Costumed children and adults can get a head start on Halloween with events throughout Queens that begin this weekend and run through the actual holiday on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club will kick things off with its 27th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday.
The parade will be led by three grand marshals: New York District Gov. Joe Aiello, Lenny’s Clam Bar owner Joe DeCandia and Mark Weidler, the publisher of the Queens Chronicle. It will begin on Cross Bay Boulevard and 159th Avenue and run along the boulevard to 165th Avenue.
Hot dogs, pizza and soda will be served and the event will feature all kinds of fun activities for all ages.
The rain date for the event is Nov. 2 at the St. Helen’s parking lot.
The Creedmoor Civic Association will host its own annual costume parade on Saturday, rain or shine. Cinderellas, superheroes and goblins can line up at Breininger Park, at Braddock Avenue at 239th Street in Bellerose, at 1:45 p.m.
The parade gets underway at 2 p.m. and ends at Fuzzy’s Wolfrose Bar at 239-21 Braddock Ave., where refreshments will be served for children up to 12 years of age. They must be accompanied by an adult, who are welcome to come along.
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group is inviting everyone to its 23rd annual Jackson Heights Halloween Parade on Halloween Day at 5 p.m.
The parade will run along 37th Avenue from 89th to 76th streets.
The city Parks Department will hold a Halloween festival on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Crocheron Park, 33rd Road and 215th Place in Bayside. There will be games, rides, craft projects, a costume contest and a pumpkin patch.
For two weekends, the Hall of Science will host a Dead or Alive event, where there will be catapults chucking pumpkins and encounters with wolves and bats, all to celebrate the unholy matrimony of science and Halloween.
The festivities will be held on Oct. 26 to 27 and Nov. 2 to 3 and are free with admission, though there are extra fees for some projects.
Also on Saturday and Sunday the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Park will hold “Boo at the Zoo” from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Activities will include a haunted habitat, spooky animal presentations, face painting, trick-or-treating, crafts and animal enrichment with pumpkins.
Children ages 12 and under in costumes accompanied by an adult will receive free admission. That will also apply on Oct. 31. Normal admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $6 for seniors.
The Queens County Farm Museum, at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, will sponsor a children’s fall festival on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youngsters are invited to wear costumes. There will be bouncy houses, a pie-eating contest, live country western music and a hayride. Admission is $5 for all ages.
A haunted house, recommended for 6- to 12-year-olds, will be open from noon to 7 p.m. at the farm museum. The cost is $4. In addition, the three-acre corn maze will be operating all day. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 11.
The Voelker Orth Museum at 149-19 38 Ave. in Flushing will feature scary characters in the garden, crafts, stories and surprises at its Halloween program on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
The cost is $2 and children must be accompanied by an adult.
King Manor Museum, the 18th-century former home of Constitution signer Rufus King, will be overrun by fall crafts, harvest foods and butter churning at the Ghouls at King Manor Museum celebration.
The festivities start at noon on Saturday and go until 4 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets. Admission is free.
The Friends of Maple Grove will host a Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, located at 127-15 Kew Gardens Road in Kew Gardens.
Enjoy a classic whodunit show with your dinner for $35; members pay $25. To make a reservation, call (347) 878-6614.
If you’re looking to get some exercise in, you can attend a haunted Halloween hike which will be held at the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Blvd., in Douglaston on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Bring a flashlight for the walk, which will be followed by hot chocolate and ghost stories. The cost is $13 for nonmembers. Reserve by calling (718) 229-4000.
Flushing Town Hall, at 137-35 Northern Blvd., will host a free family event on Oct. 31 called Halloween Remixed. The bash will start at 4 p.m. in the Victorian headquarters to celebrate Halloween, All Saints’ Day and Dia de los Muertos — the Mexican holiday to remember family and friends who have died. Wear costumes, make a mask or other craft and hear ghost stories.
The 34th annual Halloween Fest sponsored by the 207th Street Block Association of Bayside will be held on the grass mall at 208th Street and 42nd Avenue on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Betty the Witch will be there to hand out treats.
There will also be a live scarecrow, crafts, storytelling and more.
Saint Claire’s parish is hosting its annual Halloween costume party on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. at 137-35 Brookville Blvd. in Rosedale. There will be a DJ, refreshments, a costume contest, prizes and loot bags for kids. Admission is $8.
Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult and the church requests that no one wear a costume that features sharp objects including toy swords and lances as well as guns.
Even though there is plenty to do with the little ones, Halloween isn’t just for the kiddies, and there are plenty of spots for older trick-or-treaters to have some fun.
The Chutney Pride group is hosting its annual HalloQueen social on Saturday at Naresa Palace, located at 116-14 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.
Members of the LGBT community as well as allies are invited to dress in their most creative costumes to dance the night away.
The haunted doors will open at 11 p.m. You must be 18 years old or older to partake in the festivities.
Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance at halloqueen2013.eventbrite.com or at the door for $20.
If you’d like to do some good while you’re having fun, the B--ches Rescuing Animals Together group will host its annual Halloween party on Saturday at Gussy’s Bar, located at 20-14 29 St. in Astoria, at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a DJ, raffles and a costume contest. Tickets are $15 per person but kids get in for free and all proceeds will go toward the rescue group that helps countless cats and dogs in Far Rockaway each year.
Speaking of furry friends, there will be a Canine Costume Carnival on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park at 83-02 Beach Channel Drive. This free costume contest for dogs will also have carnival games, a photo booth and face painting.
Regardless of your age, Queens offers Halloween fun for everyone for little to no cost so make sure to embrace your inner goblin or ghoul and take part in the slew of community events offered boroughwide.