Where to go trick or treating in NYC this Halloween

Check out our list of trick or treating NYC kids love. Wear your costumes—and get ready for lots of sweets!

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Oct 31 falls on a Thursday in 2019, which means that Halloween pretty much lasts for a full week. The upshot? There's going to be a whole lot of trick or treating in NYC this year.

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We have a list of the most amazing trick or treating NYC families love most, from the Halloween Parade at Industry City to a wildly entertaining evening at the American Museum of Natural History. These and other Halloween events for kids will make the holiday memorable. 

You can keep the spirit going between events by teaching your little goblins the best Halloween songs for kids. And once it's time to pack it in, you can go home, sort through the bounty of sweets (remember, parents get to levy a candy tax and keep what they see fit), and watch one of these scary movies for kids. Getting spooked is more fun when you're snuggling with your family.

Trick or Treating in NYC

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Safe Halloween at Manhattan College

This fun evening at Manhattan College in the Bronx is a great way for children to get on their trick or treat in a supportive, safe environment. Run by honor students from the college, expect games and other activities, along with lots and lots of treats. Note this isn't a drop-off event—all children must be accompanied by an adult. Oct 25, 4pm-6pm. All ages.

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Brookfield Place Halloween Bash

icon-location-pin Brookfield Place | Manhattan, NY, Battery Park City
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Enjoy exciting science activities with gooey pumpkins, play with temporary tattoos and watch performances that celebrate the spookiest time of year at Brookfield Place! Halloween costumes are encouraged, so dress to impress (there's a catwalk, after all). There will also be trick-or-treating throughout Brookfield Place. Oct 26, 12pm-3pm. All ages.

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Kids' Halloween Parade at Industry City

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Industry City and Beyond are maximizing the spookiness with a variety of Halloween activities for the whole family. The second annual Kids' Halloween Parade is more than just that: The celebration includes a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, a pumpkin patch, a mural painting and much more. Enjoy the frighteningly fun festivities for the best October yet! Don't forget to wear your costume! Oct 26, 10 am-4pm. All ages. 

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Halloween Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History

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As if the dinosaur bones at this iconic museum weren't haunting enough, the halls of the American Museum of Natural History get a spooky makeover for its annual Halloween party. Kids dressed in ghoulish garb can trick or treat and make arts and crafts. Mingle with Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, boogie down to the tunes of David Grover and Grover's Gang, Louie Miranda and Big Nazo's Costume Band, and watch magicians, stilt walkers and performers from the Big Apple Circus. There will even be a special appearance by Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief. Oct 26, 2pm-6pm; $16. All ages.

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Asphalt Screams!

icon-location-pin Asphalt Green, Upper East Side, Upper East Side
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For free spooky thrills this Halloween, head to Asphalt Green’s annual hit event Asphalt Screams. The sports and fitness organization hosts families on the Upper East Side campus for the festivities. All ages are encouraged to don their costumes and gather around for scary stories, dancing and trick-or-treating. Halloween-themed sports like Spooktacular Soccer Shootout will wear out little ones bouncing off their sugar high. RSVP online. Oct 26, 4pm-6pm. All ages.

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Halloween Harvest at Luna Park

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Head to Coney Island for some Halloween fun! Luna Park's annual celebration 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. 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 and to learn about the $42.00 discount for parents and kids during the festival. This pass includes unlimited rides, trick or treating, pumpkin picking and more spooky fun on weekends only through Oct 27! All ages.

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Beyond Spooky: Hallowe'en Family Party at the New York Historical Society

Your little ghoul can ride a real, live pony at this playful Halloween event. There's also storytime, a glow-in-the-dark mural, pumpkin decorating and pin-the-tail on the horse (not the pony). Kids should wear their costumes and go trick or treating throughout the museum. Oct 27, 5pm-7pm. $20. Ages 12 and under.

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Halloween at Trinity Church
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Friends of Washington Market Park Halloween Parade and Party

Little ghosts and goblins will meet at Beech St and Greenwich St to march down to the Washington Market Park. 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. Oct 27, 1pm-3pm. All ages.

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Trick or Treat at Time Out Market New York

icon-location-pin Time Out Market New York, Financial District
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Halloween is about to get a whole lot sweeter! If you can't quite figure out which houses to hit with your little ghouls and goblins, take your family's trick-or-treating festivities to Dumbo this year. The 21 eateries at Time Out Market New York, including Clinton St. Baking Co. and Juilana’s, will host a fun trick-or-treating experience for NYC kiddos. Those with a sweet tooth will love munching on each vendor's themed offerings (for example, you'll find Thai sweets at Fish Cheeks). Make sure the youngsters are decked out in their costumes and stick around for dinner after the fun wraps up. Oct 31, 3pm-6pm. All ages. 

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Trick or Treat at David Burke Tavern

David Burke Tavern on the Upper East Side is giving away special treats to little tricksters all night long. It's win-win: the diners get to enjoy the parade of creative costumes. That week, the pastry chef will be making special squid ink marshmallows that are as dark as a witch's heart, and just as delicious. 135 E 62nd St. Oct 31, noon-late.

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Greenwich Village Children's Halloween Parade

Don your very best costumes for the Annual Children’s Halloween Parade! Participants big and small can gather at the fountain for a ghoulish procession to LaGuardia Place. Costumed characters entertain the crowd and once you’re all at LaGuardia, kids can grab a free trick or treat bag, play games and check out some cool rides. Oct 31, 3pm-6pm. All ages.

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Trick or Treat with East Midtown

icon-location-pin 919 3rd Ave, Midtown East
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Meet up in the plaza in front of 919 Third Ave–that's the highrise right next to P.J. Clarke's–for some trick or treating NYC-style. There's face painting, a spooky photo booth and free trick or treat bags that kids get to fill at the dozens of participating businesses in the neighborhood. After all, this city is just a collection of villages. Ages 12 and under.

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39th Annual Village Halloween Parade
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Village Halloween Parade

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Get over to Sixth Avenue to see thousands of costumes, dancers and floats, including giant skeletons that dance above your head and hordes of zombies jamming out—this year's theme is “Wild Thing.” Trick or treating isin full swing before the parade, which is good: this spectacle draws a massive crowd that can get into some fairly adult activities as the night goes on. Sixth Ave from Spring to 16th Sts. All ages.

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Halloween at the Bronx Zoo
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Boo at the Zoo

icon-location-pin Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society | Bronx, NY, The Bronx
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This fall-tacular Halloween celebration takes over the Bronx Zoo spot on weekends from Sept 29 to Nov 14 (plus the school holiday on Monday, Oct 14). Kids can hold on tight during the Haunted Pirate Hayride, get spooked at the Extinct Animal Graveyard, pick up sweets on the Candy Trail, show off their Halloween getups at the costume parade and so much more. Tiny kids will love the mini corn maze, and all kids will love the trick or treating along the Candy Trail. All ages.

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