Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free
NYS leaf peeper map - Bear Mountain reaches peak leaf
If it's outdoors, call ahead. A lot of things are being cancelled due to the rain.
NYC Dumpling Festival and eating contest - benefits Food Bank NYC
Kid's Day, Nightmare: Vampires: the very-not-kid-friendly Museum of Vampyric Artifacts hosts an under-10 appropriate day of mysteries, squirt guns and candy ($15)
Halloween Harvest Fair, Staten Island, with colonial crafts and bouncy castle
Afternoon of Ghouls at King Manor - Halloween crafts and activities at the home of our local forgotten founding father, across from the last stop of the E train in Jamaica
High-tech Halloween house - from the students at the CUNY Department of Entertainment Techonology, Brooklyn ($6 adults, $4 students)
Harvest Festival, Bartow-Pell Mansion, Bronx (w/admission)
City of the Future arts event - Architects, builders, and artists help kids built their own new New York
Big Green Halloween Fair, PS 166 (rain date Sunday)
Nature Scavenger Hunt, Van Cortlandt Park
Million Trees planting day, all boroughs
Pumpkin carving workshop, Staten Island ($8)
Early American Crafts and Games, Prospect Park
Karaoke in Brooklyn
Weather permitting, stargazing in Inwood Park. Telescopes and astronomers provided.
Night creature walk in Central Park
Glamrock Halloween Harvest Festival, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens - costume making, face painting, and a dog costume contest
Tai Chi in Fort Tryon Park
Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail, Central Park - story telling, costume parade, and a flotilla of decorated pumpkins sailing the Harlem Meer at sunset
Halloween Festival, Fort Totten, Queens - costume contest, hayrides
Zhang Family Band, traditional chinese music at Henry Street, Manhattan
Ghouls and Gourds, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - costume parade, meet kid's authors, music, performances, mask making and giant puppets (w/admission)
Leaf-peeper walk, Prospect Park
Halloween Haunted House, with hayrides, Queens Farm Museum
Explore Hunter Island, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
1865 Funeral Recreation, Marble Cemetery tour - Merchant's House Museum (reservations, w/admission. Funeral attire recommended)
It's My Park Day - volunteer to spruce up your local park. Most of the events are on Saturday, but a few are on Sunday. It's a terrific way to meet people in your neighborhood who are self-selected for not being jerks. Plus, clean park. All upside.
Boo at the Zoo, Bronx Zoo - Haunted safari, mask making, hayrides (kids free in animal costumes, adults w/admission)
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