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Halloween Events for Families and Kids Around NYC

Halloween Events for Families and Kids Around NYC

Looking for a little spooky fun? Check out all of the family-friendly Halloween events in NYC, Westchester, and Long Island to celebrate the season!


Spooky Season is officially here, which means you’re probably looking for family-friendly Halloween events in NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and Long Island. Good news! We have what you’re looking for, from trick-or-treat events, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, and costume parades to Boo at the Zoopumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, and more! 

So browse this list of the most spooktacular Halloween events in the New York metro area. You’re sure to find family fun, no matter what thrill level your kids love. Just make sure to buy tickets now, since a lot of these events require advanced registration and tickets tend to sell out!

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Family Halloween Events in NYC

Halloween at Sloomoo

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Sloomoo Institute, 475 Broadway, between Broome and Grand streets, Tribeca
AGES: All
WHAT: The Sloomoo Institute is transformed into an eerie Halloween playground where guests can expect candy, daily costume contests, limited-edition slime, a TOTALLY creepy Slime Cove, and so much more!
WANT TO GO? $89 enhanced admission; $39 general admission.

Boo at the Zoo

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 11, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy magic, pumpkin carving demos, crafts, candy, Halloween show, costume parades, and more!
WANT TO GO? FREE with admission: $39.95; $34.95 seniors 65 and older; $29.95 ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween Kids Spooky Cruise 2021

WHEN: Saturdays, Oct. 16-23, 1:30pm
WHERE: Event Cruises NYC, Pier 36, 299 South St., Lower East Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Take the kids on Halloween Cruise just for them featuring Manhattan skyline views, trick or treating and more.
WANT TO GO? $39 and up 

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt

WHEN: Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 30, 4-6pm
WHERE: Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square, Greenwich Village
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Go on a ghostly scavenger hunt and uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them.
WANT TO GO? $17.50-$21.50. Advanced registration required. 

Witches Brew

WHEN: Oct. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, or 3-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: It's Slime Time! Double, double boil, and bubble up some slime for an ewwy gooey good time.
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 seniors 65 and older and visitors with disabilities. Advanced registration required. 

FREE Trick or Treat at Washington Square Park

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2-6pm
WHERE: Washington Square Park Conservancy, Washington Square, Noho
AGES: 2-10
WHAT: Enjoy an all-treats filled afternoon at the Park with plenty to do. Find some skele-fun at various spots throughout the Park activities.
WANT TO GO? Free.

Halloween at the Museum

WHEN: Oct. 28-Oct. 31, Thursday-Friday, 11:30am-7:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-9pm
WHERE: Museum of Ice Cream NYC, 558 Broadway, Soho
AGES: All
WHAT: The Museum of Ice Cream will be transformed into a haunted town that will be the best destination for trick-or-treating with special spooktacular ice cream treats that are offered in the hair-raising experience with fun activities organized by ghostly guides!
WANT TO GO? $49. Make reservations in advance. Tickets come with a trick-or-treating experience or pumpkin spice milkshake.

FREE Mozart for Munchkins: Jazz Spooktacular!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 10:30am or 11:30am
WHERE: Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards, Chelsea
AGES: Newborn to 5 
WHAT: Little jazz cats, come dress up and play! This jazz program will be sure to get you and your little ones swingin' shivers from head to toe! This concert is for lovers of jazzy brass, drums, and bubbles. Come dressed up to join in the custom parade!
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration recommended.

Pumpkin Face Treats with The Creative Kitchen

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 10am-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, or 3-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St. , Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Use a variety of decorative and healthy ingredients to design your own funny Halloween pumpkin face.
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 seniors 65 and older and visitors with disabilities. Advanced registration required.

FREE New York's 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 7pm
WHERE: Greenwich Village, Sixth Avenue, between Spring and 16th streets, Greenwich Village
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Celebrate with an evening of fun featuring Grand Marshall Randy Rainbow and the parade theme honoring the Children of NYC and the child in all of us who yearns to take to the streets and play again!
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Terrifying Tote Bag Design

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 10am-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, or 3-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Get ready for trick-or-treating by designing a tote bag for your crazy collection of candy!
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 seniors 65 and older and visitors with disabilities. Advanced registration required.

FREE Puppet Shows by Wonderspark Puppets: The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 3-4pm
WHERE: Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards, Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: A timid ghost, his skeleton father, and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages Halloween puppet show.
WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required. 

Halloween Party Family Concerts

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: Laurie Berkner, Online
AGES: All
WHAT: For kids who are all dressed up with nowhere to ghost, Laurie's shows will give the season of costumes, candy, and jack-o'-lanterns a real "BOO-st." Laurie hopes families will join her in displaying their pumpkins, putting up their Halloween decorations, and getting decked out in their Halloween costume finery. 
WANT TO GO? $20 family ticket; $80 meet and greet add-on package. Advanced registration required. 

FREE Halloween Boo Bash

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 12-3pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 103rd Street Footbridge, Randall's Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Come in costume. Enjoy crafts, games, treats, and spooky fun before you go trick-or-treating.  
WANT TO GO? Free.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Brooklyn

Halloween Harvest

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 11, 12-8pm
WHERE: Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Have fun at the park while enjoying Halloween themed activities including Pumpkin Decorating, Tractor Racing, and Trick or Treating! 
WANT TO GO? $10 Halloween Harvest package, plus Extraordinary Wristband: $51 individuals 48 inches and taller; $30 individuals 48 inches and shorter. 

FREE Vale Park Annual Pumpkin Patch

WHEN: Oct. 17-24, Sundays, 11:30am-3pm
WHERE: The William Vale, 111 N 12th St., Williamsburg
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the whole family to Vale Park to pick your own pumpkins and get into the fall spirit.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween Candy Hunt

WHEN: Oct. 23-31, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Your little ones get to dress in their costumes and participate in this candy hunt.  In addition, they can run and roam throughout the farm greeting the animals, climbing on the playgrounds, and enjoy Fall decorations.
WANT TO GO? $12. Extra fee for animal feed.

FREE BKLYN BOO!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2-5pm
WHERE: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Albee Square, corner of Fulton and Bond streets, Downtown Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy an early Halloween celebration with music, performances, and treats!
WANT TO GO? Free.

23rd Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 12-2:30pm
WHERE: Fort Greene Park, bottom of Monument Stairs, Washington Park Street, Fort Greene
AGES: All
WHAT: Dress your pup up for a parade that's just for them, or come by and see "man's best friend" strut their stuff!
WANT TO GO? $12 per dog; free to watch. 

FREE 2nd Annual Treats on the Trails

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 12-2pm
WHERE: Shirley Chisholm State Park, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave., Brooklyn City Line
AGES: All
WHAT: Dress up in your Halloween best and search for candy, crafts, and more along the way. 
WANT TO GO? Free.

FREE BAMboo!

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
AGES: All
WHAT: The action-packed afternoon of revelry features music, carnival games, arts and crafts, and a candy giveaway.
WANT TO GO? Free.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: 2021 Halloween Spooktacular for Kids

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 11am
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Halloween with face painting, costume contest, music, and more! 
WANT TO GO? $12-$15. 

Queens Halloween Events for Families

Movie Night: The Nightmare Before Christmas

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 16, 7-10pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring a blanket and watch the “Pumpkin King” take over Christmas! Make a Christmas tree craft, too!
WANT TO GO? $50 family of 4; $25 per couple; $15 adult; $12 seniors 65 and older, child, students, and visitor with disabilities; Members: $35 per family of 4; $25 per couple $10; $8 $12 seniors 65 and older, child, students, and visitor with disabilities; free for children 3 and younger. Advanced registration required. 

Eat, Drink & Be Scary!

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 28, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 8-12
WHAT: Create Jack O’Lantern Quesadillas, Spider Apple Slices, and delicious mugs of Hot Cocoa with Floating Eyeballs, plus play Halloween bingo!
WANT TO GO? $26. Advanced registration required.

Halloween Party

WHEN: Oct. 28-29, Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm; Friday, 5-7pm
WHERE: A Sprinkle of Fun, 79-05 Myrtle Ave., Glendale
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Have some pre-Halloween fun with plaster painting, games, dancing, pizza and juice, goody bags, and dessert!
WANT TO GO? $20 per child with an adult. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween Haunted Hike & Trivia Game

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 9-11
WHAT: Search for nocturnal and creepy animals then play Halloween-themed trivia games and enjoy sweet treats and spooky hot chocolate!=
WANT TO GO? $32. Advanced registration required. 

Fall Family Festival-Halloween Carnival-Pumpkin Picking & Hayrides

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 12-6pm
WHERE: Hollis Congregational Church, 211-04 Hollis Ave., Queens Village
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy face painting and bounce houses, shoot some Hoops, win prizes, and ride the ponies! Ride on a train hayride to the pumpkin patch where you'll pick a pumpkin of your choice! Then carve that pumpkin into the silliest shape you can think of! (There's a contest for the best carved pumpkin!) Plus, carnival rides and games!
WANT TO GO? $10 per child; $5 adults; additional fee for rides, games, and food. Advanced registration required.

Trunk or Treat

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 11am-3pm
WHERE: The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave, Glendale
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the family out for pumpkin decorating, Halloween-themed vendors, Live DJ and Entertainment, Costume Parade, contests, and more!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 

Tasty Treat-Making for APEC's Animals

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 10-11:15am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 6-8
WHAT: Start your Halloween early with live animals and animal treats!  
WANT TO GO? $24. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween Party

WHEN: Oct. 30-31, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Playlab Kids, 135-17 Northern Blvd, Flushing
AGES: 6 and younger
WHAT: Join Playlab Kids for their first Halloween Party! It will be a spectacular non-spooky Halloween Party for children 6 and under! Come dressed up in costume. There will be games, raffles and of course candy!
WANT TO GO? $25 per child. Advanced registration required.

BHS's 20th Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race & Kids' Fun Run

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 7:30am check in; 9am race begins; 10am kids fun run
WHERE: Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: Dress up, run, and compete for prizes! 
WANT TO GO? $25-$40; free for kids 12 and younger; $5 suggested donation for Kids Fun Run. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween at the Garden

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Little ones can show off their Halloween costumes, walk the Trick-or-Treat Trail, and enjoy performances, including a magic show! Adults 21+ can enjoy harvest beers and ciders for purchase at the Beer & Wine Garden.
WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $6; $4 seniors 62 and older, veterans; $2 ages 4-12; free for members and children younger than 3. 

Halloween Party

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Art Strong NYC, 43-67 11th St., Long Island City
AGES: 2-10
WHAT: Take part in a variety of Halloween themed activities like spooky paintings, play dough haunted house small world sculptures, green oobleck messy bins, and Halloween themed sensory rice table. 
WANT TO GO? $35. Advanced registration required. 

Westchester County Halloween Events

Boo at the Zoo

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 11, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy magic, pumpkin carving demos, crafts, candy, Halloween show, costume parades, and more!
WANT TO GO? FREE with admission: $39.95; $34.95 seniors 65 and older; $29.95 ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. Advanced registration required. 

Brick-Or-Treat!

WHEN: Through Nov. 7: daily, 12-5:30pm
WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Say Brick-or-Treat, and get into the Halloween spirit with all types of spooky activities and transform LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester into a hauntingly fun time!
WANT TO GO? $24.99.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

WHEN: Through Nov. 21: See website for schedule
WHERE: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience the magic of more than 7,000 pumpkins lighting up the night at this 18th-century landscape.
WANT TO GO? $40-$48; $32-$36 ages 3-17. Advanced registration required. 

Terror at Quassy Halloween Event

WHEN: Oct. 8-31, Friday-Sunday, 6pm
WHERE: Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, 2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Dare to visit the Zombie Hospital, Haunted Catacombs and Cemetery, plus much more.  Live entertainment on the stage each night!
WANT TO GO? $29.99. 

Halloween Themed Kids Clay Workshop

WHEN: Saturdays, Oct. 9 and 30, 2-4pm
WHERE: Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester
AGES: 6 and older
WHAT: Professional ceramic artists will guide you through Halloween-themed hand-building projects that will be glazed and fired at the CAC.
WANT TO GO? $25. Advanced registration required.

Sunset Cinema: Hocus Pocus

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15, 5:30pm gates open; film starts at sunset
WHERE: Main Street School Lawn, 101 Main St., Irvington
AGES: All
WHAT: Dress up and come out for this classic movie on the lawn. 
WANT TO GO? $5. 

Harrybrooke Park Haunted Trail

WHEN: Oct. 15-23, Friday-Saturday, 6-10pm
WHERE: Harrybrooke Park, 100 Still River Drive, New Milford, CT
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Walk the park after dark and experience all that can go bump in the night, see what might be hiding in the trees and feel the terror!
WANT TO GO? $17 until October 10; $20 after October 10; $15 per person with 10 person group discount. Advanced registration required. 

The Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts: Not-So-Scary Halloween Scavenger Hunt

WHEN: Oct. 16-31, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm
WHERE: The SoNo Collection, 100 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT
AGES: All
WHAT: Families with young children can look forward to a Not-So-Scary Halloween Scavenger Hunt, an interactive adventure filled with goofy creatures, bewitching tricks, and a few challenging tasks. Children are invited to come in their Halloween costume (or not) and enjoy this fun escapade.
WANT TO GO? $15.



FREE Legend of Sleepy Hollow Family Storytelling Event

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 17, 10-10:45am
WHERE: Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor Station, Sleepy Hollow
AGES: All
WHAT: See a 25-minute retelling of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow featuring additional Halloween treats and activities.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

The Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts: The Haunting Of Water Street

WHEN: Oct. 21-31, Thursday and Sunday, 7-10pm; Friday-Saturday 7-11:30pm
WHERE: The SoNo Collection, 100 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: This outdoor walk-thru haunted house is designed as a maze with chilling surprises around every corner. In true scary movie fashion, The Haunting of Water Street is filled with shocking and gruesome scenes of terror and is suggested to be experienced in groups.
WANT TO GO? $20. 

FREE Halloween Carnival

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 24, 11-11:45am, 12-12:45pm, 1-1:45pm
WHERE: Rye YMCA, 21 Locust Ave., Rye
AGES: All
WHAT: Come in costume to play games, win prizes and enjoy healthy snacks.
WANT TO GO? Free. Members only. Advanced registration required. 

FREE Halloween Trick or Treat Spooktacular

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4pm
WHERE: Stew Leonards, 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers
AGES: 11 and younger
WHAT: Children are invited to trick or treat and collect candy as they visit stations around the store.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween Mask-Making Extravaganza

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 29, 3:30-5pm
WHERE: Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Kids will create eye and face masks using paint, feathers, sequins, glitter, fabric scraps, and pompoms.
WANT TO GO? $36; $32 members. Advanced registration required. 

FREE Trunk or Treat

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 29, 5-7pm
WHERE: Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Dress up and participate in Halloween activities and games, and of course...there will be candy!
WANT TO GO? Free.

Trick or Treat Trek

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: Come in costume, rain or shine. It's trick-or-treating time! Wander the grounds, search for a treat. One never knows who one might meet...
WANT TO GO? $10. Advanced registration required. 

Mexican Day of the Dead

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 3-4pm
WHERE: Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham
AGES: All
WHAT: Create ofrendas (offerings) to honor departed family members during this El Día de los Muertos celebration. 
WANT TO GO? Suggested $10 donation. 

FREE Halloween Bronx Night Market

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 4-10pm
WHERE: Bronx Night Market, 1 Fordham Plaza, The Bronx
AGES: All
WHAT: The spooky party is here with a prized costume contest, exclusive Halloween theme food creations, unique giveaways, and live performances that will make you dance until your feet hurt. 
WANT TO GO? Admission is free. Prices vary for goods. 

Science Saturday - Pumpkins and Potions

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Westchester Children's Museum, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: Carve a jack-o’-lantern and make magic potion with Doc Harmon. 
WANT TO GO? $5, plus admission: $9; $8 seniors; free for members, children younger than 1, and active duty military personnel and their families within the same household. Advanced registration required. 

Saturday Spooktacular!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Westchester Children's Museum, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye
AGES: All
WHAT: Join WCM for a fun filled day of creepy-crawly crafts, scary stories, halloween songs and a costume parade! Get dressed in your best costume and join all the fun and scary activities.
WANT TO GO? $9; $8 seniors; free for members, children younger than 1, and active duty military personnel and their families within the same household. 914-420-5050. 

BOO at the Zoo

WHEN: October 30-31, Saturday-Sunday, 12-3pm
WHERE: Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT
AGES: All
WHAT: This event brings seasonal activities for your little monsters along with spooky animal talks and fun for the whole family. All children are invited to come in costume. Voting for your favorite scarecrow in the Zoo’s popular Scarecrows on Parade is included!
WANT TO GO? $17; $14 ages 3-11 and seniors 62 and older; free for children younger than 3 and members

FREE Halloween Party and Costume Contest

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2-6pm
WHERE: The Market at Pound Ridge Square, 55 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge
AGES: All
WHAT: Join The Market at Pound Ridge Square for a Halloween Party and Costume Contest. Prizes will be given out to best kids costume (12 and younger) and best family costume. Kids can visit the craft table for some fun Halloween activities!
WANT TO GO? Free. This event is weather-pending.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events on Long Island

Fall Festival 2021

WHEN: Through Oct. 24: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: The Dee's Nursery & Florist, Inc., 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside
AGES: All
WHAT: Paint pumpkins, mine for gems and fossils, go on a spooky walk, enjoy roasted corn and meet cute farm animals!
WANT TO GO? $10.99 admission; additional fee for activities.

Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical  

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: See website for schedule
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts at the Smithtown Historical Society, 239 East Main St., Smithtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch as Spookley helps all the pumpkins in the patch learn that the things that make you different make you special.
WANT TO GO? $18. 

Fall at Hicks Nurseries

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: See the all-new animated story titled, “Otto’s Sweet Journey” and on weekends take photos with Otto and try delicious fall favorites!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 

Dark Night: Halloween Trail

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Friday-Saturday, 7-11pm; Sunday, 7-10:30pm
WHERE: Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville
AGES: All
WHAT: Travel back in time to 1999 to participate in a fictional radio show marathon, where movies, characters, and popular music of the '90s come to life. Venture through a 25– to 30-minute darkened trail to uncover hidden alphabetical letters that form the name of the character who has cursed the property, using only one flashlight from the '90s. There's also a not-so-scary trick-or-treat trail for younger kids.
WANT TO GO? $35; $15 ages 12-4; free for children 3 and younger. Advanced registration required.

Haunted Hollow

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Saturday-Sunday, 12pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm
WHERE: Adventureland, 2245 Route 110, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience Haunted Hollow–a frightfully fun and spooktacular Halloween Magic and Illusion Show!
WANT TO GO? Included with admission: $29.99-$44.99. 

Goatman's Haunted Farm: Day Show

WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Saturday-Sunday, begins at 12pm; plus Oct. 11, begins at 11am
WHERE: Glover Farm, 641 Victory Ave., Brookhaven
AGES: All
WHAT: Children and their families are invited to visit the petting zoo, pick pumpkins, play on the playground, play games, eat food, visit the haunted house and hayride, and have a good time!
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 ages 2-14; additional fee for food and games. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween House Long Island

WHEN: Through Nov. 4: Mondays-Wednesdays, 3-9pm; Thursdays, 3-10pm; Fridays, 3pm-1am; Saturdays, 11am-1am; Sundays, 11am-9pm
WHERE: Halloween House Long Island Grounds, 1500 Old Country Road, Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Immerse yourself in different Halloween themed rooms, designed to make every Halloween lover's experience unforgettable.
WANT TO GO? $25-$30; $20-$25 ages 10 and younger.

Blaze: Long Island

WHEN: Through Nov. 7: Wednesday-Sunday and Oct.11, see website for exact times
WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
AGES: All
WHAT: Elaborate displays and thousands of pumpkins enchant at this 19th-century village.
WANT TO GO? $32-$44; $24-$36 ages 3-17. 

Gateway's Haunted Playhouse: Campers' Pike on the Forgotten Road

WHEN: Oct. 7-31, Thursday, 7-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 7-11:30pm; Sunday, 7-10pm
WHERE: The Gateway at Southaven County Park, 761 Victory Ave., Yaphank
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Go on a terrifying 30 minute drive-through experience...if you dare!
WANT TO GO? $54 per vehicle. Advanced registration required. 

Spooky Fest

WHEN: Oct. 8-31, Fridays-Sundays, 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning-Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Center
AGES: All
WHAT: During Spooky Fest you can explore sixteen acres of grounds transformed into a family-friendly Halloween event.
WANT TO GO? $12-$20. Advanced registration required. 

Halloween Friends & Fun Cookie Decorating Class

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11, 10am
WHERE: Celebrations In The Kitchen, 63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Participants will detail the most classic shapes of this whimsical holiday with custom colored icing and confectionery blends.
WANT TO GO? $69.95. Advanced registration required. 

Silly Scary Story Night

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Bailey Arboretum, Bayville Road, Locust Valley
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a spooky storybook stroll along the Linden Trail, followed by a scavenger hunt amongst the shadows. Costumes are highly recommended! 
WANT TO GO? $10; $7 members; free for adults. Advanced registration required.

Fall Festival

WHEN: Oct. 16-31, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm and 6-10pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium for Festive Days for spooky fun and Haunted Nights for those that want a fright!
WANT TO GO? Prices start at $10. 

Not-So-Scary Kids Adventure at Gateway's Haunted Playhouse

WHEN: Oct. 16-31, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm
WHERE: The Gateway, 215 S. Country Road, Bellport
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Encounter goofy creatures, bewitching tricks, and make some new friends during this not-so-scary Halloween adventure. Debut this year’s costume, if you’d like, and show everyone just how spooky and grim or valiant and prim you can be!
WANT TO GO? $10. 

Autumn Fest!

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 17, 12-4pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate fall and Halloween with Pumpkin Painting, Live Raptor Presentation, Guided Nature Walks, and more. 
WANT TO GO? $25 per car; $15 per car members. 

Halloween Pals Cupcake Baking Class

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4pm
WHERE: Celebrations In The Kitchen, 63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Bake from scratch alongside the pros as they create their own cupcake batter to make 6 cupcakes each.
WANT TO GO? $69.95. Advanced registration required. 

Mr. Vanderbilt's Spooky Science Lab

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 22, 4-6pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium for some creepy fun with a scavenger hunt in the collections and create jars that can be used in any spooky Halloween display.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. Advanced registration required. 

Spooky Walk

WHEN: Oct. 22-23, Friday-Saturday, 6-9pm
WHERE: Whitney Pond Park, Community Drive & Community Drive East, Manhasset
AGES: 12 and older
WHAT: Visitors will experience a spine-tingling walk through the realm of fear and fright when zombies, vampires, ghouls, and many of their gruesome friends inhabit Whitney Pond Park. There will also be music and food for sale at the event. Spooky Walk may not be suitable for young children.
WANT TO GO? $5 cash. 

FREE Downtown Riverhead’s Annual Halloween Fest

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 23, 3-8pm
WHERE: Downtown Riverhead, Main Street, Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Have a spooktacular time with spirited shows at the historic Suffolk Theater, Coffin Races, Trick or Treating, Goblin Parade and more!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free. Prices vary for goods. 

FREE 8th Annual Great Jack-O'-Lantern Sail

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 23, 3-6pm
WHERE: Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Road, North Babylon
AGES: All
WHAT: The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Sail will feature lit carved pumpkins placed on boats pulled around the lake and children's activities including trick-or-treat stations and a not-so-scary ‘Spooky Den'.
WANT TO GO? Free.

Pumpkin Park

WHEN: Oct. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Adventureland, 2245 Route 110, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids can stroll Adventureland in their costumes and trick-or-treat at the various tables set up at the park. 
WANT TO GO? Included with admission: $29.99-$44.99. 

Tails, Trails, and Treats

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 24, 1-3pm
WHERE: Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
AGES: 2-7
WHAT: Kids can enjoy close encounters with animals, a ghostly garden, games, and a special puppet enchanted trail.
WANT TO GO? $10; free for adults. Advanced registration required. 

Not-So-Spooky Walk

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 24, 12-4pm
WHERE: Whitney Pond Park, Community Drive & Community Drive East, Manhasset
AGES: All
WHAT: The Not-So-Spooky Walk is designed for younger children and will include sport activities, arts & crafts, and more. 
WANT TO GO? $5 cash. 

FREE Haunted Village at the Rogers Mansion

WHEN: Oct. 24-31, Saturdays, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit a haunted Southampton Village inhabited with ghosts, goblins, and ghouls all on the grounds of the historic Rogers Mansion. The outbuildings will be open and occupied with the unimaginable. Those brave enough to make it to the end will be rewarded with candy and pumpkins provided by the Southampton Youth Association (while supplies last). 
WANT TO GO? Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up—especially the adults.

FREE Trick or Treating at Stew Leonard's of East Meadow

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's East Meadow, 1897 Front St., East Meadow
AGES: 8 and younger
WHAT: Children are invited to dress in their costumes and go trick-or-treating.
WANT TO GO? Free. Advanced registration required.

FREE The 31st Annual Halloween Festival!

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 29, 2-5pm; 4pm parade
WHERE: Stony Brook Village, 111 Main St., Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: Trick-or-Treat throughout the Stony Brook Village Center at shops, enjoy children’s games and Monster Mash dancing, join the Halloween Parade, and more!
WANT TO GO? Free.

Halloween Spooktacular

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 29, 6-9pm
WHERE: Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
AGES: 7 and older
WHAT: Enjoy eerie animal presentations, a ghostly graveyard, creepy games, scary music, and spooky night trails.
WANT TO GO? $15. Advanced registration required. 

Haunted Hatchery

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2-5pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Families are welcome to come out for a not-so-scary Haunted Hatchery. 
WANT TO GO? $7; $6 seniors 65 and older; $5 ages 3-12. 

FREE Farmingdale Halloween Parade, Family Fun-Pony Rides, Petting Zoo

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2-4pm
WHERE: Farmingdale Village, Northside School at North Main Street, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: March in the Farmingdale Halloween Parade if you would like, then enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, costume contest, and candy!
WANT TO GO? Parade steps off from Northside School (north Main Street) and proceeds south along Main Street to the Village Green (361 Main St).

Ghosts, Goblins, and Witches

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30, 8pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma
AGES: All
WHAT: Get in the Halloween spirit with spooky Halloween Dances!
WANT TO GO? $18; $9 children and senior citizens. 

FREE Annual Halloween Costume Parade

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 31, 12pm registration; 1pm parade and judging begins
WHERE: Brady Park, 1000 Lake Shore Drive, Massapequa Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Dress up to participate in the parade or cheer on your favorite guys and ghouls!
WANT TO GO? Free. 

Main image: Evgeny Atamanenko/Shutterstock.com

Here at Rockland Parent, we've got everything you need to have a safefun, and festive fall and Halloween season.  Whether it is pumpkin or apple picking, getting lost in a corn maze, making Halloween crafts or finding costumes and decorations, we're here to help. 

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Shara Levine, originally from Brooklyn, is the Events Manager for NYMetroParents. As a lifelong New Yorker, and mom of four raising her kids on Long Island, Shara knows her hometown well and brings her love of all things fun to NYMetroParents by sharing the best in kid friendly events, festival, concerts, and performances in NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland. When not helping parents plan their family's day out, Shara enjoys making random Seinfeld references and going on late-night Target runs. 

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