5 Great Places to Spend Halloween Weekend with the Family

5 Great Places to Spend Halloween Weekend with the Family

This itty kitty found her perfect pumpkin! (Courtesy Queens County Farm Museum)

Halloween is about more than trick-or-treating and scaring the bejesus out of yourself by watching horror movies—it’s a great excuse for families to get together and do fun holiday- and fall-related activities. Here are some kid-friendly places to visit this weekend before All Hallows’ Eve on Monday!

Queens County Farm Museum (Glen Oaks, Queens): Wind your way through a three-acre Amazing Maize Maze, find your perfect pumpkin and journey though a spooky Haunted House, among other happenings at this farm. There’s also a Children’s Fall Festival on 10/30 from 11 am-4 pm—costumes encouraged! Included in the $5 price of admission are children’s games, bounce houses and a costumed characters. There will be crafts, hayrides, a seasonal petting zoo and more! Check the events page for all details.

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island, Brooklyn): Enjoy the final weekend of Halloween fun filled with creepy crafts, a giant pumpkin named Jack, “kooky spooky karaoke,” a Monster Mash dance bash, glitter tattoos, pick and paint your own pumpkin, a petting zoo and—of course—all the fun Luna Park rides! 

Scarecrows & Pumpkins at New York Botanical Garden (the Bronx): Explore a scarecrow instillation by artist Ray Villafane during the day, then in the evening watch an interactive theater troupe (Truth in Lie) tell the tales of these crop defenders in “Scarecrows: From Heartland to Horror.” Learn about the “Creepy Creatures of Halloween” at live animal presentations offered at noon and 2 pm at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions. Visit the programs page for more information.

Harbes Family Farm and Harbes Western Farm (Mattituck and Jamesport, Long Island): Both farms have pumpkin patches where you can select your own pumpkin to take home. The Mattituck Farm offers singing hayrides and a Barnyard Adventure that includes pig races, an interactive children’s show, the Gnome Hedge Maze, Snoopy Corn Maze and over 20 other activities. The Jamesport location has a five-acre corn maze, a hayride and a Pumpkinland play area. 

White Post Farms Fall Farm Festival (Huntington, Long Island): Load up on your favorite festival foods like roasted corn and homemade pies! Admission to this festival includes six shows (such as “Mutts Gone Nuts” and “Horses, Horses, Horses”), sing-a-long hayrides, playground access, aviaries, animal attractions and more.

Have a happy Halloween weekend!

The 2016 Big Apple-themed corn maze (Courtesy Queens County Farm Museum)

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