Trek the candy trail, take a ride on the Bug Carousel, and take in pumpkin carving demos at The Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo. Photo by Ally Noel
Trek the candy trail, take a ride on the Bug Carousel, and take in pumpkin carving demos at The Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo. Photo by Ally Noel

The Best Halloween Events for NYC Families in 2020

If you're wondering what Halloween in NYC is going to look like this fall, you're not alone. With so much uncertainty still floating around, and safety precautions in place, it's hard to know what the spookiest day of the year holds for NYC families. But fear not: Some of the city's annual haunts, like Boo at the Zoo, are happening, and we've got the low-down on all things Halloween including festivals, spooky walks, and even a virtual concert with kid-rocker Laurie Berkner.

So read on to and start planning out your Halloween festivities. We promise to add new events as we find them, so be sure to bookmark our Event Calendar and Halloween Fun Guide for more seasonal fun. Before heading out,  click through to our listings to confirm the final details and social distancing requirements, too. Keep in mind, popular events in NYC have a tendency to sell out, and with timed-entry tickets and crowd-size limits, advance planning is especially key for Halloween happenings in 2020. 

Places featured in this article:


Morris-Jumel Mansion Roger Morris Park

Queens Botanical Garden
upcoming events
(Sun Oct 31, 2021) Halloween at the Garden

The Bronx Zoo
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 2, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Bronx Zoo: Boo at the Zoo

Queens County Farm Museum
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 2, 2021 - Thu Oct 28, 2021) Maze by Moonlight at Queens County Farm
(Thu Nov 25, 2021 - Sat Jan 8, 2022) Illuminate the Farm

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Greenpoint Terminal Market

Vale Park at The William Vale
upcoming events
(Sun Oct 17, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021) Vale Park Pumpkin Patch

Old Bethpage Village Restoration
upcoming events
(Wed Sep 22, 2021 - Sun Nov 7, 2021) The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze: Long Island

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
upcoming events
(Fri Sep 10, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest

Van Cortlandt Manor
upcoming events
(Fri Sep 17, 2021 - Sun Nov 21, 2021) The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
Movies Under the Stars: 42 (PG-13)
Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground - 7:00 PM Pick
The 95th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Little Italy - various times Pick
Amazon Free Hours
Brooklyn Children's Museum - various times Pick
Little Island's Dance Festival
The Little Island - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides