Halloween 2009

Fall is here and its your last chance to enjoy spending time outdoors before winter hits and its time to find activities indoors. Kids love being outside and enjoying all of the amazing colors of autumn so you don’t have to spend much money to make a day enjoyable. Here are some ideas and events happening this month:

For places to Trick Or Treat, check out the Trick Or Treat!? post.

Friday 23rd: South Bronx Halloween Parade!

South Bronx Halloweeen Parade

When: 10-23-2009, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Phone: 7183289125
Address: 1029 East 163rd Street bronx NY 10459
Fee: free
The New South Bronx Halloween Parade and the Bronx Community Board #2, is very excited to announce the “24th Annual New South Bronx Halloween Parade”. The residents from the Hunts Point, Southern Blvd. and Longwood community have been celebrating this festive holiday for the past years by bringing the community together to come out and enjoy the evening with their families and neighbors. This has truly become a part of the community and has increased throughout the years, and has earned its title as the “2nd Largest Halloween Parade within the City of New York”.

Saturday 24th: Head over to Party in the Pumpkin Patch in  Grove Hill Community Playground (158th Street and Eagle Avenue) FREE. 1-4 pm

A spooktacular time to harvest and decorate your own pumpkin and plant some fall flowers. First come, first serve.

Friday 30th: Visit the Haunted House at the Hunts Point Recreation Center (765 Manida Street 10474) 6-8pm FREE

Halloween event for children of all ages. Bring your children to walk through the Haunted House!

Saturday 31st: Check out Halloween Fun Run at Van Cortlandt Park (at Van Cortlandt Stadium-Broadway & 241 Street) 2pm FREE

Run like a bunny or leap like a frog. Wear a neat costume and go whole hog! For ages 2-10.

Saturday 31st: Enjoy dancing, games, costume contests and more at The Kidz Disco

3-6 pm

Games, Contests and Food makes an
afternoon to remember. Use your art skills in
the activity center, your imagination in the
dress up area, musical talent with
instruments and get ready to DANCE!

$10 per child

$5 per adult

There will be costume contests!!!

Ticktets must be purchased in advance by calling (347) 810-0299 or by clicking here.

The Kidz Disco @ Con Sazon
1854 Westchester Avenue
(on the corner of Leland Ave)
Bronx, NY 10472

Saturday 31st: Take the kids for games, goodies and more at St. Peters. See flyer below:

Put on your coats, a warm scarf and head down to your nearest farmers market. The kids can pick out some cute pumpkins, gourds and squashes to decorate or make a fun recipe with.

Take a trip to Van Cortlandt House Museum for Haunted Happenings anywhere between Thursday Oct. 1st to Saturday Oct. 31st

Haunted Happenings is guaranteed to scare up some fun. Join in on fun activities like scary stories, tours of the haunted basement, hikes along the haunted walk, visits with the fortune teller, magic shows, face painting, craft projects and much more See just how spooky things get around here in the Haunted Happenings Photo album. Time: Tues- Fri 10am-3pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, Closed on Mondays and Holidays. Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, Free for 12yrs and younger and on Wednesdays For more information, please call (718) 543-3344 or visit www.vancortlandthouse.org/

Visit The New York Botanical Garden for one of their many fall activities going on including:

Scarecrow and Harvest Weekend
10/10/2009 – 10/12/2009: 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

Enjoy the delights of the harvest season. In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, see apples pressed into cider, make applesauce, create apple prints in a field notebook, and scavenge the grounds for fruits and seeds that other animals harvest. In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, participate in a corn-husking contest and build a scarecrow. Guess how many seeds are in the gargantuan gourd and help us tally them up.

Japanese Autumn Adventures
10/17/2009 – 11/15/2009: Tue–Fri, 1:30–5:30 p.m.; Sat–Sun, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

During Kiku in the Japanese Autumn Garden, take part in fun and educational children’s programming. Discover fascinating Japanese traditions and celebrate the ancient art of kiku (chrysanthemum) through fun, hands-on family activities. Slip into a silky kimono or a happi coat and explore a child-sized Japanese teahouse. On weekends children can even participate in a traditional tea ceremony.
Halloween Hoorah!
10/25/2009: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Across the Garden Grounds

Celebrate the thrills and chills of Halloween at The New York Botanical Garden. Come in your costume or make your own mask here and parade around the grounds. Finish the day decorating pumpkins and drinking fresh-pressed cider in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.

You must check out Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo. October 10–12, 17–18, 24–25 & Oct 31–Nov 1

Special Offer: A child age 3-12 wearing a wildlife costume will receive a free General Admission ticket when accompanied by an adult purchasing any full-priced adult admission ticket.  Limit one free child per paying adult.


Haunted Safari
Embark on an adventure to help locate a lost species. Your journey takes you through a bat cave, the belly of a snake, and a rainforest swamp.
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Musical Performances
Join Annie and the Natural Wonder band for animal-themed tunes!
Time: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m
Wildlife Theater: It’s A Wonderful Niche
Join the Wildlife Theater Players for puppetry, song, and interactive fun. Our story follows a young bat on his journey to discover his value and importance. (Note: no live animals in these shows.)
Times: 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Hay Maze
Let yourself get lost at the zoo!
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Treat Stations
Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit today.
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Scarecrow Adventure Hayride
Load up for a spook-tacular ride! Join us for an exclusive animated tour full of family-friendly surprises. Tour starts at Fountain Circle.
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person
Pumpkin-carving Demonstrations
Watch an expert carve amazing animal shapes!
Time: 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Animal-themed Magic Shows
Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition.
Time: Noon, 2:00, & 4:00 p.m.

Scrap Kins Recycled Mask-making
Turn trash into treasure! Scrap Kins artists will help you build a one-of-a-kind wildlife mask from recycled materials.
Times: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., & 3:45 p.m.

Special Animal Enrichment Activities
11:15 a.m.: Birds of Prey Aviary
2:00 p.m.:  World of Reptiles
2:15 p.m.:  Carter Giraffe Bldg
3:30 p.m.:  Monkey House

Safety Tips & Giveaways
On October 25, FedEx and Safe Kids USA remind families how to keep kids safe on Halloween. FedEx and Safe Kids USA will provide reflective giveaways and safety tips for parents and drivers. For more information on child pedestrian safety, please visit www.usa.safekids.org/wtw.

If you have a program for children in the Bronx on Halloween day/evening feel free to contact BronxMama with more information.

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Costumed for a Cure – Visit your local branch on Halloween and help make a difference!

On October 31, 2009 branch staff will dress in Halloween costumes to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Be sure to visit your local branch and bring your children as well!

Costumed for a Cure is a local fundraising event on October 31st that celebrates creativity, individuality and fun. All funds collected will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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