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Halloween in Queens, New York

Spooky Halloween Events and Festivities in 2013

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Rarely mentioned in the diverse demographics of Queens are the otherworldly goblins and ghouls who appear every October 31. The dead do outnumber the living more than two to one in the borough once called the Land of Cemeteries.

See below for events in western Queens or continue to the next page for Halloween in Eastern and Central Queens.

Costume Shops in Queens

Not satisfied with the prepackaged monsters at the drugstore or party store? Find your dream costume at:

Rubie's is one of the largest costume manufacturers in the world, supplying costumes to retailers across the country. Their own retail headquarters in Richmond Hill is worth a visit for that hard to find item. It can get overrun with customers, but be patient and you'll find what you need. Rubie's also rent costumes for adults.

Halloween in Western Queens

Everybody Loves a Parade
The Jackson Heights Halloween Parade is the second-largest Halloween parade in New York. It's all about the neighborhood kids and their costumes. And a few over-the-top grown-ups too.

Halloween Harvest Festival in LIC
The Halloween Harvest Festival is great chance to check out the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Join the Halloween costume workshops where kids can learn from Socrates artists. Or enter your dog in the Canine Costume Contest. Plus there's face-painting, costume-making, art-making, and harvest foods from local restaurants.

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013; free; rain or shine
  • Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Socrates Sculpture Park, 3134 Vernon Blvd at Broadway, Long Island City, 718-956-1819
Visit Houdini's Grave in Ridgewood
What better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit the grave of Harry Houdini? Before his death on Halloween in 1926, the famous contortionist, it has been said, left behind a code with which friends could contact him on a future Halloween night at his grave in Machpelah Cemetery, Ridgewood. Unfortunately, there's no chance to see the escape artist's ghost escape this Halloween. The cemetery will be closed on October 31.

Dead or Alive: Halloween at NY Hall of Science
At the NY Hall of Science, there will be catapults chucking pumpkins and encounters with wolves and bats, all to celebrate the unholy marriage of science and Halloween! Ah, the scientific method!

Boo at the Zoo - Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows
For the Halloween animal in you: bring the kids to the Queens Zoo's Boo at the Zoo, where they can enjoy face-painting, trick or treating, pumpkin-decorating, and a haunted habitat. And find out what the Zoo bills as "spooky animal presentations." Boo!
  • October 26-27
  • Free with regular zoo admission ($8 - free for children under 12 wearing costumes), 718-271-1500
  • Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St, in Flushing Meadows Park, the Corona side

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Garden
The Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing has a Sunday afternoon of Halloween fun, stories, and music this October 20.There are garden workshops and tours, a pumpkin patch, food, crafts, and a beer tent.

Halloween Remixed at Flushing Town Hall
The preeminent arts organization in central Queens hosts a big Halloween event this year in its Victorian headquarters. It's a hands-on bash for families, celebrating Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and All Saints Day.

  • Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY
  • Thursday, October, 31, 2013, 4 p.m.
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