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Halloween happenings that won’t terrify your tot

This time of year it’s nearly impossible to navigate the City with kids that are easily spooked. Still, there are a handful of tame holiday happenings that may coax wary tots into their costumes and out to celebrate.
On the UES, Carl Schurz Park’s Catbird Playground is bedecked in totally benign décor during the Not So Scary Halloween Playground Bash (10/26; 4-7pm; free).
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is showing Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure—a 45-minute, non-threatening original storyline involving Hansel and Gretel, a silly witch, a party, and puppets, of course (thru 11/3; $5 for kids under 12/$8 adults).

Cobble Hill’s Sugar Shop has cooked up one sweet Monster Mash (their first) with a costume contest, make-your-own treat bags, and plenty of sugar-rush inducers like lollipop ghosts, candy bracelets, cotton candy, and candy legos (10/27; 11am-7pm; face painting 3-6pm; free).

Rawther fancy tykes can celebrate Eloise-style at the Plaza during its Halloween Spooktacular with Three Tarts: marshmallow treat-making and “Pipsqueak” hot chocolate (10/28; 1-2pm or 2:30-3:30pm; $50 per kid; 20 kids per session). There’s also a dress-to-impress costume contest, followed by trick-or-treating in the Plaza Food Hall (10/31; 3-5pm, free). Reservations for both events: 212.546.5460 or eloise@theplaza.com.
The new UWS apple seeds has planned a Zickity Wickity BOO! Halloween Bash, sure to exhaust kids with glow-in-the-dark activities, pumpkin patch crafts, a performance by Songs for Seeds, indoor free play, and pizza (10/28; 11am-1pm; $8 per kid; free to members, class participants and infants under 6 months). Member RSVP: rsvp@appleseedsplay.com; non-member RSVP: 212-792-7591

The Scholastic Store is hosting its Annual Halloween Party, complete with monster yoga (courtesy of Karma Kids), potion making, mummy bowling, cupcake decorating, and a costume conga line. Bonus: Clifford fans will dig a live character appearance (10/28; 3-5pm; $20 per kid/adult pair, additional adults $10). Reservations: 212.343.6166 or TheScholasticStore@scholastic.com.
And one of our annual favorites, the American Museum of Natural History Halloween Celebration promises not-so-haunted hallways filled with tons of treats, characters, crafts, and live performances (10/31; 4-7pm; $11; $10 for members). Reservations: 212.769.5200.