Ghosts, goons and goblins — oh my!
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s scary how many ghoulish events are taking place all over the borough.
Whether you’re brave enough to go on a haunted tour, or creative enough to craft a fancy pumpkin you’ve plucked from one of the city’s patches, the options will bewitch you.
For the bravest spirits, take a trip to the Bronx Haunted Warehouse.
Perfectly situated in the Bronx, at 157 Commerce Avenue, the haunted warehouse is the biggest, scariest, and most dynamic version of a classic zombie haunted house.
With multiple new rooms, added scares and effects, the haunted house promises to provide plenty of screams as zombies chase visitors from every angle and surprise them in the most unexpected places.
The warehouse will be open beginning October 5 and run through October 31.
Check it out at www.hauntedhousebronx.com.
Not so brave? There are still plenty of other fun, festive family-friendly activities to get in the Halloween spirit.
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden will treat visitors to frightful Halloween fun from Saturday, October 6, through Wednesday, October 31.
Experience the thrills and chills of the season with a garden full of intricately carved pumpkin sculptures, bugs, bats, parties, and parades.
On Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, master carver Ray Villafane of Food Network fame will transform pumpkins into zombies and other unearthly creatures.
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Youngsters can play daily inside a “gourd-geous” Pumpkin House, put on a scary show at the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, learn about owls, and join a Halloween Parade, while every weekend offers even more treats.
The display includes more than 500 intricately hand-carved pumpkin sculptures.
On select weekends, creepy nighttime trails through the Children’s Adventure Garden will be lit and include spooktacular delights.
This Columbus Day weekend, October 6, 7 and 8, from noon to 5:30 p.m., enjoy whimsical costumed performers, live music, spooky story readings, pumpkin parades, and more.
Come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world, the Gigantic Flying Fox of Malaysia, and more batty fun. Samples will be provided by Whole Food Market and performances of Little People Live on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., and Sunday at 10:15 a.m., including meet and greets with favorite characters.
Check it out at www.nybg.org.
Looking to do something that your little witches and wizards will enjoy? Boo at the Zoo offers dozens of activities perfect for kids.
Now running through October 28, the zoo has planned five weeks of activities that will embrace the spirit of the holiday while highlighting wildlife and conservation.
Families are invited to take a haunted walk through adventure, visit the Haunting at Habitat Mansion, and take a spooky hayride through Creepy Hollows.
Children will enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades, in addition to a hay maze, an extinction graveyard and seasonal craft workshops.
Children 12 and under wearing a Halloween costume will receive free general admission with one paid adult general admission.
All of the Boo at the Zoo activities are included with the price of general admission, with the exception of the hayride and the haunted mansion.
Go to www.bronxzoo.com.
The grand finale of the Bronx Halloween events will be the annual Throggs Neck Halloween Parade sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Benedetto on Saturday, October 28, from noon until 4 p.m.
Kirsten Sanchez can be reach via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (718) 742-3394