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Where to Celebrate Halloween in Harlem

By Gustavo Solis | October 27, 2015 3:55pm
 A halloween decoration on West 129th Street.
A halloween decoration on West 129th Street.
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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:

► Circle of Horrors at Jackie Robinson Park

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.

► New York Haunted Hayride at Randall’s Island

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.

Hallelujah Night at New Light Baptist Church

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.

Halloween Party at Harlem Shake

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.

Halloween Grab Bag at the City Museum of New York

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.

Trick or Treat at the Electric Ladybug Garden

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.  

Halloween Party at Harlem Tavern

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.

Children’s Halloween Cooking Class and Halloween "Shellabration" at Lolo’s Seafood Shack

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."

Children’s Monster Ball at A. Phillip Randolph Square

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.

Halloween Fun Run Through Hamilton Heights

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.