Spooky Shindigs, Zero Price Tag: These are the best free Halloween events NYC is hosting this year.
Hey Boo! 👻 We've got a treat that's better than a bucket full of candy – a guide to the spookiest and most budget-friendly Halloween events NYC has to offer. These events are here to make your Halloween scream-tastic without making your wallet shriek in terror. So, brace yourselves for a boo-tifully curated lineup of the city's hottest free Halloween events – because New Yorkers truly scare because they care.
Sept 27 - Nov 7
Every influencer's favorite arch is back! In case you live under a rock (or are just not a New Yorker), every year at Pier 17 a beautiful bunch of pumpkins get transformed into a picturesque backdrop for the perfect fall photos.
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Embark on a whimsical adventure with your little ones at Dyckman After Dark. Explore the enchanting Dyckman Farmhouse Museum after hours. Delight in apple cider, delicious treats, spooky tunes, and, of course, costumes for a night of family fun!
Head to Central Park's Harlem Meer for the Pumpkin Flotilla, where you can watch illuminated pumpkins set sail on the water. Enjoy live music and spooky storytelling as well.
Oct 27 - 29
Join the Day of the Dead celebration at St. Mark’s Church, featuring art-making, live music, and a vibrant marketplace showcasing traditional Mexican folk art and delectable Mexican cuisine. Participate in the ofrenda building tradition to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed away, and engage in various workshops, including crafting paper flowers and embellishing your Día de Muertos button.
In its 25th year at Fort Greene Park and proudly sponsored by Fort Greene PUPS, the Great PUPkin stands as Brooklyn's grandest and most extravagant canine costume contest. Countless dogs participate, vying fiercely for the prestigious Great PUPkin rosettes awarded to the finest furry contenders!
Experience the Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, featuring exciting events like the "Flight of the Gourds" pumpkin carving contest, New York's second-largest dog costume contest, workshops, performances, food vendors, and a thrilling pumpkin launch.
Oct 28 - 29
Join the lively Halloween Weekend celebration at Hester Street Fair, featuring a costume contest with exciting prize baskets, along with a fantastic lineup of New York's finest vendors, delicious snacks, DJs, and beverages for all to savor.
Front and Fulton Streets will host a Halloween extravaganza for kids aged 2 to 8, featuring live music, pumpkin decorating, face painting, trick-or-treating, STEM activities, and costume celebrations in partnership with Mommy Poppins and Brooklyn Bridge Parents.
Join Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center for a special Halloween celebration where you can engage in activities like dissecting owl pellets, trying sustainable treats, exploring discovery boxes, watching an animal encounter, and going on a creepy crawly walk to discover the park's hidden creatures.
Join the iconic Village Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village. Dress up in your spookiest costume and march alongside thousands of other revelers in this annual event.
So, our frugal fiends, with this guide we empower you to enjoy the finest free Halloween events NYC has to offer. Round up your coven and enjoy a day of thrills and chills because the best things in life – and Halloween – are free!
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