The Harlem Meer celebrates with three nights of FREE Halloween events, including the popular Pumpkin Flotilla, a treat scavenger hunt, and more. Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy
The Harlem Meer celebrates with three nights of FREE Halloween events, including the popular Pumpkin Flotilla, a treat scavenger hunt, and more. Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

Best Free Halloween Events in New York City for Kids

What's the one way to make a costume-and-candy-filled Halloween celebration even sweeter? Make it FREE. In New York City there are loads of no-cost Halloween celebrations in 2021, and we've decided to give parents the best treat of all: a roundup of FREE Halloween events for kids across the city, including the return of big annual family favorites like Fort Greene's BAMboo! block party, 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 gratis gatherings, and check out our Halloween Fun Guide for details on the best costume parades, trick-or-treat spots, and other seasonal activities.

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

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East Harlem Tutorial Program

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
Queens County Farm Museum's Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Village Ghost Tours
Historic Richmond Town - 11:00 AM Pick
Photoville 2021
Citywide - various times Pick
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides