New York City events calendar for October 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities and Halloween haunted houses in NYC, New York.

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October 2016

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

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Literary party

October 1, 2016 (6 to 8:45 p.m.)

multiple locations

Lit Crawl NYC is an evening for book lovers, with author readings, brain games, and live music. Attend 45-minute events starting at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Free.

Oyster Week

October 1, 2016 (begins Sept. 16)

NYC locations

Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.

Coffee festival

October 1, 2016

6 miles SE

Taste coffee from 20 specialty roasters and coffee shops, with snacks and entertainment, at NYC Craft Coffee Festival at Villain in Brooklyn.

Chile Pepper Festival

October 1, 2016

7.5 miles SE

The Chile Pepper Festival features fiery foods like hot sauces, spicy pickles, “hot” chocolates, and chili peppers, plus sizzling music like salsa and Afro-Brazilian funk, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Burlesque festival

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 29)

NYC locations

New York Burlesque Festival is four nights of bump and grind by 100 performers in feathers and lace, ending in a glittery razzle-dazzle spectacular.

Affordable Art Fair

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 29)

1.7 miles south

Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 50 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at Metropolitan Pavilion. Repeats in March.

Architecture & design films

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Sept. 28)

1.7 miles south

Architecture & Design Film Festival features films, parties, and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers at Cinépolis Chelsea.

Maker fair

October 1 - 2, 2016

9.3 miles east

See 600 exhibits about science, art, creativity, and innovation, and meet the makers at World Maker Faire New York at New York Hall of Science.

Honey festival

October 1 - 2, 2016

12 miles north

Honey Weekend features a candle-making workshop, honey-extraction demos, hive exhibits, and honey tastings at Wave Hill cultural center in the Bronx.

Renaissance fair

October 1 - 2, 2016 (begins Aug. 6)

44 miles NW

Travel one hour north to 16th century England to see knights joust, mingle with costumed minstrels, shop in an artisan market, play games, and watch shows at New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park.

Dance festival

October 1 - 8, 2016 (begins Sept. 26)

0.4 miles south

Fall for Dance Festival features 20 international dance companies in five unique programs and two world premiere commissions at City Center.

Gypsy music

October 1 - 8, 2016 (begins Sept. 18)

3.5 miles south

New York Gypsy Festival includes six shows from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the U.S.A.

Crafts fair

October 1-2 and 8-9, 2016

1 mile north

Autumn Crafts Festival features hundreds of juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in June. Free.

New York Film Festival

October 1 - 16, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

NYC locations

See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).

Dance party & show

October 1 - 29, 2016 (10 p.m. Saturdays)

2.2 miles south

Dance to DJ music and watch costumed performers and high-flying acrobats at Gotham [website has sound], a standing-room-only party at Webster Hall for age 19+. Discount tickets $6.

Halloween at the zoo

October 1 - 30, 2016

9 miles north

Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, a hay maze, scary stories, pumpkin carvers, and treats at the Bronx Zoo and is included free with a regular ticket. Weekends plus Oct. 3, 4, and 10.

Pumpkin festival

October 1 - 30, 2016 (dates below)

23 miles SW

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm features hayrides, face painting, farm animals, farmhouse tours, arts and crafts, a corn maze, and a pumpkin patch at a historic working farm in Staten Island. Open October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30.

Architecture and design month

October 1 - 31, 2016

NYC locations

Archtober offers special tours of buildings (some by boat), lectures, films, and exhibitions that help us to appreciate architecture and design in everyday life.

Attractions

October 1 - Dec. 31, 2016

multiple locations

Haunted house - Long Island

October 1 - 31, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

60 miles east

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport, which most weekends also has a Kids Adventure. See schedule.

Haunted house

Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

3 miles south

Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens. See schedule.

Discount tickets $19.

Halloween theme park

Oct. 1 - Nov. 6, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

33 miles NE

Bayville Scream Park [sound] has five terrifying attractions, plus “not so scary” kids’ days on Long Island. See schedule. Discount tickets $26 (Oct 11 to 27).

Science magic

October 1 - Nov. 20, 2016

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show [sound] using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $25.

Frankenstein the musical

October 2 - Nov. 13, 2016

2.4 miles south

Frankenstein is a steampunk version of the classic horror novel performed with a live chamber ensemble in intimate Players Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Daytime cruise

October 2 - Dec. 31, 2016

4.3 miles south

Get great views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline on the one-hour standing-room International Sightseeing Cruise with narrated tour, leaving Pier 15. Discount tickets $14.

Blue Man show

October 2, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show combining comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $51.

Sailboat ride on Clipper City

October 3 - 16, 2016

4.5 miles south

Tour New York City Harbor aboard the majestic Clipper City tall ship, sailing from Battery Park.

Cirque du Soleil

October 3 - Dec. 30, 2016

0.6 miles SW

Paramour tells the story of a young actress torn between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood with acrobatics, music, and dance at Lyric Theatre. Discount tickets $75.

Tony-winning musical

October 4 - Dec. 18, 2016

0.3 miles west

The show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Ambassador Theatre. Discount tickets $33 to $91. [Click the link and wait 30 seconds to see discounts.]

Feel-good musical

October 4 - Dec. 30, 2016

0.6 miles west

Kinky Boots, based on a true story about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen, has an inspiring and joyful score by Cyndi Lauper at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $50 to $90.

The Color Purple

October 4 - Dec. 30, 2016

0.6 miles west

Based on the book and film, The Color Purple, won a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, with its story of hope featuring a joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues at Jacobs Theatre. Discount tickets $75 to $99.

Pizza party

October 5, 2016 (6 p.m.)

3 miles south

Get in line to buy $1 pizza samples from dozens of New York City’s best pizzerias at Slice Out Hunger in St. Anthony’s Church to support charity.

Award-winning “Jersey Boys”

October 5, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017

0.4 miles NW

Jersey Boys is the rags-to-riches musical about 20-somethings Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons live at August Wilson Theatre. Discount tickets $40 to $104.

Parade of Boats

October 5, 2016 (6 p.m.)

2.5 miles SW

Watch the Parade of Boats, including working ships, historic sailboats, magnificent yachts, and fireboats, as a narrator describes their history and purpose at Pier 62.

Magic in New Jersey

October 6, 2016 (8 p.m.)

17 miles NW

Masters of Illusion - Live features professional magicians performing grand illusions, levitation, escapes, and comedy magic at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Discount upper balcony tickets $20.

Pop culture convention

October 6 - 9, 2016 (sold out except Thursday)

1.5 miles SW

Fans of comic books, games, sci-fi, anime, manga, and popular culture meet artists, celebrities, vendors, and publishers at New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Street art

October 6 - 9, 2016

2.6 miles SE

You never know what to expect when Art in Odd Places brings visual and performance art to 14th Street nearly its entire length. The 2016 theme is race. Free.

Cocktail show

October 6 - Dec. 30, 2016

2.8 miles south

Your ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at SoHo Playhouse. Discount tickets $39 to $49.

Country superstar

October 7 - 8, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

7 miles south

Country singer and judge on “The Voice” Blake Shelton performs at Barclays Center.

Discount Saturday tickets $25.

Literary and arts festival

October 7 - 9, 2016

NYC locations

Hear famous and influential authors, journalists, poets, screenwriters, and cultural icons speak at the New Yorker Festival, which also includes comedy, film screenings, tastings, and walking tours.

Pumpkin spectacular

October 7 - 30, 2016

NJ & NY

Walk through a garden of 5,000 pumpkins artistically carved with glowing faces of celebrities and demons at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. See schedule.

Natural fiber festival

October 8, 2016

9 miles south

Kings County Fiber Festival features a marketplace of natural-fiber artists who crochet, dye, felt, knit, quilt, spin, and weave, plus crafting demonstrations and an art exhibit at historic Old Stone House in Brooklyn.

Tugboat races

October 9, 2016

2.7 miles SW

The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition begins with a tug parade and ends in contests and awards at Pier 84. Free, or buy tickets to board the spectator boat leaving Pier 83.

Classic soul & motown revue

October 9 - Dec. 18, 2016

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era performed live on stage at B.B. King Blues Club. Discount tickets $10.

Columbus Day Parade

October 10, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

0.1 miles south

Watch 35,000 marchers and 100 bands, floats, and contingents go up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd in the Columbus Day Parade. Free.

Pow wow

October 10, 2016

6 miles NE

Bring a chair to the Indigenous Peoples Day Native American Festival, which features artists, singers, colorful dancers, and authentic tribal cuisine on Randall’s Island. Free.

Technology festival

October 10 - 14, 2016

1.8 miles south

Techweek includes speakers, vendors, recruiters, and parties. Access is based on three ticket price levels.

Magic

October 10 - 29, 2016

0.7 miles SW

Charming magician Miles Thorn performs astonishing illusions and incredible feats of juggling at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $14 to $30.

Opera

October 10, 2016 - Jan. 14, 2017

1.1 miles NW

La Bohème is Puccini’s story of youth, loss, and love, set in the Latin Quarter of Paris at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $85 to $140.

Opera by Mozart

October 11 - Nov. 10, 2016

1.1 miles NW

Don Giovanni is a seduction artist who ends up paying for his immorality in this Italian opera with subtitles at Metropolitan Opera House. Discount weekday tickets $85.

Wine & food festival

October 13 - 16, 2016

NYC locations

New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) features cooking demos by celebrity chefs, seminars, classes, wine tasting, celebrity dinners, and a weekend grand tasting. Discount tickets for select events:

Film festival

October 13 - 16, 2016

1.4 miles south

See films (including documentaries) about global issues at Chelsea Film Festival in three venues.

Cultural film festival

October 13 - 16, 2016

2 miles north

The Margaret Mead Film Festival screens 50 outstanding non-fiction films and hosts special events and performances that explore world cultures at the American Museum of Natural History.

A reading of terrifying tales

October 13 - 30, 2016 (Oct. 6 - 9 sold out)

2.5 miles south

Hear two or three spine-tingling stories read live onstage with orchestral score and sound effects each night at H.P. Lovecraft Festival at Kraine Theater.

Discount tickets $15 (Oct. 13 and later).

Haunted experience

October 13 - 31, 2016

7 miles NE

Prepare to be terrified at the Haunted Hayride [sound], which offers 3 different experiences and was funded by TV’s “Shark Tank,” at 1 Randall’s Island Park. Discount Thursday tickets $29.

Hamburger bash

October 14, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.2 miles NW

The best chefs serve their favorite burgers with mac & cheese, beer, live music, and dancing on the roof of Pier 92 at $225 Blue Moon Burger Bash for age 21+.

Tasting with TV star

October 14, 2016 (10 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s Food Network hosts Haute Dogs & Champagne, a tasting of fancy brats, boudins, hot dogs, and sausages paired with champagnes at The Bowery Hotel for age 21+. Discount tickets $95.

Happy hour cocktail party

October 14, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)

2.6 miles SW

A ticket to Aperitivo gets you cocktails and wines served with restaurant hors d’oeuvres at The Standard, High Line for age 21+. Discount tickets $70.

Tasting in Brooklyn

October 14, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

9.5 miles south

Best of Brooklyn is a walk-around tasting of signature dishes from local restaurants paired with cocktails at Berg’n for age 21+. Discount tickets $99.

William Shatner

October 14, 2016 (8 p.m.)

17 miles NW

Hear William Shatner talk candidly and humorously about his career, from his roots as a Shakespearean stage actor to Star Trek, at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Discount upper balcony tickets $15.

Beer bash

October 14 - 15, 2016

1.5 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Armory.

Discount tickets $39.

Cool science films

October 14 - 21, 2016

NYC locations

In 2016, the Imagine Science Film Festival explores “light” in all its forms and meanings, from photons and photography to shadows and color perception.

Disney spoof

October 14 - Nov. 18, 2016 (10 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Distorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes, and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Mary Poppins, and Snow White at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Discount Friday tickets $11 (and $20 food or drink minimum).

Japanese flower arranging

October 15, 2016 (2 p.m.)

0.8 miles east

See a Japanese master demonstrate Ikebana, hear a talk about it, watch a traditional ceremony, and attend a reception afterwards at Japan Society.

Tasting event

October 15, 2016 (12 to 3 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Harvest Party is a walk-around tasting of fall chef creations (turkey sandwiches, pumpkin pie, apple cider, butternut squash ravioli, and hearty greens) at Highline Stages for age 21+. Discount tickets $80.

Dog films

October 15, 2016

2.6 miles north

The Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at Symphony Space. Discount tickets $11.

Marco Polo Festival

October 15, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

3.1 miles south

Marco Polo Festival celebrates Chinatown and Little Italy with a puppet parade (map) followed by cultural performances at Grand St. and Mott St. Free.

Beer festival in Jersey City

October 15, 2016 (12 and 5:30 p.m.)

7 miles SW

A ticket to Jersey City Beer Fest includes beer tasting and live music, with food for sale at scenic Harborside Plaza for age 21+. Free parking. Discount tickets $49.

Jazz festival

October 15, 2016 (2 to 7 p.m.)

11 miles south via ferry

Hear legendary jazz artists at Staten Island Jazz Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

Architecture open house

October 15 - 16, 2016 (launch party Oct. 13)

NYC locations

Visit 200 of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places (many closed to the public) during Open House New York Weekend. Free.

Gluten-free expo

October 15 - 16, 2016

5.7 miles NW

Sample and purchase products from 150 vendors at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Discount two-day pass $12.

Oyster Festival

October 15 - 16, 2016

33 miles NE

The Oyster Festival has live entertainment, tall ships, pirate shows, midway rides, art, oyster eating and shucking contests, and a seafood court in Oyster Bay on Long Island. Free.

Harvest festival

October 16, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

11 miles east

Buy a pumpkin, take a nature walk, hear music, play games, do crafts, ride a pony, pet animals, shop from food & craft vendors, and visit a beer tent at Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch in Queens Botanical Garden.

Science day in Brooklyn

October 16, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

12 miles south

City of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering indoors at Park Slope Armory. Free.

White Light Festival

October 16 - Nov. 16, 2016

1.5 miles NW

See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Animal film festival

October 17 - 23, 2016

NYC locations

See stunning films (mostly short) about wildlife worldwide, and attend an opening party or panel discussion at Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.

Japanese beef

October 19, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)

0.8 miles east

Learn about wagyu beef from a professor, watch a cooking demonstration, and enjoy a tasting reception with wagyu beef imported from Japan at Where’s the Beef: Wagyu Fact & Fiction at Japan Society.

Apple day

October 20, 2016

NYC locations

Join 1 million New Yorkers eating apples today. Find locations for Big Apple Crunch on the website. Free.

Japanese noodle night

October 20, 2016 (evening sessions)

2.3 miles south

Learn how to slurp the four regional styles of Japanese ramen in under 13 minutes like a local at New York Slurpfest at Astor Center for $100.

Taste of the world

October 20, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

3.1 miles south

Try food and drink from 20 countries as you walk around Edible Escape at 172 Norfolk Street.

Garment District festival

October 20 - 22, 2016

1 mile SW

Garment District Arts Festival offers exhibitions, performances, workshops, open studios, art, and gallery receptions near 8th Ave. and W. 38th St.

Food and film festival

October 20 - 23, 2016

0.7 miles SW

See films about the world’s favorite foods and then eat them at the NYC Food Film Festival at AMC Empire 25.

LGBT film festival

October 20 - 25, 2016

1.7 miles SW

NewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Cinépolis Chelsea.

Haunted house - Brooklyn

October 20-22 and 27-31, 2016

5 miles south

Gravesend Inn is a haunted hotel with animated characters and gory scenes, produced by students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program, at 186 Jay Street.

Family Halloween hunt

Oct 21, 22, 28, 2016 (6:15 & 7:30 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

Explore a museum by candlelight, collecting clues to unravel a mystery and solve the case of an unidentified skeleton during the Halloween Murder Mystery at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Hard cider festival

October 21 - 30, 2016

NYC locations

Cider Week celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.

Candlelight Ghost Tours

October 21 - 22 and 27 - 30, 2016

2.5 miles south

Doors slam, floorboards creak, and voices call into the night during evening Candlelight Ghost Tours at Merchant’s House Museum.

Children’s play (ages 5 to 12)

October 22, 2016 (1:30 p.m.)

3.6 miles south

Based on the book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is about four children who visit the magical land of Narnia, meet mythical creatures, and defeat a witch at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $15.

Family fall festival

October 22, 2016

5.5 miles SW

Hoboken Harvest Festival features hay rides, pony rides, trackless train rides, a hay maze, pumpkins, crafts, inflatables, and live music at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. Free.

Day of the Dead

October 22, 2016

10 miles SE

Families celebrate the departed with live music and art activities during Dia de los Muertos: Day of The Dead Celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Elite art fair

October 22 - 26, 2016

1 mile north

See exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at the TEFAF New York Fall Fair at Park Avenue Armory. Repeats in May.

Dogs in costume

October 22 & 29, 2016

3 and 6 miles south

Halloween parades for kids

October 22 - 31, 2016

NYC neighborhoods

Kids in costume are welcome to join Free Halloween Parades for New York City Kids in neighborhoods. [The website may list last year’s dates.]

Soccer

October 23, 2016 (4 p.m.)

7.9 miles north

New York City FC plays a game with the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $27 to $67.

Bronx bike ride

October 23, 2016

10 miles north

Register to join the family-friendly Tour de Bronx, which follows a scenic 25-mile or 40-mile course from Harris Field in the Bronx to a music festival in New York Botanical Garden. Free.

Football

October 23, 2016 (1 p.m.)

10 miles NW

Watch the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium.

German concert

October 24, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.5 miles north

Magnificat features an award-winning German orchestra and chorus performing Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall. Discount tickets $20 to $38.

TV festival

October 24 - 29, 2016

NYC locations

New York Television Festival (NYTVF) offers screenings of creative shows, educational panels, competitions, pitches, fan events, parties, premieres, and seminars for artists, industry leaders, and viewers alike.

Masquerade ball

October 27, 2016 (7 p.m.)

Secret location

Men wear suits and ties, women wear dresses, and all don Venetian masks for the Masquerade Ball Gala, which begins with a cocktail reception. [You must sign into Facebook to see the event page.]

Halloween show

October 28, 2016 (7 & 10 p.m.)

3.6 miles north

Watch a silent classic horror film with live organ, and then see an immersive show of fantastic creatures that surround you at Halloween Extravaganza at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Disney Halloween Ball

October 28, 2016 (10:30 p.m.)

5 miles SE

Disney Halloween Ball features a Disney rock cover band playing songs from classic Disney movies, sing-alongs, dancing, Disney-themed cocktails, and a costume contest at The Hall at MP. Discount tickets $11.

Crypt tour

October 28 - 29, 2016

3.6 miles north

Bring a flashlight for a guided tour of the crypt at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and hear stories about the entombed, during Crypt Crawl for ages 12+.

Halloween at Fort Totten

October 28 - 29, 2016

16 miles east

Follow a park ranger on the Haunted Lantern Tour in search of ghouls and learn about the history of the Water Battery at Fort Totten Park in Queens. Free.

Halloween pub crawl

October 28, 29, 31, 2016

NYC locations

Join costumed party goers getting drink specials at Halloween Pub Crawl New York.

Discount three-day pass $8.

Party at the wax museum

October 29, 2016 (11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.)

0.8 miles SW

Madame Tussauds' Halloween has eight floors of wax celebrities, a Ghostbusters haunted house, a presidential dance party, a horror-themed show, and a costume contest, for age 21+.

Halloween for kids

October 29, 2016 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

LC Trick-or-Treat includes candy, crafts, photos, a costume parade, and a film at Lincoln Center. Free but arrive early to get a ticket, one per person.

Halloween masquerade ball

October 29, 2016 (9 p.m.)

3 miles south

Mix, mingle, frisk, and frolic to DJ tunes with crowds at the Masquerade Ball in the grand opulence of Capitale for age 21+.

Halloween at Socrates Park

October 29, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Halloween Harvest Festival includes art and costume making workshops, face painting, restaurant food, live music, and a dog costume contest at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Free.

Halloween cruise

October 29, 2016

4 miles south

A Halloween Cruise aboard the Cornucopia Majesty offers DJ music, a costume contest, three hours of views, and pricey drinks departing from Pier 36.

Halloween at Prospect Park

October 29, 2016 (12 to 3 p.m.)

7 miles south

Take a Halloween Haunted Walk with a parent past vampires and witches to Lookout Hill. Halloween Fair (nearby on The Nethermead) has family activities and food trucks. Both free in Prospect Park.

Halloween ball

October 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)

10.2 miles south

Phantasmagorey: The Haunted Ballroom Halloween Ball by Dances of Vice promises “a timeless dance with genteel ghouls and spirit sophisticates” at Grand Prospect Hall for age 21+.

Cemetery walk & talk

October 29, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)

15 miles NE

Gravestones and Goth is a guided, candlelit walk to Pell Cemetery followed by readings of 19th-century horror literature in the parlors of Bartow-Pell Mansion.

Halloween scavenger hunts

October 29 - 30, 2016 (1:30 to 5:30 p.m.)

Brooklyn & Midtown Manhattan

Find hidden clues and complete fun tasks with a Halloween theme as you race around the city.

Halloween at the zoo

October 29 - 30, 2016

10 miles south

Boo at the Zoo features a spooky barn, scavenger hunt, dance party, craft making, and treats for the animals at Prospect Park Zoo.

Day of the Dead

October 29 - 31, 2016

2.3 miles south

Bring photos, candles, and marigolds to remember the departed at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery during Day of the Dead, with food and crafts for sale. Free.

Halloween in Central Park

October 30, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)

3.2 miles north

Wear a costume and bring a carved pumpkin (see rules) to Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla for free spooky music, crafts, a parade, and twilight pumpkin float at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center.

Halloween festival for kids

October 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

16 miles east

Wear a costume to Children’s Fall Festival, which has games and bounces, a haunted house, a corn maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, pig races, country music, crafts, and food at Queens County Farm Museum.

Trick or treating for kids

October 31, 2016

NYC locations

Children in costume can get free Halloween candy.

Halloween at the museum

October 31, 2016 (4 to 7 p.m.)

2 miles north

Kids can come in costume for trick-or-treating, magic shows, craft projects, music, and live storybook characters at the Halloween Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History.

Parade after-party

October 31, 2016

2.1 miles south

Get a ticket and a costume to join the crowded dance party, and witness scenes of terror and debauchery when four-story Webster Hall becomes Webster Hell.

Halloween costume ball

October 31, 2016 (opens at 7:30 p.m.)

3 miles south

Dance, dine, show off your costume, and watch creative cabaret acts all evening at the Village Halloween Costume Ball at Theater for the New City.

Halloween parade

October 31, 2016 (7 p.m.)

3 miles south

The big Village Halloween Parade features 53 bands, dancers, artists, puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers in costume parading up 6th Avenue from Spring St. to 16th St. Free.
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