Tired of tube socks and fried funnel cakes? Scare up some Halloween fun, participate in art walks, show off your pets or learn some fascinating New York history instead. These autumn happenings are just the right antidote for those pedestrian street fairs. By Sherry Mazzocchi
Art in Odd Places
Oct. 1 – 10
Along 14th St.
from Ave. C to the Hudson River, NYC
This art festival, organized in collaboration with Parsons, El Museo del Barrio, Theatre Lab and others, features free visual and performance art in public spaces all along 14th St. Pose for artist Nobutaka Aozaki for the Smiley Bag Project in Union Square or listen to the Bodhi Tree sculpture between 7th and 8th emit sounds of OM at random intervals in an attempt to bring nirvana to New York City streets.
Pier 84 Pet Parade
October 9, 1 pm to 4 pm
Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 at 44th St.
Roll over Rover. Show off your favorite dog, cat, hamster, fish or other animal companions at this fun annual pet parade. Prizes are awarded in several categories, including best dressed pet, most exotic pet and best trick. Free registration required.
Historic House Festival
at various locations around the city
This month-long festival opens the doors of some of the oldest and most unique places in the city. Find out way Merchant’s House is called Manhattan’s Most Haunted House, examine the recently restored Edgar Allan Poe Cottage or sip tea at the Alice Austen House Museum while gazing at the amazing view of the Verrazano Narrows.
October 22, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Along with the usual Halloween parade and face painting, Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band will sing their favorite not-so-spooky songs from 10:30 to 11:30. Afterwards, The Pop Ups perform an interpretive dance involving animals, puppets, trains, vegetables and sparkles. Not to be missed.
Hester Street Fair
Saturdays from 10:00 am – 6 pm
Hester and Essex St. NYC 10002
Located at the site of Manhattan’s original pushcart market, the Hester Street Fair is a curated collection of goods from local vendors. Find unique jewelry from Michelle Raymond and Hippie Pills and peruse up and coming designer clothes from BUSOG. Hungry? Try a fully dressed oyster po’ boy from Cheeky Sandwiches or a bourbon sweet potato cup cake from The Chibi Chef.
Haunted Halloween Carnival
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 am
1st Street Recreation Center at P.S. 372
between 3rd and 4th Streets
Park Slope, Brooklyn
The sixth annual Haunted Halloween Carnival of Puppetry Arts features a bounce castle, a haunted house and a costume contest. Kids can even make the own pizza monster puppets and masks. Special guest: R2-D2.