Halloween is definitely one of our favorite holidays of the year as speech pathologists. We do tons of activities with our children like carving pumpkins, making pumpkin pie, creating spooky decorations, and more!
And since we live in one of the greatest cities in the world, we are lucky to have a ton of fun Halloween events to choose from. Let the celebrations begin!
Here are our TOP 5 choices:
Flotilla: 10/25, 3:30 PM – 7 PM
Go uptown to the Harlem Meer and check out the live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving programs, costume parades, and the one of a kind pumpkin flotilla! It allows your child to get creative and really show their artistic side. The event is totally free and open to all ages.
Asphalt Screams: 10/30, 4 – 6 PM
Come dressed up to this super fun afternoon at Asphalt Greens on the Upper East Side or Battery Park City! Tons of Halloween tricks, treats, and games will be waiting for you. There will even be a Spooktacular Soccer Shootout and a Haunted Mazur Hall. This event is free to the public, but donations are welcome and proceeds go toward supporting free community events. And remember – the first 500 children get a goody bag!
Kidville: 10/31, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Complete with a Rockin’ Railroad concert this is the event to be at! It also includes gym time, art table, trick or treating, and party favors! Each person is $20 (including adults). Children 6 months and under are free!
Brookfield Place Halloween Party: 10/31, 12 PM – 3 PM
Being downtown is where it’s at! This family-friendly event brings live performances, hands-on activities with Carmelo the Science Fellow, and a costume catwalk to the community. It is completely free to attend!
Village Halloween Parade: 10/31, 7 PM
This parade is perfect for children and adults. It is creativity at its best as the public participates by wearing their intricate costumes! You’ll also see tons of puppets, bands, dancers, and artists. It is an unforgettable experience and brings us back to our NYU days! Happy Halloween!
Debbie Shiwbalak, M.A., CCC-SLP, has a Baccalaureate of Arts in Speech Pathology and is a graduate of Long Island University-CW Post Campus, where she received a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology in 2001. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the state of New York to practice speech-language pathology. Debbie has 13 years experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area. She co-authored a chapter of “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” and presents at parent and professional workshops all over New York City.
Alpin Rezvani, M.A., CCC-SLP, graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has New York licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. She has 7 years of experience as a speech pathologist in the New York City area and was an adjunct instructor at New York University. She co-authored three chapters of “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” and presents at parent and professional workshops all over New York City.
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