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 always generously give out tasty treats.
In Bed Stuy in the past, everyone has met at the Fulton Street Park for a Halloween parade and then headed out to trick or treat for an Annual Halloween Tour. Kids and their families usually gather around 4pm to enjoy a spooky tour. In the past there was 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 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.
The fun community Prospect Park South Halloween parade starts at 5 pm 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 treats. The popular Cortelyou Road with its merchants and businesses is also a great location for trick or treating.
If you are closer to West Midwood- join the children’s parade at Glenwood and Rugby Roads that begins at 6 pm. You just might snag some treats along the way!
Around 4 pm
Jam on DUMBO is starting the fun with a rock concert and costume contest for kids from 4 pm at Superfine. There will even be a full dinner menu available from Superfine if you are hungry for more than sweets. But, if it’s sweets you are after….stay tuned for details on trick-or-treating at DUMBO’s neighborhood stores, sponsored by the DUMBO Improvement District. Jam on DUMBO’s Halloween concert is at 126 Front Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Suggested donation: $10/family, although no one will be turned away. Visit the website for more information.
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 run every 30 minutes from dusk to 9 pm). This year the theme is: The Mayan Apocalypse of 2012. Hmmm…..
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.
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.
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. If you want to go to one of the great after parties….You have 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.