Celebrate family and tradition with face painting, art making, and performances at El Museo del Barrios SUPER SÁBADO: Día de Muertos Celebration. Photo courtesy of the museum
Celebrate family and tradition with face painting, art making, and performances at El Museo del Barrios SUPER SÁBADO: Día de Muertos Celebration. Photo courtesy of the museum

Things To Do in NYC this Weekend: Open House, Pumpkin Point, Halloween

It's Open House New York weekend, and there's so much to see! NYC's landmarks open their doors for (mostly) FREE tours, and we've hand-picked a few of the best options for families in all five boroughs, including the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage in the Bronx, the Little Red Lighthouse in Manhattan, the Noguchi Museum and Gallop Sunrise Stables in Queens, Historic Richmond Town and the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island, and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, we're running full speed toward Halloween in New York City, costumes flapping behind us, with Pumpkins and Potions on the Upper West Side and Pumpkin Point on Governors Island. Pet lovers can trot to Carl Schurz's Halloween Howl or Washington Square Park's Dog Day Halloween Costume Party and Parade, or pitch in at the Sean Casey Animal Howl-o-ween Bark Block Party. Museo del Barrio has you covered for Dia de los Muertos face painting and performances.

There are family-friendly fall festivals all over town this weekend, too: Saturday, head to the Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Red Hook Harvest Fest, Staten Island's 6th Annual fest at Clay Pit Ponds, Juniper Valley Park's Halloween Fest, Cooper Hewitt's Design Fest, or Atlantic Terminal Plaza's HarvestFest—complete with pony rides! On Sunday, it's Old Home Day in Historic Richmond Town, Harvest Homecoming (formerly Ghouls & Gourds) at Brooklyn Botanic, and Astoria's 4th annual Batty over Halloween bash.

Need a break from Halloween? Taste of the Seaport beckons on Saturday, with kid-friendly activities, live music, and food. The Little Orchestra Society kicks off its season this weekend with music from The Magic Flute. You can get a special sneak peek of R.J. Palacio's new graphic novel, White Bird, at Symphony Space.

As always, our October GoList features the month's best picks, and our Fall Fun Guide has the lowdown on seasonal must-dos. If you want to start planning for Thanksgiving or even December holiday events, dig into our Event Calendar.


Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Governors Island
Nolan Park
NY, NY

Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

Citywide
various
New York, NY

Kaye Playhouse
68th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues Hunter College
New York, NY 10065

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 6
Atlantic Avenue and Joralemon Street
New York, NY

The Seaport District
Piers 16 and 17
New York, NY 10038

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

Red Hook Community Farm
Columbia St. between Sigourney St. and Halleck St.
Brooklyn, NY

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veterans Rd W
Staten Island, NY 10309

Battery Urban Farm
Castle Clinton Plaza
New York, NY

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veterans Rd W
Staten Island, NY 10309

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 E. 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

Atlantic Terminal Plaza
139 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Public School 261
314 Pacific St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Juniper Valley Park
Juniper Boulevard South and 80th St
Queens, NY

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

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Jamaica Bay Park
175-10 Cross Bay Blvd
Broadchannel, NY 11693

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Ditmars Ave and 31st Street
Queens, NY

Carl Schurz Park
enter at 84th Street and East End Avenue
New York, NY

Astoria Park Lawn
Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool Queens
Queens, NY

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Jamaica Bay Park
175-10 Cross Bay Blvd
Broadchannel, NY 11693

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 East 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025