Halloween 2021: List of things to do in NY, NJ this weekend

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NEW YORK — Happy Halloween weekend! Costume or not, people across the tri-state area (and the country) will be celebrating the spooky holiday.

In addition to the traditional trick-or-treating, people in New York and New Jersey have the chance to participate in dozens of things, including a Halloween parade in Manhattan or haunted houses across the region.

Get your fright on with one (or more) of these events this weekend:

NEW YORK

Friday, Oct. 29

  • Terror on Totten Haunted House: Fort Totten, Queens — The NYPD’s Haunted House is back and ready to give everyone a fright. The first floor is for the scaredy cats who may not be able to brave the ghosts, goblins and bloody butchers on the second floor with scary monsters around every corner.
    • The haunted house is free and runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Saturdays until Halloween.
  • Spooky Fest at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning: Rockville Center, N.Y. Sixteen acres of grounds are transformed into a family friendly Halloween event, including a scary walk, a haunted maze and arts and crafts. 

Saturday, Oct. 30

  • Queens Night Market costume contest: Queens — The Queens Night Market has a Halloween-themed season finale behind the NY Hall of Science. The spooktacular event will feature costume contests and prizes for children and adults alike as well as trick-or-treating and live entertainment. 
    • Admission is free with food, beverages, etc. available for purchase and goes from 6 p.m. to midnight.
  • Trick-or-Treating at the Seaport: Lower Manhattan — The Seaport is hosting several Halloween events for the family from 12 to 5 p.m. at Fulton Street, including trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and pumpkin painting. 
  • Boo at the Zoo: Bronx Zoo, the Bronx — Kids and family can enjoy the Bronx Zoo’s Halloween tradition. Events include pumpkin carving, a spider maze, a costume parade, a candy trail and much more. 
  • Bronx Night Market Halloween Bash: To celebrate the finale of the Bronx Night Market, they’re hosting a spooktacular Halloween bash, which includes a costume contest, trick-or-treating and more.

Sunday, Oct. 31

  • West Village Halloween Parade: West Village, Manhattan — The 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade is set to rise again on Oct. 31st. Thousands line the sidewalks and watch the parade that stretches along Sixth Avenue through Greenwich Village. This year, 19 floats will be featured, and there will be dancing puppets! 
    • The parade is free for all to view on the sidelines or join in a costume.
  • The Seaport Halloween Block Party: Manhattan — Enjoy a block party where kids can go trick-or-treating, get treats and enjoy live music and face painting. 
  • Spooky Ambulance event: Long Island — The Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps is hosting their annual Spooky Ambulance event. Visitors will get to  the mobile hospital turned scary mobile and meet some of the rescue squad. The spooky ambulance is free, and is scheduled Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can register online to reserve your time slot. Walk-ups are welcome but will be placed at the end of the line. 
  • Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze: Bethpage, N.Y. — Check out dozens of Jack-o-lantern displays at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Tickets are limited,(sold out in Hudson Valley this weekend) but the events run through November if you miss Halloween weekend.
  • Dog Howl-o-ween parade: Brooklyn — Halloween isn’t just for humans! Bring your furry friend dressed ready to scare and hang around at Industry City. The event is free, and there will also be some furry friends up for adoption at the event. 
  • Halloween at the Garden: Queens — The Queens Botanical Garden will have a bunch of activities for children, including a trick-or-treat trail and a magic show. Adults can enjoy harvest beers and ciders.

NEW JERSEY

Friday, Oct. 29

  • Six Flags Fright Fest: Jackson, N.J. — Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure is spookier than ever this year, and you’ll definitely be screaming — whether it be out of fear or on the rides. Fright Fest offers haunted mazes, scare zones, spooky shows and entertainment, and you may even find yourself sitting next to a monster on your favorite ride. 
  • Halloween Lights Show: Hillsdale, N.J. — Enjoy a light show at Demarest Farms. The guided tour passes through 32 acres of brilliant Halloween light displays. 

Saturday, Oct. 30

  • Haunted Red Mill Happy Haunts: Clinton, N.J. — Enjoy a hayride, cider and doughnuts at the Red Mill Museum Village between 10 a.m to 1 p.m. 
  • Brite Nites 2021: Warren, N.J. — Wagner Farm Arboretum Foundation is holding a drive-thru experience, complete with a pumpkin path. 
  • Brighton Asylum: Passaic, N.J. — Get ready for the fright of your life at this haunted asylum complex. It has a series of haunted houses and escape rooms for all to enjoy and get spooked.

Sunday, Oct. 31

  • Audubon Park Halloween Extravaganza: Jersey City, N.J. — This family friendly event will have activities, including pumpkin painting, a costume parade and arts and crafts.
    • The event runs from 12 to 2 p.m. 
  • Halloween Family Bash: Jersey City, N.J. — Get ready for fun with the family! Games, face painting, a corn maze, arts and crafts and more Halloween activities will be available from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza. 
  • Halloween movie screening: South Orange, N.J. — The Village at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) will have a free, family friendly screening of “Goosebumps”

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