A 2019 guide to Halloween for kids in New York City

Halloween for kids is especially epic in NYC: Enjoy haunted houses, trick or treating and, naturally, the Village parade

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The spooky season is underway. Indulge in our guide to Halloween for kids the way your little ghouls tackle their candy stash. 

From screenings of scary movies to adventures through corn mazes, NY families have a plethora of Halloween events for kids to keep them frighteningly busy this October. 

Don't forget about the Village Halloween Parade, one of the most iconic celebrations in the world. Many NYC neighborhoods also host trick-or-treating at avenue storefronts to keep things safe for city families.

Looking for even more adventures this fall? Check out nearby pumpkin picking, visit local cider mills and never miss a harvest festival.

When is the Halloween Parade?

The annual Village Halloween Parade takes place on Halloween—this year, Thursday, October 31, 2019—at 7pm. If you're planning to attend, make sure your kids aren't easily intimidated by crowds; the Village Halloween Parade's typical attendance is about two million people, and many visitors don crazy costumes!

Where is the Halloween Parade?

The parade runs up Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St. It begins at 7pm and ends around 11pm (though if you're bringing your younger kids, you may head home before then). Be sure to bring some packable snacks and stake out a great spot a bit early to get a good look at the festivities.

Where to go trick-or-treating

City families can go trick-or-treating all around the five boroughs. Neighborhoods like the West Village and the Upper West Side are especially good spots for gathering treats.

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Beetlejuice

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Theater review by Adam Feldman Whatever else it may or may not be, Beetlejuice is spectacularly weird. The best creative work in this musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 film—about a pair of sweet ghosts trying to rid their house of its distasteful new inhabitants—has gone into its physical form: The designers come at it from all kinds of crazy angles. David Korins’s haunted-house set seems to buckle in the middle and stretch at the edges; William Ivey Long’s costumes are a batty vision of colors and patterns at war. There are magic tricks and giant worms and a starkly linear idea of the afterlife that contrasts well with the chaotic world of the living. If only so much of the rest of Beetlejuice were not a busy mess. The film’s protagonists, milquetoast “newlydeads” Adam (Rob McClure) and Barbara (Kerry Butler), no longer seek out the loathsome “bio-exorcist” demon Beetlejuice (Alex Brightman, working overtime); he targets them in a scheme to leave the netherworld, even though only a living person is capable of making him visible there. Much of Adam and Barbara’s function has been reassigned to Lydia (the gifted young Sophia Anne Caruso), the goth teenage daughter of the house’s new owner (Adam Dannheisser), a widower with an insecure New Age girlfriend (comic dynamo Leslie Kritzer). A little of the hyperactive, rattle-voiced, lecherous Beetlejuice goes a pretty long way, but the show makes him its central figure. Sometimes he’s a murderous pansexual scuzzball (he ref

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Wicked

Wicked

This musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz addresses surprisingly complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, fighting fascism. Thanks to Winnie Holzman’s witty book and Stephen Schwartz’s pop-inflected score, Wicked soars. The current cast includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba and Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda.

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Your guide to Halloween for kids

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Scary movies for kids

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Halloween movies for kids

Netflix's Halloween movies for kids
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Netflix's Halloween movies for kids

Disney Halloween movies
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Disney Halloween movies

Halloween songs for kids
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Halloween songs for kids

Halloween books for kids
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Halloween books for kids

Halloween events for kids in NYC
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Halloween events for kids in NYC

Free Halloween events in NYC
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Free Halloween events in NYC

Corn mazes (NY and beyond)
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Corn mazes (NY and beyond)

Pumpkin picking in NY
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Pumpkin picking in NY

Trick or treating in NYC
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Trick or treating in NYC

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Haunted hayrides in NY

Haunted houses for kids
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Harvest festivals for NYC families

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Halloween festivals for NYC kids

Halloween parades in NYC
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Halloween parades in NYC

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Halloween treats for kids and families

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Creative homemade Halloween costumes for kids

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Halloween events in NYC: October 1–7 (2012)

Halloween events in NYC: October 8–14 (2012)
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Halloween events in NYC: October 8–14 (2012)

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Halloween events in NYC: October 15 to 21 (2012)

Halloween events in NYC: October 22 to 28 (2012)
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Halloween events in NYC: October 22 to 28 (2012)

Halloween events in NYC: October 29 to 31 (2012)
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Halloween events in NYC: October 29 to 31 (2012)

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Best free Halloween parties for kids in New York City (2012)

Vote for the winner in our Halloween costume contest (2012)
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Vote for the winner in our Halloween costume contest (2012)

Best Halloween costume contests for kids in New York City (2012)
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Best Halloween costume contests for kids in New York City (2012)

Costume shops for NYC kids (2012)
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Homemade Halloween costumes (2012)
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Homemade Halloween costumes (2012)

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Vote for the winner in our Halloween costume contest! (2013)