Weekend Events: Halloween Events, Harvest Festivals, NYC Historic Tours and Much More!

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Celebrate Halloween early this week with the A-Scarium at the New York Aquarium. Image by Julie Larsen Maher

This weekend is kicking off with some fun Halloween events like the Pumpkin Painting at the Craft Studio and Egghead Halloween, a craft party where kids can choose an Egghead character and dress it up in their choice of silly and spooky Halloween costumes. If you aren’t into celebrating Halloween this early then there are tons of harvest festivals: Newkirk Plaza, Park Slope, Dekalb Market and another at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Looking for something a little off the beaten path? Try getting down with Baby Loves Disco, snapping it at the Photo Safari at City Hall Park or a trekking on a historical tour of Greenpoint with the Brooklyn Diggers. For even more events be sure to check out our detailed events calendar.

Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd – Times Vary
Gravsend Inn Haunted Hotel
Theatreworks’ high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn, returns again this year. Produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe with design, construction, and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s Entertainment Technology Department, Details: Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Brooklyn, NY. From the site, I would say this is for older kids- but call to find out their suggested age range (my wild guess would be 7 years and up). Admission: $6 for adults $4 for students (with ID) Contact: Call 718-260-5592 for recorded information. Call 718-260-5588 during regular business hours.

Friday, October 21st from 9:30 am12:00 pm
Photo Safari at City Hall Park
Budding photographers will love this exciting class where they can take pictures of various buildings in lower Manhattan like the Municipal Building, City Hall, and the Tweed Courthouse. Students will also learn about shadows, lines, strong composition,  lighting conditions and scene management. This workshop is limited to 8 students and it costs $100 per participant; for a $10 discount use code: parks10. Details: The Fountain (in City Hall Park), Park Row and Beekman Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00am
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at The New York Botanical Garden
To kick-off this festive month go check out cool sculptures of spooky scarecrows, spiders, snakes, and more designed at Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids can also play inside a Pumpkin House, put on a scary show in the Pumpkin Puppet theater, and look for wiggly worms under a log. This week is also Creepy Creatures Weekend with Ugh! Bugs! on Saturday where kids can get up close to insects such as Madagascar hissing cockroaches, the emperor scorpion, the pink-toe tarantula, crickets, millipedes, and more. On Sunday, its Gone Batty where kids can come face-to-face with a variety of bats, including the largest bat in the world. Details: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, the Bronx. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 21st, Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 10:00am-6:00pm
Pumpkin Painting at the Craft Studio
We love painting pumpkins to get us in the Halloween spirit and this week you can paint one at the Craft Studio on the Upper West Side. Small pumpkin are $14 and large ones are $18 and this includes the use of paints, the pumpkins and studio time. Walk-ins are welcome. Details: The Craft Studio, 1657 Third Ave (between 92nd and 93rd Streets). For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 21st from 11:30 am1:00 pm
Arts, Culture & Fun: Deaf Jam
This event will feature a film screening of Deaf Jam by Judy Lieff. This film follows the story of Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in NYC who learns about American Sign Language poetry. Judy Lieff and Aneta Brodski will also be in attendance to introduce the film and conduct a Q & A. Details: St. John’s Recreation Center, 51 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 21st, Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 11:30am-7:00pm
HIP play
We are sad to report that Still Hip will be closing after its Halloween Bash in a few weeks. Until then, parents and their kids can still enjoy their daily playgroups. Participants are simply asked to help set up and clean up the space, but there will always be someone in the store to help. Drop-ins for $3 (or 10 for $25) will always be welcome as long as there is space. Details: 283 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 21st at 4:00pm
Niko Singalongs
Families love Niko and every Friday he will be playing NikosKids originals as well as a few folk standards. There is also a suggested donation of $10 for this performance. Details: Couleur Café, 435 7th Avenue, between 14th & 15th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 8:00am-3:00pm
Textile Recycling at Greenmarkets
Do you have any old clothes that you have been meaning to donate or giveaway? GrowNYC has the perfect way for you to get ride of your old stuff by donating your old clothing, shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Details: You can recycle at Prospect Park Greenmarket (in Grand Army Plaza) Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn or Fort Greene Park or McCarren Park. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 9:00am – 5:00am
Paint-A-Pumpkin at Moomah
All month long the creative art space, Moomah is hosting pumpkin painting party for kids. There will also be crafts like creating your own Monster-Mash Placemat, Paint-Your-Own Haunted House, Make-Your-Own Monster Hands & Feet, and much more! This event is $15 per child. Details: Moomah, 161 Hudson Street, between Hubert and Laight Streets. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Smorgasburg
Newcomer to the Brooklyn Flea group- this outdoor market has 100 + food vendors- packaged, cooked, raw and more as well as farmers, kitchenwares, a kids activities area by Moomah, chef demos and more. This outdoor market is open rain or shine. Details: 27 N 6th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00am – 5:00pm
VH1 Save the Music: Family Day
This free event includes concerts for kids, music lessons, food, workshops and activities like a drum circle, story time, and more. Details: P.S.334, 100 West 77th Street. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am-5:30pm
Boo at the Zoo
This New York tradition is back and we can’t say enough good things about “Boo at the Zoo.” Held at the Bronx Zoo this event focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape all while enjoying the Hess Hayride and the Haunted Safari. Some traditional favorites include the hay maze at the Butterfly Patio, Children’s Theater by the Children’s Theatre Company, music by the Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band, pumpkins and craft workshops at the Dancing Crane Pavilion. The costume parade is another exciting event where you and your little one can march throughout the zoo, alongside a 10-foot-tall grasshopper, an 8-foot-tall butterfly, and other cool characters on stilts. Additionally, there will be treat stations located throughout the zoo like at the Bug Carousel and a Monorail. Details: The Bronx Zoo is located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.

Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fort Greene (Saturday) and Williamsburg (Sunday)
The Brooklyn Flea
One of our favorite marketplaces, the Brooklyn Flea is a great place to check out hundreds of unique and handmade vendors featuring vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, crafts and food. This outdoor market is open rain or shine.

Fort Greene
Saturday
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)

Williamsburg
Sunday
East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am-6:00pm (kids) and 8:00pm-10:00pm (adults)
and Sunday, October 23rd – All Day
Fall Festival at The DeKalb Market
Housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, the DeKalb Market features some of Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs. This week, they are celebrating everything fall with a festival for both kids and parents. For kids this will include a Halloween parade, an on-site farm, a market-wide haunted house, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and face painting, a marshmallow roast, and a screening of Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin Patch.Parents will love the sampling some delicious eats from Brooklyn’s best food stands, shopping and the many  art installations. Also, on Sunday  there will be a screening of the movie Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. Details: The Dekalb Market at 332 Flatbush Avenue- at Willoughby. The market is open 7 days a week. The Flatbush frontage has the Dekalb Avenue subway entrance to the W and Q trains and the Fulton Mall has the Hoyt Street entrance to the 2 and 3 trains. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 10:00am – 6:00pm
Northside Market
Check out the latest market to hit Williamsburg. Featuring artisanal and handmade goods, crafts, local musical acts and a DJ, Northside Market is an innovative new space to check out local and international goods. The pop-up market also features a cool artist gallery and even has such 25-30 food vendors such as Cantina Royal, Dub Pies, Robicelli’s (Cupcakes), Lots O’ Lobstah, and Cookie Road. We really love that this 4,100 square foot indoor space is air-conditioned and that every week throughout the summer you can expect to find something new like candy walls or mini golf. Check their twitter account (@NorthsideMkt) for up-to-the minute details! There is also a ramp for easy stroller access. Details: Northside Market, 135 Kent (corner of Kent Avenue and North 6th Street). To learn more, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd 2011 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Egghead Halloween
The Gowanus Print Lab is hosting a cool pre-Halloween craft party called ‘Egghead Halloween’ At this event, kids can choose an Egghead character and dress it up in their choice of silly and spooky Halloween costumes, masks, shoes and accessories. The characters are then screen printed on their hand-pulled production press and then heat pressed onto a t-shirt that can be taken home that day. This event is $20 per person. Details: Gowanus Print Lab, 54 Second Avenue, Brooklyn. Call (718) 788-3930 to register by October 19th, but walk-ins are still welcome.

Saturday, October 22nd from 10:30am-1:00pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Harvest Festival

This Harvest Festival features a Halloween parade, musical guests, face painting, storytelling, art activities, mask making and pumpkin decorating. On the stage, you can check out musical performances by Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band at 10:30 am and The Pop Ups at 12:00 pm. There will also be health screenings and pediatric information provided by SUNY Downstate at LICH. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park- Pier 6. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00am
Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

Devon Kinch
Every Saturday, Greenlight Bookstore is hosting a fun story time with popular authors. This week, Brooklyn-based author and illustrator Devon Kinch is reading from Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop. Details: Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 11:00am-4:00pm
Halloween at the A-Scarium at the New York Aquarium
The Aquarium’s annual Halloween celebration kids of all ages can meet sea monsters, dance to music by Alastair Moock and SweetBeatz, enjoy animal-themed magic shows, live music, spooky storytelling, pumpkin carving, and crafts activities. There will also be al Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, showing in the theater outside the Aquarium entrance. There will also be treat stations throughout the aquarium and a Spooky Shipwreck to explore. Also on October 30th you can meet cast members from the Addams Family on Broadway! Details: New York Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Harvest Festival-Park Slope
In preparation for the Park Slope Halloween Parade, the Old Stone House and Park Slope Parents are hosting an afternoon of crafts and activities at their annual Harvest Festival. At this event there will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, and crafts where kids can make banners, puppets, or costume pieces. Details: Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00am-4:00pm
Free Halloween Fun Fair at the Brownstone School

This free event in the Upper East Side features arts and crafts, fun rides and games that kids of all ages will love. This year will include pumpkin decorating, candy necklaces, cupcake decorating, train rides, bouncy castles, slides, face painting, tattoos and much more! Details: PS 87 School Yard, 77th Street & Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY, 10024. For additional information, please visit: info@brownstoneschool.org. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 12:00pm-3:00pm
Baby Loves Disco
The popular dance-party Baby Loves Disco is back and this week you and your little one can enjoy live music, healthy snacks and play stations at Le Poisson Rouge. This event is sponsored by Hug­gies where you will also have the chance to learn more about their new Lit­tle Movers Slip-On Dia­pers. The event is $20/person or $60 for 4 tick­ets. Details: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 from 12:00pm-5:00pm
Bhive’s Hip Hop Halloween
This free event celebrates the holiday in a hip way with music, prizes and refreshments. Details: B-Hive Longe, 990 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 622-2226For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Greenpoint 1861
Brooklyn is rich with history and you can learn more about it at this one-day festival held by the Brooklyn Diggers. At this event, you will learn more about the150th anniversary of the USS Monitor and the workers who built Greenpoint as well as those that worked in the shipbuilding industry. The event also includes a reenactment of North Brooklyn when it was the center of national trade and shipbuilding. There will also be a pop-up museum, smell boxes, nautical knot tying, food from the time and music. Details: Monsignor McGolrick Park (in Msgr. McGolrick Park), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 12:00pm-4:00pm
Halloween Harvest Festival at Wyckoff Farmhouse
The Wyckoff Farmhouse in Brooklyn is having a fantastic Halloween event this weekend with music, stories, games, face painting, and fresh produce. There will also be a”Spooky Tour” of NYC’s oldest house and a Costume Swap. Adults are $5.00 and seniors and kids are $3.00. The Spooky Tour is an additional $3.00. Details: Wyckoff Farmhouse, 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00am –6:00pm
Fall Festival at Newkirk Plaza

This fun festival for the kids with include food, arts & crafts, sales from local shops, balloons and the Sean Casey Animal Rescue booth. There will also be a free bouncy rides all day and free candy for kids that are costume. See the schedule below for specific events. Details: Newkirk Plaza, Newkirk Avenue and East 15th Street, Brooklyn.
12:30 Face Painting
1:00 – Magic Show
1:45 – Pumpkin Painting (for the first 50 kids)
2:30 – Face Painting

Saturday, October 22nd at 1:30pm
Play’s the Thing: Move & Groove
The New Victory Theater and Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) have join forces for their annual Halloween event, Play’s the Thing: Move & Groove. This program is designed to encourage kids 5 and older to play and create together. Details: CMOM, Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 22nd from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Hattie Carthan Chicken Coopla Market Fundraiser
The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers’ Market is hosting its first annual fundraiser featuring a day of educational and cultural activities to raise awareness about the benefits of raising livestock in cities. This will also include performances by the musical group, Los Afortunados and Caribbean folk songs from Owen Taylor, Michael Sampson and Yonnette Fleming. There will also be workshops where you can learn how to pickle eggs, care for chickens as well as test tasting of chicken and Egg dishes. The event is $25, which includes an unlimited buffet. Visit the Hattie Carthan Community Market for tickets or more information. Details: Hattie Carthan Garden (in Magnolia Tree Earth Center), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 23rd from 11:00am-4:00pm
Harvest Hootenanny
The Friends of Greenwood Playground are sponsoring this free event for the kids. There will be musical performances by Debbie Deane, Miss Katie, and demonstrations by Cynthia King’s dancers. There will also be face painting, pumpkin painting, book making and a canned food drive. Details: Greenwood Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway, Prospect Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, Brooklyn.

Sunday, October 23rd at 1:00pm
Historic New York
This exciting event will allow kids and their parents to learn about ice-age glaciers, Native Americans, Dutch traders, British Redcoats, and the Underground Railroad in NYC. Led by Urban Park Rangers, this tour will explain these events and how they can be viewed throughout the city in its architecture.Details: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), East 33rd Street and Avenue U, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Arts and Recreation at the Audubon Center
Nature lovers will love this event at Prospect Park. Naturalists will lead this fun workshop where they encourage kids to act like animals and pretend to be a bat. Details: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park). Near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Spooktacular at Applesauce
This Halloween event will include games, activities, food, a sing-a-long, a haunted house and a costume contest. Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot at (212) 717-0703. This event is $60 per family in advance and $80 at the door.Details: St. Jean’s Community Center at 184 East 76th Street. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Fall Festival Open House At Griffin Court
At this interactive event, you and your little ones can carve and paint pumpkins at Griffin Court. RSVP to Jill Preschel at jill@alchemy-properties.com. Details: Griffin Court, 454 West 54th Street.

Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00pm-4:30pm
Lefferts Historic House 2nd Floor Tours

This guided tour will have you viewing artifacts from the 19th century including a fully furnished 1820s bedroom. Details: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 2:30pm
Jessie and the Case of The Missing Candy
Urban Stages Outreach Department is offering a free family event to celebrate Halloween with the play Jessie and the Case of the Missing Candy. Designed for kids 4-10 the play involves Jessie who cannot trick or treat when she has a cold. Jessie soon learns that everyone might be in danger of missing Halloween because all of the candy has suddenly disappeared.  With the help of the good witch Gladys, Jessie and her cat Clever, they travel to the Land of Halloween to solve the case of the missing candy.   Details: Urban Stages Theatre is located at 259 W. 30th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues.). The show is free (donations accepted) and runs 45 minutes. For more information please click here.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 4:00pm
A Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party
Sponsored by the MBA Moms, this event includes an afternoon of crafts, music, storytelling and even a surprise appearance by Frankenstien. There is also a parade that begins at 5:00 pm and pumpkin regatta layer on by on the Harlem Meer at dusk. Details: Meeting on 110th St & Lenox Avenue, NYC. To RSVP, please email: mbamomsnyc@gmail.com


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