Kid ac­tiv­i­ties range

New York Daily News - - ULTIMATE FALL GUIDE -

sOME KIDS dread au­tumn be­cause it means back to school and colder weather, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. From a pi­rateth­emed fall fes­ti­val to Mup­pets dressed in spooky cos­tumes, there’s tons for tots to do this sea­son.

Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave., Brook­lyn; lu­na­parknyc.com. Hal­loween Har­vest en­try is in­cluded with the price of a wrist­band. All-day wrist­bands start at $42 for guests un­der 48 inches, $69 for those above 48 inches. The prices in­clude all rides in Luna Park.

Join in on some pi­rateth­emed shenani­gans at this year’s Hal­loween Har­vest fes­ti­val in Coney Island. On week­ends from Sept. 16 to Oct. 29, kids can par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties like ex­plor­ing a pump­kin patch, rid­ing a pony, en­joy­ing arts and crafts, and watch­ing a dog­gie cos­tume pa­rade and con­test (Oct. 14 at noon).

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, Pa.; sesame­place.com. Tick­ets, which in­clude park en­try fee and rides, are $45 in ad­vance online.

For six week­ends from Sept. 22 to Oct. 29, the Count will host Sesame Place’s an­nual Hal­loween Spook­tac­u­lar. It’s a not-so-scary chance for kids to dress up along with their fa­vorite mon­sters in a place where the air is sweet. Free (with ad­mis­sion) fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude the Neigh­bor­hood Street Party Hal­loween Pa­rade,

and there are also more ex­clu­sive, paid ac­tiv­i­ties like Elmo’s Silly Bones Spook­tac­u­lar Dine (Sept. 22-24; adults, $29, chil­dren, $9); and Zoe’s Mon­ster Mash Dance Party Dine (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1; adults, $29, chil­dren, $9).

46-48th Sts. in Times Square; di­wal­itimessquare.com. Free.

Cel­e­brate Di­wali, the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights, in the bright­est place in the city, Times Square. While the fes­ti­val is of­fi­cially cel­e­brated on Oct. 19 this year, Di­wali at Times Square will be held on Satur­day, Oct. 7, start­ing at 2 p.m. Pro­mot­ers call it the big­gest Di­wali cel­e­bra­tion out­side In­dia, with food, danc­ing, tra­di­tional diya (oil lamp) light­ing cer­e­monies and a fire­works dis­play. 58-03 Rock­away Beach Blvd., Far Rock­away, Queens; rwal­liance.org. Free. Beach sea­son will be over, but you can still have fun in Far Rock­away this fall. On Oct. 14, the Rock­away Wa­ter­front Al­liance will hold its an­nual Hip Hop Hal­loween com­mu­nity event from 1 to 4 p.m. Hap­pen­ing in the Rock­away In­sti­tute for a Sus­tain­able En­vi­ron­ment, there will be food, candy, face-paint­ing and a pump­kin giveaway.

32-01 Ver­non Boule­vard in Long Island City, Queens; socratess­culp­turepark.org. Free.

Take a twirl on Oct. 28 with the Bal­let Folk­lórico Mex­i­cano de Nueva York, who will be per­form­ing from 2-3 p.m. at the Socrates Sculp­ture Park’s an­nual Hal­loween Har­vest Fes­ti­val. This year’s theme for the fest, hap­pen­ing be­tween 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., is Mex­ico’s Day of the Dead. There will be face paint­ing (noon-3 p.m.), cos­tume and art-mak­ing work­shops (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), a ca­nine cos­tume con­test (1-2 p.m.) and a har­vest an­i­mal bless­ing for your pets (12:30-2:30 p.m.).

Go to the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing (10 South St.) to catch the ferry (go­v­is­land.com) to Gover­nor’s Island; therise. org. Ad­vanced tick­ets re­quired: $20 for kids 3-12 and se­niors 65 and older, $24 for adults.

More than 1,000 il­lu­mi­nated pump­kins carved and sculpted by lo­cal artists, some which weigh over 100 pounds, will line Gov­er­nors Island from Oct. 26-29. You can also Grandma the clown, who re­tired in 2012, and fea­ture high-wire legend Nik Wal­lenda among other high­lights.

fest. Coney Island’s Hal­loween Har­vest fun, Hip-Hop Be­low, from left, Sesame Place o’lan­tern Hal­loween in Queens and jack carv­ing on Gov­er­nors Island.

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