Call it "Halloweekend:" The fun-packed build-up to the big day takes over town this Saturday and Sunday, including the Haunted Halloween Walk & Fair in Prospect Park, Trick or Treating on Governors Island and at Grand Central Station, Staten Island's Halloween Harbor, and the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla, along with smaller-but-equally-fun events like the Children's Halloween Festival at Bleecker Playground, the Irish Halloween fest, and Obake (Ghost World) Family Day at the Japan Society. There are even pet costume parades in Fort Greene, at the High Line Hotel, and at the Little Bay Park Dog Run. Note that due to an expected Nor'easter in NYC this weekend, some Saturday events may be rescheduled or postponed, so check websites and details before heading out.
Halloween isn't the only holiday in town this weekend; don't forget about Day of the Dead celebrations, including a sunset outdoor screening of Coco, Día de los Muertos at Wave Hill, and celebrations at the National Museum of the American Indian and St. Mark's Church in the Bowery. You can also enjoy more fall festivities at the annual Children's Fall Festival in Queens.
For Halloween events on Wednesday, October 31, check out our complete roundup of Halloween Day festivities, plus our comprehensive NYC trick-or-treating guide, highlighting the best neighborhoods to hit in all five boroughs. There's still time to pick the perfect pumpkin before the big day, too, even within the city limits. Don't forget: in the aftermath, you can donate all your leftover candy and, later in November, smash your pumpkins.
Need a break from planning your kid's costume? Bryant Park's Winter Village and skating rink and Prospect Park's rink open Saturday.
While it's never easy to whittle down all of NYC's amazing Halloween events to one post, you can check our October GoList, Event Calendar, and Halloween Guide for even more ideas.