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The best Halloween festivals in New York

Don’t miss these spooktacular Halloween festivals in NYC or New York state—they’re loaded with pumpkins and more fall fun

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

NYC has the best Halloween festivals that promise no tricks, only treats, in 2021. 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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Best Halloween festivals in New York

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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 on October 31 and smell the fresh fall air in the arboretum, pinetum and circle garden, then join the shenanigans at this fest where you go on the trick-or-treat trail, check out live music and magic shows, and hit up food vendors in a beer and wine garden to enjoy a cider on the crisp grasses.

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