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Halloween Pier Party

Free Community Artmaking

Sunday, October 29, 2023

11 AM to 3 PM

Pier 57, 11th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Ghouls and goblins (of all ages) are invited to join Children’s Museum of the Arts for a free community artmaking party on Sunday, October 29 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Pier 57.

Activities will take place across all three community classrooms at Pier 57. Don't forget to wear your favorite costume!


Shadow Puppet Murals Inspired by Kara Walker [All Ages]

Shadows aren’t always scary –  sometimes, they’re art! Let’s turn hand movements into creatures of the night. Taking inspiration from silhouette artist Kara Walker, artists will trace their own shadows onto a communal wall-hanging canvas to create an eerie shadow mural.

Monster Masks Inspired by Leonora Carrington [All Ages]

Artists will let their imagination run wild as they design nocturnal creatures inspired by surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington. Using cardboard, string, and collage materials, artists will breathe life into the monsters of their wildest dreams – the spookier, the better!

Flying Ghouls and Ghosts [Ages 5-12]

Ghouls and ghosts take flight in this unique workshop designed for artists ages 5 and up. Using flowing fabric and colorful materials, artists will design ethereal creations meant to soar through the air for all to behold. Younger participants are welcome to join with assistance from an adult or instructor.


Spiderweb Wall [Ages 3-12]

If you were a spider, what would you collect in your web? Use clay, paper, and collage materials to create objects and animals of your own fascination. These fantastical creations can be added to our webbed wall to create a community collection of curiosities.

Trick or Treat Baggu Totes [Ages 3-12]

Customize your very own Baggu reusable bag to take trick-or-treating! Don’t forget the candy – artists will use felt, clay, construction paper, and other exciting mixed-media materials to design and build their own favorite sweets to fill their bags and share with others.


Haunted House Dioramas [Ages 5-12]

Shine a light on the creatures and spaces that lurk in the shadows of your imagination. Artists will design their very own haunted house dioramas using a medley of materials, including cardboard, clay, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and found objects.

Dia de los Muertos Candles [Ages 3-12]

Light your own decorated candle for someone you love! Inspired by votive candles central to Dia de los Muertos, artists will create and decorate their own candle base full of color, shapes, and designs they love. This project is designed for students ages 3 and up. Younger participants are welcome to join with assistance from an adult or instructor.

… plus music by Baby DJ School and everyone’s favorite Costume Catwalk!

Halloween at CMA [100% Free]

Monster Puppet Workshop with Monkey Boys Productions

Saturday, October 28

1–3 PM

Pier 57

RSVP Required

Build a larger-than-life monster puppet (that moves!) with the help of the legendary puppet builders Monkey Boys Productions. Under the guidance of guest artist Betsy Falk, artists will create monster puppets of all shapes and sizes to adorn CMA’s official float in The Village Halloween Parade.

Co-presented with Film Forum:

The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D

Sunday, October 29 | 11 AM | Film Forum


Enjoy a screening of kids' horror classics The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and Spooks (1953) at the legendary Film Forum theater in Greenwich Village. This program is rated G for all audiences.

The Village Halloween Parade

Tuesday, October 31

7–11 PM

Greenwich Village

Plan Your Viewing

Come see CMA’s float kick off The Village Halloween Parade! The parade runs north on 6th Avenue from King Street to West 15th Street and is a free public event – rain or shine.

Open Studio

Mondays & Thursdays

3–5 PM

Pier 57


Enjoy extra-spooky artmaking all month along during CMA’s after school Open Studio program. Activities range from Halloween candy collages to creature masks, surrealist mazes, and more.

Film Forum
Con Edison
Materials for the Arts
Village Halloween Parade
Monkeyboys Productions
Baby DJ School
BLICK Art Materials

Children’s Museum of the Arts is proud to present the Halloween Pier Party with leadership support from Con Edison, MonkeyBoys Productions, and Baggu.

Children's Museum of the Arts' Halloween Pier Party is generously supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Ruth Foundation for the Arts, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Google Community Grants Fund, The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wilhelm Family Foundation, Harriet Ames Charitable Trust, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Hammitt, Herschel Supply Co. and the Viniar Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Also 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 Materials for the Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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