Scarecrow Nights: The New York Botanical Garden offers special nights for kids called Scarecrow Nights. The first are Oct. 21 and 22, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. (with timed entries at 6:30 and 7:15). Kids can explore scarecrows and unusual pumpkins and gourds. Use a flashlight (provided by ConEd) to explore the Trick-or-Treat Trail sponsored by Whole Foods. The evening ends with trick-or-treat stations at the Discovery Center, where snacks can be purchased and live music enjoyed. Kids ages 10 and up can experience a scarier evening called Scarecrows: From Heartland to Horror, which showcases the evolution of the American scarecrow through a sculptures and live performers. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Visit www.nybg.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Cider Week: Celebrate all things cider with tastings and food pairing scattered throughout the city. Each day offers multiple events at different venues. On Oct. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m., enjoy cider flights from Bad Seed Cider paired with cheese at the Bedford Cheese Shop in Irving Place. Entry is $75. On Oct. 22, Portoberfest will feature outdoor grilling and more than 10 chef stations, along with more than 20 ciders, craft beers and entertainment. Tickets are $55 and the event takes place at Solar One on the FDR Drive Service Road East from noon to 4 p.m. On Oct. 23 at 7:30, enjoy a five-course dinner at the Farm on Adderley in Brooklyn. Tickets are $65. Visit ciderweeknyc.com.
Merchant’s House Museum: One of the best spots to spend Halloween is the Merchant’s House Museum, which was named one of the most haunted spots in Manhattan. On Oct. 23, the museum closes to the public for a special recreation of the 1865 funeral service of Seabury Tredwell. After the service “mourners” will follow the coffin to the New York City Marble Cemetery, which is rarely open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 19th century mourning clothes. VIP tickets include front-row seating, black armbands and the chance to act as a pallbearer. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $55 for VIP and $25 for members. The weekend includes ghost tours on Oct. 21 and 22. Visit merchantshouse.org to learn more.
Dia de los Muertos: The Brooklyn Children’s museum celebrates the Day of the Dead from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22. The day includes live music from Sonia De Los Santos of Dan Zanes and Friends, and Carlos Lazarus. Learn about the origins of the holiday and the various traditions associated with it. Admission is $11 a person. Children under 12 months are free. Visit www.brooklynkids.org to learn more.