Harlem Meer Flotilla and Parade. Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy
Harlem Meer Flotilla and Parade. Photo courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

Best Free Halloween Events for Kids in New York City

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 2019, and we've decided to give parents the best treat of all: a roundup of FREE Halloween events for kids across the city, including big annual family favorites like Fort Greene's BAMboo! block party, the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park, and more.

So bring your costumes, but leave your wallets at home for these gratis gatherings, and then check out our Halloween Fun Guide for details on the best costume parades, trick-or-treat spots, and other seasonal activities.

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Click through to our listings for all the details, including address, time, and recommended ages. NOTE: Due to expected rain this year, some events may move indoors or be postponed. Be sure to check the event website before heading out.

Places featured in this article:


Parade Grounds in Fort Totten Park

Socrates Sculpture Park

East Harlem Tutorial Program

Facebook Live

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space

Williamsbridge OVal Recreation Center
Locomotive Lawn Live
Riverside Park South - 10:30 AM Pick
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Eid Charity Boxes
Children's Museum of Manhattan - various times Pick
Mixed Play
Lidia's Play Cafe - 9:00 AM
No School Circus Camp
Aerial Haven - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides