Celebrating Halloween in NYC: 4 Family-Friendly Fright Events

The end of October is upon us and Halloween is here! With dozens of events taking place throughout the city, NYXT has rounded up a host of Halloween haunts that are perfect for the entire family.


The Children’s Museum of the Arts Annual Halloween Parade

When: Sunday, October 29th, 10:00am - 5:00pm,

Where: 103 Charlton Street, New York

Cost: $12 per person

Bring your kids in costume to march in the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Annual Halloween Parade. The parade kicks off at 11:30 AM and then again at 3:30 PM in the Gallery. With a variety of Halloween activities to offer, your little ones can design and build their own miniature haunted house, sculpt spider webs and jack-o-lanterns, and listen in to some spooky storytime.


The Center’s Kidding Around Halloween Party

When: Saturday, October 28, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Where: 208 W. 13 Street

Cost: Free with registration

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center hosts Kidding Around, a series of monthly play dates for LGBT families with kids 8 & under. Come ready to enjoy some dayglo coloring, a trick-or-treat bar, sparkly pumpkin decorations, and food including pizza and mini pumpkin pies. Be sure to register for free tickets in advance, and get ready to dance!


An Irish Halloween

When: Sunday, October 29, 12:00pm

Where: 553 West 51st Street

Cost: Free with registration

Come to the Irish Arts Center to experience Halloween with a traditional Irish flare. Learn about the history of the holiday from the emerald isle with a shadow puppet show celebrating the Autumn Moon and an Irish dancing lesson. Before you head home, carve a turnip (the original pumpkin!) and try your hand at traditional Irish Halloween games – and a not-so-traditional flashlight dance party.


Spooky City: Third Annual Halloween Party at the Museum of the City of New York

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St.

Cost: Free with registration

The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a party, and you’re invited! Make your way to the upper east side for some trick-or-treating, embark on a haunted New York scavenger hunt throughout the Museum, decorate an NYC-themed pumpkin, and boogie down at the Monster Mash dance party. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

From all of us at NYXT, we hope you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween! For more on these Halloween events and more family-friendly activities in Manhattan, check out our content partners:

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