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.

Places featured in this article:


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

Suffolk County Farm & Education Center

Governors Island

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

Brooklyn - particularly the Cobble Hill area

Brooklyn Expo Center

Brooklyn Children's Museum
upcoming events
(Fri Jul 9, 2021 - Thu Oct 28, 2021) Amazon Free Hours

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
upcoming events
(Sun Oct 31, 2021) BAMboo!
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