Halloween is almost here! Once you get your kiddo suited up, the next step is figuring out how to celebrate. Luckily, the city is full of spooky fun for little ones and their families.
The free festival at DUMBO’s waterfront park may only be three hours long, but it is packed to the brim (of a witch’s hat!?) with fun activities. From a “Thriller” dance lesson to face painting with the Broadway cast of “Cats” and classic lawn games like potato sack races, there are plenty of ways to stay active and spirited. Nature-centric events are also built into the schedule, with an opportunity to “meet the animals” on the Pier 6 Lawn (including turtles, coastline birds and creatures in the intertidal touch tank). Finally, the bravest little ones can visit the witch in the haunted marsh. Free, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Pier 6, brooklynbridgepark.org
Boo at the Zoo
This Saturday and Sunday will be the last days of the Bronx Zoo’s Halloween festivities. Your little human party animals can trick or treat at stations set up throughout the zoo, walk in a costumed parade from the rhino garden to the grizzly bears, navigate a hay maze at the Butterfly Patio, and descend into the World of Darkness to take in a display of Jack O’ Lanterns carved to look like bugs, bats and more creepy creatures. A magic show, craft station and live music round out the festivities. Check the daily schedule and purchase tickets online at bronxzoo.com. $16.95/adults, $12.95/kids 3-12, free kids under 3
Spend the afternoon at Central Park feeling spooky while admiring the fall foliage. The family-friendly day includes a costume parade, pumpkin carvings, ghost stories, and spookiest of all: a live bat encounter, put on by the Organization for Bat Conservation! The day culminates at dusk, when fifty illuminated pumpkins float across the Harlem Meer. Free, Sunday, Oct. 30, 3:30-7p.m., 110 St. btw. Fifth and Lenox Ave., centralparknyc.org
This scary stroll has been a staple of Halloween in the family-friendly neighborhood since 1986. With this year's theme of "Daring Duos, Thrilling Trios and Superb Heroes," the parade kicks off at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street and ends at the Old Stone House at Washington Park, followed by music and dancing at J.J. Byrne Playground. Beginning at 4 p.m., kids can trick or treat at businesses on Seventh and Fifth Avenues, which will be handing out candy. Free, parkslopeciviccouncil.org