Spooky Halloween Walks and Haunted Houses in NYC for Kids

It's a monster mash at the Queens County Farm Museum's thrilling Halloween on the Farm event, which includes a haunted house. Photo courtesy of the museum
It's a monster mash at the Queens County Farm Museum's thrilling Halloween on the Farm event, which includes a haunted house. Photo courtesy of the museum

When it comes to Halloween thrills with kids, a tricked-out haunted house or slightly spooky Halloween trail just might be the right kind of boo for you. Haunted houses have long been popular suburban Halloween staples, and we've got the scoop on Long Island haunted houses and Westchester's top spooky attractions. For city kids, haunted houses in NYC are more limited. The most spooky picks, like Blood Manor, are definitely grown-ups only. There are, however, a handful of haunted houses in New York City offering gentler Halloween chills for families.

Read on for the scoop on these kid-friendly haunted houses in NYC, plus Halloween walks with more gentle thrills—and heed the age warnings. While grade-school kids can attend most of these, not all are suitable for preschoolers. We've got the scoop on NYC's top Halloween events and plenty more spooky fun in our New York City Halloween Fun Guide.

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Haunted Attractions and Haunted Houses in NYC in 2022

1. Halloweenscreem Fright Walk – Chelsea

Friday, October 21-Saturday, October 22
Ages 13+
Chelsea's rec center transforms itself into a haunted house for one weekend only. Frightening images, special effects, jump scares, loud noises, and fog all await as you make your way through the attraction. FREE

2. Haunted House at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation – Williamsbridge, the Bronx

Friday, October 28
Ages 8+
Celebrate Halloween at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center, which decorates its halls to create a haunted house in NYC. Encounter ghouls, witches, ghosts, and more. FREE

3. Haunted Halloween East River Dinner Cruise – St. George, Staten Island

Friday, October 28
Tweens and up
Take a Halloween maritime tour starting at the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island and head up the East River. Along the way, hear terrifying tales of ghosts, murder, mayhem, and piracy. This haunted Halloween cruise includes a three-course dinner, drinks, and dancing.

4. Harlem Grown's Halloween Festival – Harlem

Saturday, October 29
All ages
This local community org hosts a day-long festival on its urban farm. Among the family-friendly activities planned is a re-incarnation of the Haunted Hoop House. Come in costume and prepared to be spooked. FREE

5. Haunted Carousel – Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Saturday, October 29-Sunday, October 30
All ages
Prospect Park's beautiful carousel gets a haunting makeover for the pre-Halloween weekend. Don your best Halloween costume and enjoy a spin astride a spooky steed.

6. Halloween on the Farm – Floral Park, Queens

Sunday, October 30
All ages
While the majority of attractions during this day-long event are all-ages friendly, its haunted house is generally considered a good "intro" haunted house for school-age children. You never know what you'll find—or what will find you—in the Queens County Farm Museum's Haunted Farm House. The house is completely dark inside and filled with winding paths and sudden surprises. Afterward, go for a spooky hayride, down some cider, buy your pumpkins and apples, and navigate the Amazing Maize Maze for an additional fee. Speaking of NYC's only corn maze, big kids can conquer it by moonlight on select dates.

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Haunted houses in NYC Boo at the Zoo
From magic and mind-reading shows to pumpkin carving demonstrations and costume parades, Boo at the Zoo has it all. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher

Spooky Halloween Walks in NYC in 2022

7. Boo at the Zoo – Bronx Park, the Bronx

Weekends through Sunday, October 30; also on Monday, October 10
All ages
Don your costumes and head to the Bronx Zoo where mild thrills await, including a candy trail where kids can gather Halloween treats while discovering some of the zoo residents' favorite foods. March in a costume parade, enjoy Halloween crafts, a magic show, pumpkin carving demos, and a showing of The Wildlife Witches Super Scary Halloween Show while you're there. Save time to walk the Pumpkin Trail, which features hundreds of intricately carved gourds and pumpkins.

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Haunted houses in NYC Watson Adventures Ghosts of Greenwich Village
The whole family can participate in a Watson Adventures Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt. Photo courtesy of Watson Adventures

8. Watson Adventures Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt – Greenwich Village

Saturdays October 22 and October 29
Ages 7 and older
See this classic New York neighborhood through an entirely new lens. Creepy clues lead you to these now-haunted houses in NYC, which were once occupied by Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain, plus help you find some spooky landmarks. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

9. Ghosts of New York: Night Walk – East Village

Wednesday, October 26-Monday, October 31
Ages 16+
Teens can grab their friends and embark on a self-guided ghost tour using the Questo app to explore haunted hotspots in the city. This walk aims to introduce you to lesser-known histories of old New York as you solve puzzles and untangle riddles all along the way.

RELATED: Not-So-Scary Halloween Events in NYC for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Haunted houses in NYC Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching
The Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari transforms into a thrilling, scary nighttime experience on Friday and Saturday evenings!Photo by Julie Larsen Maher

10. Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching – Bronx Park, the Bronx

Friday and Saturday nights through Saturday, October 29
Ages 13 and up
Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching is a scary Halloween walk-through experience that sends participants on an adventure that brings them up close with prehistoric creatures in a whole new way as they follow the story of a rare dinosaur egg, found intact after 66 million years, that is finally ready to hatch! What could go wrong? Find out if you dare...

11. Creepy Crawly Halloween – Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Sunday, October 30
All ages
The Prospect Park Alliance hosts a special Halloween event at the Audubon Center where kids of all ages can take a look at the creepy, crawly creatures. Kids can participate in fun activities and experiments like owl pellet dissection, a creepy crawly walk through the park, and enjoy Halloween-inspired tasty treats. FREE

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Haunted houses in NYC Scarecrows and Pumpkins at NYBG
Scarecrows and pumpkins take over the New York Botanical Garden this month. Photo courtesy of the NYBG

12. Scarecrows & Pumpkins Takeover the NYBG – Bronx Park, the Bronx

Select dates through Sunday, October 30
All ages
Wander the trails of the Everett Children's Adventure Garden to take in its eye-popping transformation as it's filled with silly scarecrows, professionally carved pumpkins, and seasonal entertainment. Enjoy a weekend of pumpkin carving on Saturday, October 15-Sunday, October 16, and visit after dark for Spooky Pumpkin Garden Nights during the last two weekends of the month.

This post was originally published in October 2010 and is updated annually.

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