Staten Island is home to over ten thousand acres of green park space. That’s about a third of the entire borough, and the reason it is known as “The Borough of Parks.” No matter what neighborhood you live in, there is bound to be a park just a short distance away. Throughout the course of the year, the parks on Staten Island host a plethora of events for families to enjoy. This fall, Staten Islanders have the opportunity to celebrate the season like no other borough in New York City!
The Greenbelt Recreation Center located in Bloodroot Valley is the perfect park to visit for autumn fun. The park is within close proximity to both Lighthouse Hill and Willowbrook. Don’t let the name scare you, bloodroot is a plant that grows in abundance in the area. The valley also contains several rare wildflowers and is home to hundreds of animal species including endangered bids like the Peregrine Falcon and Red-shouldered Hawk. It’s also host to the majority of fall park events on the Island.
You can discover “Creatures of the Night” in early October with a demonstration at the center that showcases live animals. Mid October features the Greenbelt “Scream Fest” which includes a haunted corn maze and the “Awesome Autumn Celebration” at which kids can decorate their very own trick-or-treat bags and participate in a scavenger hunt- all the while dressed in their finest costumes! As the month comes to a close, recreation center hosts a pumpkin carving session. For more information on these events visit the links below!
The South Shore of Staten Island can enjoy Autumn & Halloween events a bit closer to home. The Conference House Park is located in Tottenville at the most southern part of New York State. It houses four very historic buildings: The Conference House, the Biddle House, the Ward House and Rutan-Beckett House. The park will host a Halloween Extravaganza in mid-October which features hayrides and a costume parade.
Dogs are man’s best friend; some even regard them as their children! That’s why they deserve to celebrate Halloween just like the kids do. This year on the south shore, Wolfe’s Pond Park located between Annadale and Prince’s Bay, is hosting a “Howl-Ween Pooch Parade.” Contests for titles such as best costume and longest tail will be held.
Whether you’re hoping on a rare plant or wildlife sighting or taking the kids (and furry friend) to a Halloween celebration, Staten Island parks will bring you non-stop fun and life lasting memories all year round! Make sure to check out our links below for more information on these events.