Children love to dress up in colorful costumes and play at community events for Halloween during the fall season. There will be many opportunities for the entire family to enjoy the Halloween festivities in New York in 2017. Here are some of New York's kid-friendly Halloween celebrations this season.
Annual Pumpkin Festival at the Carousel
Oct 7 @ 12 p.m.
Willowbrook Park, Staten Island, NY
The Pumpkin Festival will be a free family-friendly event with fun for everyone. Activities will include “Music with Patrick” and all are invited to sing and dance along. The Quiver Farms Petting Zoo will be there for part of the day. Many nature-based activities will be available for wholesome family fun. The bright orange pumpkins will be reasonably priced for people who want to take one home. Carousel rides with be $2 per spin.
Halloween Harvest Festival
Oct. 28 @ 11 a.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens, NY 11106
This year’s free festival will be themed Dia de los Mertos, Day of the Dead. Family-friendly activities will include costume and art-making workshops with Socrates artists, and face painting. There will be special prizes for dogs dressed in costume in the Annual Canine Costume Contest. A blessing for the animals will be giving by Urban Shaman Mama Donna. The grand finale will be the performance by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York, which has shared Mexican culture with the NYC community for over 30 years.
Harlem Grown’s Halloween Festival
Oct. 28 @ 11 a.m.
Harlem Grown 134th Street Farm, 118 W. 134 St., Manhattan, New York, NY 10030
The community will come out in costume for this free Halloween Festival. Activities will include games, treats, and family fun.
Oct. 28 @ 12 p.m.
Fort Totten, Totten Ave. & 15 Road, Bayside, NY 11359
The Halloween Festival in Fort Totten Park will be a free event by Northeast Queens Parks. The family-friendly event will include live entertainment, a hayride, costume contests, interactive games, inflatables, a hay maze/pumpkin patch, and free goodie bags.
Second Annual Halloween Festival
Oct. 29 @ 12 p.m.
Fantasy Shore Amusement Park, 700 Father Capodanno Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10305
This free family-friendly festival includes Halloween crafts, a pumpkin patch, music, contests, and more. Patrons will be encouraged to come in Halloween costumes.
Halloween Kidz Karnival
Oct. 30 @ 12 p.m.
Pier 26, Hudson River Park, Tribeca, New York, N.Y. 10013
Hudson River Park transforms Pier 26 into “Halloween Central” with family-friendly activities, including storytelling with Story Pirates, magic with Kid Ace, pumpkin painting, face painting, treats, rides, and more. Some activities will be free, while some select activities will be $2.
Central Park Conservancy Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla
Oct. 29 @ 4 p.m.
Harlem Meer (East side from 106th to 110th St.,) Central Park, New York, N.Y. 10029
This free event will be fun for the entire family. Activities will include Halloween crafts, storytelling, a pumpkin carving, costume parade, and the Pumpkin Flotilla. This event is free and open to all ages.
Boo at the Zoo
Sept. 30-Oct. 29 weekends, plus Oct. 9
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460
The Halloween themed Boo at the Zoo will take place weekends in October, including Columbus Day. There will be a number of special activities, like the Halloween Hayride, the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, costume parades, the candy trail, pumpkin carving, crafts, and magic shows. Many activities will be included with ticket purchase, but some will have an additional price.