Halloween’s spooky vibe shouldn’t keep you and your kids from getting into the spirit of the season. There’s plenty of age-appropriate events throughout October that are perfect for family fun. We’ve picked our favorite kid-friendly Halloween celebrations in New York so that every member of your family has a reason to get dressed up and costumed out — yes, even you parents.
Weekends through October 29th
The legendary Bronx Zoo brings the Halloween spirit to the borough with their annual celebration. In addition to all your favorite animal friends, there’s a Haunted Forest (new this year!), Nature Trek, Halloween Hayride, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show for Eric Carle fans old and young. Plus, endless Halloween events that will keep the whole family entertained for hours.
Through November 13th
Yes, you have to head out to the Hudson Valley, but it’s worth the trip to experience this incredible visual event. Thousands of carved pumpkins come together in sculpture-form to create everything from spooky skeletons to the Statue of Liberty. There’s also a Pumpkin Carousel and a Pumpkin Planetarium, to really help you get into the Halloween mood.
October 28th, 12pm-5:30pm
Music is at the heart of this kid-packed Halloween event, with over eight musical acts performing throughout the day. Local authors and illustrators will be reading from their books, and there’s a ton of nature-centric activities to keep even the most active kid on their toes, from building a giant spider web to brussels sprout bowling. Just be sure to stick around for the costume parade at the end of the day.
October 21st, 12pm-3pm
A Big Apple classic! This annual doggy costume parade is legendary, with pups — and their owners — decked out in their finest Halloween fare. You and your kids will be bow-WOWed by these pooches, and with a suggested donation of just $5, the price is right for a perfect afternoon.
Kate, the Minimaster Mom, lives and works in Southern California with her husband and daughters, ages 6 and 4. They never yell, watch TV, or eat sugar.