Calling all witches, goblins and ghouls! This guide to Halloween for kids will help you have your most spectacular Halloween ever! Halloween in New York is the best for many reasons, including that it boasts fantastic Halloween events for kids (festivals, costume contests, haunted houses and other cool stuff!)—even the Village Halloween Parade, one of the most iconic Halloween 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 beyond our top suggestions for Halloween? For the kids, you can go pumpkin picking nearby, visit local cider mills and even navigate some pretty intense corn mazes.
When is the Halloween Parade?
The annual Village Halloween Parade takes place on Halloween—this year, Wednesday, October 31, 2018—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 (at least around 6pm) to get a good look at the parade.
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.