Family-Friendly Fun This Halloween

It’s the horror-tacular Halloween season! But if you’re exploring with kids, you may want to keep it slightly lower on the fear factor scale.

Check out these family-friendly attractions that focus less on terror and more on entertainment with a dose of education.

Astronomy Live: Spooky Space” at the American Museum of Natural History provides a “virtual tour in the dome highlighting the universe’s most frightening phenomena, from monster asteroids that pass through our system to the deadly radiation that young stars pour on to their newly born planets.”

"‎Astronomy Live: Spooky Space" - American Museum of Natural History
(From the Museum of Natural History’s Facebook)

Boo at the Zoo” at the Bronx Zoo features Haunted Pirate Hayride Adventure, animal-inspired magic shows, a ‘Bird Meet and Greet” and learn about animals like bats and reptiles from the experts

“Halloween Teen Night” at the Whitney is a “night of music, dancing, costume making, tarot card readings, snacks, and more!”

Boroughs of the Dead” offers a 90-minute kid-friendly tour with “the very best ghost stories from the East Village and Greenwich Village. …Discover how turbulent histories often create enduring local legends.”

("Boroughs of the Dead" - Halloween tour for kids)

City Tech’s  always impressive Haunted Hotel, “Gravesend Inn” is in its 20th year, and is appropriate for 10 and over.

Hallowscream! Fright Walk from NYC Parks brings you a spooky interactive haunted house suitable for children (with parental supervision).

Killing An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, Murder at the Merchant’s House is presented by Summoners Ensemble Theatre – and features “performance of Poe’s thrilling tales, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Raven.”

It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200” at the Morgan Museum, traces the impressive influence of Mary Shelley’s horror masterpiece Frankenstein”.

What Halloween attractions are you sure to take in?

Hallowscream Family Fun

Haven’t yet solidified your Halloween plans and want your kids to have a Hallowscream?

Here are three fun options over the next few days:

DiMenna Creepy History Museum’s Haunted Halloween Party
(170 Central Park West – at Richard Gilder Way, 77th Street)

Described by NYMetro Parents as: “A Halloween celebration with a side of history”, at the museum’s event:

“Kids and their families summon the spirits of the past through historical fortune-telling, ghost stories with acclaimed storyteller April Armstrong, photos with a spirit, creepy crafts, and of course…candy!”

PopRally Presents Hallowscreen II: THE PROM
(at MoMA)

For teens (and adults), this is the perfect place to watch (or rewatch) the terrifying classic, “Carrie”.

“It’s prom night at The Museum of Modern Art! PopRally is hosting a HallowSCREENing of Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976), plus an exclusive viewing of the Louise Bourgeois prints and spider sculptures in the Museum’s Marron Atrium. Polish your tiara, break out your spookiest prom attire, and join us for drinks, candy, dancing, and the obligatory awkward prom photo before enjoying one of the most unforgettable prom scenes in movie history.”

Gravesend Inn: A Haunted Hotel
(at New York City College of Technology’s / City Tech in Brooklyn)

Called a “theme-park-quality Halloween attraction”, this annual house (since 2000) is produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe, with design, construction and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s nationally unique Entertainment Technology Department. Which will probably produce high-level screams in you!

Plus, afterwards, you get to watch a video of your terror on the big screen!

Have a thrilling weekend!

(Left: “Carrie”, Right: The Gravesend Inn)