By Sabina Mollot
From parties to the parade, there are plenty of Halloween events for kids coming up on the day of as well as on the days leading up to the holiday. Read on for details of events children can do their their families or on their own.
Events for kids
Kids’ Night Out at Waterside’s Creative Dream Parties—Creative Dream Parties at 25 Waterside Plaza will hold a pre-Halloween “movie night monster mash” bash, showing “Monsters, Inc.” on Friday, October 24 from 6-9 p.m. While parents get the night off to party elsewhere, kids will be invited to play games, do arts and crafts and get treats (a treat bag for each child as well as popcorn and soda). Each kid will also get a balloon and the chance to participate in a raffle. Costumes and sleeping bags are encouraged. The cost is $30 per child. To RSVP, call (212) 477-7263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creepy Critter Day at Stuyvesant Cove—Stuyvesant Cove Park Association will present a special, Halloween-themed family day event featuring black and orange bugs, lizards, frogs, crabs and a few critters with lots of legs plus an appearance by a cute, furry nocturnal creature. Art Farm in the City will be on hand to give children of all ages an opportunity to get up-close and personal with an array of creatures. The event is offered free and will take place at Solar One (23rd Street and the East River) on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Haunted Highline—Friends of the High Line presents the fourth-annual, family-friendly Halloween celebration on the High Line. Kids are invited to come in costume on Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the High Line between West 14th and 17th Streets to trick-or-treat on the High Line. Guests will meet ghosts from the West Side’s industrial past and have the chance to turn their fears into kites to be set free, explore a haunted train tunnel made by puppet master Ralph Lee, dance to the horns of the Trummytones and hear stories performed by the Story Pirates. For updates on this event, follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.
Stuyvesant Town Halloween Fair–Stuyvesant Town will hold its traditional Halloween carnival for the residents on Saturday, October 25 from 2-6 p.m. on the Oval. Kids will enjoy a haunted house, live music, Halloween magic show, inflatables, games, face painting, a pumpkin patch, food and more. Prizes will be given to two lucky winners of the PCVST costume contest. Lines will be cut off at 5:30 p.m. and The Oval will be cleared at 6 p.m.
Waterside Halloween party—The Waterside Kids Halloween Party Date will take place on October 31, from 6-8 p.m. Location is outside on the Plaza (weather permitting) and inside the Health Club at 35 Waterside Plaza. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy music with a live DJ, a costume contest at 7 p.m., interactive games, kids’ craft activities and face painting.
The Other Halloween Parade—New York University and Community Board 2 will host the 24th annual Greenwich Village Children’s Halloween Parade. Led by the Soul Tigers Marching Band, children and families will march around Washington Square Park.
Following the parade, the children will be treated to candy, face-painting, rides and live entertainment to include New York City Children’s Theater presenting “The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess,” and DJ Ben the Beyonder. The parade is on Fri., Oct. 31 starting at 3:30 p.m. Marchers gather at 3 p.m. at the Arch. The parade assembles along Washington Square North, near the Arch and ends at LaGuardia between Washington Square South and West 3rd Street where various activities await the children.
Haunted Garden—At La Plaza Cultural Community Garden on Ave C and 9th Street, there will be a spooky story in the witch’s house with hot cocoa on Thursday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the little ones and then on Friday, October 31 from 4-9 p.m. there will be a huge haunted garden with amazing treats, a fortune teller, a magician, a labyrinth, a crypt and lots of crazy people in the insane asylum.