Family Halloween Events Going on in NYC

Can’t get enough of the creepy, crawly, and spooky? If Halloween is your family’s favorite holiday, check out these events going on throughout the rest of the city.

16th Annual Halloween Celebration

October 31 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Roam the American Museum of Natural History’s halls for trick or treating fun, live music, arts and crafts, and roaming characters like Curious George. Buy tickets in advance here.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5606

Ghouls and Gourds Festival

October 29 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

It is a full day celebration. Families will be able to interact with giant puppets, make music with gourds, and even make their own mustache. Kids under 12 are admitted for free! For more information, click here.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 900 Washington Avenue, 718-623-7200

Drop-In Halloween Workshops

CMOM will be running fun drop-in workshops for little ones. Your toddler can design costume elements, a ghoul, or a witch’s cauldron. Check here for dates and times. Workshops are free with museum admission.  See similar events at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum here.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, 212-721-1223


Ghost Stories and Haunted Tours

Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, Thursday–Saturday, October 27-29

Sunday, October 30, 3 to 5 p.m. (reenactment of the 1865 funeral of Seabury Tredwell)

Monday, October 31, 7 & 8:30 p.m. (listen to ghost stories)

For your older kids, this museum in the village will be blast. Evenings from October 21 to 22 and October 27 to 29, you and teen can participate in candlelit ghost tours and hear about strange and inexplicable happenings. 

Merchant’s House Museum, East Fourth Street, 212-777-1089


Jack-o-Lantern Storytime

October 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

You and your little guys can participate in Jack-o-Lantern Storytime. Listen to stories about pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, and visit the museum’s kitchen to see the pie-making display. Afterward, make a jack-o-lantern toy to take home. For kids 6 and under. Free with museum admission.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61 Street, 212-838-6878


Halloween Murder Mystery

October 28 and 29,2011 at 6:30 & 7:30 PM

This fictional mystery game makes you the detective when an unidentified skeleton has been discovered in the Mount Vernon Mansion after being hidden for 100 years under the floorboards. It’s up to you to crack the case. Suitable for adults or families with kids 8 and up.

Admission: $25 Adults, $10 Kids under 12, $15 Members.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61 Street, 212-838-6878


The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

October 1, 2011 – October 31, 2011

(Tues.–Fri., 1:30–5:30 p.m.;

Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)

These folks know how to celebrate Halloween. Through October, their Adventure Garden is decked out with hundred of pumpkins, which are carved into all sorts of creatures. Visitors participate in a different craft each weekend. Costumed visitors can also participate in parades each weekend.

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, 718-817-8700


Spooktacular Pumpkin Party

October 8, 9, & 10, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Take part in spooky storytelling, puppet-making, and loads of creepy hands-on fun for the entire family. Enjoy seasonal treats courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, 718-817-8700

Spooky Nighttime Adventure

October 22 – 29, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Saturdays)

Grab a flashlight and explore the spooky sculptures of the Adventure Garden after dark. Trick-or-treat along the paths, and decorate a pumpkin to take home. Open to adults and kids of all ages. Admission: Non-Member $20/Member $15

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, 718-817-8700


Halloween Party at PortraitBug

October 30th, 2011, 10am – 3pm

Head over to PortraitBug in costume for this FREE Halloween party. There will be music, crafts, dance, and more.

2466 Broadway


Halloween is Happening

October 28, 2011 from 4:00pm – 10:00pm

The annual party promises fun for kids and parents alike. Kids can have their faces painted, make crafts, and more. In the evening, there will be a screening of the silent film Metropolis. The best part: it’s all free.

Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place, 212-602-0800


Screamin’ Green Halloween

October 30 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Celebrate a Green Halloween by making masks and costumes with recycled and repurposed materials, play “toss a spider in the brew,” and enjoy fair trade treats. Also, bring last year’s costume to trade. End your day with a marching band-led parade around Battery Park City.

World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street



Sandy Jimenez