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Frightfully Fun for the Family

Manhattan | Outer Boroughs | Upstate New York/New Jersey


Boo at the Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., nr. Empire Blvd., Prospect Park; 718-399-7339
Pumpkin-smashing baboons. A haunted barn. A wildlife witch show. Plus: Children march in the parade around the Sea Lion Court.
Date: Oct. 27–28, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Price: $6 adults; $2.25 seniors, $2 kids; free for kids under 3

Halloween at Green-Wood
Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Ave. at 25th St., Sunset Park; 631-549-4891
Jeff Richman, Green-Wood Cemetery’s leading historian, conducts morbid tours that pay respects to the final resting sites of actor Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) and John Greenwood (George Washington’s dentist).
Date: Oct. 27–28, 1 p.m.
Price: $20

Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., at Ashland Pl., Fort Greene; 718-636-4100
The theme for BAM's Halloween festival this year is "outer space" so alongside the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins doling out candy will be astronauts and aliens.
Date: Oct. 31, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Price: Free

Halloween and Harvest
Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., nr. New York Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant; 718-735-4400, ext. 378
The harvest season finds costumed revelers creating cornhusk dolls, getting their faces painted, hearing spooky stories, and meeting slithery and scaly reptiles.
Date: Oct. 31, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Price: $3

Ghouls and Gourds Festival
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Pkwy., Crown Heights; 718-623-7200
Live music, a corn-grinding workshop, non-permanent tattoos, and the chance to make "ghost portraits" from sassafras-leaf rubbings.
Date: Oct. 28, noon–5:30 p.m.
Price: $8 adults; $4 seniors and students; free for kids 12 and under


Halloween Harvest Festival
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., nr. 11th St., Long Island City; 718-956-1819
There's something intentionally empowering about the works on display at the Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, so kids should be in their element as they make their own costumes, listen to creepy music spun by DJ Luzmob, or enter their dogs in a costume contest.
Date: Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free


Boo at the Zoo
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., at Crotona Pkwy.; 718-367-1010
Sure, they've got bats. But the zoo's staff has other ways to help you get into the spirit such as magic shows, spooky stories, concerts, and (yet again) a costume parade.
Date: Oct. 20–21 and 27–28, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Price: $14 adults; $10 kids 3–12


Scary Stories at Historic Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., nr. Tysen Ct.; 718-351-1611, ext. 280
Those gathered round the campfire hear some frightful tales based on true (or almost true) stories from the Staten Island Historical Society’s archives.
Date: Oct. 27, 7:40 p.m.–9:40 p.m.
Price: $10 adults; $8 kids

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