Last year, we stumbled upon the best family-friendly Halloween event right here in Brooklyn. We found out about the Halloween Haunted Walk in Prospect Park the day prior and decided to stop by with the kids. Let’s just say we weren’t ready for all the fun activities and festive atmosphere.
I’ve been waiting a whole year to do it again and this time, we’re planning a full day in costumes. If you’re looking for family Halloween fun, here’s a lineup of frightfully-fun events in NYC parks:
Halloween Haunted Walk & Houlihan Lokey Halloween Carnival in PROSPECT PARK, BROOKLYN
Saturday, October 26, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nethermead & Lookout Hill
The beloved Halloween Haunted Walk is back and scarier than ever! Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Visitors brave enough to experience this harrowing hike should head to Lookout Hill. The Halloween Haunted Walk is suitable for children accompanied by parents/guardians or older siblings (though it may be frightening for very young children).
There’s also the Houlihan Lokey Carnival on the Nethermead featuring all kinds of fun, games and seasonal treats. Begin at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th St. The Haunted Walk and Carnival is open to all and completely free of charge.
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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail in CENTRAL PARK, MANHATTAN
Sunday, October 27, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Wear your costume and bring a carved jack-o’-lantern before 5:30 pm for spooky music, crafts, live entertainment, a parade, and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight! Full jack-o’-lantern size, weight, and decoration restrictions are described below. Space in the Pumpkin Sail is limited. No advance registration. All ages
Haunted Lantern Tours, FORT TOTTEN PARK, QUEENS
Saturday, October 26, 2013
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they mix history with Halloween on a lantern tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten. You must be on line by 8:15 pm to be guaranteed admittance.
Haunted Pumpkin Garden, NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS, BRONX
September 21 to October 31
Tuesdays–Fridays; 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays–1:30 p.m.; weekends–1 & 3 p.m.). Collect fallen fruits and seeds in your scavenger hunt bag. Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater and enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2 & 3:30 p.m.).