Celebrate Halloween 2016 IN NYC

0037 Photo by Liz Ligon
Haunted Highline; photo by Liz Ligon

As Halloween approaches, we’ve rounded up a sampling of ghoulish gatherings in NYC for trick-or-treaters of all ages!

October 28

Asphalt Screams at Asphalt Green: Head to Asphalt Green’s Upper East Side or Battery Park City campus for a Halloween-themed fitness experience for all ages, including a “Spooktacular Soccer Shootout” and a Haunted Maze, plus music, refreshments, and more. Free, though a $20 donation per family is welcome, 4-6pm, asphaltgreen.org

October 29

Ghouls and Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Take part in Brooklyn’s wackiest Halloween parade at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! Kids will hop at the chance to dance with woodland creatures from Mettawee River Theatre Company and learn all about creepy crawly bugs at Dr. Rutledge’s Insectorium. $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, free for 12 and under; 12-5:30pm, bbg.org

Haunted High Line: Learn all about the history of the West Side of Manhattan at this free celebration. Hear the stories of the old trains that used to rumble along those tracks from the Westside Cowboy, and enjoy face painting, a scavenger hunt, dancing, and live music! Free, 11am-3pm, thehighline.org

LC Trick-or-Treat: Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Lincoln Center, where a festive Halloween celebration will take over their plazas—filled with costumes, candy, live performances, and more. Free, 11am-1pm, family. lincolncenter.org

October 30

Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla: Head to Central Park for a costume parade and pumpkin float on the Harlem Meer. This year’s event will feature a live bat demonstration presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation, and a craft project hosted by Martha Stewart Living. Free, crafts and music begin at 3:30pm and the Flotilla begins at 6:30pm, centralparknyc.org

DiMenna Creepy History Museum Historical Halloween Ball: Celebrate the ghosts of Halloweens past at the New-York Historical Society. This year’s edition of their annual Halloween event will feature scary storytelling, historical candy, fortune telling, and even spirit photography! $10 for members or tickets bought online, $12 at the door, 4-6pm, nyhistory.org

October 31

American Museum of Natural History Halloween Celebration: More than 30 of the AMNH’s halls will be open for be trick-or-treating and arts and crafts for the kids, so come in costume! Characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, and Peter Rabbit will be in attendance, as well as magicians, stilt walkers, and even performers from the Big Apple Circus! $14 for general public, $12 for members; 4-7pm, amnh.org

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade: Those in costume are invited to join hundreds of puppets, thousands of costumed New Yorkers, plus bands, dancers, and artists as they march up Sixth Avenue during country’s most creative public participatory event! Line-up for those in costume only runs from 6:30-8pm. Free, 7pm, halloween-nyc.com