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Frightfully Fun for the Family

Some Halloween events can scare you silly, but for kids, you’re better off with just plain silly.

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Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St.; 212-316-7540
An annual screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is followed by Obie Award winner Ralph Lee's puppet procession through the cathedral.
Date: Oct. 26, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Price: $15

Morning of the Gargoyles
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th St.; 212-932-7347
After a reading of Eve Bunting's Night of the Gargoyles, children make clay gargoyles, skeletal creatures, and freaky masks.
Date: Oct. 27, 10 a.m.–noon
Price: $5 per child with adult

Scare School
Madame Tussauds, 234 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 800-246-8872
Under the tutelage of the professor of frightology, kids make potions, practice pranks, and experiment with a "trick pot" that turns beans into frogs.
Date: Oct. 27, noon–4 p.m.
Price: $29 adults; $26 seniors; $23 kids

Gotham City Ghost Tour
Meeting locations vary; for reservations, call 212-465-3331
A burial ground at Washington Square and Edgar Allan Poe's home are just two parts of this tour of Greenwich Village's eerier landmarks.
Date: Oct. 27, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.; Oct. 31, 6 p.m.
Price: $15

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at Central Park, 110th St. nr. Lenox Ave.; 212-860-1370
The eighteenth annual festivities around Harlem Meer culminate with an armada of candlelit jack-o-lanterns sailing across the pond.
Date: Oct. 27, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Price: Free

Grand Central Terminal, Lexington Ave. at 42nd St.; 212-340-2345
Ralph Lee's giant puppets make another appearance at the pumpkin patch in Vanderbilt Hall.
Date: Oct. 28, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
Price: Free

Madeline Halloween
Bemelmans Bar, 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-744-1600
Madeline High Tea gets mildly spooky when friendly spirits and demons infiltrate the room. Everyone's encouraged to come in costume, and in tune with the season, each Hot Sludge Sundae will be topped with a ghoul's eye.
Date: Oct. 29, noon–4 p.m.
Price: $40

An Evening With Poe
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 E. 61st St., nr. First Ave.; 212-838-6878
In the museum’s candlelit Upper Hall, Kevin Mitchell Martin revives his one-man play based on the life and writings of the master of the macabre.
Date: Oct. 29–31, 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Price: $18; $15 museum members

Twelfth Annual Halloween Celebration
Museum of Natural History, Central Park W. at 79th St.; 212-769-5200
More than 30 of the museum's halls open for trick-or-treating, as characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George roam among youngsters—dressed as their favorite dinosaurs perhaps?
Date: Oct. 31, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Price: $9–$18

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