Join the Dia de los Muertos parade at El Museo del Barrio. Photo courtesy of the museum
Join the Dia de los Muertos parade at El Museo del Barrio. Photo courtesy of the museum

Best Día de los Muertos and Day of the Dead Celebrations for NYC Kids

Although Halloween and the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, happen in close proximity to each other and share some similarities—including costumes, skeletons, and treats—they differ in many ways. An opportunity for families to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed away, Día de los Muertos is a celebratory tradition that dates back thousands of years in many Latin American cultures. Though the holiday officially takes place on November 1 and 2 to coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, the (mostly FREE) Day of the Dead events in NYC are spread throughout October and early November. 

At Day of the Dead celebrations, revelers honor friends and family members who have died by building altars, or ofrendas, and adorning them with colorful paper flowers, beautifully decorated skeletons, and candles. It's a joyful way to involve all ages in honoring and remembering the deceased.

We've rounded up ten Day of the Dead events where NYC kids and families can celebrate the holiday. You'll find more all activities in our Fall Fun Guide, and be sure to check out our Halloween Guide for all the other spooky, kid-friendly happenings in NYC this month.

Click through to the listings for all the info, including locations and times.

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta School.
285 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10310

St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
131 E 10th St (at Second Ave.),
New York, NY

Staten Island Children's Museum @ Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

The Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Brooklyn , NY

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY

Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Brooklyn Museum Reopens
Brooklyn Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Little Red Riding Hood
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
Flick Fridays - Toy Story (G)
Empire Outlets - 6:00 PM Pick
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