Hi everyone! The last weekend of October is full of Halloween events so get ready to have an awesome weekend.


Take the kids and enjoy Puppetry Arts: 13th Annual Haunted Halloween Carnival at 1st Street Recreation Center, Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 17th Annual Halloween Festival and 19th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest in Fort Greene Park, a Halloween Haunted Walk + Fair in Prospect Park, BKLYN BOO! at City Point, Ghouls & Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a Musical Haunted House at Brooklyn Music School, Dia de los Muertos at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Boo at the Zoo in Prospect Park Zoo, Thriller on Myrtle Avenue Dance Party, Family Movie: Hocus Pocus at Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library, Movies Under the Stars: Shocktober Fest – Casper in Leif Ericson Park, Village Halloween Parade Puppets at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Children’s Fall Festival and Haunted House at Queens County Farm Museum and Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park.

This is the last weekend for a lot of the long running evens so you have one last chance to check out Pumpkin Point on Governor’s Island,  Pumpkin Picking and Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum, Boo at the Bronx Zoo, Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, Scharen Knippen at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park and Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

There is so much going on this weekend so check the calendar to see all the events.  Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday October 27th

Village Halloween Parade Puppets at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SoHo)
Friday October 27th 3-545p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 5+. Come work collaboratively on our puppets for this year’s Village Halloween Parade! Our group theme is “New York Nightmare” involving animals in suits hailing a taxi in the rain! Sound like fun? Please join us for the making and the marching! Details on how to participate during the workshop!

Family Movie : Hocus Pocus at Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library
Friday October 27th 330-5p.  Free.  After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

Movies Under the Stars: Shocktober Fest – Casper in Leif Ericson Park
Friday October 27th 6-745p. Free. Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film! In this live-action feature of the animated classic, Casper (Malachi Pearson), a kind young ghost, falls in love with Kat (Christina Ricci), the teen daughter of a paranormal expert (Bill Pullman). But their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics. Know Before You Go: You should come before 6:00 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.

Halloween Murder Mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Friday-Saturday October 27th-28 615p & 730p.  Appropriate for adults and families with children 10+. Advance ticket purchase required. $25 Adults; $12 Children under 12 & Museum Members.  To purchase tickets with a credit card, go to Brown Paper Tickets here.  Join us for a murder mystery game, loosely based on an actual newspaper account of an unidentified skeleton discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Who was killed? By whom? With what? Explore the Museum by candlelight and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Collaborate with others or go it alone, and find out how quickly you can uncover the truth.

See the calendar for all the events.


Saturday October 28th

Puppetry Arts: 13th Annual Haunted Halloween Carnival at 1st Street Recreation Center (Park Slope)
Saturday October 28th 11a-3p. Free admission and open to the public and great for kids of all ages -rain or shine! Activities include $3.00 Games, Crafts and Snacks, $5.00 Bouncy Moon Walk, $4.00 Haunted House. Come make puppets, brownie decorating, spin art, slime and playdoh. Costume Contest every hour! The event will host crafts, games, and activities for kids of all ages as well as performances, free giveaways, and a costume contest. The first 200 kids will receive Puppetry Arts Gift Bags filled with tons of goodies. Special guests include Tuffy Tiger and cameos by Star Wars Characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison and the Echo Base Rebel Legion. Find 13 Free Giveaways hidden around the event to celebrate the 13th year!

Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday October 29th 11a-2p. Free. Location: Pier 6. Come celebrate the fall season at our eighth annual Harvest Festival! Haunted marsh, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, music, and games await at this year’s Harvest Festival! See the website for the schedule of events.

17th Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival
Saturday October 28th 12n-3p. Free. Get your costumes ready and come to Fort Greene Park on Saturday, October 28 for the 17th Annual Halloween Festival. This year the festival will feature rides, face-painting, Halloween crafts, games, giveaways, live music from Astrograss, a pumpkin patch, temporary tattoos and more… ALL FOR FREE! Event will take place by the central lawn with the closest entrances on Dekalb & Washington Park and Dekalb & South Portland. Rain date will be on Sunday, October 29.  Also check out the 19th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest at 1130a.

Ghouls & Gourds at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturday October 28th 12n-530p. Adults: $20 & Students/Kids 12+: $15 and Kids under 12 free! Enjoy a cornucopia of spectacular shows and weird workshops. Strut your stuff in Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade and drum circle. Enjoy: The Persuasions, Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Brooklyn United Marching Band, Rana Santacruz, Maracatu NY, DJ Ecotone, Jenny Hill and Liquid Horn and Street Mule. Also Stilt Dancing Insanity • Giant Spider Web • Rutabaga Skee-Ball • Waltzing Woodland Creatures • Autographs on Author Avenue • Dynamite Drum Circle and Costume Parade! Enjoy spectacular shows and weird workshops, meet local authors and illustrators, and join in on the day’s grand finale: Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade, featuring colossal puppets, giant drums, and stilt dancers. See the website for schedule of events.

Halloween Haunted Walk + Fair in Prospect Park
Saturday October 29th 12n-3p. Free. Prospect Park Alliance invites all local ghosts and ghouls to the 38th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair! This much-anticipated annual event brings thousands of families for free, ghastly fun to Prospect Park. This year, the festivities will continue with the first-ever Prospect Park Halloween after party, BKLYN BOO! at City Point in downtown Brooklyn. The Halloween Hoots and Howls continue at City Point at 2p-5p with boo-gie down music by DJ Mikey Palms and Mister Marc the MC, bewitching face painting, wicked nail art, a ghostly photo booth, costume contest and more! Also check out other Halloween events like Creepy Crawly Halloween at the Audubon Center 1-4p and Scary Stories with Tammy Hall at the Lefferts Historic House 2-4p.

See the calendar for all the events.


Sunday October 29th

Dia de los Muertos at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday October 29th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum as we celebrate Dia de los Muertos through performance, storytelling, art and hands-on activities! Take a moment to view an ofrenda (a collection of objects placed on an altar during Dia de los Muertos celebrations), made by artist Mayra Palafox and on display in our Lobby gallery.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

CANCELLED: Children’s Fall Festival at Queens County Farm Museum 
Sunday October 29th 11a-4p. Admission: $20/all ages (children & adults); ages 2 & under free. FREE for Farm Members. Dress in costume for this fall celebration! Balloon twisters, cartoon character look-alikes and pig races will add fun to the day for kids of all ages!. Boogie down to live country music, take an autumn hayride, visit the Haunted House and Amazing Maize Maze, and enjoy a pony ride and farm animals. Stop by the Con Edison Ecology booth for free kids’ crafts and recycling tips. There will be food vendors on the farm all day. Note: Haunted House and cider/baked goods booth will be open, but all other activities are cancelled.

Postponed: Thriller on Myrtle Avenue Dance Party (Clinton Hill)
Event will now happen Tuesday October 31st 4-6p (DJ from 4-6pm rehearsal of the dance steps at 5p).  Location: Myrtle Avenue Plaza (meet at Myrtle Ave and Emerson Pl). Halloween is almost here and things are about to get thrilling on Myrtle Avenue. We’re inviting all the neighborhood ghouls, goblins, and little monsters to come to celebrate Halloween with a fun dance party on Sunday. To kick the party off, AbunDance will lead a choreographed dance inspired by Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Get a head start on the dancing fun by watching the choreography video here, or arrive early to the event for a tutorial with Abundance. Kids and adults welcome! Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Call (718) 230-1689xt. 3# for more information.

Musical Haunted House at Brooklyn Music School (Fort Greene)
Sunday October 29th 3-7p. Tickets: $5. Join us for Brooklyn Music School’s 5th Annual Musical Haunted House! The event begins with a concert, costume contest and raffle, featuring the premiere of Dead Zeppelin and the rumored to be final performance of Helvis. Following the concert, guests will be lead through Brooklyn Music School’s haunted landmark building where both faculty and students offer a fun and spooky sample of all the wonderful music classes at BMS! Come ready for an afternoon filled with plenty of fun, chills, thrills, and of course, candy!

CANCELLED: Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park (UES)
Sunday October 29 4-7p.  This event is free and open to all ages. Tickets are not required. Location: Harlem Meer (110th Street & Lenox Ave). Bring the whole family and celebrate Halloween in Central Park. Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, and most of all the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight! Please note: The Central Park Halloween Flotilla on Sunday, October 29 has been cancelled due to predicted severe weather, but you can enjoy Spooky Storytelling with Story Laurie* at the Dana Discovery Center (Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues) Spooky Stories with Story Laurie Session 1 – 4:00 pm – 4:45pm* Session 2 – 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm* *limited capacity and on a first come, first serve basis

See the calendar for all the events.


All Weekend

Pumpkin Point on Governor’s Island
Starting Saturday October 21st 11a-5p and ongoing Saturdays & Sundays 11a-5p until October 28th.  Just in time for Halloween, we’re transforming Picnic Point into our first ever pumpkin patch within view of Lady Liberty! Wander past the autumn colored Hills to Pumpkin Point where you’ll be able to pick (or just snap pics) from thousands of pumpkins, sip cider and snack on ghoulish treats from Little Eva’s. We’ll even have a spooky hayride to take pumpkin pickers back to the ferry! Pumpkins will be available for purchase at $7 for large pumpkins and $3 for small pumpkins. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Governors Island. Free pumpkin painting will be provided by Children’s Museum of the Arts for all ages. Brooklyn’s own Jalopy Theatre will provide free live folk music for pumpkin pickers and wanderers! See the website for the full line up of events.

Haunted House at Queens County Farm Museum
Saturday October 28th 1-7p & Sunday October 29th 4-7p. Admission: $4 / all ages (children & adults). Prepare for a scare inside our haunted barn! This ghoulish adventure is the perfect way to put you in the Halloween spirit. Hayrides, mulled cider, Halloween treats, and apples will be sold. This event is recommended for children ages 6-12. Adults will find it creepy too!

Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Friday October 27th 1030a & 12n & Saturday-Sunday October 28th-29th 1p and various days & times until Tuesday October 31st (check website here).  Tickets: $8 children under 12y & $12 13y and up. Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure picks up where the original Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre production leaves off; with the siblings’ pet swan Samantha flying the children back to their humble home after their wild escapade in the forest. Safely back at home during the Halloween season, Hansel and Gretel experience the most vivid dreams where Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. The brother and sister team once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween night in New York City.

Boo at the Zoo in Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday-Sunday October 28th-29th 12n-5p. Free with Zoo admission. Get ready to go “batty” at the Zoo with a fun filled weekend of special activities for Halloween. Face painting and a tour through the spookiest barn around are part of the fun. While you’re here, learn about our Brooklyn bats. Zoo staff are monitoring their activities and have a lot of cool BK bat information to share!

Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns on Governors Island
Thursday-Sunday October 26th-29th 6-10p. Adults $24, Children 3-12y $20 & children under 2 free.  Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door. Purchase tickets here.  New York City’s newest and most anticipated event, Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, is ready to light up New York Harbor this October! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists from around the tri-state area and staged along a festive, paved, tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries old buildings in the heart of the Big Pumpkin, er, Big Apple, that is! Your adventure begins in Manhattan at the Battery Maritime Building where you’ll board our ferry for a few minutes ride through New York Harbor to this truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt here on Governors Island.

Boo at the Bronx Zoo
Saturdays & Sundays various times until October 29th.  See the website for prices and event details.  Our annual Bronx Zoo tradition has upped the spook factor this year. Plan a trip to see what’s new and enjoy yearly favorites. Come dressed in your Halloween best, or leave the costume home and show off your good looks. See you soon!

Rebel Playhouse: Edna the Stomper at The Tank (Midtown West)
Saturdays at 10am and Sundays 2pm until November 12th.  Child ticket: $25, Adult ticket: $35. (Recommended for ages 4 and up). In EDNA THE STOMPER, seven year old Edna stomps everywhere and stomps a lot. It is driving her very talented family crazy! EDNA THE STOMPER is a musical for all ages complete with songs, stomps, and some puny monster puppets! This heartfelt tale deals with the issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding ones place in the family.  Each show will be followed by a workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own “stomps” and dances!

Kid Frankenstein the Musical at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Fridays at 7p, Saturdays & Sundays at 3p or 7p until November 5th.  See website for schedule.  Tickets: $25 discoutn,  $49.50 general admission and $59.50 premium.  In Kid Frankenstein The Musical, it’s Halloween and something weird is going on at Frankie Steiner’s house. Day and night, the boy genius works on his entry for the annual robotics competition. But what he creates is more than he expected – and more than he can handle, making him a true Kid Frankenstein.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 19th various times.  Free.  See the website for locations and times. In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

Scharen Knippen at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays-Sundays 2-4p until October 29th. $3 suggested donation. Join Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate fall at Lefferts with the old Dutch craft Scharen Knippen. Cut out autumn and halloween scenes and patterns some designed in the 19th century by Mrs. Lefferts herself. While you’re here join us for potato sack races and other fun historic toys and games.

Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island)
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until October 28th.  Rain or shine.  Adults $6, children (1 and over) $6, Family of Four $20.  Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and bring home a pumpkin! Enjoy our farmhouse tour, hayride, face painting, arts and crafts, and corn stalk maze. Free shuttle bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.

Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-430p (weather permitting, last ticket sold 430p) until October 29th.  Maze admission: $10 adults, $5 kids age 4 to 11, free for kids age 3 and under.  Ready to be amaaazed? Kids and adults alike will have fun finding their way out of this 3-acre corn labyrinth! The adventure begins with a “Stalk Talk” to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of the maze. Feel up to the challenge? Then join us for the fun of getting lost and loving it!  See website for additional Maize Maze events in October.

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island)
Saturdays & Sundays until October 29th at various times.  Free admission.  The Halloween Harvest Experience is included with the purchase of an all day wristband! See website for hours. Yo ho ho, to Luna we go! Calling all mateys, me harteys and buccaneers! Halloween Harvest begins Saturday, September 16! #AhoyLuna Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends until October 29th and Enjoy your favorite Halloween Harvest Experience activities like: face painting, pony rides and the best Pumpkin Patch in NYC! Enjoy all the events you know & love, like magic shows, arts & crafts, story time, music & games, marching bands and more!

Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th.  Suggested for 3y+.  Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11.  No credit cards accepted.  Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays-Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until November 26th.  Free with Museum admission.  Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.