Photo by Jeff French Segall from the 90th Street Halloween Tableau.

The next few days will be full of fun Halloween events on the Upper West Side. We’ve listed several of them below.

October 29

On Lincoln Center’s campus, LC Kids presents LC Trick-or-Treat 2016, ‘a family-friendly party free for every little ghost and goblin. On Saturday, October 29 from 11:00am – 1:00pm there will be costumes, trick-or-treating, and live performances for the whole family to celebrate Halloween. In addition to candy, a musical costume parade, and crafts, you can compete in a costume contest, embark on a scavenger “haunt,” channel Ziggy Stardust at a David Bowie dance party, and enjoy a monster-themed reading by author/illustrator Peter Brown as part of LC Kids’ celebration. Events take place across the plazas of Lincoln Center and at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Plus, after the tricks and treats, you can stay for a free film screening: of Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.” Visit kids.lincolncenter.org for full event details.

October 30

The New-York Historical Society’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum will hold its celebration on Sunday, October 30 from 4-6 pm. The Museum’s Creepy Historical Halloween Ball will feature spooky fun for all ages and include fortunetelling, photos with spirits, history’s scariest stories, historical candy tasting, and more. More info and a link to purchase tickets is available here. Info via Columbus Ave BID.

Landmark West will hold a Halloween walking tour on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. “On this walking tour, guide Rob Amell brings to life the UWS of a bygone era. We seek out the orphan buildings, and occasional whole-block enclaves, that remain — time capsules of a lost 1880s world. We’ll hear about the mavericks and mischief-makers of the day, and attempt to coax a few gargoyles into sharing their secrets.”


Central Park will host its annual free Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla (seen above) on October 30 from 3:30-7. See more here.

October 31

Atria West 86,  333 West 86th Street, an assisted living community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Riverside Park, will host a Halloween-themed concert and dog fashion show next Monday, October 31 at 3 p.m. “Entertainer Joe Pace will be on hand to perform a set of spooky classics, such as Monster Mash, I Put a Spell on You and many others. The performance will be followed by a dog fashion show and plenty of canine treats.”

The American Museum of Natural History will hold a Halloween celebration on October 31 that includes trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, roaming cartoon characters and live performances through much of the Museum. The event, held on the 31st, will run from 4-7 pm, click here for more info and a link to purchase tickets. Info via Columbus Ave BID.

The West 90th Street Block Association will create a Halloween tableau in the streetside garden area of St Martins Tower at 65 West 90th Street: monsters, tombstones, screaming ghouls, goblins and skeletons all about a tricky maze built in the small recreation area within the garden, says Jeff French Segall.

West 69th Street between Columbus and Central Park West always has a very big crowd for its block party. Houses along the block have very extravagant decorations, and adults and kids alike are fully decked out. They very generously give out candy to hundreds (maybe thousands?) of kids, but given the crowds it can take awhile.

Ongoing Events

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has lots of Halloween events going on, from a costume parade to a magician to a pumpkin installation in the lobby. More here.

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    1. nycityny says:

      The West 69th Street celebration is usually between Broadway and CPW.

    2. June Quarfordt says:

      TRICK OR TREAT!! West 87thStreet. 5-8
      Street closed for kids!

    3. Dick DeB says:

      I see many Halloween events listed on The Boat Basin Cafe website. I’m going to take my dog to the Doggie Halloween party on Monday, October 31st.

    4. lisa and lee says:

      Think ‘N’ Fun NYC’s annual Tots Friendly Boo & Halloween Harvest Celebration is also going to be held on October 31st at 10:30AM at West 74th and Riverside Drive. Pre-registration is required. http://www.ThinkNFunNYC.com for more information.

    5. Suzy says:

      What time does west 69 start?

    6. Anna says:

      What time does the W 69th St block party usually kick off?

      • Anna says:

        My neighbors with kids (I live on W 68th St) just told me it runs 6-8 PM, but if you just want to walk around and look and don’t care about trick-or-treating, you can go at 5 PM already.

    7. Andrea says:

      ANybody know when they close 95 st for trick or treating?!

    8. Adele says:

      425 Riverside Drive between 114th and 115th is having a big Halloween Party in the lobby for kids! Very fun!