Ghouls, Goblins, Super Heroes and Princesses – on Halloween you will find a collection of these characters roaming about Brooklyn in search of tasty treats. We uncovered some of the trick or treating hot spots in Brooklyn’s local neighborhoods where you will find parades, block parties and community get togethers. Also, for the complete (and ever-growing) list of Halloween celebrations and events going on in Brooklyn, please click here.
The annual Halloween parade at Owls Head Park at 67th Street and Colonial Road is a fantastic location for trick or treating. One reader also told us that every year Colonial Road in the 70s is closed off for a mini block party. Also, you can go up to 3rd Avenue and to 5th Avenue where you will find local merchants who are always generously give out tasty treats.
In Bed Stuy, everyone meets at the Fulton Street Park for a Halloween parade and then they head out to trick or treat for an Annual Halloween Tour. Kids and their families usually gather around 4pm to enjoy a spooky tour. There will also be music, a parade, maps, and candy bags.
Bensonhurst is a great location to trick or treat on 86 Street from 18th Avenue to 25th Avenue. Make sure that you start early since the streets are usually super crowded.
In Brooklyn Heights, most people head to the block of the Garden Place, which is blocked off for Halloween. The houses are normally beautifully decorated with Jack o’ Lanterns, fake coffins, black cats, etc. Be prepared – this area gets incredibly packed with people so try to go early if you want candy. If you want more breathing room, head to Remsen and Joralemon, which is a great residential area for trick or treating.
BoCoCa trick or treating
Last year we learned from a reader that she and her neighbors have been doing a Halloween table on Bergen Street (between Hoyt & Bond) for the past 15 plus years. They set up a table outside 167 Bergen, and distribute home-baked cupcakes, hot & cold cider, candy and apples for the kids. 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.
Another place for trick or treating is the annual Halloween party at the Scotto Funeral Home (106
First Place, Corner of Court Street) from 3pm to 7pm. A reader tells us that it is called “Halloween at the Parlor” where staff and friends dish out more then 95lbs of
candy to local witches and goblins. There will also be spooky vampires, devils witches and more as they put on display as well as a hand-carved wooden coffin,
imported from Italy.
In addition, the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill are hot spots for tricking. In Cobble Hill, after the Halloween party, head to the surrounding areas of Congress Streets and Clinton Streets. We heard that Clinton Street has the best goodies.
This fun community parade starts at 4:30pm on the corner of Albemarle and Westminster, for a walk around the circle at 5pm. Trick-or-treat follows the parade where kids go up Rugby, Stratford, Albemarle and Westminster to score some streets. The popular Cortelyou Road with its merchants and businesses is also a great location for trick or treating.
The Dumbo Improvement District has been working hard to organize trick or treating options with local retailers. Parents should look for trick or treating safe window decals or they can visit http://www.dumbo.is/home for a list of participating retailers.
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
4:00- on and later for performances
Clinton Hill Children’s Halloween Walk and Performance
This is a favorite neighborhood Halloween event. There is a friendly vibe, trick or treating everywhere and musical performances in front of houses. We haven’t been able to confirm that there will be a children’s parade this year. In years past, paraders would 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. Families can also look forward to fantastic performances at 313 Clinton Avenue – a house that goes above and beyond with an original theatrical performance for everyone to see. (Performances runs every 30 minutes).
Tips: We usually start on Clinton Avenue between Gates and Greene and walk up to Myrtle to see some incredible costumes.
A reader tells us that Manhattan Avenue between McCarren and Greenpoint Avenues is great for trick or treating as well as Nassau Avenue and Norman Avenue. There are also a lot of little side streets with small family homes that are also welcoming.
Marine Park or Mill Basin
One reader suggested, “For those near Marine Park or Mill Basin: Marine Park E 32nd-38th between Avenues R & T; in Mill Basin, I’ve heard there’s a house near Ave T & E 66th that gets a DJ & puts on shows for the kids and all the streets/blocks in that general area (East of Mill Avenue) are supposed to be good.” Sounds fantastic to us!
Park Slope is a prime hotspot for trick or treating thanks to its popular parade. The parade starts at 6:30pm, on 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 4:00pm, 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 Avenue- neighbors there are excited to give out candy since the parade route is on their street this year.
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 Avenue) and 10th Avenue. This residential community is also filled with homes so you will find tons of trick or treating options.
Trick or treating begins after the Witches’ Walk (around 5:15pm) where kids and their families will find prime candy around Berry and Wythe streets.