A 2020 guide to Halloween for kids in New York City

Halloween for kids is especially epic in NYC: Enjoy fall festivals, corn mazes and a few good scary movies for kids

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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.

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 usually takes place on Halloween—Oct 31—at 7pm. This year, however, it is canceled. But there's a silver lining: The event's team confirmed that there will be a suprise on Halloween night and that it will be a "trick," though details have yet to be revealed. 

Where is the Halloween Parade?

The parade typically 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.) Usually, parents 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.

This year, note that the CDC classifies trick-or-treating as a high-risk activity. It's still allowed to take place in New York, however, residents should expect forthcoming guidelines from the state. 

Your guide to Halloween for kids

Scary movies for kids
Movies

Scary movies for kids

Halloween movies for kids
Movies

Halloween movies for kids

Halloween movies for kids on Netflix
Movies

Halloween movies for kids on Netflix

Ghost stories for kids
Kids

Ghost stories for kids

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Halloween activities near me
Things to do

Halloween activities near me

Find a corn maze near me
Things to do

Find a corn maze near me

Disney Halloween movies
Movies

Disney Halloween movies

Halloween books for kids
Kids

Halloween books for kids

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Halloween songs for kids
Music

Halloween songs for kids

Trick or treating in NYC
Things to do

Trick or treating in NYC

Trick-or-treat apps for families

Trick-or-treat apps for families

 

Find a fall festival in NYC
Things to do

Find a fall festival in NYC

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Pumpkin picking in NY
Things to do

Pumpkin picking in NY

Haunted hayrides in NY
Things to do

Haunted hayrides in NY

Haunted houses for kids
Things to do

Haunted houses for kids

Halloween decorations in NYC
News

Halloween decorations in NYC

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Things to do in the fall with kids
Things to do

Things to do in the fall with kids

Spooky-cool Halloween baby names
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Spooky-cool Halloween baby names

Kids' Halloween costumes and more

Halloween costume stores in NYC
Things to do

Halloween costume stores in NYC

Halloween face paint ideas for kids
Kids

Halloween face paint ideas for kids

Halloween treats for kids and families
Things to do

Halloween treats for kids and families

Village Halloween Parade in NYC: A 2019 guide
Things to do

Village Halloween Parade in NYC: A 2019 guide

Halloween archive coverage

Halloween in NYC: Best treats and desserts for kids
Restaurants

Halloween in NYC: Best treats and desserts for kids

Why your family should put a teal pumpkin outside this Halloween
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Why your family should put a teal pumpkin outside this Halloween

Creative homemade Halloween costumes for kids
Kids

Creative homemade Halloween costumes for kids

Easy DIY Halloween costume ideas for kids
Shopping

Easy DIY Halloween costume ideas for kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Costume shops for NYC kids (2012)
Shopping

Costume shops for NYC kids (2012)

Homemade Halloween costumes (2012)
Things to do

Homemade Halloween costumes (2012)

Halloween costume contest: Enter to win Blue Man Group tickets (2013)
Things to do

Halloween costume contest: Enter to win Blue Man Group tickets (2013)

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

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