October events calendar for kids in NYC

See the month's best events on our October events calendar for kids, complete with harvest and Halloween-themed picks
Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
Photograph: Filip Wolak Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
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Wow! October is here, and with it our October events calendar for kids in 2018! Fall is one of our favorite times of year for a variety of reasons—the New York fall foliage, the local cider mills, and especially Halloween for kids. Who doesn't love getting dressed up, attending spooky events and shoveling mountains of candy? See below for our absolute favorite kids' events of the season, including Halloween events for kids, harvest festivals, apple-picking opportunities, trick-or-treating activities and other fantastic stuff.

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for kids

P.S. Be sure to stock up on candy for Halloween at our favorite candy stores and get your fill of scary movies for kids with the help of our guide.

 

October kids' events

Children's Carnival at Queens County Farm Museum
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Children's Fall Festival

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This annual fall fest is filled with bounce castles, carnival games and a family-friendly haunted house. Tots can meet farm animals, hop on a pony ride and dance to live tunes. Refuel with grub from on-site food vendors—or, for those with a sweet tooth, the pie-eating contest—then race through a three-acre corn maze. Costumes are encouraged! All ages.

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Halloween Harvest Festival

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We love a good spooky theme—and good thing, because this year’s Halloween Harvest Festival theme is Día de los Muertos! There will be a performance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York, and the opportunity to add personal mementos to ancestral altars set up throughout the park. Shaman Mama Donna will be on site giving harvest blessings to pets. Pooches are welcome of course, for the annual Canine Costume Contest. All ages.

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Halloween Cartoon Magic & Fun

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The gorgeous, ghoulish Victorian provides the perfect setting for a Halloween-themed event. This year, take a trip back in time with animation historian, Tommy Jose Stathes, who will screen not-so-spooky films from the '20s and '30s. Before the 5pm showing, make sure kiddies participate in the mask-making (which they'll be able to wear when the movies start) and flip books. Little ghouls can enjoy sweet snacks, too. Ages 12 and under.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

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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 (all of which are 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 on this spooky stroll. Be sure to get your tickets early—they sell out fast and required to gain access to the event! Also note that the tickets you purchase are for specific times. All ages.

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Night of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns

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Get in the Halloween spirit at this massive jack o'lantern bonanza featuring more than a thousand hand-carved pumpkins, The orange works of art are transformed by hundreds of carvers into movie characters and pop culture icons, plus impressive multi-pumpkin sculptures of dinosaurs, dragons, safari animals and more. The whole family will love exploring these intricately carved pumpkins (some of which weigh over 100 pounds!) while listening to festive Halloween tunes. Be sure to check out the live-carving stations, where tykes can watch the artists in action. Check online before booking, as some time slots might be sold out. All ages.

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Halloween Harbor

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One of Staten Island's most beloved attractions is transforming for Halloween. Prepare for fun performances, a few tricks and treats and all-things spooky and sweet. Learn more here. All ages. 

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CMOM's Halloween Celebration

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Spend the spookiest day of the year at CMOM, which will celebrate the holiday with a variety of ghoulishly good activities, including a musical Halloween costume runway (Oct 27, 28 and 31 at 11:30 am and 3:30pm), tricks with Justin the Magician during a ticketed event (Oct 27 at 2 and 3pm) a magical Halloween S.T.E.A.M lab where kids will learn a few science experiements in the name of All Hallow's Eve. Head online for a full lineup of offerings. All ages.

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Spooky Pumpkin Garden

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The blooms at NYBG are given a spooky touch during this seasonal extravaganza. The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden will transform into a Halloween hotspot with pumpkins, scarecrows, puppets and eye-popping pumpkin carving demonstrations. Guided activities will be held on weekdays from 1:30–5:30pm and on weekends from 10:30am–5:30pm. Giant Pumpkin Weekend (Oct 20–21 from 10am–6pm) and Spooky Pumpkin Nights (Oct 26 and 27 from 6:30–8:30pm) are other can't-miss Halloween happenings. Check out NYBG online to learn more about the offerings. All ages. 

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Halloween HOWL & Healthy Hound Fair

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Your family pup can join in the Halloween spirit, too thanks to this annual event. Grab a doggie costume and enter Fido in the annual Halloween HOWL, where more than 200 dogs will strut their stuff in front of a panel of judges. The event takes play on the hockey/basketball court. May the best pup win! All ages.

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Halloween Costume Parade and Party

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Little ghosts and goblins will line up and march down to the park, dressed head-to-toe in costume. Following the parade, eager tykes can wander their way through a hay maze, search for a penny in a haystack and munch on tasty treats, rain or shine. All ages.

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