Halloween fun abounds Downtown today. From 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Trinity Church will host Hometown Halloween in its historic churchyard, where costumed kids are invited to sip cider, play in the photo booth, and trick or treat among the gravestones, while also meeting historic characters, many of whom are buried there. At 7:00 pm, families are invited inside the church for a screening of the original 1925 film, “Phantom of the Opera,” accompanied by live organ virtuoso Justin Bischof. (Spooker Alert: The film may be slightly scarier than some young children can abide.)
And Asphalt Green (212 North End Avenue) will host Halloween Screams (from 4:00 to 6:00 pm), with games like Zombie Freeze Tag and Spooktacular Soccer Shootout, with goody bags for the first 400 kids to arrive. All events described above are free, although Trinity Church will gratefully accept donations if offered, and Asphalt Green suggests a donation of $10, which will go to support the Fit Kids Fit City campaign, which brings free sports and athletic programs to more than 30,000 New Yorkers.
For those who want to trick or treat for a cause, the Vince Smith Hair Experience (South End Avenue, between Rector Place and West Thames Street) is welcoming little goblins to its second annual Halloween party, from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be free candy galore, along with the option of getting a portrait of young ghouls, parents and pets, in exchange for a $25 donation to the highly regarded charity, Save the Children.
But those whose approach to Halloween is a tad OCD-ish should browse BPCBlockParty.com/Halloween, where a four-page downloadable PDF list is available of more than 300 neighborhood residents in 23 buildings who have signed up to welcome trick or treaters. The same site offers a downloadable PDF pumpkin sign to alert passing imps and bogeys that nothing more than a knock on the door stands between them and sweets. (There will also be a limited number of lists in buildings’ lobbies, but these are likely to go fast, so downloading and printing your own is advisable.)
Additional Halloween Events:
Haunted Hall at the Downtown Community Center
Manhattan Youth is turning their Great Hall into a haven of Halloween horrors. For younger children the Silly Spooks features a Friendly Ghost peek-a-boo, a Scared-Cat Scarecrow in a balloon pumpkin patch, and a Wiggly Witch with a super-size bubble cauldron. Older children can brave the Tunnel of Terror with a Haunted Graveyard, Vampire Castle, Zombie Alley and Mad Science Lab and more. Each installation will be staffed by professional actors and Manhattan Youth child-care professionals. The Manhattan Youth players of the after-school program at I.S. 289 will also perform in the Haunted Hall from 4-5pm, doubling the size of the cast for that hour.
There are also opportunities to Trick-or-Treat and pose in costume in the Phantom Photo Booth. 3-7pm. Free. manhattanyouth.org
@7eventytwo Halloween Night for Teens
Costumes, candy and rock music by local bands, Arson Daily, Play Doh, Tambe, The Fuzzhorns and The Band Pending. Doors at 7:30pm. $8. No outside food or beverage allowed. 7eventytwo is a drug and alcohol free zone. 72 Warren Street. churchstreetschool.org
Haunted Poets House: A Halloween Reading and Celebration
Come in costume and hear monstrous, spooky verse from poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Karla Kushkin, Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, read by Poets House Children’s Room Director Mike Romanos, who will also lead us in casting our own poetic spells to celebrate the day. 5pm. Suggested donation of $5. poetshouse.org
Ghost Ships: A Halloween Event at the South Street Seaport Museum
What stories lie beneath New York Harbor? Join the crew for a spooktacular Halloween, as they share ghost stories aboard the PEKING. Suitable for spirits and ghouls of all ages. 11am – 5pm. Pier 16. South Street at the foot of Burling Slip. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. southstreetseaportmuseum.org
Ghouls After School
Visit Bowne & Co. Stationers after school to make your own ghoulish collage with the help of Robert Warner, Master Printer and Collage Extraordinaire. 211 Water Street. 646-315-4478. 11am – 7pm. Oct. 31.