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If you are like us, you love a good scare this time of year.  Whether you prefer a light hearted haunted house, or a true spine tingling experience, there are plenty of places to give yourself a good fright no matter what your scare-level may be.

If you prefer a family experience, plan a visit to Coney Island for Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest, taking place every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm onward in October. Activities range from rides and games, picking pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin painting, and seasonal foods. A full program of FREE activities is available, complete with trick or treating, scavenger hunts, “spooky” character illustrations, balloon artists, meet and greets and photo ops with costumed characters, and daily entertainment at the Air Race stage. There are also contests and prizes.


The 4th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday, October 26th, beginning at 11am. The parade is free, and attendees will be treated to free entertainment at MCU Park, featuring live music and entertainment including magicians, face painters, and costumed characters.

“The Sideshow”, a must see Coney Island attraction, is in October replaced with the HAUNTED Sideshow. It’s just like the Coney Island Circus Sideshow that Coney Island visitors have come to know and love since 1985, but just a little bit scarier, offering a perfect tie-in for Fall-Time-Fun in Coney Island. HAUNTED Sideshow performers include Serpentina, Princess Pat, Alejandro Dubois, and Leo the Human Gumby. The show features each Saturday and Sunday in October, including Columbus Day from 1pm to 8pm.

In the evening, visit Coney Island USA’s Creepshow at the Freakshow – Coney Island Criminals. This play features the “true story” of teenage Al Capone getting his famous scars while working as a bartender/bouncer at Coney Island’s Harvard Inn, a saloon owned by Brooklyn gangster, Frankie Yale. The play features Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s in October at 7pm at the Shooting Gallery Annex (1214 Surf Avenue).

For more information on these events, visit http://www.coneyisland.com/

At the New York Aquarium, the “Ascarium” returns this year for the last weekend of the month on October 26 and 27. Ascarium activities include Water Wizardry, Wildlife Theater Presents: The Sea Witch Spooky Show, Pumpkin Patch at the Aquarium, Terrific Tunes, Trick-or-Treat, and more.

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The New York City Zoos again brings back “Boo at the Zoo” activities at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo,  Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. Each zoo has events all October long to celebrate Halloween.


At the WCS Bronx Zoo, activities include The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries, Dinosaur Safari, 3-D Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations, Costume Parade, Musical Theater: Beasts of the Magical World, Hay Maze, Live Music, Animal Themed Magic Shows, Treat Stations, Crafts Workshop, Extinct Animal Graveyard, Creature Chats, and more.


Boo at the Zoo Activities at the Queens Zoo Include the Haunted Habitat, Spooky Animal Presentations, Pick a Perfect Pumpkin, Face Painting, Pumpkin Enrichment, Trick or Treating, Crafts for Kids, Dress to Impress , and more.


Boo at the Zoo Activities at the Prospect Park Zoo Include the Discovery Center, Bat Chats, Pumpkins for Baboons,  Face Painting, Costume Parade and Dance Party, Costumed Character Scavenger Hunt, Spooky Barn, Wildlife Witch Shows, and more.

More information about these events can be found online at www.bronxzoo.com; www.nyaquarium.com, www.queenszoo.com, and www.prospectparkzoo.com.



  1. Halloween at the zoo is always super fun!

  2. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy.com says

    We love halloween time at the zoo. So much fun.

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