New York City kids get a full pre-weekend of Halloween this year! Annual favorites include Halloween at the Seaport, the Haunted Halloween Walk & Fair in Prospect Park, LC Trick-or-Treat, and the Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla, along with smaller-but-equally-fun events like the Outdoor Thriller Dance Party in Clinton Hill, or Obake Family Day: Spirits of the Misty Sea at the Japan Society.
Halloween isn't the only holiday in town this weekend; don't forget about Day of the Dead celebrations, including options like Dia de los Muertos at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. You can also enjoy more fall festivities (and spooky ones) at the annual Children's Fall Festival in Queens.
For Halloween events specific to Tuesday, October 31, check out our complete roundup of Halloween Day festivities, as well as our comprehensive NYC trick-or-treating guide, highlighting the best neighborhoods to hit in all five boroughs. There's still time to pick the perfect pumpkin before the big day, too, including within the city limits. Don't forget: in the aftermath, you can donate all your leftover candy and, later in November, smash your pumpkins.
Need a break from planning your kid's costume, and well, everything else? Consider these seasonal day trips to get into a more low-key fall mode. Looking ahead to that next big holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner at these NYC restaurants, or sign up to volunteer as a family with these local charities.
Like every Halloween, it wasn't easy to select top picks for this weekend, so be sure to check out our October GoList, Event Calendar, and Halloween Guide for even more ideas.
Be sure to keep an eye on the forecast this weekend. You may want to call, or check the venue's website, before heading out as rain and wind was expected.