The best things to do in New York with kids
Upcoming NYC events and festivals for kids
Halloween Harvest at Luna Park
Head to Coney Island for some Halloween fun! The annual event kicks off mid-September and runs on weekends through October with kid-friendly activities and fall fun. Little ones can get their faces painted, ride ponies, participate in arts and crafts, magic tricks, karaoke, games, story time and dance. And no need to head to a farm to find your Jack O’Lantern—the park will have a pumpkin patch onsite. Head to Luna Park's website for more event information as its announced! All ages.
Fall Harvest Festival Weekends
Escape the concrete jungle for a crisp slice of autumn at Fishkill Farms. Every weekend from the second week in September through the last in October, the whole family can enjoy apple pickings, wagon rides, live music and fresh treats like cider, donuts, and homemade pies. Starting in late September you can even pick your own pumpkin. Stop by the farm’s grill for barbecue classics, and be sure to check out the farm store before you leave to pick up some maple syrup, honey, artisanal cheeses and more. All ages.
Night of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns
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.
Halloween Harvest Festival
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.