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    NEWSLETTERS

    New York City has many Halloween options at which adults and children can have fun -- without candy.

    Some of the events described below happen a couple of days before Halloween. But celebrating early may help you and your child get to bed on time on Monday.

    Happy Halloween!

    1.    Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Ghouls and Gourds Festival

    Date: Saturday

    Time: Noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

    Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave.

    Includes: Face painting, crafts, children's authors, stilt dancers, flying flea circus, music, children’s costume parade

    Cost: Kids under 12 free. Adults $15. Seniors $10. Students 12+ with valid ID $10. Members free.

    2.    Pumpkin Festival

    Date: Saturday

    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Location: Central Park Bandshell, Enter at 72nd Street

    Includes: Childrens’ pumpkin patch, marionette performances, pumpkin decorating, obstacle course, live entertainment, New York giant pumpkin weighing 1,436 pounds.

    Cost: Free

    3.    Candlelight Ghost Tour – not recommend for young children

    Date: Thursday through Saturday

    Time: Every half hour from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Location: Merchant’s House Museum at 29 E. 4th St.

    Includes: 45-minute tour of four-story haunted house.

    Cost: $25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; $30 from 8-9 p.m.; $40, including servants quarters, at 9:30 p.m.

    4.    Haunted-House Maze – for kids 14 and under

    Date: Halloween

    Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

    Location: Recreation Center Fifty-Four at 348 E. 54th Street in Manhattan

    Includes: Halloween-themed station stops in a haunted-house maze; Goodie bags

    Cost:  Free

    5.    Halloween Spooktacular

    Date: Halloween

    Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

    Location: Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center in Thomas Jefferson Park at First Avenue and FDR Drive

    Includes:  Pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, fitness sessions; transformations by Agostino Arts

    Cost: Free

    For more Halloween-celebration options, please click here.