While haunted houses and ghost tours pop up all over town, Queens is keeping Halloween classic with this day of frolicking in the pumpkin patch. Head to the Botanical Garden and smell the fresh fall air in the arboretum, pinetum and circle garden, then join the shenanigans at this fest where you can check out live music, join nature walks and learn hipster-ready crafts like pickling. Hit up food vendors and a beer and wine garden to enjoy a cider on the crisp grasses. If you get tipsy, fear not! The only thing better than a petting zoo is a drunk petting zoo.
There are no tricks, only treats, during these spooky Halloween festivals. NYC and New York state host several incredible fêtes featuring pumpkins, costumes and autumnal treats like candy apples and all the pumpkin spice doughnuts you can stomach. Luckily for Gothamites, the majority of these Halloween events are close by while others make excellent fall day trips. Get in the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve at some of the best NYC parks, or escape Gotham and explore more Halloween festivals upstate using our fall getaways picks.
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