5 Free Events In New York City This Week: Dog Costume Contest, “Hocus Pocus” and More

5 Free Events In New York City This Week: Dog Costume Contest, “Hocus Pocus” and More

The end of October is nigh. Accordingly, New York City is teeming with free events that celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. We’ve rounded up our favorites below….attend if you dare.

Prospect Park Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair
Prospect Park; Brooklyn
Oct 27; 12 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Prospect Park is hosting its annual ghoulish shindig this weekend. Geared toward families with young kids, the costume walk includes treats, face painting and more. Tammy Hall, a professional storyteller, is also slated to unfurl spooky mysteries for audiences at the Lefferts Historic House as part of the event.

The Great Pupkin Dog Costume Contest
Ft. Greene, Brooklyn
Oct. 27; 11:30 a.m.
Those looking to fill the void following the disappointing cancellation of the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade might enjoy this smaller affair. To enter a dog, attendees must pre-register.

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla
Central Park; Manhattan
Oct. 28; 6 p.m.
Bring your own jack-o’-lantern to Central Park and set it afloat into the Harlem Meer waters. Kids are welcome to this family-friendly event, which features a costume parade, a “Monster Mash” dance and a creepy craft corner.

Hocus Pocus Trivia Night
Taco Electrico, Manhattan
Oct. 29; 8 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween with a few free rounds of “Hocus Pocus” trivia at Taco Electrico. Just don’t let any virgins near the Black Flame Candle.

Dia de Meurtos: Honoring Trans Lives Lost
Duarte Square; Manhattan
Nov. 1; 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Hosted by Staten Island’s first LGBTQ community group, this Dia de Muertos event commemorates trans individuals who have been killed in acts of violence and discrimination. A discussion about the current federal threats against trans folks will also be discussed.

Top Image: Courtesy of Leslie-Lohman Museum; Lunicorns