The Best Halloween Parades in New York City for Kids in 2022

Get in costume to strut your stuff at the annual Bronx Halloween Parade. Photo courtesy of the parade organizers
Get in costume to strut your stuff at the annual Bronx Halloween Parade. Photo courtesy of the parade organizers

There's nothing quite like a neighborhood Halloween parade in NYC. While older kids may want to venture out to the iconic Village Halloween Parade on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, it can be pretty scary—it's always insanely crowded and loud, and many of the costumes are risque, gory, or in poor taste. If your children aren't up for that big Hallow-baloo, there are plenty of smaller, kid-friendly NYC neighborhood Halloween parades in 2022 spread across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, including the mega Jackson Heights Halloween Parade, the famed Park Slope march, and the Hippo Playground Halloween Parade and Bleecker Playground fest for little ones.

Our list of 30+ top NYC Halloween parade picks even includes pet parades and costume contests that allow dogs to line up in fantastic outfits on the Upper East Side, Fort Greene, Long Island City, and more!

Read on for the best 2022 Halloween parades in New York City for families to watch or march in. If you don't live in a great trick-or-treating neighborhood, these Halloween parades are a wonderful way to hunt for candy in another neighborhood. Find more Halloween 2022 fun in our New York City Halloween Fun Guide, which includes our picks for the best FREE Halloween events in NYC.

Note that, in case of rain, some parades may be postponed or canceled. As always, be sure to click through to each event's website before heading out.

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Places featured in this article:


The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

City Island Hawkins Park

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space

Vale Park at The William Vale

Socrates Sculpture Park
Magical Musical Journey
Brooklyn Children's Museum - 3:45 PM Pick
LuminoCity Festival at Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park - 4:30 PM Pick
Festival of Lights: Oh Christmas Tree
Marine Park - 4:00 PM Pick
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