From a haunted harbor on Staten Island to a theater adventure in Clinton Hill and parades along the High Line, New York has much to offer families throughout the month of October. Discover the best places to celebrate Halloween in the city. By Annie Reuter.</em

Central Park Chess & Checkers House

Mid-Park at 64th Street, NY, NY 10022
Thursday, October 27, 2011; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Learn which species of creepy crawlies live in the park and create your own spider arts and crafts. Take a photo of the creepiest critter you find.

Halloween At The A-Scarium

Tazo the sea otter with a pumpkin (credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

New York Aquarium
502 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

This weekend-only event at the New York Aquarium is an annual Halloween celebration that lets you and the family explore the monsters of the ocean. There’s facepainting for the youngsters and an “Alien Stingers” exhibit. Kids ages three to 12 dressed in an animal costume get in free with a paying adult.

Fort Totten Park

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Cross Island Parkway
Totten Road to 15 Road
Queens, NY 11359
Friday, October 28, 2011; 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Thousands visit this historic spot yearly, and for Halloween they will offer both a holiday festival and a haunted lantern tour. Park fact: Fort Totten was planned by Robert E. Lee four  years before his state seceded from the Union. Located in the old water battery, join the Urban Park Rangers on a haunted lantern tour. Beware of ghosts!

Prospect Park Lookout Hill

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Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Saturday, October 29, 2011; 12:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Head to Brooklyn for a haunted walk and carnival at Prospect Park. Hike up to Lookout Hill for a harrowing glimpse of zombies, headless horseman, witches and ghouls. Find the headless horseman and ask him how he lost his head. Stick around for the carnival and scary stories at Lefferts Historic House.

The High Line

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West 22nd Street NY, NY 10011
Sunday, October 30, 2011; 12:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Families are invited to join the fun for tricks and treats at the High Line’s first Halloween parade. Puppet Master Ralph Lee will be on hand with a giant train car puppet, created by local public school students. Join the parade march and take a break at The Porch afterwards to discuss your favorite costumes.

The Bronx Zoo

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2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Oct. 29-30

From hay mazes and hayrides to magic shows and a Haunted Safari, Boo at the Zoo has everything to get you in the Halloween spirit. Kids in costume get in free!

313 Clinton Ave

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313 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
October 31, 2011; 5 p.m.

Enter if you dare. Janna Kennedy Hyten and neighbors prepare months in advance for their Halloween night festivities. What originally started as a haunted house soon grew into a lawn theater with several eerie performances set for the evening. After taking in one of 313’s performances, it’s time for some trick-or-treating! Head to your favorite spot in the city for Halloween goodies. Tribeca’s a great location for parents and kids alike as all the restaurants, stores, and galleries, participate.

Paranormal Events At Haunted Snug Harbor

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Official Website

The historical center “with a sinister side” is featuring a number of Halloween attractions this month, including a special screening of the new documentary on Staten Island’s haunted spot. The flick will be shown, and in-house paranormal investigators will be on hand to answer questions about the spooky spot with centuries of history.

Halloween At Historic Richmond Town

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Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-351-1611 ext. 281

Travel back in time at Staten Island’s historic Richmond town. Trick-or-treat, play games and even go apple bobbing at the special event – just make sure to make a reservation.

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