There’s no shortage of opportunities for little ghosts and goblins to have a safe and fun time trick or treating in NYC. Here are a few to check out this Halloween!
19th Annual Halloween Celebration at American Museum of Natural History: Trick-or-treat in one of the most popular destinations for kids year round. In addition to loading up on candy amongst the pterodactyl, this early evening event will feature live musical performances, a magic show, arts and crafts and characters like Clifford, Curious George, Miffy and Cookie Mouse. Oct. 31, 4-7p.m. $12/person; $11/museum members. Central Park West at 79th St.
West 69th Street Block Association Trick-or-Treat: Trick-or-treaters flock to West 69th Street where police close the thoroughfare from Central Park West to Broadway. Kiddos can safety gather candy in the decorated building lobbies until 7 p.m. Should you feel like supporting the community organization’s work, volunteers will be on hand selling glowing necklaces to raise funds to beautify West 69th Street. Be prepared for big crowds.Oct. 31st, ends at 7p.m. Free. Central Park West to Broadway.
Carnegie Hill Block Party: Every year, Carnegie Hill Neighbors hosts a spooky block party with a costume procession, art projects, candy treats and dancing in the streets to a lively DJ set. Trophies and prizes are awarded for best costumes by age, family and pet, and the neighborhood’s most festively-festooned townhouses and storefronts are recognized as well. If your little pirates and princesses aren’t sated by the gathering, wander the east 90s between Fifth and Lexington Avenues for good candy collecting and spooktacular decorations. Oct 31, 5-6:30 p.m. 92nd St between Madison and Park Ave.
Asphalt Screams!: Get some activity in before hitting the sugary streets at this event benefiting non-profit Asphalt Green’s “Fit Kids Fit City” campaign. Costumed kids can play Zombie Freeze Tag, Spooktacular Soccer Shootout and much more! Get there on time: The first 400 kids to arrive receive a goody bag. The event is free and open the public, although a suggested donation of $20/family is welcome. Interested? RSVP is requested. Oct. 31, 4-6p.m. Free, but donation of $20/family is welcomed. 555 E 90th St.
Clement Clarke Moore Park: Kick off trick-or-treating in Clement Clarke Moore Park — known by locals as “Seal Park”— on 10th Avenue at 22nd Street, then walk up and down the decorated brownstone blocks around the General Theological Seminary. The west side neighborhood’s most popular streets for gathering the goods are 21st and 22nd Streets between Ninth and Tenth Avenues; for less of a crowd, head to the houses between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. 21st-22nd St. between 8th and 10th Ave.
Washington Square Park Halloween Parade: They get the party started early in the Village. Gather by the iconic Washington Square Arch at 3p.m. for a kids’ costume parade around the park followed by some spooky fun with trick-or-treat bags, games and rides. You can then trick-or-treat your way through the surrounding streets of stately townhouses, just keep in mind that starting around 6:30 p.m. the more raucous ghouls and goblins (and naughty nurses) begin to descend on the area for the neighborhood’s legendary grown-up version of a Halloween Parade. Held 3-6 p.m. Washington Square Park. Fifth Ave. between Waverly Place and W. 4th St.
Asphalt Screams!: The downtown counterpart of the Upper East Side Asphalt Screams, this gathering geared toward keeping kids active includes activities such as Zombie Freeze Tag, Spooktacular Soccer Shootout and much more. The first 400 kids to arrive will receive a goody bag. It’s free, although a donation of $20 per family is suggested. RSVP is requested. Oct. 31, 4-6p.m. Free, but donation of $20/family is welcomed. 212 North End Ave.
Hometown Halloween at Trinity Church Graveyard: Meet a friendly ghost in Trinity Church’s historic graveyard. All ages are welcomed to the Trinity church yard to trick-or-treat with the “permanent residents” (John Astor! Alexander Hamilton!) of Lower Manhattan. Also on tap: hot apple cider, a photo booth and a chance to win a prize. Costumes encouraged! 3-4p.m. 74 Trinity Place.