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Let’s Get Halloweird!

Ready to get Halloweird? Put on your favorite costume and join us on Sunday, October 30 for an all-day Halloween Block Party at Spring Street Park from 12 PM to 3 PM. Children and their families have the opportunity to create artwork that will decorate the CMA Halloween Float, which will debut in the Village Halloween Parade the following day. Free and open to the public, this festive celebration will be filled with artsy activities including a DJ set by Baby DJ School to keep the spooky celebration going throughout the day, a costume catwalk, 3D mask-making, alter ego ghost balloons, and much more. Children will also collaborate with our very own 2022-23 cohort of Artist-Educators in Residence and City-As-School student interns — who designed the float — to help bring their artistic visions to life.

Don’t forget your party shoes, because the first ever family-friendly Dance Church® class is joining CMA’s Halloween festivities! Dance Church®, a movement class that offers a fun and inclusive approach to dancing, will host a 40-minute movement session for partygoers of all ages. Instructor Laura Carella will lead the class in a series of movement cues, accompanied by a curated playlist of multi-genre music, including Halloween classics.

The following day (Halloween!) CMA once again partners with The Village Halloween Parade for the 49th annual event. Themed “Freedom,” this year’s parade invites attendees to forget their troubles, dress up, and celebrate what makes them feel free. Attendees are also invited to participate in a special section of the parade where they can dance alongside The Brooklyn United Marching Band playing “Freedom.” The Village Halloween Parade will take place Monday, October 31 at 7 PM with the line-up beginning on 6th Avenue between Spring Street and Canal Street.

The Village Halloween Parade is the nation’s largest Halloween event, attended by over 2 million people. The Parade’s fusion of ethnic, social, economic, and racial diversity personifies what makes New York City so magical, presenting an overdue celebratory reconciliation for the children who have been cut off from so much of the city’s community for the past year. The parade will feature hundreds of puppets, performances, music, dancers, and costumes in addition to The Brooklyn United Marching Band.

CMA is proud to present the Halloween Block Party with leadership support from First Republic.

Children’s Museum of the Arts Halloween Block Party is made possible through the generous support of Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Cornelia T Bailey Foundation, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, The Pepperman Family, The Russo Family on behalf of Goldman Sachs Gives, Laurie Harris Brennan and William D. Brennan, Marissa and Shane McMahon, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Louis Legacy Foundation, and Cowles Charitable Trust.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Supplies for this event were provided, in part, by BLICK Art Materials ​​and by Materials for the Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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