BEADS, BARTER & BLOOD
Learn about NY colonial life with bead-making & ancient tales?free Halloween family festival at New York Historical Society, 2 W. 77th St. (Central Pk. W.), rsvp 873-3400; Sun. 1-4, free for kids 12 & under.
CAROLINE KIDS KLUB
Sheeza Witch's Halloween celebration & costume contest at Caroline's Comedy Club, 1626 B'way (49th St.), 757-4100 res. req.; Sat. & Sun. at 2, $14.
CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL
Trick-or-treating, magic acts, dancing, storytelling, & fortune telling, benefits Police Athletic League; FAO Schwarz, 767 5th Ave. (betw. 58th & 59th), 644-9400; Fri. 7-9, $50 per kid, $100 per adult.
CMA'S TRICK-OR-TREAT PARADE
Create trick or treat bags & costumes before going trick-or-treating through Soho; Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette St. (betw. Broome & Grand Sts.), 800-699-1512; Sun. 12-5, $5, s.c. & kids under 1 are free.
COLOR ME AUTUMN
Halloween stories with David Elyha; NY Botanical Garden, 200th St. (Southern Blvd.), Bronx, 718-817-8700; Sat. & Sun. at 2, free w/grounds adm.
COOKIE TOSS TO CRUNCH HUNGER
Trick-or-treating preschoolers encouraged to toss cookies into Cookie Monster's mouth to benefit City Harvest; Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, 5th Ave. (72nd St.), 625-3823; Sat. 11-4, free.
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION
Mexican dance instruction followed by discussion of El Dia de los Muretos; Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave. (103rd St.), 534-1672; Sat. 2, free w/mus. contib.
FAMILY LIFE HALLOWEEN PARTY
Families encouraged to step into Toysmart.com's "interactive traveling adventure" & pick out their own "good toy;" Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette St. (betw. Broome & Grand Sts.), 800-699-1512; Thurs.-Sun. 10-5, $5, s.c. & kids under 1 are free.
GHOULS & GOURDS
Paintings & costume parade at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. (Eastern Pkwy.), 718-623-7200; Sat. 12-4, free from 10-noon, free-$3 after 12.
Ages 3-12 welcome; Vanderbilt YMCA, 224 E. 47th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 756-9600 ext.637; Sun. 10 a.m.-2, $5 kids, adults free.
Reading of Eve Bunting's Night of the Gargoyles followed by paper mask & gargoyle-making workshop; Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. (112th St.), 932-7347; Sat. 10-12, $5.
Annual party of games, candy & fun at Lesbian & Gay Community Center, One Little West 12th St., (betw. Hudson & 9th Ave), 620-7310; Sun. 1-4, $8.
Create fun & wacky masks with sculpture/teacher Sham Mosher & Treva Offutt during "Hands-on Halloween" workshop at The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 255-5793; Sat. 12-2, $10.
Create a mixed media mask for Halloween at Wave Hill's Kerlin Learning Center, 675 W. 252nd St. (Indep. Ave.), Bronx, 718-549-3200; Sat. & Sun. 1-4, free w/grounds adm.
Artist Miguel Cossio assists children 7 & older in monster, alien & underworld creature mask-making workshop; Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave. (103rd St.), 534-1672; Sun. 12:30, free w/mus. contrib.
Fantastical masks, spine-tingling tales & performances at American Craft Museum, 40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 956-3535; Sun. 1-3, $5.
ONE MONSTER AFTER ANOTHER
Children's Play Touring Theater transforms three essays into a production for children filled with witches, monsters & ghosts; LaGuardia Community College, Mainstage Theater, 47th Ave. (Van Dam St.) Long Island City, 718-482-5151; Sun. at 2, $8.
PUMPKIN CARVING & MAKEUP SESSION
Carving (Fri. at 6) & scary transformations (Sun. at 6) at 6th St. & Ave. B Garden, 982-5673; free.
Pick pumpkins from NY Botanical Garden's pumpkin patch, 200th St. (Southern Blvd.), Bronx, 718-817-8700 for info; Sat. & Sun. 11-4.
Storytellers Robin Bady & Tammy Hall resurrect tales from the past incl. story about Flatbush's Pope Joe at Lefferts Homestead Children's Historic House Museum, Prospect Park, Flatbush Ave. (Empire Blvd.) Bklyn., 718-965-6505; Sat. & Sun. 1-4, free.
TRICK-OR-TREATING AT AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Clifford the Big Red Dog, Ms. Frizzle & Ms. Spider from Scholastic Magic School Bus welcome children & their families to an afternoon of trick-or-treating, arts & crafts & entertainment from Big Apple Circus; American Museum of Natural History, 79th St. (Central Pk. W.), 769-5200; Sun. 12-4, $5, $11.95 for adm. & Monster Meal package!
WEST END CHILDREN'S THEATER
Halloween stories with Vered Hankin at West End, 2911 B'way (betw. 114th & 113th Sts.), rsvp 877-6115; Sat. at 1:30, $12.
Design your own park feat. the aspects you like best about man-made Central Park; The Dairy at Central Park, 64th St. (midpark), 794-6564; Sat. at 11-12:30, free.
FISHING: CATCH & RELEASE
Learn proper method to release fish without hurting yourself or fellow fishermen with Central Park Conservancy staff; Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th St. (5th Ave.), 860-1370 to register; Weds.-Sat. 10-4, free [through 10/30].
Help prepare the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden for winter; NY Botanical Garden, 200th St. (Southern Blvd.), Bronx, 718-817-8700; Sat. & Sun., call for time, free w/adm.
Ninety-minute workshops allows kids 9-14 to recreate an old-time radio drama using scripts, sound effects & music; Museum of Television & Radio, 25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600; Sun., call for times & price.
Family events incl. "Paper Masks" with artist John Currie (12:30-2:30), "El Museo del Barrio" museum tour (12:30-2:30) & afternoon of dance wtih American Ballet Theater (3-4); Arts Connection, 120 W. 46th St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B'way), 302-7433 ext.1440; Sat., $2-$6.
WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS
Learn how to generate ideas & explore different writing styles with filmmaker K. Wise's "Casting Your Net" (Thurs. 4-6), Adam Nadler's "Writing & Producing the Screenplay" (Mon. 4-6) & Marcelle Karp's "Making the Zine" (Mon. 4-6)?ages 13 & up; Writer's Voice at the West Side YMCA, 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Pk. W.), 875-4124; free [through 12/16].
Things to See & Hear
BIG APPLE CIRCUS
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, B'way (64th St.), 307-4100 or 800-922-3772; Weds.-Fri. at 6:30, Sat. & Sun. 12 & 4:30, $15-$60 [through 1/9].
Jarrett Parker's 19th-century magic performed to classical music; Rose's Turn, 55 Grove St. (7th Ave. S.), 875-7785; Thurs. at 7:30 & 9:30, $12, $6 child. [through 11/11].
THE CRAZY ADVENTURES OF DON QUIXOTE
New LES puppet & children's theater for Latino children; SEA @ Los Kabayitos Puppet & Children's Theater, 107 Suffolk St., 2nd Fl. (betw. Rivington & Delancey Sts.), 260-4080 ext.14, Sat. at 3:30, Sun. at 2, $8, $6 kids.
DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP
The Elementals puppet theater pres. "Bunkbed Commando;" Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19th St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), res. req. 924-0077; Tues. at 8, $15, $10 st./s.c.
FILMS AT MOMA
Ellen Besen's Sea Dream & Gene Deitch's Where the Wild Things Are?ages 5-10; Museum of Modern Art, The Roy & Niuta Titus Theater 2, 18 W. 54th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9400; Sat. 12-1, $5 per family.
FIRST BOOK STORYTIME
Monthly event helps underprivileged children obtain books. Tonight, Barbara Maitland's My Bear & Me at Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 B'way (82nd St.), 362-8835; Weds. at 6, free.
WFMU'S "Greasy Kid Stuff" with Belinda & Hova broadcasts live from the Museum of Television & Radio, 25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600; Sat. 10 a.m.-12, free w/mus. adm.
THE MAGIC OF CZECH PUPPETRY
Czech fairy tales come to life during sixth annual mini-festival feat. "The Fisherman's Clever Daughter" production & puppet dance work entitled "Morgon Kara in Morgan Kara;" Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Sts.), 631-3518; call for times & prices [through 10/31].
MISS MAJESTY'S LOLLIPOP PLAYHOUSE
Cinderella (1:30) & The Three Little Pigs (3:30); Grove St. Playhouse, 39 Grove St. (betw. Bleecker & Hudson Sts.), rsvp 741-6436; Sat. & Sun., $8.50 [through 11/21].
THREE BEARS & A BABE
Musical fairy tale for children; Vital Theater, 432 W. 42nd St., 3rd Fl. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 592-4508; Sat. at 11 a.m., $8 [through 11/20].
THE WORLD IS YOUR BIG, WONDERFUL PARTNER
Advice from the theories of Aesthetic Realism Foundation on learning to like the world as a whole, for children ages five-12; 141 Greene St. (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 777-4490; 11, $7.