Whether you’re looking for the Great Pumpkin or just want to dress up and have some fun, there are plenty of exciting, family-friendly Halloween events taking place across Queens over the next week.
Some of the events, scheduled to take place rain or shine, include the following:
Howard Beach: Ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited to take part in the 31st Howard Beach Halloween Parade scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 28. The fun gets underway at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Cross Bay Boulevard and 159th Avenue. Participants will head southbound along the boulevard to 165th Avenue, where a party will be held including food, beverages, rides, games and much more.
Middle Village: The Middle Village Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Juniper Valley Park. Starting at 11:30 a.m., kids will begin lining up at the small playground near 74th Street and Juniper Boulevard South. At 11:45 a.m., the parade will start as the children make their way up to the blacktop at 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North.
The Halloween festivities will continue from noon to 4 p.m. at the park’s blacktop where there will be the 1980s tribute band White Wedding playing some tunes. There will also be festive carnival games, pumpkin decorating, kids’ costume contest, food and much more. The Halloween Parade and festival is being organized by the Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA), in conjunction with the NYC Parks Department and the Middle Village Moms.
Long Island City: Socrates Sculpture Park will host a Halloween Harvest Festival on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is Dia de los Muertos and Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York will provide a dance performance. The event will also include the annual Canine Costume Contest. Two- and four-legged friends can show up in costume or attend a costume-making workshop with Free Style Arts Association. The park is located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Woodside: Join the sixth annual Halloween Pet Parade hosted by Woodside on the Move on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. Furry friends and their owners will go to Windmuller Park at 52nd Street and 39th Drive for an opportunity to win prizes and be judged on your pups costume. Categories include best in show, best pair, most creative, scariest and most original. There is an entrance fee of $5.
Bayside: The Bayside Village BID will sponsor a Halloween Family Fun Day on 41st Avenue off Bell Boulevard by the LIRR Bayside station on Sunday, Oct. 29. The fun, free event will feature a pumpkin patch, spooky crafts and a slime station and will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Flushing: Dress up in costume and head over to the Queens Botanical Garden for Halloween at the Garden on Sunday, Oct. 29. Enjoy seasonal crafts, a dance party, magic show, face painting and more. The event is free with admission to the garden, which is $6 for adults and $2 for children, and will run from noon until 4 p.m. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St.
Glen Oaks: The Queens County Farm Museum will host the annual Children’s Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 29. Admission is $20 for all ages and includes access to numerous activities found on the sprawling farm, including a haunted house, petting zoo and maize maze. Costumes are encouraged. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Free parking will be available until the lot fills. The museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway.
Glendale: One of the city’s oldest Halloween parades will take place in Glendale on Tuesday night, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. Ghouls and goblins are invited to take part in the march, which begins at the parking lot of Stop & Shop supermarket at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street. The Kiwanis Club of Glendale sponsors the parade.
Ridgewood: The 104th Precinct is inviting the community inside the station house on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for a Halloween Open House. From 3 to 6 p.m., officers will be welcoming everyone to stop by the 104th Precinct, located at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for some candy, to take a look around the precinct, and to meet some of the officers. The event is being sponsored by the 104th Precinct Community Council.