuice ages 13 and up, Ghostbusters ages 8 and up, Abbot & Costello ages 6 and up.

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Until Sun Oct 30

Howl-o-Ween

Celebrate Howl-o-ween with Bideawee’s adoptable pets and lots of Halloween activities. Children can enjoy face painting by the Cheeky Chipmunk, a costume contest and treats (both human and pet kinds!). If you’re thinking of adopting a new furry family member, Bideawee’s knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to help you find the perfect match and also provide information on Bideawee’s programs and services. All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, behaviorally tested and ready to become the newest addition to your family—and your kid’s new bestie. Find out all the details you need to be cleared for pet adoption on Bideawee’s website. Bohemia Realty Group, 2101 Frederick Douglass Blvd. All ages.

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29 Oct 2016
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"I Approve This Message"

Just in time for this year's election, the Children's Museum of Manhattan opens a new exhibit featuring presidential penmanship. In addition to seeing artifacts like Richard Nixon's resignation letter, a two-page legal document handwritten by Abraham Lincoln and checks signed by Harry Truman, Calvin Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt in a 40-foot display, kiddos can practice their own signatures and participate in fun educational activities like mock elections. All ages.

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Until Sat Dec 31
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