Free Halloween Fun in NYC

Halloween is right around the corner, are you prepared? Have a weekend filled with Halloween fun in New York City with this quick guide!

October 26, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Halloween is almost here! Whether you’re looking forward to celebrating with family, friends, pets, or all by yourself, New York City has options for you. Check out some of the free parties, parades, festivals, and more to have some Halloween fun all weekend.

Saturday, October 29

Brooklyn Bridge Harvest Festival
Pier 6 Lawns, Brooklyn Bridge Park

This free festival is fun for the whole family, with pumpkin carving, games and activities, puppets, music, and more!

Haunted High Line
The High Line between West 14th and West 16th Streets

Let the kids show off their costumes and learn about the history of the High Line and Manhattan’s West Side with a fun-for-all-ages scavenger hunt.

Halloween Harvest Festival
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Check out this circus-themed Halloween festival! There will be jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and a dog costume contest.

NYC Parks Halloween Festival
Parade Grounds in Fort Totten Park, Queens

Head to the parade grounds at Fort Totten Park for this afternoon Halloween party. There will be games, rides, and more!

Brookfield Place New York Halloween Party
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, Manhattan

Magic, science, and spooktacular fun. Bring the kids!

Halloween in Prospect Park
Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The Prospect Park Alliance is hosting the 37th annual Halloween Party in Prospect Park. Join in the Haunted Halloween Walk, Carnival, and Fair, and find more fun at the Prospect Park Carousel!

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park
Luna Park, Brooklyn

Head to Coney Island for some family-friendly fun! Halloween Harvest is happening at Luna Park all weekend (that means Sunday, too)!

Sunday, October 30

Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, Manhattan

Live music, storytelling, pumpkin carving, and a bat demonstration! Snag a spot around the Harlem Meer at 6:30pm to watch the city’s largest floating pumpkin parade.

Halloween Dog Costume Celebration
Little Bay Park Dog Run, Queens

Dress up your pup or just show up and watch the costume contest. There will be prizes for the winners!

Washington Market Park 2016 Halloween Parade and Party
Washington Market Park, Manhattan

Show up early if you want to join the parade—line-up starts at 12:45pm!

Monday, October 31


43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade
Sixth Avenue from Spring to 16th Streets

It wouldn’t be Halloween in New York City without the Village Halloween Parade! This year there will be giant puppets, more than 50 music bands, dancers, thousands of New Yorkers in costume, and lots more. Here are some tips for enjoying the parade.

  • Anyone is welcome to march in the parade, but you must be in costume! If you’re marching, plan to line up on Sixth Avenue at Canal Street from the East Side between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
  • You can view the parade at any point along Sixth Avenue between Spring and 16th Streets. Show up early to get a good spot. The parade begins at 7pm.
  • Between Bleecker and 14th Streets are the busiest spots, so look for more room between Spring and Houston or 14th and 16th Streets.
  • If you’re meeting friends, find a spot to get together a few blocks away before you head to the parade. Finding people in the crowd can be tough.
  • Streets surrounding the parade will be closed day-of. Pay attention to where streets are blocked and follow directions.
  • There is no alcohol allowed at the parade.
  • Don’t want to deal with the crowds? No problem! The entire parade will be broadcast on TV, on channel NY 1, from 7:30pm–9:30pm.

Plus, don’t miss out on these trick-or-treating tips to keep your kids safe as well!


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