Celebrate Halloween Candy-Free in NYC


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

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