Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden is back. Little ones can show off their Halloween costumes and walk the trick-or-treat trail. Photo courtesy of the Garden
Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden is back. Little ones can show off their Halloween costumes and walk the trick-or-treat trail. Photo courtesy of the Garden

Not-So-Scary Halloween Events for NYC Preschoolers

Halloween can be magical in NYC with over-the-top decorations and plenty of family-friendly events, but little revelers are often overwhelmed by its trappings. Halloween 2020 is going to be particularly tricky for families: Crowds are out and trick-or-treat alternatives are in. Still, we've managed to find 19 Halloween events perfect for preschoolers, which deliver just the right amount of "treats" for the pint-sized crowd.

Enjoy these gentle Halloween events while you can—your kids will be celebrating at the Village Halloween Parade before you know it. You can find more festive happenings for all age groups in our Halloween Guide, and our Event Calendar, which is continually updated with new, fun events as we find out about them.


Essex Market
141 Broome Street Between Essex and Norfolk
New York, NY 10002

Industry City
237 36th Street Courtyard 3/4
Brooklyn, NY 11232

The Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY

Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank , NY 11980

Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

New York Botanical Gardens
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10468

Governors Island
Nolan Park
NY, NY

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Queens, NY 11355

Asphalt Green
1750 York Ave
New York, NY 10128

Cadman Plaza Park
Intersection of Middagh St & Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn - particularly the Cobble Hill area
Brooklyn, NY

Washington Market Park
Greenwich Street between Duane and Chambers streets
New York, NY 10013

Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Jack and the Beanstalk
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
Holiday Under The Stars
The Shops at Columbus Circle - 4:00 PM Pick
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
Origami Holiday Tree 2020
American Museum of Natural History - 10:00 AM
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