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Post-Sandy: Halloween Events Update

October 30, 2012

Today, post-Sandy. ©Photograph by Isabelle Dervaux. Fort Greene Park is on the far right.

It has been a scary couple of days for the east coast as we assess the damage of Hurricane Sandy and see images of her devastation.  Desperate for some normalcy and reprieve from the stress, families are wondering whether scheduled Halloween events will continue and whether trick or treating will go on. The word from most of the neighborhood list serves is that houses are prepared to give out candy and kids are anxious to get out. Apartment fever has set in and though, quite a few of parades and events have been cancelled, many are scheduled to go on. A few places have even opened their doors to help provide some fun for kids during the day.

Our guide of “Where to go Trick or Treating” is here.

Below is the updated list of events for tomorrow- new, continuing and cancelled.

Wishing you all well and be safe. xo Karen

Wednesday, October 31st from 9:30 am- 1:45 pm NEW
New Halloween Activities at BIJA KIDS YOGA

Drop In Play  from 9:30am – 1pm
Enjoy hanging out with your kids and other families in our space. Toys, blocks, books, bubbles and music included. For kids aged 1yr – 4yrs. Come anytime. $5/family

All Ages Family Yoga from 1pm – 1:45pm
Lauren teaches a special family yoga class! Class will include Sun Salutations, parachute, chanting, autumn inspired yoga poses and more. No yoga experience necessary. Bring a friend! $15/family
900 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11238 718-483-4795

Wednesday, October 31st from 9:30 am- 3 pm NEW
Congregation Beth Elohim Open for Supervised Activities
Families and friends are invited to come make use of CBE’s space and to give children a chance to stretch out under the supervision of a parent or babysitter. Sports equipment will be available in the gym and staff and volunteers will facilitate projects and activities in the Ballroom. The CBE Pool will be open from 11-2 with a lifeguard on duty. Families should bring their own food and are welcome to bring a “picnic” lunch.
All day – Art and craft projects for all ages and open play
9:30-11 Flag football (ages 6-10) with Alan Stein in the Gym
11-2 – Pool Open for Swimming
11-1 Basketball Clinic (elementary) with Adrian in the Gym
11am – 12 noon Dance and Yoga (elementary age kids) with Halley in the Ballroom
12- 1  Movement (preschoolers) with Judy Schneier in the Social Hall
1-2 Theater games (elementary age kids) with Jody Drezner Alperin and Vicky Finney Crouch in the Ballroom
1:45 pm – (all ages) Jam session and sing-a-long with Cantor Breitzer
Details: CBE is located at 274 Garfield in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, October 31st at 10 am- 6pm NEW
Painted Pot Halloween PartyPark Slope/Bay Ridge/Carroll Gardens
Grateful to have power, The Painted Pot in Park Slope will have a $6 studio fee special for everyone tomorrow. And if you WEAR A COSTUME you will pay NO studio fee. They will have candy all day as long as supplies last.
Details: Three locations:  Carroll Gardens-339 Smith Street-718-222-0334   Park Slope-72 7th Avenue-718-POTTERY(768-8379)   Bay Ridge-8009 3rd Avenue-718-491-6411

Wednesday, October 31 from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM NEW
Open Play at The Gym Park
Due to the Hurricane and Halloween, The Gym Park & Town Square are hosting a special Haunted Open Play for children of all ages.  Bring a friend for a Halloween Play Date to The Gym Park!
Details: The Gym Park, 81 Oak Street (btw Franklin & West) .For more information, please contact Peter, the King of The Gym Park at info@thegympark.com or 718.349.6627.

Wednesday, October 31st from 10:30 am NEW
Special Drop-in Music with Mil’s Trills Musical House Calls

A special halloween drop-in music get together tomorrow morning at Two Moon cafe.
Details: Two Moon cafe 315 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 ($10 per family)

Wednesday, October 31st CANCELLED
Halloween Celebration at The American Museum of Natural History

Trick or treat through the Museum’s halls, do arts and crafts, meet your favorite cartoon characters, and hear live performances at this best-ever Halloween party.
Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $11/person; $10/members. Contact: 212.769.5200. Visit the website for more information.
Wednesday, October 31st from 12-2 pm
Halloween day fun at Film Biz Recycling (NEW)
Cabin Fever Arts & Crafts at Film Biz Recycling from 12-2 for fun, mess and relief!
Details:540 President St Basement  (between 3rd Ave & 4th Ave)  Brooklyn, NY 11215 Neighborhood: Gowanus

Wednesday, October 31st from 2pm — 4pm NO WORD YET
Face Painting for Halloween at Gumbo
Alisha is a popular Atlantic Antic Artist and is great with kids and she is an equally great face painter. This is a really good chance for children to add finishing touches to their costumes, such as whiskers, butterfly faces, clown faces, and the works!
Details: 493 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Cost: $5/cheek; $10/full face. Contact: 718-855-7808.

Wednesday, October 31st from 3:30pm — 7:30mpm STILL ON
2012 Costume Contest at Roberto Falck Photography
Children can get their photo taken in their Halloween costumes for a chance to win BIG! The Grand Prize Winner will receive a complimentary session and 2 gift prints (Value $350); Category winners will receive 1 5″x7″ print; All participants who “Like” their Faceboook Page will receive a complimentary 4″x6″ print. Everyone is welcomed to vote and all you have to do to vote you need to “Like” Roberto Falck Photography Facebook page and then “Like” your favorite photos.
Categories include: Best Baby Costume, Most Inventive “Kid-Kreated”, Scariest Little Monster, Funny funny, Fairest of the Fairies, Best Group, and Abstract. Voting ends Friday, November 6th and winners will be announced Monday Nov 7th. Complimentary print pick-up is on Monday Nov 13th.
Details: 217 6th Ave, Brooklyn. Ages 15 and under. Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 31st from 3:30pm — 9pm POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 3
Owl’s Head Park Halloween Event
I love Owl’s Head park all year:  It’s spacious with fantastic playgrounds and a skateboarder’s park too.  The Haunted Walk is free (suggested donation of $1) and the later in the day you go on it, the scarier the walk gets. The park will be turned into a fairytale forest with free face painting, character visits, pumpkin patch, trackless train ride, sand art and much more. There is also a food court, novelty vendors, pony rides and bouncy rides.  The fairytale forest is not at all scary and a fun alternative to trick or treating. There is also a costume contest so get your fabulous homemade duds ready. Stay for dinner as Dracula’s Food Court is open from 3:30-8:30 pm..  This event is really popular: last year they had 10-15,000 people! This year they expect up to 20,000- yikes! Go early as the lines get long very quickly. For more information call 718-238-6044.

Fairytale Forest Tours
(featuring the pumkin patch, apple orchard, costumed characters, coloring contest, magician and more)
3:30-5 pm
5:30-7 pm

Haunted Walk Tours
Scary 4:30-6 pm
Scarier 7-8:30 pm

The Costume Contest
Registration from 3:30-6:30 pm
Judging 5-7 pm (0-3 years judging 4 – 5 pm)
Winners announced at 7:30 pm (need not be present)

Details: Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge at Colonial Road and 68th Street. Suggested Donation will be $1 but you can also buy VIP Sponsors Pass for $5 (per adult) at these businesses: Circles, Boragi Florist, Kaleidoscope Toys, Heart to Heart, The Bay Ridge Mail Station.  Sponsorship Passes are limited and will admit one adult and up to 5 children at the VIP entrances.

Wednesday, October 31st at 4pm STILL ON
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 NEW
Trick or Treating in Williamsburg with Bird River Studios

The Studios is opening their doors for some good ole Halloween fun. Swing on by for trick-or-treating and some super fun crafts. They will also have a batty backdrop for photo-ops to capture all of the amazing costumes, and of course, there will be candy.
Details: Bird River Studios 343 Grand Street (Marcy + Havemeyer)

Wednesday, October 31st at 4pm  STILL ON
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. (No photo booth). 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.

Jam on DUMBO’s Halloween Concert
Attention all ghosts, ghouls, princesses, pirates and cute baby pumpkins: Add Jam On DUMBO’s Halloween concert to your trick-or-treating route! The super fun Rockdoves will take the stage from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and there will be a costume contest for the kids. Need another reason to party like a rockstar on a school night?! Superfine will offer a full dinner menu after the show. Yummy!
Details: 126 Front Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Suggested donation: $10/family, although no one will be turned away. Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 31st from 4pm — 6pm STILL ON
Pantomima’s Halloween Celebration
This is a safe and fun kid-friendly event! Enjoy the children’s music, disco dance, food decorations, and mask creations.
Details: 462 36th Street, Brooklyn. Ages 4 and under. Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 31st from 4pm — 7pm CHANGED TO 2—5pm at the Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
11th Annual BAMboo at BAM!
The medieval-themed BAMboo! festivities features BAM employees dressed as knights, princesses, jesters, and wizards! They will be giving away trick-or-treat bags filled with sweets and gifts. The celebration will culminate with a children’s costume contest with prizes awarded to the most creative costume! There will be a live band, a moon bounce. a candy giveaway, and other fun-filled activities for children.
Details: 30 Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718.636.4129 x8.

Wednesday, October 31st from 4pm — 7pm NO WORD YET
Annual Halloween Party and Haunted House at Brownsville Recreational Center
Calling all Halloween lovers! It’s time for a costume party for children 10 and under! This event is presented by Syfy. Syfy is the proud sponsor of 14 NYC Parks fall-themed events across the city, including Pumpkin Fest in Central Park on Saturday, October 27!
Details: 1555 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn. Ages 10 and under. FREE for all. For more information, please call Jerry Childs at (718) 485-4633, or Sharon Colon or Joe Wright at (718) 345-2706.

Wednesday, October 31st at 5pm CANCELLED
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.”
: Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, October 31st from 5:00pm-6:30pm and later for performances STILL ON- FIRST SHOW AT 313 CLINTON AVE STARTS AT 5:30 PM!
Clinton Hill Children’s Halloween Walk and Performance

This is one of our favorite Halloween events. There is a 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. Of course, there will be the fantastic performances 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 from dusk to 9 pm). This year the theme is: The Mayan Apocalypse of 2012. Hmmm…..
Details: Start at 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.

Wednesday, October 31st at 6pm 4 pm CHANGED TIME BUT STILL ON
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 CANCELLED
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.”
: 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 CANCELLED
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.