Out & About: Halloween in the Bronx

Out & About: Halloween in the Bronx
HALLOWEEN AT WILLIAMSBRIDGE Oval Park will see the recreation center turned into a haunted house. Here, a look at last year’s scary good times (see Holiday Events for more information).
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Editor’s Pick 

Happy Halloween 

The Jerome-Gun Hill BID invites the public to its Halloween Dance Party and Parade, Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet at Mosholu Parkway and Jerome Avenue. There will be free candy, music and pumpkins. For more information, call (718) 324-4646. (See “Holiday Events” below for more.)

The Williamsbridge Oval presents Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Rec Center. For more information and to RSVP, call (718) 543-8672. 

The Williamsbridge Oval offers a variety of free classes for youth ages 6 to 12, after school and Saturdays, including drama, sports, dance, art and more. For more information and a detailed schedule, call (718) 543-8672.

The public is invited to the 52nd Precinct Community Council’s breakfast at Monroe College, 2501 Jerome Ave., Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. For more information, call (718) 220-5824.

The Woodlawn Conservancy presents Illuminated Mausoleums, Oct. 27 to 29 at 6 and 7 p.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, call (718) 920-1469.

Sistas and Brothas United presents free documentary film, “The Pipeline,” Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m., at the Concourse House, 2751 Grand Concourse (at 196th Street). Experience high school through the eyes of young people. For more information and to RSVP, contact

The public is invited to attend the Memorial Grove Restoration Group’s 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 5 at noon, at the Memorial on Broadway at West 246th Street, to honor veterans of all wars. Speakers have been invited to attend. The Van Cortlandt Park WWII Memorial Grove was initiated in 1949 and currently contains 40 monuments. For more information, call (718) 548-6832.

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: Spider Web Fashion, to hear tales about special spiders and make little spiders, Oct. 28 and 29; and Autumn Color Papermaking, to make colorful paper into a leaf shape, Nov. 4 and 5; both in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also scheduled are Art & Nature, a video about bug behavior followed by a talk and display of live ants and termites, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. in the WH House; and Nature Presentation, to learn that most spiders are harmless to humans and observe live and preserved spiders of all sizes, Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., on the grounds. Grounds admission is free until noon Saturdays and Tuesdays all year. For more information and a schedule of events including tours and walks, call (718) 549-3200.

Out & About: Halloween in the Bronx
HAVE A MOMENT of Zen at Wave Hill through a variety of events (see under Events for more information).
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The Bronx County Historical Society presents special Archtober Tour of the Valentine-Varian House, 3266 Bainbridge Ave. (208th Street), Oct. 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. to see the current exhibitions. For more information, call (718) 881-8900.

Holiday Events
The Williamsbridge Oval presents the following free events: Haunted House (for ages 10+), to be spooked by ghosts, zombies and creatures, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Pumpkin Party (to age 12 years), to enjoy arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, and candy, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (718) 543-8672.

The New York Botanical Garden presents Scarecrows and Pumpkins, through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Events include guided activities featuring a puppet playhouse and weekends include interactive demonstrations featuring bats, reptiles, and other creepy creatures. For more information, call 9718) 817-8700. 

The Bronx Zoo offers Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 28 and 29 to celebrate Halloween with a haunted forest, hayride, pumpkin carving, Bootoberfest (live music and food), mind reading, magic and puppet shows, crafts, and meeting with vultures, owls, and ravens. For more information, fees, and a detailed schedule, call (718) 367-1010.

The Fordham Road BID presents Halloween Giveaway Event in Bryan Park (Fordham and Kingsbridge roads), Oct. 30 and 31 from 2 to 5 p.m.; and Halloween Sidewalk Sale, along Fordham Road from Jerome to Washington avenues, Oct. 26 to 28 from noon to 7 p.m. For more information, call (718) 562-2104.

Lehman College, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents Pumpkin Smash 2017, Nov. 1 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Bring, break, take, or taste Halloween pumpkins and squashes. For more information, call (718) 817-8543. 

The Bronx Beer Hall, 2344 Arthur Ave., presents and LGBTQ Halloween event, Redlight, Greenlight, Go-Go!, Oct. 27 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Come in costume; prize given for best  dressed ($5/cover; ages 21+). Featured are prizes and candy and performances by upcoming artists. For more information, call (347) 396-0555.

Library Events
The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents for children: Hands on Projects (ages 7 to 12; preregistration required): Halloween Bag Making, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.; and Ghost Making, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. Teens/young adults can enjoy Halloween Party: to watch spooky movie, decorate pumpkins, come in costume, receive free book, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.; Magic:  to learn fundamentals (cards will be supplied), Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.; Books/Movies: to read a book monthly, then watch movie. November:  “Divergent,” discussion on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m., and film on Nov. 25; and Origami Workshop: Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Adults can attend film: “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive,” Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for teens/young adults: Film: “Beauty and the Beast,” Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Children can enjoy Little Red Riding Hood: (ages 3 to 12), puppets and music, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. Adults can attend: Knitting Circle: Thursdays at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.

The Jerome Park Library, 118 Eames Place (near Kingsbridge Road), offers for children: Halloween Extravaganza: includes games, candy, and more, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information, call (718) 549-5200.

Public Service Announcement

Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 5 at 2 a.m. Turn clocks back one hour.

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