HARLEM – From haunted hayrides and family-friendly pumpkin picking to parties with live DJs and costume contests, the neighborhood knows how to celebrate Halloween.
Restaurants, museums, community gardens and parks are all hosting their own celebrations this week.
Here is a breakdown of some of Harlem’s Halloween happenings:
Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The free, family-friendly event on the eve of Halloween will feature pumpkin picking, decorating, carnival games and a few scares at the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center.
Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
A shuttle will pick guests up on Lenox Avenue and 125th Street and take them to Randall’s Island, where the hayride will feature an original story that “exploits the most disturbing fears that live in us all.” The event is not recommended for children under 8.
Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The event will include music, a live DJ, games, bags of candy, and prizes like bicycles and scooters for the kids.
Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Harlem Shake will host its annual "Thriller" flash mob on Lenox Avenue. It will also feature a live DJ throughout the night, a fire dancer and a best mask contest. Food will include zombie fingers, bloody eyeball sangria and witch shakes.
Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.
Pick up and design a free personalized Halloween tote bag and make your way through the museum as part of a haunted scavenger hunt.
Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A family-friendly event at the community garden, located at 235 W. 111th St., will include candy and games for children.
Saturday and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Winners of the massive costume contest under the big top at Harlem Tavern will receive a grab bag of prizes, with one taking home tickets to see DJ Mustard and Fabolous in November.
Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
The Caribbean seafood spot will host cooking classes and costume contests for children. It is also offering shellfish specials throughout the week as part of its Halloween "Shellabaration."
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bring a chair and a blanket for a screening of "Hotel Transylvania" at this free event for families and children.
Saturday at 4 p.m.
The 2-mile run, in which particpants will be dressed in their favorite costumes, features stops for complimentary food and drinks at local restaurants. The $15 donation for entry also includes a free T-shirt. At least 11 people plan to run as their interpretation of Donald Trump.