Have a Screamin’ Green Halloween

Are you looking for something to do this Halloween that would be green themed fun for the whole family and include everything from games and parades to costume making and costume swaps and all be FREE? Then the World Financial Center’s Screamin’ Green Halloween is where you want to be.

On Sunday, October 30th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, the World Financial Center Winter Garden, located at 220 Vesey Street in downtown Manhattan, will be the place for an earth friendly twist on a family Halloween celebration. Adorned with giant 30-foot high figures of a scarecrow, witch, and skeleton, the spectacular Winter Garden will be the setting for a fun-filled afternoon. Artists will be on hand to help kids make masks and costumes out of funky recycled and repurposed materials, providing them with a valuable lesson in creative reuse. During the costume swap, families can exchange last year’s costumes for gently used and ready-to-wear ones with plenty of time for the next day’s trick-or-treating. The thrills and chills continue with a variety of fun games whose players will all be rewarded with fair trade and organic treats, and temporary tattoos of pumpkins and ghosts – printed on recycled paper, of course.

Games will include:

  • “Bobbing for Apples” – in a new twist on an old favorite, kids of all ages attempt to snare apples hanging from above without using their hands – harder than it sounds!
  • “Bowling for Ghosts” – participants roll balls down a homemade bowling alley towards repurposed soda bottles, craftily remade into ghosts of all shapes and sizes.
  • “Toss a Spider in the Brew” – each player gets three chances to toss a spider beanbag into a cauldron made from an old tire.

Mini-parades will take place throughout the World Financial Center including the waterfront (if weather permits) at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, led by the legendary Outer Borough Brass Band. The day will culminate with a Ghosts and Goblins Parade to Poets House for a reading of spooky poems and seasonal snacks. The World Financial Center Shops & Restaurants will offer Screamin’ Green Halloween specials and sales throughout the afternoon. Visit World Financial Center for details.

Free valet bicycle parking will be provided by Transportation Alternatives.

Find more ways to go green at Green Halloween.


Robert Cooper