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Trick or Treating in Brooklyn

October 24, 2010

Dressing up in costumes and checking out fun Halloween events is definitely a huge part of the holiday in Brooklyn, but let’s face: kids want candy! Here are the best places to trick or treat in the borough.

For a list of all the Halloween celebrations going on in Brooklyn, go here.

Bay Ridge
An annual Halloween parade beginning at Owls Head Park at 67th St. and Colonial Road is a great location for trick or treating. One reader also told us that a couple blocks on Colonial Road in the 70s are closed off every year for trick or treating and a mini block party. Also, you can go up 5th Avenue to the stores for some tasty candies and then walk to the homes one block off 5th.

Bed- Stuy
Everyone meets at the Fulton Street Park for a Halloween parade and fun then heads out to the trick or treating at the “haunted houses/safe houses”… A Reader commented to say, “It says 5 below, but I’ve heard it starts at 4?” Here is what the reader so generously sent in, “Please join the Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association for the 5th Annual Halloween Tour on Saturday, October 31st from 5pm-6pm in Fulton Park. We will have music, a parade, maps, and candy bags and it is FREE! Time: 5pm. We will be handing out safe house maps and candy collection bags starting at 5pm to send our little trick or-treaters out into the neighborhood.”

3-6 pm
A reader tells us that Bensonhurst is a great place to trick or treat on 86 street from 18th avenue to 25th avenue! All the kids come out that day so it is super crowded, so make sure that you go early.

Brooklyn Heights
5 pm
Trick or treating starts around 5 pm. Most people head to the one block of Garden Place which is blocked off and where the houses are decorated with abandon- some with jack 0’lanterns on every iron stanchion.  Be prepared: it is incredibly packed with people and go early if you want candy.  If you want more breathing room, head to Remsen and Joralemon and that residential area.

BoCoCa trick or treating
Last year I got an email from a reader that she and her neighbors have been doing a Halloween table on Bergen Street (between Hoyt & Bond) for the past fifteen plus years. They set up a table outside 167 Bergen, and distribute home-baked cupcakes, hot & cold cider, candy, apples, and good cheer. Last year they had more than 200 children stop by!!! The whole block turns out to sit on their front stoops and pass out treats, and to socialize with each other. I am publishing this with the hope that this will still hold true this year!

In addition, the neighbhorhoods of Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill are very trick or treat friendly. In Cobble Hill, after the Halloween party, head to the surrounding areas of Congress Streets and Clinton Streets. We heard that Clinton Street is the best!

Ditmas Park
Line-up for this neighborhood parade that starts at 4:30pm on the corner of Albemarle and Westminster, for a walk at 5pm. Trick-or-treat follows the parade.
Details: For additional information, please visit: ditmasparkblog.com

3-5 pm

The Dumbo Improvement District has been working hard to organize trick or treating options with local retailers. Parents should look for trick or treating window decals or they can email info@dumbonyc.org for a list of participating retailers.

Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
5-6:30 pm and later for performances
Clinton Hill Children’s Halloween Walk and Performance

This is a favorite neighborhood Halloween event. Great friendly vibe, trick or treating everywhere, performances in front of houses and seeing friends. Head to the Pratt-Clinton Hill Community Garden (corner of DeKalb and Hall) for the beginning of the parade at 5 pm. The Parade Route winds through the neighborhood. Maps to the most generous homes for trick or treating will be provided. Of course, there will be the fantastic performance at 313 Clinton Ave. This house goes above and beyond with some kind of theatrical performance for everyone to see. (Performances run every 30 minutes).
Details: Our family always start on Clinton Ave between Gates and Greene and walk up to Myrtle and you will see the great costumes as revelers walk through the blocked-off streets.

A reader tells us that Manhattan Ave  between McCarren and Greenpoint Aves is great as are Nassau Ave and Norman Ave are great for trick or treating. There are also a lot of little side streets with small family homes that are welcoming.

Marine Park or Mill Basin
One reader suggested, “For those near Marine Park or Mill Basin: Marine Park E 32nd-38th btwn Aves R & T; in Mill Basin, I’ve heard there’s a house near Ave T & E 66th (if I remember correctly) that gets a DJ & puts on shows for the kids and all the streets/blocks in that general area (E of Mill Ave) are supposed to be good.”


Park Slope
4 – 7 pm
Prime location of the Halloween parade, trick or treating is also huge in this family-friendly area of Brooklyn. The parade starts at 6:30 pm, at 7th avenue and 14th street and continues up 7th avenue, turns left at 3rd Street and ends at Washington Park (formerly JJ Byrne Park).  We suggest starting earlier, around 4pm, for trick or treating as you slowly make your way to the parade — with a basket full of candy in tow. We also recommend checking out 3rd Street between 5th and 7th Aves- neighbors there are excited to give out candy since the parade route is on their street this year.

Windsor Terrace
We heard from a reader on Brownstoner that the area to go for here is on Fuller and Howard Place between Prospect Park West (9th ave) and 10th Ave.


Trick or treating begins after the Witches’ Walk (around 5:15 pm) where kids and their families will find prime candy around Berry and Wythe streets.