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 Technology, 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).

Live Bats, including one with a 6-foot wingspan, at the NY Hall of Science (w/admission). Also at the Hall: Catapult Month demos — science and thing-hurling.

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).

All Weekend:

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).