Friday, October 28, 2011

Revel in *NYC*: Weekend Happenings Oct. 28th - Oct. 31st

            Halloween is right around the corner with only 4 days to go! Do you have your costumes ready? did you decide to go the homemade route or the easy store brought option? We bought Tristan's Circus Tiger costume at a street fair for $10 , which was well worth it considering he's worn it for Pumpkin picking photos, at the Time Out New York Fall Festival (see photo on their site), he'll wear it tomorrow at our buildings Halloween party, at his birthday bash and trick or treating on Monday (poor costume has been washed three times already). We couldn't make Chris be just a clown for all of Halloween for the sake of his brother's birthday party. We knew all of his male chums would be in some sort of superhero costume so he will also be Dan from Bakugan ( It's OK if you have a raised eyebrow and not a clue what Bakugan is). Mike will be the ringmaster and I a circus clown as well (I needed an excuse to wear a tutu) and our costumes are a mix of what we owned and some new accessories!

If you have yet to make any plans for the weekend below are a few ideas (not all of them involve costumes, just in case you aren't really into Halloween). Make sure to check the website for any changes for events being held on Saturday due to the bad weather forecast. Snow in October? strange!

KEY TO EVENTS:{E} for everyone {D} for a date {C} for the Chicas {K} for the kiddies
{F} for the Fellas {P} for the pets

 Final Weekend  ~ Boo at the Zoo @ the Bronx Zoo ~
(Events go on throughout the day) {E} For discounted ticket prices order online
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition! October weekends are packed with activities, including hay mazes and hayrides, costume parades, musical theater, magic shows, and live music. Embark on a Haunted Safari to explore their B.O.O. Labs where Dr. D. Zaster is putting the final touches on Expedition Earth–his top secret experiment. Best of all, come visit with their bats, cats, and creepiest critters.And don't forget, kids in costume get in free!
Location:  Bronx River Parkway and Boston Road, Bronx, NY
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Final Weekend  ~ NYC A-scarium @ the Aquarium ~
(check site for schedule of event times) {E} For ticket prices check here
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At the Aquarium’s annual Halloween celebration, meet all our sea monsters, and enjoy magic shows, live music, storytelling, and crafts activities. Don’t miss their special Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, showing in the theater outside the aquarium entrance. Collect treats at their treat stations, and venture into our creepy Shipwreck. Kids in costume get in FREE! 
Location: Surf Ave at 8th street

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Final Weekend  ~ The Haunted Pumpkin Garden ~
(Various Times) {E} Adults: $20 Students/Seniors: $18 Children 2–12: $8 Children under 2: Free  Members: Free
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more designed by artist Michael Natiello await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Youngsters play inside a ''gourd-geous'' Pumpkin House, put on a scary show at the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, have a ''hoot'' finding out what owls eat by dissecting pellets, and look for wiggly worms under a rotting log. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear scary costumes for daily parades through the Adventure Garden.
Location: The New York Botanical Gardens 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY 10458
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Friday Oct. 28th ~ Citi Pond Grand Opening Celebration ~
(6pm-7pm  ) {E} General Admission: Free & Skate Rentals: $14
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This weekend is going to be a chilly one here in NYC with possible snow this Saturday, so why not hit the ice?
 Kick off Citi Pond's seventh season of free admission ice skating at the Grand Opening Celebration, featuring live music and ice skating performances including: musical performances from Broadway's: Sister Act & Rock of Ages. Enjoy Ice skating performances from: National/World Champion Kimmie Meissner, U.S. National synchronized skating champions The Haydenettes &
Ice dance team Isabella Tobias & Deividas Sagniunas. There will also be live music from Hillside Elementary School's Drums of Thunder. Plus free skate rentals for the first 100 visitors, starting at 5:30pm.
Location: between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
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Saturday Oct 29th & Sunday Oct. 30th ~ Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) ~

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( See website for schedule of events times  ) {C} {F} Food and crafts available for purchase
Travel to Mexico during this 9th annual celebration honoring those who have departed. Events to look forward to are: A procession through the Village streets and blessing of the altar by the prehispanic dance group Atl Tlachinolli. Visitors of all ages can attend workshops where they will learn traditional Mexican paper crafts, bread making and poetry writing. There will also be a presentation/documentary film about human traffic victims by Cause Vision. The celebration concludes Wednesday, November 2nd with a stunning performance by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino. During this time, the public is invited to come share the bread and flowers and join in the clearing away of the altar.
Location:  churchyard of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery (10th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan)
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Saturday Oct. 29th ~ Wonderween on the Sony Technology Lab ~
(10am-4pm) {K} FREE
Celebrate Halloween at the Lab and bring the family in for some hauntingly hands-on fun! Catch a monstrous movie, make some creepy crafts, and go home with gobs of ghoulish goodies! Screenings include the children’s features Elmo Says Boo, Dora The Explorer, and Go, Diego, Go. No reservations required. All activities and screenings require general admission to the Lab and are available on a first come first served basis
Location: Sony Plaza at 56th Street and Madison Avenue
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Saturday Oct.29th ~ Central Park Pumpkin Festival ~
(11am-3pm ) {E} FREE
Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Festival, New York City's annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park!  There will be lots of activities for the kids to enjoy so make sure to arrive early and I always have a few snacks handy because free, popular events in the city get crowded quick and you don't want to be waiting in lines instead of enjoying the fun. There will be live entertainment, a farmers market & arts and crafts. You can scoop up some free pumpkins, and see NY's giant pumpkin weighing in at 1,436 pounds. Save some of  your energy for the Obstacle course and NY Rangers Road Tour & Slapshot Booth. Definitely a full day of fun in Central Park.
Location: Central Park Bandshell Enter at 72nd Street
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Sunday Oct. 30th ~ Hudson River Park Kidz Karnival ~
(12pm-6pm ) {K}
Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 transforms into “Halloween Central” with fun-filled attractions including face painting, mask decorating, wax hands, cotton candy, rides and more that will keep you in the Halloween spirit all day long. In addition to these spooktacular activities, The Story Pirates will perform Halloween-themed improv shows for children and adults of all ages throughout the day. All ages are invited. Most attractions will appeal to kids aged 2–8 years. Some activities are free and select activities will cost $2.
Pier 46 at Charles St.
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Sunday Oct. 30th ~ Hi-Jinks on the Highline ~
(12pm-3pm) {E} FREE. There is a fee for pumpkins picked in the patch 
Families are invited to dress in costume and join Friends of the High Line for an afternoon filled with tricks and treats on the High Line. The first-ever Halloween parade on the High Line will be led by Puppet Master Ralph Lee, students from local public schools, and a giant train car puppet created by the kids, the parade will travel south toward The Porch, the new open-air café on the High Line at West 15th Street.
Following the parade, families are invited to stay at The Porch to paint faces, dance to spooky tunes, and build a spooky house with the Children’s Workyard Kit. From 12:00 - 4:00 PM, join the Fulton Youth of the Future at the first-ever pumpkin patch on the High Line. Purchase a pumpkin you pick out yourself—using your artistic talents to decorate it or just take it home to enjoy.
Location: The Seating Steps, on the High Line at West 22nd Street
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Sunday Oct.30th  ~ SpookTacular @ Top of the Rock Observation Deck~
(1pm-4pm) {K} Activities included with admission/Children 5 and under are FREE Adults $25,
children 6-12 are $16 and seniors $23. To reserve your tickets go to
The kids will enjoy Arts and Crafts, Face painting, magic shows, and treats like cotton candy and popcorn while overlooking phenomenal views of NYC.
Location: Top of the Rock, 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 5th and 6th avenues
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Sunday Oct. 30th ~ Meet Japans Mystical Folktale Creatures &
                                                                     Ghosts through Theater Performance ~
(2pm) {E}
A child-friendly theatrical performance with song and dance introduces children to mystical creatures from Japan’s folklore, such as oni, kappa and tengu, directed by Kanako Hiyama. Afterward, participants will create their own masks of the folktale characters featured in the stories. Participants are encouraged to come in costume!
Location: 333 East 47th Street
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Sunday Oct. 30th ~ Trick or Treat at Eloise at The Plaza ~
(4pm) {E} FREE No reservation Required
Head over to The Plaza for trick-or-treating and a costume contest, everyone is a winner!! Donations to Only Make Believe; a non-profit organization that performs interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities are welcome.
Location: Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
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Monday Oct. 31st ~ Halloween Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History ~
(4pm-7pm) {E} $10 per person $9 for members
 Trick-or-treating while passing prehistoric dinosaur bones seems like spooky fun. Enjoy
 live performances by David Grover and the Big Bear Band, and Louie and Subanda as you dance under the famous big blue whale. There will be arts and crafts and pumpkin carving. Surprise the kids with appearances from their favorite characters including Curious George, Cat in the Hat, Toot and Puddle, Danny’s Dinosaur, Big Nazo, Peter Rabbit, and more. Come in your Halloween costume!
Go green this Halloween and bring your own bag for trick-or-treating.

Location: Central park West at 79th street
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Monday Oct. 31st ~ Asphalt Screams @ Asphalt Green ~
(5:30pm- 7:30pm) {E}The event is FREE open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Suggested donations of $20 per family are welcome and will support Asphalt Green's free exercise and swim programs
Have an active, energetic and safe Halloween with Asphalt Green at the inaugural Asphalt Screams Halloween event! Wear your best costume and tour the "haunted" Murphy Center. Attendees can participate in fun, active Halloween games on Asphalt Green's field: Zombie Freeze Tag, Maniacal Martial Arts, Spooktacular Soccer Shoot-Outs, and Steal the Pumpkin. With music suitable for a Monster Ball, and treats and refreshments for every ghost and creature, Asphalt Screams is the perfect way to begin or end your family's Halloween in a safe atmosphere.
Location: Asphalt Green's Murphy Center and Field  555 E. 90th Street (at York Avenue)
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Monday Oct. 31st ~ 39th Annual Village Halloween Parade ~
(10pm) {E} FREE
It wouldn't be Halloween without the Village Halloween parade!! I've only gone once in my life and had our 4 year old in tow and had a great time (don't judge me, I think Halloween fell on a saturday it wasn't a school night) it's something to experience at least once. All Those in Costume are Welcome to Join Hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and Thousands of other New Yorkers in Costumes of their Own Creation in the Nation’s Most Wildly Creative Public Participatory Event in the Greatest City in the World! If you are scared of the huge crowd you can always catch it on t.v
Location: On 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street
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How will you be spending this Halloween weekend? Any great neighborhoods to trick or treat in? are you in NYC and plan to check out the East Village Parade? Whatever the case, have fun and be safe!!
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xoxo Dellah

~ Dellah's Jubilation is only suggesting events that are thought to be fun and interesting based on opinion. Dellah's Jubilation is not responsible for cancelled events or any other event changes (time, location etc.) due to mother nature or those running the event. Please double check all links to event for updates and changes. Dellahs Jubilation is not affiliated with Time out New York or Time Out Kids New York or any other magazine. I just love their magazine and site when on the hunt for things to do. Dellah's Jubilation always intends to give proper attribution if a credit was foreseen, it was purely accidental and credit will be given where it's due. Most importantly hit the streets and have fun!
Time out New york and Time Out Kids online and in news stands. One of my absolute favorite go to sources for things to do around NYC!!

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