Trick-or-Treat Your Way Through Lower Manhattan: Downtown Alliance Shares Halloween Happenings

Trick-or-Treat Your Way Through Lower Manhattan: Downtown Alliance Shares Halloween Happenings

Trick or treat? Well, there are lots of treats in Lower Manhattan coming up this month! Here are a few highlights, starting with the Downtown Alliance’s Fall Community Planting Day.

Alliance for Downtown New York’s Fall Community Planting Day
Bowling Green Park
Saturday, October 22
10 AM – Noon

Free pumpkin decorating for kids, cupcakes and pumpkins (and cider, too!) to anyone who helps at the Downtown Alliance’s annual Fall Community Planting Day in Bowling Green Park. Anyone who lives in, works in or is visiting Lower Manhattan can drop by to help plant more than 4,000 tulip bulbs in the park at the tip of Broadway. It’s part of the Downtown Alliance’s Green Around Lower Manhattan initiative, which is dedicated to building an environmentally sustainable Lower Manhattan. The event is supported by Con Edison, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Partnership for Parks, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1, Whole Foods Market and Crumbs Bake Shop.


Halloween Party at the New York City Police Museum
100 Old Slip
(212) 480-3100
Saturday, October 22
11 AM – 2 PM

Have a howling good time at the New York City Police Museum’s annual Halloween Party! Children scare up some fun with hands-on activities including making 'slime' and decorating trick-or-treat bags. There will be lots of trick-or-treating and give-aways as well as Halloween safety tips for parents. This event is perfect for families with children ages 3-12. Members free; $8 Adults; $5 Students, Seniors and Children; Children under 2 and Services Members free.


Halloween Stories at the New Amsterdam Public Library
9 Murray Street
Thursday, October 27
4 PM

Come hear your favorite stories about ghouls and goblins at your local public library! For ages 3-6 years old.


Ghouls, Games, Graves and Happy Hour at Trinity Church
Trinity Church
74 Trinity Place – Broadway and Wall Street
Friday, October 28
4 PM – 10 PM

You never know who you'll find in the Trinity Churchyard on Halloween. Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton; Lord and Lady Cornbury; assorted ghosts, witches, goblins, and the occasional Spiderman. This haunted celebration features games, crafts, scary tales, face painting and 'ghosts' from New York's past.  Children's activities take place in the north churchyard. Music, dancing and a “Haunted Hamilton” cocktail hour (non-alcoholic beverages also available) in the south churchyard. Ages 3 and up.


Metropolis Screening at Trinity Church
Trinity Church
74 Church – Broadway and Wall Street
Friday, October 28
7 PM – 10 PM

See "one of the most striking films of cinema" in Trinity Church's candlelit Gothic setting. Directed by Robert Wiene. With live organ accompaniment by Robert Ridgell.


Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
(212) 514-3700
Saturday, October 29
Noon – 5 PM

Enjoy a fun filled day for the entire family including hands-on workshops, storytelling and dance performances by Cetilitzli Nauhcampa (Mexica). The museum is free and open everyday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Thursdays until 8 PM.


Goody Bags at Pride Optical
150 William Street
(212) 227-9893
Saturday, October 29
10 AM – 1 PM

Your favorite Intergalactic villain will be appearing Saturday, October 29 for a photo opt at Pride Optical. Goody bags for trick-or-treaters who come to the event. Don't forget to bring your light saber!


Screamin' Green Halloween
Winter Garden, World Financial Center
225 Liberty Street
Sunday, October 30
Noon –  3PM

Green your Halloween at the World Financial Center! Join artist-educators for mask and costume making with recycled and repurposed household materials, compete with other witches and warlocks in "Toss a Spider in the Brew" and a twist on the traditional "Bobbing for Apples," and enjoy organic and fair-trade candy treats. Exchange last year's costume for a new one at the Costume Swap, each gently used and ready-to-wear. Marching band-led costume parades will take place on the Plaza at 1 and 2pm, ending with a 3pm Ghosts & Goblins Parade around Battery Park City.


Chocolate Pumpkins a Maison du Chocolat
63 Wall Street
(212) 952-1123

La Maison du Chocolat is introducing special Halloween treats this month. Pumpkins are available in Dark or Milk Chocolate. Each pumpkin is hollow, then filled with chocolate covered fruits and caramelized roasted almonds. Price is $65.


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