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Children’s Halloween Parades in Brooklyn

October 25, 2012

Image of the Park Slope Halloween Parade by Gilly Youner. Courtesy of Park Slope Stoop

Your superhero or clown can show off their costumes at any of these Halloween parades: the smaller parades are all-volunteer and a great opportunity to see your neighbors. The larger parades (Coney Island and the Park Slope parade) are fun spectacles that will make any witch worth her salt- cackle…..


Saturday, October 27th at 10am (Rain Date — October 28th)
Annual Brooklyn Heights Halloween Parade at Pierrepont Playground
Bring your little princes and princesses to the parade to show off their best costumes! A bake sale will be held to benefit the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee. We will also have a professional photographer available to take photos of the kids and face painters to ensure they look their best! Please note: Volunteers are needed to set-up, bake, sell cookies etc. If you would like to volunteer please email info@bhplaygrounds.org.
Details: Rain date: Sunday, October 28th. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 27th from 11am — 2pm
Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade
Festivities begin at 11:00am at MCU Park, with music, magicians, face painting, costumed characters and more!  The Halloween Costume Contest begins at 12:00pm: home-made or Coney Island themes are encouraged (psst–might get first prize!) And once the parade is over, Luna Park NYC has agreed to open its doors for Trick or Treat!  That’s right, FREE Admission to the amusement park for all children participants. Please note: rides cost extra. Also, this event is contingent upon appropriate weather.  Registration from 11:00 am – 12:30pm. Judging between 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Line up starts at 1:30 pm. Parade kicks off at 1:45 pm.
: Line up at MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue at West 19th Street. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the link to preregister for the parade.

Saturday, October 27th at 12pm
Halloween Costume Contest and Parade at Liberty Science Center
I know what you’re thinking: this event is in another state. But… it’s not that far, if you think about it. And it’s totally worth it to cross over the bridge for this awesomeness! You can join other costumed contestants in Science Court for a parade up the grand staircase to Governors Hall where you will get the opportunity to impress our judges with your fabulous costume. The grand prize is a FREE Liberty Science Center birthday party! The parade begins at 12:00 noon in Science Court (first floor lobby area).
Details: 222 Jersey City BVLD, Jersey City, NJ. Ages 12 and under. Contact: 201.200.1000. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 27th at 11:30 am
Carroll Park Annual Halloween Kids Parade
Get your best costumes out and get ready to march to the beat of Brooklyn! Event participants will step out of Carroll Park and make their way up Smith Street and back down Carroll Street in the annual Carroll Park Halloween Parade.  Don’t miss out on all the fun. There will be FREE noise makers for the first 200 children so be on time!
Details: Carroll Park. Gather at 11:30 am in the park and at 12 pm the parade up Smith Street will begin.

Saturday, October 27th from 12pm — 3pm
Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy puts on this fabulous and free Halloween Festival in Fort Greene Park.  It is one of our favorite events though each year it gets more crowded! Hundreds of children will be treated to hay rides, games, sack races, face painting, stilt-walkers, entertainers and their choice from 1000 free pumpkins to decorate in the pumpkin patch. Plus there will be a costume parade and spooky cemetery with such luminaries in residence as “Will B. Back” and “R U Next”. There will also be a costume contest for dogs and their owners sponsored by Fort Greene PUPS, the local dog-owners organization. (This is our kids’ favorite part of the day- bring your camera!) PUPS contest is up at the monument stairs and begins at 12 pm.
Details: Details: Fort Greene Park, The Great Lawn of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park (DeKalb Avenue at Washington Park). For additional information, please email: info@fortgreenepark.org, or call (347) 559-5142.  Please note: the rain date is Sunday, October 28th.

Saturday, October 27th from 12pm –3pm
30th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival at Prospect Park
Join in the fun at this community tradition! Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Visitors brave enough to experience this harrowing hike should head to Lookout Hill. The Halloween Haunted Walk is suitable for young children accompanied by parents/guardians or older siblings. There’s also a carnival on the Nethermead featuring all kinds of fun, games, and seasonal treats.
Details: Enter at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 965-8999. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, October 27th from 12pm — 6pm
Ghouls and Gourds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Get ready for the wackiest costume parade and drum circle ever! Guests can move and groove and show off their costumes at Ghouls and Gourds. There are a slew of activities at this fun festival — from lots of performances to workshops to a book barn to the costume parade! And to top it all off? There will be colossal puppets, a flamingo croquet, a mustache booth, Waltzing Woodland Creatures, Victorian Toy Parlor, Stilt Dancing, Furry Ragtime Band, a Flying Flea Circus, a pretend petting zoo, and loads more! It’s definitely going to be a grand event!
Details: 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $10/children; FREE/children 12 and under. Visit the website for more information and/or to purchase tickets.

Saturday, October 27th from 2pm — 5pm
Children’s Halloween Parade and Party at The Polish and Slavic Center
Calling all princes & princesses, witches & warlocks (or whatever your choice) and families! This fairly new parade has become a “must do” for Greenpointers. Parade prepartions start at 2 PM on Java Street between Manhattan Avenue & McGuiness Blvd. Come at 2 PM if you want a balloon, your face painted, or arms tattooed for the parade. At 3 PM, they will march down Manhattan Avenue to Driggs Avenue, and loop back to Java where a spoktacular movie party at the Polish & Slavic Center will follow.
Details: 176 Java Street between Manhattan Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard. All are welcomed. Cost: Parade is FREE; $5/party.

Saturday, October 27th from 3pm–5 pm
Franklin Ave Halloween Parade
Crown Heights has it’s own Halloween Parade. Come in costume and bring noise makers and/or instruments. Pumpkin painting and candy will be at the parade finish.
Details: Start: Walt Shamal Dean St Community Garden B/w Franklin ave and Bedford Ave.  End (new**): 983 Dean Street. Between Franklin and Classon Ave. Email tengrandfab@verizon.net with questions.


Sunday, October 28th at 1:15pm
Washington Market Park’s Halloween Extravaganza
Princess Kreepy & Racer Scary make their spooky return to this spectacular Downtown Halloween annual event.  March in the parade down Greenwich Street and then we’ll meet you at the Gazebo. Oh, and as requested, “costumes, costumes, costumes, please!” I conquer!
Details: Chambers & Greenwich Streets, Tribeca, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all.


Wednesday, October 31st at 4pm
Cobble Hill Halloween Parade
Parade around the neighborhood with the music of the Jah Pan Steel Drum Band and go trick or treating right afterwards! Merchants typically give out candy up until 630 pm.  Check out the fabulous 274 carved pumpkins at artist Jane Greengold’s home at Kane and Strong Place.
Details: Parade begins at Cobble Hill Park on Clinton Street.

Wednesday, October 31st at 4pm
Williamsburg Witches Walk at The Flying Squirrel
Begin the festive day at 2 pm with free kids photo booth by Rachel Elkind in front of Flying Squirrel at 2pm. The parade starts at 4 pm at Flying Squirrel and goes to: Sweet William, (112 North 6th Street),  Smoochie Baby (110 Berry Street) and Mini Jake (where as always there will be activities) (178 N. 9th Street). The ghouls, princesses, super heroes and various other creatures will trick-or- treat along the way. Enjoy after parties at a choice of 2 locations at 5pm: Klub 4 Kidz with rock climbing, cupcakes, face painting, air brush tattoos for ages 3 years and up for $10 admission. Located at 159 N. 4th Street btw, Driggs and Bedford. OR head to the party at PLAY with food, activities and a performance by Rug Bug for babies and toddlers for $5. Located at 33 Nassau Ave at Dobbin Street.
Details: 96 North 6th Street between Wythe and Berry Streets, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. $5/per person at PLAY; $10/per person at Klub4Kidz.

Wednesday, October 31st at 5pm
The Prospect Park South Halloween Parade
The is always a fun parade for parents and children alike. As reported on Ditmas Park Corner, “Prospect Park South Halloween Parade  gathers early at 5 p.m. on the corner of Albemarle and Westminster Roads. It’s grown to be quite large, so remember that some streets will be closed around this time. Of course, there will be loads of treats on hand. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m.”
Details: Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 31st at 6pm
West Midwood Halloween Parade
I’ve also liked this Parade, which is quite festive! As reported on Ditmas Park Corner,  the parade “begins to gather at 6 p.m. on the dead end by Glenwood and Rugby Roads. There will be apple juice and plenty of treats for the children. Parents are asked to bring cookies, muffins and other baked treats to make this the best celebration it can be. The parade itself starts around 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. with musical accompaniment.”
Details: Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 31st at 6:30pm
2012 Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade
There is absolutely no secret about it: the Park Slope Halloween Parade is always a hit and a well-attended event. There’s none like it, and it truly embodies the spirit of our borough with our children rocking it out! I couldn’t have said this better myself, “The sidewalks are an obstacle course of visual delights. Royalty and robots, animals and anime, svengalis and superheroes — all strolling the streets of the Slope in the afternoon and into the evening.”
Details: Starting point is 14th Street and 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: halloween@parkslopeciviccouncil.org. Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 31st from 7:00pm-10:30 pm
Village Halloween Parade

This annual tradition that New Yorkers love! It best for older kids since it is so crowded and there are some costumes that might make your mom even blanche. The parade  runs straight up 6th Ave from Spring Street to 16th Street. The streets are most crowded between Bleecker and 14th Street. Personally I loved going to the heart of village, no matter how crowded- everyone is so pooped out by the time they get to 15th Street that it seems to have lost its vibrancy. Details: For more information, please click here.