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Queens Halloween: for the kid in all of us

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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:30 am

It doesn’t hurt to be a kid on Halloween, but it’s not always necessary given the array of activities offered around the borough leading up to this All Hallows Eve.

October is practically Halloween month at the Queens County Farm Museum. It has a pumpkin patch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Pumpkins are $4 to $50 depending on size.

The museum’s Haunted House attraction runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. It is recommended for children 6 through 12. Tickets are $4.

And it all comes to a crescendo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 with the Children’s Fall Festival that incudes live music, a hayride, a petting zoo, the Haunted House and more. Tickets are $20. The Queens County Farm Museum is located on Little Neck Parkway at 74th Avenue. Information is available at queensfarm.org/events.html.

The office of Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) hosts a Halloween Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Juniper Valley Park, in Middle Village at Juniper Boulevard South and 74th Street. There will be a children’s costume parade, a pumpkin patch, rides, games and arts and crafts. Further information is available by emailing aviacunas@council.nyc.gov.

The Queens Zoo has its annual Boo at the Zoo celebration, with activities between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28. Both days see Halloween-themed education stations, arts and crafts and special feedings of treat-filled pumpkins to the farm pigs (1 p.m.) and Andean bears (2:30 p.m.). Tickets range from $6.95 to $9.95. Further information is available at queenszoo.com.

Friends of Maple Grove will celebrate the spirit of Halloween while accepting collections of canned food for area food pantries with Trunk or Treat from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oat. 27 at the Lefferts Boulevard/Kew Gardens Road entrance to the cemetery. Those who register and bring food donations can enter a contest for the best-decorated vehicle. Setup begins at 1 p.m. Registration and additional information are available by email at info@friendsofmaplegrove.org; at friendsofmaplegrove.org, or by phone at (347) 878-6614.

Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City will bring a Caribbean take to its Halloween Harvest, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27. There will be a celebration of Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors, at 3 p.m. It will be preceded by the Doggie Costume Contest at 2 p.m. Card readings, food offerings, face painting, pet blessings, costume making and more will be going on all day. Further information is available at socratessculpturepark.org.

The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City will host its Carnival Macabre Halloween Ball beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Revelers are invited to “unleash your inner creepy clown” and to bring the Ouija boards, top hats and big-top-inspired clothes for a modern incarnation of the Danse Macabre, or Dance of Death, that dates back to the Middle Ages. Food, live entertainment, a costume contest and an open bar will be available. Tickets range from $35 to $60. The gallery is located at 5-25 46 Ave. in LIC. Tickets and information are available at licartists.org.

The city Department of Parks and Recreation also has a full slate of trickless treats.

Rangers at Fort Totten will host a lantern tour of the Civil War-era fort from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 to 27. On Oct. 27, from noon to 3 p.m., it will feature a pumpkin patch, hay maze, costume contests and other activities. Both events are free.

Another free Halloween Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Glendale Playground on Central Avenue.

The Bowne House at 37-01 Bowne St. in Flushing will host “Secrets of the Bowne House” featuring tales and voices from the 1661 home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The following day from 2 to 4 p.m., the Bowne House will offer a Halloween Children’s Puppet Show and Costume party. Information is at nycgovparks.org/events/halloween.

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