Some kids dread autumn because it means back-to-school and colder weather, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. From a pirate-themed fall festival to muppets dressed in spooky costumes, there’s tons for tots to do this season.
Halloween Harvest at Luna Park
Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn; lunaparknyc.com. Halloween Harvest entry is included with the price of a wristband. All-day wristbands start at $ 42 for guests under 48 inches, $ 69 for those above 48 inches. The prices include all rides in Luna Park.
Take a walk through the pumpkin patch at Luna Park on Coney Island.
Join in on some Pirate-themed shenanigans at this year’s Halloween Harvest festival in Coney Island. On weekends from Sept. 16 to Oct. 29, kids can participate in activities like exploring a pumpkin patch, riding a pony, enjoying arts and crafts, and watching a doggie costume parade and contest (Oct. 14 at noon).
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA; sesameplace.com. Tickets, which include park entry fee and rides, are $ 45 in advance online.
Skeleton Elmo does a monster mash dance with a young girl at Sesame Place’s Halloween Spooktacular.
For six weekends from Sept. 22 to Oct. 29, The Count will host Sesame Place’s annual Halloween Spooktacular. It’s a not-so-scary chance for kiddos to dress up along with their favorite monsters in a place where the air is sweet. Free (with admission) festivities include the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, and there are also more exclusive, paid activities like Elmo’s Silly Bones Spooktacular Dine (Sept. 22 – 24; adults, $ 29, children, $ 9); and Zoe’s Monster Mash Dance Party Dine (Sept. 30 & Oct. 1; adults, $ 29, children, $ 9).
Diwali at Times Square
46-48th Sts. in Times Square; diwalitimessquare.com. Free.
Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in the brightest place in the city, Times Square. While the festival is officially celebrated on Oct. 19 this year, Diwali at Times Square will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 starting at 2 p.m. Promoters call it the biggest Diwali celebration outside of India with food, dancing, traditional diya (oil lamp) lighting ceremonies and a fireworks display.
58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Far Rockaway, Queens; rwalliance.org. Free.
Kids run out of their mummy wraps at the Hip-Hop Halloween event presented by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.
(Courtesy of Giles Ashford)
Beach season will be over, but you can still have fun in Far Rockaway this fall. On Oct. 14., the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will hold its annual Hip Hop Halloween community event from 1 to 4 p.m. Happening in the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment, there will be food, candy, face-painting and a pumpkin giveaway.
Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens; socratessculpturepark.org. Free.
A couple and their dog recreate the parade from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Halloween Harvest Festival’s canine costume contest.
(2016 Halloween Harvest Festival.)
Take a twirl on Oct. 28 with the Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York, who will be performing from 2-3 p.m. at the Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Halloween Harvest Festival. This year’s theme for the fest, happening between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., is Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. There will be face painting (noon – 3 p.m.), costume and art-making workshops (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), a canine costume contest (1 – 2 p.m.) and a harvest animal blessing for your pets (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.).
Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns at Governors Island
Go to the Battery Maritime Building (10 South St.) to catch the ferry (govisland.com) to Governors Island; therise.org. Advanced tickets required: $ 20 for kids 3-12 and seniors 65+, $ 24 for adults.
Master carvers from the tri-state area will sculpt more than 1,000 illuminated pumpkins for Governors Island’s Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns.”
(Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns)
More than 1,000 illuminated pumpkins carved and sculpted by local artists, some which weigh over 100 pounds, will line Governors Island from Oct. 26 to 29. You can also get lost in the Garden of Gourds, presented by the same company that’s running the Governors Island event, over in Old Westbury on Long Island. Visit therise.org for details and tickets, starting at $ 22 for kids and seniors, $ 26 for adults 13 and up.
Big Apple Circus
Lincoln Center; bigapplecircus.com. Tickets start at $ 35.
The Big Apple Circus is back. This year’s season (which will run Oct. 27 through Jan. 7) will mark the company’s 40th anniversary, see the return of Grandma the clown, who retired in 2012, and feature high wire legend Nik Wallenda among other highlights.