It seems as though everywhere you look recently, Halloween costumes, decorations, and activities are getting bloodier and scarier than ever. If you’re a parent of younger children, or even if you’re looking for an alternative to all the gore, here are some events going on during the month of October that are a safer way to celebrate Halloween.
*This article is not updated! Please visit our Halloween Fun Guide or check out our events calendar for updated information.*
Harvest Craft Fair
Saturday, October 9, from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunnyside Gardens Park is hosting a Craft Fair and Oktoberfest celebration. In addition to their selection of pumpkins, there will be arts and crafts, music, as well as food and drinks in honor of Oktoberfest.
Sunnyside Gardens Park, located at 48-21 39th Avenue
Moonlight Corn Maze
Saturday October 9 and October 16 from 4:30pm – 9:00pm
If you’re familiar with the Queens Farm Museum, you already know about their Amazing Maize Maze. But did you know about the Maze by Moonlight? This year, on Saturday October 9 and October 16, families can find their way through the maze after dark, from 4:30pm – 9:00pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 – 11, and children ages 3 and under are free.
Queens Farm Museum, at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Halloween Harvest Festival (FREE)
Sunday, October 17 from 11:00am – 2:00pm
The Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, is hosting a Halloween Harvest Festival rain or shine. There will be harvest food available for purchase, as well as face and pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and two performances of HOOD: A Tale of Robin and His Merry Men by the Red Door Theatre. Admission to the Festival is free.
32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
Maple Grove’s Great Halloween Festival and Carved Pumpkin Contest (FREE)
October 16th from 5pm-7:30pm
The Maple Grove Cemetary in Kew Gardens has an annual festival which includes scary stories, games, face painting, arts and crafts, and a children’s costume parade. Children under 12 are free, others are $5 per person
83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens Queens
Halloween Festival at Fort Totten (FREE)
October 23 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Another Halloween Festival is being held at Fort Totten Park in Bayside from. There will be games, carnival rides, tons of goodies, and even a costume contest, all included in the free admission. The event may be moved to Crocheron Park, also in Bayside, so be sure to call them at (718) 352-4793 before you head out.
Scary Story Time (FREE)
October 23rd at 11am
Scare up some old-fashioned fun at Halloween Storytime! Check out the Bayside B&N for a reading of Scaredy-Cat, Splat! and other stories. Wear your costume for a parade around the store, enjoy a snack and Halloween craft. We’ll have a BOO-tiful time together!
Barnes & Nobles @ Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside
In addition, check with your local library branch, as many branches are having safe Halloween events going on throughout the month of October. To find you local branch, visit www.queenslibrary.org.
Boo at the Zoo
October 30th and October 31th
The Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadow Park is having their annual Boo at the Zoo on Saturday, October 30 and on Halloween. In addition to face painting and crafts, children can go trick or treating at the treat stations set up around the zoo, and also see the pumas and the bears get special pumpkins. The first 200 visitors each day will pick and decorate their own Halloween pumpkin, and as an added bonus, children under age 12 and in costume get in free.
Queens Halloween Parade (FREE)
Also on the big day, the annual Jackson Heights Halloween Parade will be held on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. A much tamer version than the one in the Village, this parade is completely dedicated to kids and their costumes. It’s a great opportunity for your little ones to dress up and be the center of attention. For more information, call the Jackson Heights Beautification Group at 718-565-5344.
October 31st 1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Queens Botanical Garden is also having a Pumpkin Patch on Halloween in the Children’s Garden. Kids get to pick their own pumpkins to paint, and they also get to create a green-haired plant monster. Admission is $10, which includes the pumpkin.
Halloween Remixed (FREE)
October 31st from 2pm-5pm
Celebrate Day of the Dead, Halloween, and All Saints Day with hands-on festive fun for the whole family at Flushing Town Hall. This historic house celebrates Halloween with free music and festivities for little ones.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing NY 11354
October 30 – 31, at 1pm and 3pm
Bring your Halloween pumpkin to NYSCI and watch it splat! They will be chucking your basketball-sized pumpkins all afternoon. Free, all ages.
New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368
As hard as it may be to shield your toddlers and tweens from the blood and guts this Halloween season, rest assured there are safer alternatives being held throughout Queens for everyone in your family to enjoy.