Things To Do in Queens in October

The crisp cool air is moving in, the leaves are changing and the Halloween spirit is all around.  The Queens Mamas have rounded up some of the best Fall events in our borough to keep you are your family up-to-date on all the great activities taking place around town throughout the month of October.


Outdoor Scavenger Adventure

October 1, 2011, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Head over to search for environmental & sports clues to complete adventures! No experience necessary. For more information, call 718-699-8350 or visit

Playground for All Children,  111 Street and 56 Avenue, Corona


63rd Drive Festival

October 1, 2011, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Forest Hills / Rego Park Lion’s Club is hosting the 63rd Drive Festival. The perfect event for families, there will be live entertainment, food, and lots to see! The event is free. For more information, call 718-230-0489

63rd Drive from Austin Street to Queens Blvd., Forest Hills


The Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival

October 2, 2011, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, this Fall Fest is a great day out for the family. Enjoy the entertainment, or stop in one of the many shops to see what’s available. Free admission.

On Austin Street from 69th to 72nd Road, Forest Hills

The Apple Festival

October 2, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy free admission to this wonderful local apple festival featuring numerous different kinds of apples, apple cider and the baking of the worlds largest apple cobbler.  Check out all the fun at The Apple Festival.

The Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park

Forest Park Children’s Field Day

October 2, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Come out and enjoy a day of field games including the 50 yard dash, long jump sand bean bag games.  Great for the whole family.  Get details at Forest Park Field Day.

Forest Park, Kew Gardens


Nature Painting

October 8, 11:00 a.m.

Join an urban park ranger for a family fun eco-friendly craft.  All materials are provided. Learn more about the program at Nature Painting.

Fort Totten Park, Bayside

Pumpkin Patch and Oktoberfest

October 8, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Come out with the whole family for a great day of fall fun and enjoy a great craft fair.  See more information at Sunnyside Gardens Park.

Sunnyside Gardens Park, Sunnyside

Queens Comic Con

October 8, 11:00 a.m.

For the first time ever, Queens will have its own comic convention.  Come on in to meet local authors and enjoy a live auction of the massive collection of comics.  See details at Queens Comic Con.

Steinway Library, Astoria

Maze by Moonlight

October 8 & October 15, Until 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy the farm museums amazing 3 acre interactive Maize Maze until 9:00 p.m. on these special dates.  Learn all about what the maize has to offer at Maze by Moonlight.

The Queens County Farm Museum , Floral Park


The Sixth New York Book Fair Expo

October 9, 2011,  11:00am – 6:00pm

The 6th annual NY Book Fair Expo celebrates the richness and diversity of the languages of New York at the historical Queens Museum of Art. It will present the work of 100 local authors of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds under one roof. The NY Book Fair Expo is designed to promote literacy and literary endeavor in New York. It is also an opportunity for authors to encourage our youth and engage with the community. Admission is free. For more information, visit Queens Museum of Art.

Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park


APEC Pumpkin Party

October 9, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Toddlers ages 18-24 months are invited to learn about nature, interact with live animals, play outdoors and participate in crafts at this fall event. See more at APEC.

Alley Pond Environmental Center, Little Neck

Book Making Workshop

October 12, 4:00 p.m.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of creative writing, illustration and book making at this hands on workshop.  Get details at Book Making Workshop.

Queens Library, Long Island City Branch

Spirits Alive!

October 15, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Get in the Halloween spirit at this walking tour in which actors recreate the lives of some of its most famous inhabitants.  See details at Spirits Alive.

Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens

Home Movie Day

October 15, 2011, 1:00pm – 5:00 pm

Don’t throw your old Kodachrome and black & white family films away. Instead, bring them to the ninth annual International Home Movie Day, a free event held at Queens Museum of Art. Films to be accepted for inspection one hour before event starts. It’s a day of discovery, as people often bring boxes and cans of films that have not been seen by present generations. Home Movie Day is an international event taking place at the same time in cities across the U.S. and the world, dedicated to the viewing and the preservation of home movies shot on film. For questions and information regarding Home Movie Day at QMA, please email or call 718.592.9700×222.

Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park


Fall Festival

October 15, 2011, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate harvest at King Manor with Fall-themed crafts and activities for the whole family! Enjoy a food-themed celebration, including historic food demonstrations and much more. For more information, call 718-206-0545  or visit

King Manor Museum – Jamaica Ave. between 150 & 153 streets, Jamaica



October 15, 2011, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Entertainment, tournaments and games, pie eating contest and photo contest are just a few of the things to expect at the institute’s Oktoberfest celebration. German singers & dancers along with a special presentation on “The Early Beer Gardens of Queens.” Face painting for children and caricatures for sale. Experience German-American food and beer. Admission: $15 children 5 & under are free. For more information, visit

Poppenhusen Institute – 114-04 14 Road, College Point

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch

October 16, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bring out the whole family for a day of live music, garden tours and a terrific pumpkin patch.  See all the details at Harvest Fest.

Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing

Rockaway Fall Fest

October 16, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a great day of fall fun including hay rides, a pumpkin patch, and costume making.  See all the fun at Rockaway Fall Fest.

Bayswater Park, Rockaway

Halloween Crafts

October 19, 3:30 p.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to make masks, have fun with play dough and make Halloween decorations.  See details at Halloween Crafts.

Queens Library, Bay Terrace

Halloween Festival

October 22, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Get in the Halloween spirit a week early with a day of games, crafts, pumpkin picking and costume contests.  Get more information at Halloween Festival.

Fort Totten Park, Bayside


Halloween Harvest  Festival

October 22, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

In addition to live music and great food, kids will love the annual canine costume contest  and costume swap at the park.  See all their is to do at Halloween Harvest Festival.

Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City

Chemistry Day

October 22, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Kids can join some of the greatest minds in chemistry for a day of hands-on fun and activities.  See details at Chemistry Day.

New York Hall of Science, Corona

Howlin’ Halloween

October 27, 2011, 5:00 pm

Halloween is coming soon. Werewolves howling at the moon. Vampire bats take scary flight. Ghosts and ghoulies haunt the night. They’ll all be here for the spooky fun. Come to Hillcrest, everyone! Tricks and treats, snacks to eat, and holiday surprises! For more information, call 718-454-2786

Hillcrest Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing

Halloween Party Fun

October 28, 2011, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The serene and tranquil museum and garden will be invaded by eerie ghosts, goblins and witches! These spirits will be on the grounds with their trick or treat play with garden games and surprises. Admission: $2, infants free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit

The Voelker Orth Museum and Garden 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing


October 28, 2011, 5:00pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a spooky evening of Halloween crafts, a haunted house, music, games, ghost stories and a pumpkin patch! Free admission.

Al Oerter Recreation Center,  Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 131-40 Fowler Avenue


Haunted Lantern Tours

October 28th & October 29, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Urban Park Rangers as they mix history with Halloween on a lantern tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten. Free admission

Fort Totten Park, Bayside

Halloween Bash

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Head over to Astoria for a day of inflatable games, crafts, face painting and music! Free admission

A.R.R.O.W. Community Center, 35-30 35th Street, Astoria


Canine Costume Carnival

October 29, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dress up your furry friends or just watch this adorable canine costume parade.  Music, games and more will keep kids in the Halloween spirit.  Get details at Canine Carnival.

Rockaway Freeway


Halloween Haunted House

October 29, 30 & 31, 2011, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Come enjoy the chills and thrills of the farm museums haunted house.  Great for kids ages 4-11.  Additionally, enjoy hayrides, Halloween treats and apple cider.  Visit Queens Haunted House for details.

The Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park

Dead or Alive Food Experiments

October 29 & 30, 2011

Create edible tricks and treats with candy makers, molecular gastronomists and food scientists. Free with NYSCI admission.

New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona


Halloween – Remixed

October 30, 2011, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the community traditions of the Day of the Dead, Halloween, and All Saints Day with hands-on festive fun for the whole family! Be sure to wear your costume! Admission is free. For more information, visit

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing


Boo at the Zoo

October 29 – 30, 2011

Get ready for spine-tingling surprises as the animals receive scrumptious Halloween treats. Enjoy face-painting and pumpkin picking and stop by the Farm to visit our Haunted Habitat. Children ages 12 and under in costume get free admission when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit Queens Zoo.

Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Park


Children’s Fall Festival

October 30, 2011 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wear your costumes to this annual fall festival complete with pony rides, hayrides and sack races.  Get in on all the fun at Fall Festival.

The Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park

Tiny Trick or Treaters

October 31, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Kids ages 18 month to 4 years old are invited to make Halloween crafts, play games, enjoy Halloween snacks and much more.  See details at Tiny Trick or Treaters.

Alley Pond Environmental Center, Little Neck


Jackson Heights Halloween Parade

October 31, 2011, 12:00pm

The JHBG Halloween Parade Committee organizes the annual parade down 37th Avenue. At the end of the parade, more than 3,000 bags of treats are handed out to children. The goodie bags are distributed at 76th Street. For more information, visit Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Starts at 89th Street on 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights


Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg