New York Aquarium "Ascarium" Weekends

Recently I wrote about The Bronx Zoo "Boo at the Zoo" and some of the activities families can enjoy on the weekend this month. But the Bronx Zoo isn't the only place where families can enjoy scary fun. The New York Aquarium will celebrate Halloween with the annual Ascarium festivities during the last three weekends of October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New York Aquarium

This Halloween, it’s a swash-buckling pirate adventure with nautical- and pirate-themed activities planned for aquarium-goers of all ages.

Ascarium activities include:

Haunted Sea-fari – Located in the aquarium’s Explore the Shore exhibit, visitors will step into the sunken ship of Captain Paul Looter and learn of his adventures. Guests will leave with an understanding of how important it is to protect marine habitats, the animals that live here, and fragile seashores. (Each Ascarium day, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Go in Character – Each child in costume (age 12 and under) will receive a free child’s general admission ticket with the purchase of one full-priced adult general admission ticket.

Spooky Storytelling – In “Pirate Tales,” storytellers will use audience suggestions to develop a fun-filled pirating tale that talks about pirate life, the high seas and marine life. Located in the Pavilion Tent (October 20 and 21, 11 a.m., 1 and 3pm.)

Terrifying Tunes – Performances by The Brigands, a four-piece band that performs nautical music, will take place on all Ascarium weekends. The dance group, the Dancing Pirate Gypsies, will perform during all shows and independently several times a day. Located in the Pavilion Tent. (11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.)

Creatures of The Creepy Deep Workshop – Join an interactive exploration of the vampire squid, goblin shark and other bizarre creatures of the deep. Ocean View Room. (11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Ghoulish Games – Various pirate-themed games will be available for visitors in the Ocean View Room. (All weekends, 11:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

Arts and Crafts – Kids will be able to create their own pirate ship hanging collage. Located under the Pavilion Tent. (Each Ascarium day, 11:30am -4:30 pm:.)

Trick-or-Treat – Children are invited to stop by Ocean View Room and Seaside Pavilion to participate in safe trick-or-treating fun. (Each Ascarium day, 11:30 a.m. to :30 p.m.)

For a complete schedule of Ascarium Weekends activities visit

Please Note: The Mommy Factor blog is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program we have received a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming.

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  1. This sounds awesome!! Yikes, so much to do, so little time!!!

  2. Cool selection of activities. Thanks for sharing!