Maybe your neighborhood isn’t really into Halloween or maybe you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the case, one thing is for sure…Halloween is right around the corner and time is of the essence.
Have you figured out yet how you will be prepping until the big day arrives? Though the holiday isn't until the end of the month, New York City is famous for celebrating all October long.
And since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, we thought you might be interested on having an early jump start to get you into the holiday spirit.
No worries, if you can’t celebrate on Monday, you can still have a spook-tacular time in Queens!
That’s right! We hear Queens is a Halloween haven this time of year with fun-filled activities leading up to the celebration -- you can enjoy harvest festivals, haunted tours and much more.
Read on to experience a thrill or two this season!
1. The Amazing Maize Maze – Queens County Farm Museum (October 15th - 30th)
One of NYC’s hidden gems is the Queens County Farm Museum. This historic museum offers annual events all year round.
Are you ready to be amaaazed? Then join on the fun for the farm's annual Amazing Maize Maze, which provides diversion for all ages.
Kids and adults can find their way out of a 3-acre cornstalk labyrinth by solving clues and puzzles.
They are even stepping it up a notch by having the maze open until 9 p.m. till Oct 22nd, so if you are up for the ultimate test -- feel free to navigate around with the starry night sky, or a flashlight.
2. Pumpkin Chucking – New York Hall of Science (October 16th - 22nd)
Some people like to decorate their pumpkins. Others love their pumpkin spiced lattes, or their pumpkins baked into pies this time of year.
While others might perhaps…well enjoy sitting back and watching them hurled into the air. Oh! We’re not kidding; The New York Hall of Science is launching pumpkins out of a catapult.
You can learn some history and science behind catapults and even bring your own pumpkin to have it chucked too!
This event is free with the New York Hall of Science admission.
3. Fort Totten Park Haunted Lantern Tour – Fort Totten Park (October 28th)
Nothing quite screams Halloween like a haunted tour with some ghosts!
Prepare for a night of spooky stories and legends as you are led by Urban Park Rangers with lanterns through Fort Totten Park’s historic Water Battery.
The battery was actually a previous fortress that protected New York Harbor during the Civil War, so who knows what historical spirits may appear to scare your pants off.
4. Boo at the Zoo – Queens Zoo (October 29th – 30th)
Get ready for a weekend of fun and friendly scares!
The Queen’s Zoo annual Halloween event will be filled with some awesome activities including live animal demonstrations, trick-or-treating, face painting and more.
For those who dare, take an adventurous stroll and venture through a haunted habitat in the zoo's Wild Room.
5. Halloween Harvest Festival – Socrates Sculpture Park (October 29th)
The Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park returns and this year there is a circus theme. Visitors can prep for Halloween by crafting a costume alongside the park's artists, listen to music and enjoy seasonal foods from local restaurants.
The free event will also include special circus performance from Circus Amok and a magic show by Magician Gary the Great.
In addition, you can also check out the park’s monuments of Queen’s native Christopher Walken, which will be on display until March.
6. Shocktoberfest – Flushing Meadows Park (October 30th)
Shocktoberfest is near! This family-friendly event is filled with amazing activities for all ages.
Visit the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin, jump on fun inflatable playgrounds, get inspired and enjoy some crafts, games, music, and more!
7. Haunted House - Queens County Farm Museum (October 30th)
Looking for a thrilling and chilling adventure? Then look no further! Step inside the haunted house at the Queens County Farm Museum for a spooky experience.
There will be horror stories, hayrides, treats, pumpkins, and even cider available for purchase.[Feature Image Courtesy 10Best.com]