Top Halloween Parades and Events in NY, NJ and CT (2023)

Looking for Halloween events and parades in the New York suburbs (Westchester, Fairfield County and North Jersey)?

This is such an exciting time of the year for kids.  Lots of Halloween parades and festivals in NY, NJ and CT. 

Here are the top family friendly Halloween events in Westchester County, Northern New Jersey and Fairfield County.

Halloween Events in Fairfield County, CT

New Canaan Annual Halloween Block Party in New Canaan, CT

When: October 29, 2023 from noon-2:00 pm. Park Street parking lot

Details: New Canaan’s Annual Halloween Block Party is back!

Kids and dogs of all ages are invited to New Canaan’s downtown to show off their costumes.

The first 500 attendees will receive a free pre-stuffed bag.

There are also prizes by Pet Pantry for costumed dogs.

Elm Street will be closed to cars from noon – 2:00 pm. 

Halloween on the Green in Fairfield, CT

When: October 29, 2023 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Museum Commons

Details: Don’t miss the Fairfield Museum’s 7th annual Halloween on the Green. 

Come dressed in your best costume for a day of trick-or-treating, freebies, historic building exhibits, food vendors, a bouncy house, and much more.

Admission is free.

Halloween Bash! in Westport, CT

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Details: Fun Halloween event in Westport for Middle Schoolers! On Halloween Night, Toquet Hall is open for some sweets and some tricks. 

There will be lots of games, a costume contest, a movie, crafts, and more!

Buy Halloween-themed snacks at the snack bar. 

Tickets are $2.50 online and $5 at the door. Buy your ticket before it sells out! This event is only for middle school students.

Westport Halloween Window Painting Contest in Westport, CT

When: October 28, 2023 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Details: Westport Kids will get the opportunity to paint a shop window this Halloween. 

Judges will come to determine winners based on three different criteria and age/school (Elementary, Middle School, High School). 

1. Scariest Art Work 2. Best Halloween Theme and 3. Most Original. 

There will be 6 total winners.  Sign up online.

Halloween Happenings 2023 in Greenwich, CT

When: Friday, October 27, 2023, 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm or 7 pm – 8 pm

Where: Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center

Come to the Greenwich’s Halloween event at the Western Civic Center- Halloween Happening 2023!

Dress up and dance to music in Dracula’s Den while playing games and collecting candy and prizes! 

Children of all ages are welcome and all children with tickets will receive a candy/treat bag. 

Advanced reservations/tickets are required since space is limited.

$10 per person (Ages 3 and up) 

Pumpkin Decorating at Darien Nature Center in Darien, CT

When: October 26, 2023 or October 27, 2023 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Details: Come to the Pumpkin Decorating event at Darien Nature Center. 

You will use natural materials gathered from Cherry Lawn Park to create festive decor pumpkins for Halloween.

Sessions are outdoors, behind Darien Nature Center (dress appropriately).

In case of rain, you will be asked to pick up pumpkin(s) and decorating kit to enjoy at home. 

Adult supervision is required, this is not a drop-off event.

$20 per family.

Beasties and Besties Halloween Bash in Norwalk, CT

When: Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 4 pm – 8 pm at 303 West Avenue, Norwalk

Details: All small ghosts and goblins, unite! Prepare for an exciting evening of Halloween fun at Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s spooktacular after-hours event, Beasties & Besties.

Gather around professional storytellers with warm drinks and apple cider doughnuts in hand for tales ranging from not-so-spooky to seriously spine-tingling!

You can choose your own adventure as you tour the BOO-seum, with different levels of terrifying flare highlighted at each story stop.

Remember to come dressed in your most imaginative costumes, and prepare for a night of mesmerizing shows and dramatic adventures.

 BOO-tiful moments are in store!

Tickets for Member is $18 and Non-Member is $25

Halloween in Westchester County, NY

Halloween Window Painting in Scarsdale, NY

When: October 15, 2023 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Rain Dates: October 16th and 17th, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

Details:  Show off your artistic abilities and come to Scarsdale’s window painting event. 

The Family Window Painting is NOT a competition, but rather an opportunity for children and their parents, youths above the 10th grade, or people who wish to show off their artistic ability to join in the Annual Village tradition!

There are no age restrictions in this group. 

Windows can be painted by a single person, a couple, or a family of up to five (5) people.

Fee: Individual $20/ Pair $30/ Family (up to 5 members) $30 Children in grades 3-10 who live in Scarsdale, Garth Road, or attend a Scarsdale School or Immaculate Heart of Mary School are eligible to enter the Halloween Window Painting Contest. 

Halloween Parade in Scarsdale, NY

When: October 27, 2023. Line up begins at 3:45pm.

Details:  The Scarsdale Halloween parade will start and end at Chase Park. Stay after the parade for family friendly entertainment including a bubble show and magic show. 

Preregistration is not necessary. Line-up will begin at 3:45 PM.  The Scarsdale Halloween Parade will start at 4:00 PM. 

Larchmont Halloween Parade– Larchmont, NY

When: October 21, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Details: Bring the entire family to the Larchmont Halloween Parade. 

The Larchmont Halloween Parade line-up begins at 2:30 pm on the corner of Larchmont & Palmer Avenues and will start at 3:00 pm Sharp.

Scarecrow Build Halloween Event in Mamaroneck, NY

When: Sunday, October 7, 2023 at 10 am- 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Details:  Join us at Harbor Island Park for our annual Scarecrow Build. 

Create your own scarecrow and decorate pumpkins with your family.

Throughout the month of October, completed scarecrows with name tags will be displayed along the “Scarecrow Trail” (Mamaroneck Avenue). 

Residents pay $45.00 per scarecrow to participate ($55.00 per scarecrow for non-residents). 

EXCEPT for clothes, all items are included. 

Registration is necessary in advance.

Tarrytown Annual Halloween Parade in Tarrytown, NY

When: Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 5:30pm.  Rain Date is October 29, 2023.

Details: Come to the annual Tarrytown Halloween Parade!

There will be prizes for marching in the Tarrytown Halloween Parade!  

To participate, you must register (there is no registration fee to join)! 

Stay for the Block Party! DJ Chris Vernia with Double Image will be spinning spine-chilling hits! And live performances by Clare Maloney & The Great Adventure and more!

2017 Halloween Parade

Greenburgh Spooktoberfest in Hartsdale, NY

When: October 14, 2023 from 12 pm – 4:30 pm

Details: Come to the Greenburgh Parks and Recreation’s Spooktoberfest at Hart’s Brook Park and Preserve (156 Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY).  

Lots of family friendly entertainment such as music, magic, jugglers and comedy. Plus Hayrides, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting and Petting Zoo.  

Parking and tickets at Ridge Road Park, Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY.  

Tickets are $7 per person (kids under 2 years old free).

Fall-O-Ween Halloween Event in New Rochelle, NY

When: Friday, October 27, 2023  from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Rain date: October 28, 2023

Details: Come to New Rochelle’s Halloween event at Joe Curtis Five Islands Park. It’s a Halloween party complete with Trick or Treating..

Lots of family-friendly Halloween activities such as a Candy Apple Station, Bouncy Castle and more!

This event is free and for New Rochelle Residents only.

Halloween Events in Northern New Jersey

Zoo Boo at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, NJ

When: Friday, October 20, 2023 from 6 pm – 9 pm,  Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10 am – 4 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm and Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 10 am – 5 pm 

Where: Bergen County Zoo in Paramus (216 Forest Ave). 

Details: Come to Bergen County’s Halloween event at the zoo. Trick or treat, Magic shows, ride the eerie express train (and friendly trains).

Get your tickets early because tickets often sell out.  

Rain date October 27, 28, 29.  

Zoo tickets are $8 each and train tickets are $5.

Children above 2 need a ticket.

Halloween Parade in Hoboken, NJ

When: October 31, 2023 at 4 pm

Details: Join Hoboken’s Halloween Parade. The parade line up begins at 3:15 p.m. at Washington St. and 13th St., and the Hoboken Halloween parade begins at 4 p.m.

Participants march down Washington Street to Fifth Street, then east on Fifth Street to the Little League Field. 

The Funny Factory Clown Band, Ron Albanese AKA Polka Dot, and the Rockin’ Redwings Marching Band will be performing.

Jersey City Halloween Family Bash in Jersey City, NJ

When: October 31, 2023 from 3 pm-8 pm (Newark Avenue, Pedestrian Mall)

Details: Bring the entire family to Jersey City’s Halloween event. Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloween!

There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and CANDY!

Turtle Back Zoo Safe Howl-O-Ween in West Orange, NJ

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2023 from 4pm-8pm 

Where: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ

Details: Come trick-or-treating at Turtle Back Zoo. With candy stations throughout the grounds, everyone is sure to have a “sweet” time.  

There will be Dr. Diabolical’s Mad Science Show as well as Stilt Walkers at the zoo!

Zoo attractions such as the train, carousel, touch tank and reptile house are open. 

Tickets are $5.00 for general event admission and $3.00 for current zoo members (children under 2 years old are free).

Zombie Walk Halloween Event in Montclair, NJ

When: Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm 

Details: Come to the annual Montclair’s Halloween event, Zombie Walk. The Zombie Walk will take place from 4pm to 5pm.

Join in on a scary day of eerie fun, zombie strolling, ghostly parties, and other disturbing delights from local Montclair businesses.

There will be complimentary zombie makeups, Zombie costume contest and Zombie After Parties!

Tenafly Nature Center Haunted Forest in Tenafly, NJ

When: Sunday, October 29, 2023, tours start at 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm and depart every 15 minutes

Details: Come to Tenafly’s Halloween event at the nature center. We love this Halloween event alternative so much that we just had to include it even though it is not your traditional Halloween event. 

Meet several live nocturnal animals and learn how animals adapt to their environment.

Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educators will lead small groups of all ages on the trails to visit the “haunts” (a place frequently visited) of these nocturnal forest denizens.  

Designed to be entertaining and educational- not scary.  

Tours take 1.5 hours after which participants can enjoy refreshments and crafts around the campfire.  

Space is limited, and pre-registration is highly recommended.

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*All information were accurate when we were putting this guide together, however, please check with the event organizer to verify that nothing has changed.

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