The Ragamuffiin Parade takes over the streets of Bay Ridge. Photo courtesy of the event
The Ragamuffiin Parade takes over the streets of Bay Ridge. Photo courtesy of the event

Free NYC Halloween Parades for Kids

Everyone loves a parade, but there's nothing quite like a neighborhood Halloween parade. While families with older kids may 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 parades in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, including the Ragamuffin Parade in Bay Ridge, the mega Jackson Heights parade, the famed Park Slope march, and a G-rated Village parade for little ones.

We've rounded up community-driven Halloween processions for families to watch or march in, most of which are FREE. If you don't live in a great trick-or-treating area, these parades are a wonderful way to hunt for candy in another neighborhood. Note that due to expected rain this year, some parades may be postponed or canceled. Be sure to check the event website before heading out.

Find even more seasonal happenings in our Halloween Fun Guide.


Ditmars Ave and 31st Street
Queens, NY

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue, in the Cherry Esplanade
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Coney Island
1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Roosevelt Island
Main Street
New York, NY

Simpson St
Between E. 163rd St. & Westchester Ave.
Bronx, NY 10459

Beyond at Liberty View
850 3rd Avenue 31st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Industry City
274 36th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Brookfield Place New York
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10821

Polish & Slavic Center
176 Java Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Washington Market Park
Greenwich Street between Duane and Chambers streets
New York, NY

Old Stone House and JJ Bryne Playground
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Harlem Meer
Central Park East Side from 106th to 110th Street
New York, NY

Washington Square Park
5th Avenue at the Arch
New York, NY

Jackson Heights
89th to 76th Street on 37th Avenue
Queens, NY

Washington Park
Washington Park Starts at 14th Street and 7th Avenue. Ends at the Old Stone House,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Cobble Hill Park
Clinton St. between Verandah Pl. and Congress St.
Brooklyn, NY

The Archway Under The Manhattan Bidge
Water St between Adams St and Anchorage Place in DUMBO
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Mt. Olivet Cemetery
65-40 Grand Avenue Ends at the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank
Queens, NY

58th Street Library
127 East 58th Street
NY, NY 10022

Riverside Park
Riverside Drive & West 89th Street Meet at the Soldiers' and Sailors Monument
New York, NY
Right to Vote
Children's Museum of Manattan - 10:00 AM Pick
‘Tis the Season to Be Freezin’
Alley Pond Environmental Center - 10:30 AM Pick
Pause to Be Present
Alley Pond Environmental Center - 12:45 PM Pick
Nature Exploration: Riverside Park
Riverside Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Sunset Hike
Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) - 4:30 PM Pick
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