Not-So-Scary Halloween Events in NYC for Toddlers and Preschoolers in 2022

Join the Pumpkin Parade at the New York Botanical Garden in your best Halloween costume! Photo courtesy of NYBG
Join the Pumpkin Parade at the New York Botanical Garden in your best Halloween costume! Photo courtesy of NYBG

Halloween in NYC can be magical with over-the-top decorations and plenty of family-friendly Halloween events, but little revelers are often overwhelmed by its trappings. With that in mind, we've tracked down a bunch of Halloween activities for preschoolers, which deliver just the right amount of "treats" for the pint-sized crowd, including our very own FREE Mommy Poppins Halloween bash

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 New York City Kids Halloween Guide, and our Family Activity Calendar, which is continually updated with new, fun events as we learn about them.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

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Places featured in this article:


East Harlem Tutorial Program

The Concert Hall @ NY Society For Ethical Culture

Socrates Sculpture Park

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Staten Island Children's Museum

Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park

Governors Island

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
Songbook: Broadway's Future New Holiday Songs
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - 6:00 PM Pick
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
Let's Learn Circuits Online Camp
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Online MIT App Making Camp
Young Gates - Kids Online Personalized Classes - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides