Best Free Halloween Events in New York City for Kids in 2022

The Harlem Meer's free Halloween event lineup includes costumes, plenty of candy, and a charming pumpkin flotilla. Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy
The Harlem Meer's free Halloween event lineup includes costumes, plenty of candy, and a charming pumpkin flotilla. Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

What's the one way to make costume-and-candy-filled Halloween events even sweeter? Make them FREE. In New York City, there are loads of no-cost Halloween celebrations in 2022, whether you're looking for preschooler Halloween events or you've got a teen who can't wait to be spooked. There are no tricks here: We've decided to give parents the best treat of all with this roundup of FREE Halloween events in New York City for kids, including a fun Mommy Poppins Party at The Hugh. Our list also includes big annual family favorites like Bay Ridge's Ragamuffin Parade, the charming Pumpkin Flotilla on the Harlem Meer, the Pumpkin Pageant in Inwood, and much more.

So, bring your costumes but leave your wallets at home for these FREE Halloween events in New York City, and find everything from NYC's best trick-or-treating spots to fun, easy Halloween treats for kids in our New York City Halloween Guide.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses, times, and recommended ages. And keep in mind: You may need to register in advance to take advantage of all the FREE Halloween events in NYC.

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Places featured in this article:


East Harlem Tutorial Program

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum

Socrates Sculpture Park

Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park
In Search of a Song: The Tour
Manhattan West Plaza - 12:30 PM Pick
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Commons Park - various times Pick
Little Amal Walks to Teatro SEA
The Clemente - Teatro Sea - various times Pick
Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle
South Street Seaport Museum - 11:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides