Halloween in Brooklyn 2010: parades, parties and fests

October 15, 2010

It’s that time of year again: Halloween! Kids of all ages love this holiday (including us parents) and it’s pretty obvious to see why – limitless options for treat or treating, boat loads of candy, dressing up, and the chance to attend some awesome events in Brooklyn. This year, we have uncovered some cool child-friendly (and dog-friendly) events with live music, readings, crafts, historic tours, and even a few spooky haunted houses. We hope you enjoy one or two or all of these exciting events this Halloween!

**the list is organized by date first, then time. This list will be updated as we learn about new events. Please check back often! Karen and Serena

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16

11 am- 2 pm
Kids Fall Fest

If your children still need to find pumpkins (mine do!) and are dying to parade their halloween costumes early, Kids Fall Fest (happening this Saturday), will be the best place to check both those items off their list! This fun pre-Halloween celebration takes place in the lovely green Madison Square Park in the city.  Kids can listen to the sounds of Tim and the Space Cadets (at 11:30am) and The Pop Ups (at 1:30pm) and the “Apple seeds’ group songs for seeds plays every hour beginning at 11am. Create can make their own book at Scholastic’s Klutz Build-A-Book station and munch on healthy treats from Clif Bar, along with cotton candy, ice cream from Wintuk, pretzels and fresh apples from Terhune Orchards.  As part of Fall Kids Fest’s traditional pre-Halloween celebration, tots and tykes can join a costume parade led by the Big Apple Circus clowns and choose a pumpkin from the Fall Kids Fest pumpkin patch to decorate and take home. Watch a performance by the cast of Freckleface Strawberry the Musical, and one by the Manhattan Youth Ballet, beginning at 12:45pm. They are also hosting a costume swap. “Bring at least one clean, intact costume, labeled by size, to trade for something “new.”  All activities are FREE!  While at Kids Fest you can stop by  Urban Space’s Mad. Sq. Mark’t which runs from from Saturday, September 25 through Saturday, October 23. The market is open seven days a week and offers lots of boutique shopping (including handmade items) and food. The market place always has products for kids but October 16th it will provide special deals for the Fall Fest.  For kids there are 3-D bug shirts from BugsDeluxe (my son loves these) and toys from Ogo Sport. For you: jewelry, spices, coffee, home décor, clothing, handbags and  more. And, if you wan to finish the fest off with dinner, a few of the food vendors are: Roberta’s, Fatty Crab, Pies and Thighs, Resto, etc.
Details:
Fall Kids Fest will take place rain or shine on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 11am to 2pm. For all the events and schedule, check out the TONY Kids site, who is co-sponsoring the event

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

10 am- 4 pm
Boo at the Zoo

“Boo at the Zoo” is one of my favorite Halloween events and it runs every weekend in October at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a really fun, outdoor New York Halloween tradition that focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape.  I also love that we can do it pre-Halloween so we can get in the spirit early. The “Lost Hayride” is back again this year.  It was a quick 8 minute (my count) hay ride around a usually off-limits area of the zoo.  We had kids as young as 14 months on our ride up to 9 years and they were all entertained. The Bronx Zoo will also do their “treat stations” again this year. The kids pick up sweet treats along the way which makes for a fun treasure hunt as you make your way around the attractions.  Treat station locations will be Zoo Center, Hayride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Haunted Safari.  The Bug Carousel is always a huge hit as are the professional pumpkin carving demonstrations. This year I want to make a point of seeing the parade of costumes and visit the traditional favorites: the hay maze and craft workshops. Additionally, there will be music and puppet shows.
Details:
Boo at the Zoo festivities run every weekend in October
October 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010. To see the full schedule, go here.

12- 4:00pm
Halloween Harvest in Old Brooklyn at the Wyckoff Farmhouse

You and your family can experience ‘old Brooklyn’ at the historic Outlook Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum. The event includes a spooky house tour, face painting, Halloween bag making, apple dipping, pumpkin picking, crafts, live music, story-telling about what life in old Brooklyn was all about. The event also includes a Halloween costume swap (from 12-3:20) where you could swap an old costume for another one.
Details:
The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road. For additional information, pleas visit: wyckoffassociation.org.

12 – 5 pm
Harvest Festival Doggy Halloween Costume Parade and Contest

Come to the Narrows Botanical Garden for the doggy parade. There will be a costume parade and contest for the canines, pick out a pumpkin for pumpkin painting and food vendors.
Details:
Narrows Botanical Garden is at Shore Road and 72nd Street.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23

Saturday, Oct. 23-24 and 30-31
Halloween at the A-Scarium

At the Aquarium’s annual Halloween celebration, meet all their sea monsters, and enjoy magic shows, live music, storytelling, pumpkin carving, and crafts activities. Don’t miss their special Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, showing in the theater outside the Aquarium entrance. Collect treats at the treat stations, and venture into our haunted Sea-fari!
Details:
For the full schedule of events, go here.

10 am- 4 pm
Boo at the Zoo

“Boo at the Zoo” is one of my favorite Halloween events and it runs every weekend in October at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a really fun, outdoor New York Halloween tradition that focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape.  I also love that we can do it pre-Halloween so we can get in the spirit early. The “Lost Hayride” is back again this year.  It was a quick 8 minute (my count) hay ride around a usually off-limits area of the zoo.  We had kids as young as 14 months on our ride up to 9 years and they were all entertained. The Bronx Zoo will also do their “treat stations” again this year. The kids pick up sweet treats along the way which makes for a fun treasure hunt as you make your way around the attractions.  Treat station locations will be Zoo Center, Hayride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Haunted Safari.  The Bug Carousel is always a huge hit as are the professional pumpkin carving demonstrations. This year I want to make a point of seeing the parade of costumes and visit the traditional favorites: the hay maze and craft workshops. Additionally, there will be music and puppet shows.
Details:
Boo at the Zoo festivities run every weekend in October
October 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010. To see the full schedule, go here.

10:30 am to 1pm
Harvest Festival at Pier 6

The Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park, will celebrate the fall season with a Halloween Parade. There will also be face painting, storytelling, art activities, pumpkin decorating and a musical performance by The Deedle Dee’s. FREE.
Details:
For additional information, please visit: www.brooklynbridgepark.org

11 am to 4 pm (Storytelling is at 3pm)
A Spooktacular Crafty Halloween Workshop

d’Art CUBE in Williamsburg is hosting an arts and crafty Halloween workshop and storytelling event by www.sofamilyonline.com! Designed for kids ages three and up, this free event also includes treats, face painting, trick or treating making baskets, finger puppets and much more!
Details
: 60 N. 6th Street (L Train to the Bedford Station between Wythe Ave & Kent Ave) Tel: 347-878-1288. For additional information, please visit http://dartcube.blogspot.com/http://dartcube.blogspot.com/

1pm to 3 pm
Live Music and Games at the Brooklyner

Enjoy live music, singing and games with Brooklyn’s own Miss Nina. Show off your little one’s spookiest costume a week early, and chow down on tasty treats!
Details:
This event is RSVP only, so email events@timeoutny.com by October 20th to ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun! The Brooklyner, 111 Lawrence St between Myrtle Ave and Willoughby St). To learn more about The Brooklyner, visit: thebrooklyner.com

5pm to 9 pm
Karaoke Halloween Party

Dress up the kids as their favorite rock star and sing some songs together with Lion’s Roar Karaoke and their 10,000 song library. There will be hot cider available, and some snacks. There is a suggestion donation of a $1 per song to benefit Friends of Carroll Park.
Details:
Carroll Park is located at President Street and Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. For additional information, please visit http://www.carrollparkbrooklyn.org/.

Times vary
Gravsend Inn Haunted Hotel

Theatreworks’ high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn, returns again this year. Produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe with design, construction, and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s Entertainment Technology Department,
Details:
It takes place at the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Brooklyn, NY. From the site, I would say this is for older kids- but call to find out their suggested age range (my wild guess would be 7 years and up). Admission: $6 for adults $4 for students (with ID) Contact: Call 718-260-5592 for recorded information. Call 718-260-5588 during regular business hours. Gravesend Inn

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24

Saturday, Oct. 23-24 and 30-31
Halloween at the A-Scarium
At the Aquarium’s annual Halloween celebration, meet all their sea monsters, and enjoy magic shows, live music, storytelling, pumpkin carving, and crafts activities. Don’t miss their special Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, showing in the theater outside the Aquarium entrance. Collect treats at the treat stations, and venture into our haunted Sea-fari!
Details:
For the full schedule of events, go here.

10 am- 4 pm
Boo at the Zoo

“Boo at the Zoo” is one of my favorite Halloween events and it runs every weekend in October at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a really fun, outdoor New York Halloween tradition that focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape.  I also love that we can do it pre-Halloween so we can get in the spirit early. The “Lost Hayride” is back again this year.  It was a quick 8 minute (my count) hay ride around a usually off-limits area of the zoo.  We had kids as young as 14 months on our ride up to 9 years and they were all entertained. The Bronx Zoo will also do their “treat stations” again this year. The kids pick up sweet treats along the way which makes for a fun treasure hunt as you make your way around the attractions.  Treat station locations will be Zoo Center, Hayride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Haunted Safari.  The Bug Carousel is always a huge hit as are the professional pumpkin carving demonstrations. This year I want to make a point of seeing the parade of costumes and visit the traditional favorites: the hay maze and craft workshops. Additionally, there will be music and puppet shows.
Details:
Boo at the Zoo festivities run every weekend in October
October 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010. To see the full schedule, go here.

12- 6 pm
Ghouls and Gourds at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Ghouls and Gourds, a pre-Halloween celebration at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is on my “highly recommended” list every year for Halloween. It’s such a wacky, authentic and fun event that takes advantage of the beautiful gardens as a backdrop for a jubilant celebration of performances and creativity. Check out the costume parade as some of the costumes are out of this world, and make sure to try a workshop. True to the BBG’s mission, every workshop uses natural materials to make a fantastic piece. Last year we made egg shakers that were fabulously fun.  This year you can grab a gourd to help build a giant pumpkin mandala or create your very own monster on a leash! You and your kids can try on some of the most amazing costumes like wolves, cats and suns.  So: shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade.  Chat with celebrated children’s book authors and illustrators, pet pretend chickens,  and Bands performing include: Slavic Soul Party, Suzi Shelton, Moona Luna, The Xylopholks, Grand Picnic, Maracatu NY, Africarib, Phydeaus’s Flying Circus of Fate. The Costume Parade and Drum Circle are from 4:30-6 pm. For the full schedule of events that go on from 12- 6pm on Sunday, October 24th, go here. **Wear your Halloween Costume and join The Suzi Shelton Band along with backup singers (son and daughter) Sebastian and Emma, and The Gumdrops as they sing award winning songs at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume party at 2:15pm.
Details:
Kids under 12 are free, $10 for students and seniors, $15 for adults. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens 900 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225  718-623-7200 http://www.bbg.org/

12 to 5 pm
Packer’s Annual Pumpkin Patch

This annual event is always a hit with families and kids of all ages.  There will be bouncy castles, rides, carnivals games, face painting, book readings and haunted houses. Tickets can be purchased at the door for individual activities or you can buy a bracelet that gets your child unlimited rides.
Details:
Packer, 170 Joralemon Street, in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets are available online at www.packer.edu/pa/pumpkinpatch


3:00 to 4:30 pm in Carroll Gardens AND
Tuesday, October, 26 – 1:00 to 2:30pm in Park Slope
Two Baby First Halloween Parties

Celebrate your baby’s first Halloween party with live music, a professional photographer, yummy snacks and prizes for the best baby costume. Sponsored by babybites Brooklyn, the parties were created so that moms and dads can enjoy this special day with their baby under one (Sorry, no toddlers or big kids allowed — this is not a trick or treat kinda celebration). Danielle from Hopstoch Photo will also be the to capture the event free of charge – however there will be a fee if you order any prints. Due to the great popularity of this annual event, this year, they are hosting not one, but two parties, one on a weekend day so that working moms — and dads — can join in the fun too.
Details:
The event costs $30 (for parent & baby); $10 extra for additional grown up (prepayment required) and parents can RSVP by emailing chana@babybites.com Carroll Gardens:  Everyday Athlete Studio, 136 Union St. and Park Slope: Bend and Bloom Yoga, 708 Sackett (between 4th & 5th Aves.). You can also prepay for both events by clicking here.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

9:30-11:30am
Halloween Playspace with Storyteller/Guitarist Robin Bady

Bax will be celebrating Halloween with open playspace from 9:30-11:30am and Robin performing from 10:00-10:30am followed by the Costume Parade at 11:00 am. Parents, Caregivers and Children are encouraged to come in costume. Appropriate for children 1-4 with their grown-ups.
Details:
$10.00 per family (tickets available at the door, no reservations required)  BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange  421 Fifth Avenue  Park Slope, Brooklyn   718-832-0018 www.bax.org

11-11:30 am
Miffy, Curious George, and Kids in Costume Prepare for Halloween with Crafts and Origami

This event is a preview of American Museum of Natural History’s 14th annual Halloween Celebration on Sunday, October 31, from 2 to 5 pm. New York City children will join a host of cartoon characters, including Miffy from WLIW-21 Public Television, and Curious George,® at a special Halloween preview. Assisted by their big-pawed friends, the kids will make spooky origami and creepy crafts and, of course, scoop up lots of candy.
Details:
Admission is $10 per person ($9 members), purchase online at amnh.org or call 212-769-5200. Tickets will also be available at the door.

1:30 – 7:30 pm
Spook Feast at Play Days

Choose a craft to do such as: pumpkin painting,halloween plaster art, sand art, plus games and activities in their play room. Don’t forget their scary spook walk! Pizza and Juice will be served during Spook Feast. Come in costume and maybe win a prize. christinasfacepainting.com will be available for basic designs @ $2.00 ea. with specialty designs priced accordingly
Details: $13.00 a child (pre-paid)  $15 for Walk-ins  ( adults and children under one are free ). Play Days and Parties  6632 third avenue (next to Firehouse)  Brooklyn, New york 11220 1-718-492-8997

4 – 6 pm
Halloween bash at Ms. J’s gym

Bring your costumes.  There will be prizes and gifts for all plus you can  bob for apples.
Details:
This is a free open play party for registered families, $10 per family otherwise.
Ms J’s Gymnastics and Dance
289 Kent Ave  Brooklyn, NY. 11211   (718)218-7065

5pm to 6:30 pm
Haunted Tour
at the Staten Island Zoo
Tour the ghostly grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center with the lantern you created and return to the museum for some hot cider and donuts.
Details:
Pre-registration required – $8 per tour. Call 718-273-2060 ext.137. For more information, call (718) 273-2060 or visit: http://statenislandkids.org. Send additional questions to info@statenislandkids.or Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310-2896.

Friday, October 29 at 7p.m. NV4us; Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1pm and 7 pm; Sunday, October 31 at 3 pm; Friday, November 5th  at 7 pm*; Saturday, November 6 at 1pm and 7 pm and Sunday, November 7th at 3 pm
Halloween Play —
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
Just in time for Halloween, comes a haunting plan about Edgar Allen Poe called Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe performed by the Canada’s Catalyst Theatre. This play includes music, poetic storytelling and surreal imagery to explore the events that shaped Poe’s career and ignited his lifelong battle  “visions dark and sinister that never cease.” Note: NV4us indicates post-show activity for teens, * indicates sign-interpreted performance, # indicates Talk-back following the performance; please call 646-223-3010 for more details. For ages 11 years and above.
Details:
Visit newvictory.org, to watch a video of the production and see more photos.

10 am- 4 pm
Boo at the Zoo

“Boo at the Zoo” is one of my favorite Halloween events and it runs every weekend in October at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a really fun, outdoor New York Halloween tradition that focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape.  I also love that we can do it pre-Halloween so we can get in the spirit early. The “Lost Hayride” is back again this year.  It was a quick 8 minute (my count) hay ride around a usually off-limits area of the zoo.  We had kids as young as 14 months on our ride up to 9 years and they were all entertained. The Bronx Zoo will also do their “treat stations” again this year. The kids pick up sweet treats along the way which makes for a fun treasure hunt as you make your way around the attractions.  Treat station locations will be Zoo Center, Hayride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Haunted Safari.  The Bug Carousel is always a huge hit as are the professional pumpkin carving demonstrations. This year I want to make a point of seeing the parade of costumes and visit the traditional favorites: the hay maze and craft workshops. Additionally, there will be music and puppet shows.
Details:
Boo at the Zoo festivities run every weekend in October
October 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010. To see the full schedule, go here.

Times vary
Gravsend Inn Haunted Hotel

Theatreworks’ high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn, returns again this year. Produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe with design, construction, and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s Entertainment Technology Department,
Details:
It takes place at the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Brooklyn, NY. From the site, I would say this is for older kids- but call to find out their suggested age range (my wild guess would be 7 years and up). Admission: $6 for adults $4 for students (with ID) Contact: Call 718-260-5592 for recorded information. Call 718-260-5588 during regular business hours. Gravesend Inn

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30

10 am- 4 pm
Boo at the Zoo

“Boo at the Zoo” is one of my favorite Halloween events and it runs every weekend in October at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a really fun, outdoor New York Halloween tradition that focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape.  I also love that we can do it pre-Halloween so we can get in the spirit early. The “Lost Hayride” is back again this year.  It was a quick 8 minute (my count) hay ride around a usually off-limits area of the zoo.  We had kids as young as 14 months on our ride up to 9 years and they were all entertained. The Bronx Zoo will also do their “treat stations” again this year. The kids pick up sweet treats along the way which makes for a fun treasure hunt as you make your way around the attractions.  Treat station locations will be Zoo Center, Hayride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Haunted Safari.  The Bug Carousel is always a huge hit as are the professional pumpkin carving demonstrations. This year I want to make a point of seeing the parade of costumes and visit the traditional favorites: the hay maze and craft workshops. Additionally, there will be music and puppet shows.
Details:
Boo at the Zoo festivities run every weekend in October
October 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010. To see the full schedule, go here.

10 am to 12 pm (RAIN date is Oct. 31st)
Halloween Party at the Brooklyn Heights Playground

One year I got about 3 emails in about 10 minutes asking when the parade would happen since it was rained out that year- so I know this event is a local favorite! Hopefully this year will be sunny. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to show off their costumes at this annual gathering in Pierrepont Playground. A bake sale will be held to benefit the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee. *canine parade will start at 1 pm. Look at 1 pm slot below for full details.
Details:
The event is held at Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets (on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade). (Rain Date Sunday Oct 31st). For additional information, please visit: www.bhplaygrounds.org

Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31st
various times
Prospect Park Halloween
Creepy Crawly Halloween

1 – 4 p.m. Audubon Center
Take a second look at the creatures that give you the creeps, you may find you like them. Spiders and worms are just a few of nature’s wonders the would have a tough time with out. Crafts and experiments! Free.
Scary Stories from the Past

2 & 3 p.m. Lefferts Historic House
Make sure you’re sitting next to someone braver than you! Form a circle and listen to master storyteller Tammy Hall keep the tradition of scary stories alive with tales from old Flatbush. Free.
Skeleton Cut-Outs

1 – 4 p.m. Lefferts Historic House
Make your own Halloween headbands using the traditional Scharen-Knippen paper-cutting art form. Free.
Haunted Carousel

12 – 5 p.m. Carousel
Creepy bats, scary cats, and spiders will watch you ride to the sounds of chilling Halloween music. $2.00 per ride.
Boo at the Zoo!

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Zoo
Creatively costumed characters, craft-making, and haunted habitats will make this a frighteningly fun weekend. Free with Zoo admission.
Details:
Suggested donation of $1. Nethermead meadow. Enter the park at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street. For more information go here.

11 am
The Deedle Deedle Dees Family Variety Show Underwater Halloween!

The event is a collaboration between The Deedle Deedle Dees and  Underwater New York (www.underwaternewyork.com). Michael Hearst (One Ring Zero, Music for Ice Cream Trucks) will be playing some of the songs he wrote for the organization. The Dees will be doing a set of all underwater-themed tunes, most of them brand new. And at the end of the show, DJ Dan Selzer will spin an underwater disco: kids will not only dance, they’ll trick-or-treat around the room (all the performers will be out on the floor with bowls of candy and other treats). Most important, though, the Oct 30 show includes a costume contest. First prize is a free school concert by Lloyd Miller (AKA Ulysses S. Dee). Full details / rules on our blog: www.teachddd.blogspot.com
Details:
The Knitting Factory at 361 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY

11 am – 4 pm
The Annual Haunted Halloween Carnival of Puppetry Arts

The Haunted Halloween Carnival is a creative and reasonably priced Halloween event for the entire family. Activities include a petting zoo of insects, spiders, and alligators, hanging out with the NY Liberty Party Patrol, creating silk screen t-shirts, cookie decorating, spooky puppet and mask making crafts, face painting, and carnival games. There will be a Bounce Castle, NY Fire Safety booth, and Puppetry Art’s popular Haunted House. A Costume Contest will be held at the end of the event sponsored by Wham-O Toys with special celebrity guest judges. Raffles and giveaways too. The first 200 kids get a free Trick-or-Treat Bag filled with tons of goodies from merchants along 5th Ave Park Slope. Meet N’ Greets this year include Snoopy from Met Life, the Brooklyn Cyclone’s Sandy the Seagull, and fan’s favorite Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights of the 501st Empire City Garrison and Echo Base Legions Star Wars Costume Volunteers.
Details:
Free Admission. Hosted in Park Slope, Brooklyn at the 1st Street Recreation Center of PS 372 between 4th and 3rd Ave. For further details about the Haunted Halloween Carnival visit www.puppetryarts.org or call 718-768-3703.

11:20 – 4 pm
Halloween at Belvedere: A Monster Musical Adventure

The Central Park Conservancy presents Halloween at Belvedere: A Monster Musical Adventure, a 45-minute family-friendly play about a young boy who fights to save Halloween with the help of some friendly monsters. Dress warmly; the performances take place outdoors on Belvedere Castle’s plaza throughout the day at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Written and produced by Joe Pospisil (co-author, with George H. Sirois, of the children’s book by the same title); music and lyrics by Howard Beckerman. You can meet the monsters beforehand (Dracula, Werewolf, and a witch) if you are a member of Central Park Conservancy. Bring your own camera. For the meet and greet, advance registration is required. call 212-310-6607 or e-mail membership@centralparknyc.org to register.
Details:
Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street) FREE! All ages. No advance registration. For more information, call 212-772-0210. Visit the site for more info.

various times
Saturday, Oct. 23-24 and 30-31

Halloween at the A-Scarium

At the Aquarium’s annual Halloween celebration, meet all their sea monsters, and enjoy magic shows, live music, storytelling, pumpkin carving, and crafts activities. Don’t miss their special Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, showing in the theater outside the Aquarium entrance. Collect treats at the treat stations, and venture into the haunted Sea-fari!
Details:
For the full schedule of events, go here.

12 – 3 pm
Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival
at Prospect Park at Lookout Hill and the Nethermead
The beloved Halloween Haunted Walk is back and scarier this year, apparently.  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.
Details:
Suggested donation of $1. Nethermead meadow. Enter the park at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street. For more information go here.

Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31st
Pumpkin Chucking
12 – 4 pm

See NYSCI’s 19-foot outdoor catapult in action! Learn about the history and science and then watch it hurl your pumpkins across a field and watch it splat! They will be chucking your basketball-sized pumpkins all afternoon. Free, all ages.
Details:
New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th Street  Flushing Meadows-Corona Park  Corona, NY  11368  Tel: (718) 699-0005

12- 3 pm
Fort Greene Halloween Festival (RAIN date is Oct. 31st)

I love this event- it is free and small and sweet. The fun starts with the 12 pm with the “Great PUPkin” costume contest for dogs. And, is this hilarious! Don’t miss this.  Afterward, families can enjoy hay rides around the park, games, sack races, face painting, stilt-walkers, entertainers and more.  The stilt walkers are particularly fun to see. There is also a costume parade and spooky cemetery. There will be free pumpkins for everyone (arranged in the shape of a huge eye- hmm?) In addition, HabanaOutpost will be giving out smoothies- all created by your child’s efforts on the bike blender.
Details:
Fort Greene Park at Myrtle Ave, Cumberland Ave and Dekalb Aves

12 – 4 pm
Not Too Scary Halloween Party at the Staten Island Zoo, Sponsored by Health Plus

Families can decorate a mini-pumpkin and Halloween activities for kids of all ages. The party also includes a Halloween parade, thriller dancing – Tricks and Treats and more! Costumes are encouraged.
Details:
Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310-2896. For more information, call (718) 273-2060 or visit: http://statenislandkids.org. Send additional questions to info@statenislandkids.org

1pm to 3pm
8th Annual Brooklyn Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Parade/Contest on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Presented by Perfect Paws, Inc, bring your dog in a costume and to be judged in a Mutts-querade parade. All entries receive a fun filled goodie doggie bag.
Details:
Entries can be purchased at Perfect Paws at 102 Hicks street for $25 per entrant. 100% of all proceeds go to the Hillside Dog Park. Brooklyn Heights Promenade (at the Remsen Street entrance). www.perfectpawsinc.com

1:30 – 8 pm
Spook Feast at Play Days

Choose a craft to do such as: pumpkin painting,halloween plaster art, sand art, plus games and activities in their play room. Don’t forget their scary spook walk! Pizza and Juice will be served during Spook Feast. Come in costume and maybe win a prize. christinasfacepainting.com will be available for basic designs @ $2.00 ea. with specialty designs priced accordingly
Details: $13.00 a child (pre-paid)  $15 for Walk-ins  ( adults and children under one are free ). Play Days and Parties  6632 third avenue (next to Firehouse)  Brooklyn, New york 11220 1-718-492-8997

2 pm to 4 pm
Washington Market Park’s Halloween Celebration

Monster-Sized Surprises await you and your family at the annual Washington Market celebration. Hosted by Princess Katie and Racer Steve who will lead the parade down Greenwich Street at 2pm and follow it up with a Halloween-themed concert!  There will also be pony rides, arts and crafts for the kids and lots of fun games.  The event is free and open to kids of all ages. Costumes are a must and if you dress like princess and racer, they will love you even more (if that’s at all possible).
Details:
For additional information, please visit: www.washingtonmarketpark.org

2:30pm to 4:30 pm
Halloween Bash with City Stomp

City Stomp invites children and their families to a free Halloween Bash, featuring the All-Dad City Stomp Band lead by City Stomp founder and Director, Kevin MacCallum that promises to thrill (but not chill) the smallest trick-or-treaters.  There will also be crafts, free snacks for kids, and coffee and other food available for purchase.
Details:
Littlefield, 622 Degraw, between 3rd and 4th avenues. For additional information, please visit: www.citystompmusic.com

4pm to 5 pm
Book Reading and Kid’s Halloween Party

The powerHouse Arena is holding a Kid’s Halloween Party for the release of the book Zen Ghosts, the thought-provoking companion to Jon J Muth’s best-selling picture books Zen Shorts. The event will also include reading and signing of the books by Jon J Muth and kids are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes.
Details:
The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information, please call (718) 666- 3049 or RSVP by emailing kids@powerhousearena.com.

6- 9 pm
Monster Mash

Last year I went to this and we all danced our tushies off with awesome music, ran around the museum and saw some of the best costumes. I highly recommend this event. It sells out fast and annoyingly, you have to buy the tickets at the front desk only. I do think it’s worth it.  This year little witches, ghouls, and princesses can enjoy the Museum’s fun-filled, themed programs featuring family-friendly trick-or-treat alternative activities including a costumed DJ dance party, interactive programs, costume parade, slithery snakes, spooky stories, and much more. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend dressed in their best Halloween finery.
Details:
Museum Members: $5 per person; Non-members: $10 per person. Due to the popularity of the event every year, you should buy tickets in advance at the Museum’s admissions desk. Advance tickets are available for purchase beginning Wednesday, October 7. Brooklynkids.org. Brooklyn Children’s Museum is at 145 Brooklyn Ave Brooklyn, NY 11213-1900 (718) 735-4400 Get directions

5 – 9 pm
Karaoke Halloween Party in Carroll Park

Come dressed as your favorite rock star (or anything else, really)! Party with your friends and family near the park house from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and sing some of your favorite songs with Lion’s Roar Karaoke and their 10,000 song library. Hot apple cider will be available, and some snacks if they can conjure them! $1 suggested donation per song to benefit Friends of Carroll Park. Hope to see you there!
Details:
Carroll Park is located at the crossroads of Carroll Gardens, on an entire city block between Smith and Court Streets, President and Carroll Streets.

Times vary
Gravsend Inn Haunted Hotel

Theatreworks’ high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn, returns again this year. Produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe with design, construction, and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s Entertainment Technology Department,
Details:
It takes place at the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Brooklyn, NY. From the site, I would say this is for older kids- but call to find out their suggested age range (my wild guess would be 7 years and up). Admission: $6 for adults $4 for students (with ID) Contact: Call 718-260-5592 for recorded information. Call 718-260-5588 during regular business hours. Gravesend Inn

8 pm- 1 am
All Hallows Eve Bash

Join the Conservancy’s Junior Committee for our first Halloween party, at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. Enjoy cocktails – including Blood and Sand, a signature Halloween cocktail provided by Highland Park Scotch Whiskey, music, dancing, a costume contest, immersive video decoration by local artist Geoff Matters, festive atmosphere and more! All proceeds support free public programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Details:
at: One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street, entrance through retail on waterside of building). All ticket prices include admission, drinks, music, food, dancing and costume contest! Mischief Maker: $400 Friend Pack for 10 – (only available until Oct 25) Prankster: $100 VIP tickets (includes a special gift bag with the new book, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race, Highland Park Scotch Whiskey, Conservancy-shirts and more!) Trickster: $50 in advance/ $65 at the door. Go to: www.brooklynbridgepark.org or contact Samantha  at sdobbs@bbpc.net

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31

9:30 am- 12:30 pm
Families First’s Halloween Party

A morning of frightfully good fun awaits with: Games, Halloween crafts, Pumpkin decorating, Snacks, baked goods and drinks. Sing along at 10:30 with Ted Stafford. Professional, take-home photos with Steve Brickles (only $10). Goodie bags and balloons for all kids! We’ll also have a book swap.  Bring a gently used children’s book (or two) to exchange.  All are welcome!
Details:
250 Baltic Street – auditorium. Check http://www.familiesfirstbrooklyn.org/ for more info.  $10 per family, $8 for Families First members

10 to 12 pm
9th Annual Halloween Bash at Mother Cabrini Park

Dress in your costume best for treats, face painting and a parade at 11ish at the park.  Also participate in the first ever Pumpkin Carving Competition. Bring it on the day of , a panel of three judges will announce the winners at 12pm and award a special prize. The competition is open to all, there will be 2 categories: Adult and Child.
Details:
Mother Cabrini Park at President Street between Van Brunt and Columbia Streets

10 am to 1 pm
ArtsCetera’s Annual Halloween House Party

Looking for something spooky dooky to do this Halloween? Well, look no further thanks to ArtsCetera and their annual Halloween Party. Designed for kids up to 3 years old (and their older siblings), the event includes awfully awesome art projects, magically marvelous music and dancing with ArtsCetera teachers. There will also be frightfully fabulous face painting with Jeri from Cocreative Faces (www.cocreativefaces.com ). The event costs $20 per family with a drop-in at any time.
Details:
212 Smith Street. For additional information, please visit http://www.artscetera.com

10 am- 4 pm
Boo at the Zoo

“Boo at the Zoo” is one of my favorite Halloween events and it runs every weekend in October at the Bronx Zoo. It’s a really fun, outdoor New York Halloween tradition that focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape.  I also love that we can do it pre-Halloween so we can get in the spirit early. The “Lost Hayride” is back again this year.  It was a quick 8 minute (my count) hay ride around a usually off-limits area of the zoo.  We had kids as young as 14 months on our ride up to 9 years and they were all entertained. The Bronx Zoo will also do their “treat stations” again this year. The kids pick up sweet treats along the way which makes for a fun treasure hunt as you make your way around the attractions.  Treat station locations will be Zoo Center, Hayride, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and Haunted Safari.  The Bug Carousel is always a huge hit as are the professional pumpkin carving demonstrations. This year I want to make a point of seeing the parade of costumes and visit the traditional favorites: the hay maze and craft workshops. Additionally, there will be music and puppet shows.
Details:
Boo at the Zoo festivities run every weekend in October
October 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010. To see the full schedule, go here.

10 am- 5 pm
Still Hip’s Grand Halloween Block Party

This party is a great neighborhood one for Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene parents. Last year it was super crowded, so keep that in mind.  The fun starts at 10am with face painting and the day will be full of musical acts, a costume parade and of course there will be candy for everyone. The scheduled music line up includes: 12:00PM THE BLUE POTATOES     1:00PM TRES LECHES    1:30PM RENE COLLINS   2:00PM THE ITTY BIDDIES  3:00PM JAH C & THE ANTIDOTE   4:00PM COSTUME PARADE  4:30PM THE BILL WARE TRIO   ALL DAY DJ SKY BREAKS
Details:
Still Hip 283 Grand Avenue, just off of Lafayette, Clinton Hill making Still Hip the perfect family destination.

11 am
Jumpin’ Juniper presents Ghostly Tales and Sickening (silly) Songs

A well-equipped playspace is available in conjunction with the performance with Storyteller/Guitarist Robin Bady. Children and their grown-ups are free to take a break and return to the show at any time. The playspace remains open until 1:00 pm. Parents, Caregivers and Children are encouraged to come in costume.
Details:
Tickets available online for $12/Adult (includes 1 child)  |  $7/additional child or adult.  Day of show/in person: $15/Adult (includes 1 child)  |  $8/additional child or adult
BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange  421 Fifth Avenue  Park Slope, Brooklyn   718-832-0018 www.bax.org

Saturday, Oct. 23-24 and 30-31
Halloween at the A-Scarium

At the Aquarium’s annual Halloween celebration, meet all their sea monsters, and enjoy magic shows, live music, storytelling, pumpkin carving, and crafts activities. Don’t miss their special Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, showing in the theater outside the Aquarium entrance. Collect treats at the treat stations, and venture into our haunted Sea-fari!
Details:
For the full schedule of events, go here.

Call for appointment
Halloween Face Painting

Come by for a very special face painting by Atlantic Antic favorite face painters. The two women who do this are fabulous: I’ve seen their tigers, cats, fairies, etc. Face painting can help you finish off your costume! Details: $10. Appointment required. Call Gumbo, 718-855-7808. Gumbo 493 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Nevins & Third) Brooklyn 11217 718-855-7808

Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31st
various times
Prospect Park Halloween
Creepy Crawly Halloween

1 – 4 p.m. Audubon Center
Take a second look at the creatures that give you the creeps, you may find you like them. Spiders and worms are just a few of nature’s wonders the would have a tough time with out. Crafts and experiments! Free.
Scary Stories from the Past

2 & 3 p.m. Lefferts Historic House
Make sure you’re sitting next to someone braver than you! Form a circle and listen to master storyteller Tammy Hall keep the tradition of scary stories alive with tales from old Flatbush. Free.
Skeleton Cut-Outs

1 – 4 p.m. Lefferts Historic House
Make your own Halloween headbands using the traditional Scharen-Knippen paper-cutting art form. Free.
Haunted Carousel

12 – 5 p.m. Carousel
Creepy bats, scary cats, and spiders will watch you ride to the sounds of chilling Halloween music. $2.00 per ride.
Boo at the Zoo!

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Zoo
Creatively costumed characters, craft-making, and haunted habitats will make this a frighteningly fun weekend. Free with Zoo admission.
Details:
Suggested donation of $1. Nethermead meadow. Enter the park at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street. For more information go here.

12- 7 pm
Brooklyn Junior Halloween Event

Join Brooklyn Junior (clothing boutique) in Clinton Hillto celebrate their first anniversary. Come anytime between noon and 7:00 to make a ghostly pop for the little ones. Enjoy a live concert with the Brooklyn Band The Toys and Tiny Instruments at 6:30.  Bring your ghosts, goblins, and Halloween creatures to get a professional photograph for $10 from Alex Brown’s photo booth from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. To reserve a timeslot, send your name and time to info@brooklynjunior.com. Come in costume or use Alex’s fun and funky props.
Details:
Brooklyn Junior at 150 Clinton Avenue at the corner of Myrtle on Halloween night

12- 5 pm
Halloween Block Bark Party

This year, in it’s 3rd year, benefits the Sean Casey Animal Rescue. There is food, beverages and costume contests for adults, children and pets (any animal!).
Details:
153 E. 3rd Street btw. Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Ave. Pone: 718-436-7387

12-12:45 pm
Hairy Scary Tales from around the world with Tammy Hall

Free.
Details:
$10. Appointment required. Call Gumbo, 718-855-7808. Gumbo 493 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Nevins & Third) Brooklyn 11217 718-855-7808

12:30 pm
The Return of the Halloween Parade

Families are asked to gather at 12:30 p.m. at Carroll Gardens Park and at 1:00. The group will then parade up Smith Street toward Warren, then back down Court Street to the park. The first 100 kids to show up will receive free noisemakers. Step on out to have some fun showing off your costumes!
Details:
Carroll Park is located at President Street and Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. For additional information, please visit http://www.carrollparkbrooklyn.org/.

1pm – 9pm
Halloween at Owl’s Head Walk

I love Owl’s Head park. It is huge with fantastic playgrounds and a skateboarder’s park too.  This 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 free face painting, character visits, pumpkin patch 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. 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.
Details:

Haunted Walk
Scary -2pm to 3:30
Scarier- 4:30 to 6pm
Scariest- 7pm to 8:30pm
Suggested Donation will be $1

Fairytale Forest:
1:30 till 3:45
4:15 till 6:30
Suggested Donation will be $1
Owl’s Head Park
in Bay Ridge at Colonial Road and 68th Street

1pm to 3pm
DPO’s annual Halloween Party at the Archway Under The Manhattan Bridge

This annual Halloween party will feature a DJ, arts and crafts, some treats, including make-your-own Halloween cupcakes and pumpkin painting courtesy of the DUMBO BID and the local Farmer’s Market. They will also have some lunch for sale so you can fuel your kids before or after trick or treating around DUMBO.
Details:
At the archway under the Manhattan bridge.

2 pm- 6 pm
Witches’ Walk Halloween Parade In Williamsburg

The Witches’ Walk is an annual kids costume parade. This year, the Witches’ Walk will also shut down N 6th Street from Wythe Avenue to Berry Street for a Halloween festival. There will be kids activities up and down the street, including face painting, a professional photography booth, and fishing for apples! Pre-parade you can do kids activities from 2-4:30 pm and then at 4:30 pm, children will begin lining up for the parade.  4:45-5:15 pm the fun, sweet parade called “Witches Walk” goes down N. 6th and up Bedford Avs towards McCarren Park. 5:15-6:30 pm all the revelers can attend the end of parade party at Play at 33 Nassau Ave.

2 pm
Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade
and Party

The Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade starts at 176 Java (2 blocks north of Greenpoint Ave & b/w Manhattan Ave/McGuinness Blvd).  They march over to Manhattan, south on Manhattan to Nassau (perhaps Driggs this year) and then back up to end at Java. The parade is traditionally led by the NYPD jazz band. It’s a kids’ parade but parents join in: pirate families, superhero families, and more!  Afterwards, there’s a party at 176 Java until 5 pm.
Details:
For the party: $5 pp for live music, arts/crafts, games, & refreshments. You can pre-purchase party tickets at the Greenpoint Toy Center (738 Manhattan Ave bw Norman/Meserole).

2-5 pm
Museum of Natural History Annual Halloween Celebration

This event is almost tempting enough for me to consider abandoning our usual Halloween trick or treating route. Trick or treat among the dangerous dinosaurs, eerie elephants, and other-worldly planets. Kids’ favorite characters will wander the Museum halls greeting and entertaining visitors. Spooky arts and crafts will keep little hands busy, and live performances will punctuate the proceedings. All four floors of the Museum will open for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, activities, and entertainment. The celebration will also feature live performances by David Grover and the Big Bear Band; Louie & Subanda; the Big Nazo puppet troupe; stilt walkers; and master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon. Those who need refueling during the festivities can purchase a special Monster Meal package.
Details:
Admission is $10 per person ($9 members), purchase online at amnh.org or call 212-769-5200. Tickets will also be available at the door.

2 pm – 5 pm
BAMBoo!

BAM’s ninth annual Halloween extravaganza brings out Brooklyn’s best trick-or-treaters for an afternoon of festivities featuring a haunted house maze, roaming entertainers, storytelling, games, and more! From candy giveaways to costume contests, kids of all ages can enjoy the free activities happening right in front of BAM.
Details:
Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St. For additional information, please visit http://www.bam.org

3 pm
Cirque Le Masque Carnivale

Paying tribute to the time-honored traditions of European cirque troupes, Cirque Le Masque unveils unparalleled artistry with sophisticated acts from around the world.  They will perform feats of strength, stamina and agility that defy both gravity and the limitations of the human body.
Details:
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets vary from $30 to $40. 2900 Campus Road  (at Flatbush and Nostrand). Brooklyn, NY Tel: 718-951-4500

4 pm
Cobble Hill Halloween Party

Cobble Hill Parents is sponsoring a Halloween Party in conjunction with the Cobble Hill Association in Cobble Hill Park.
Details:
Congress St & Clinton St Brooklyn, NY 11201

4pm
Halloween Party at
Klub4Kidz
Klub4Kidz, a  new 5,000-square-foot playspace is having a launch party/Halloween party on October, 31st. The interactive space includes a four-story playground and a rock climbing wall, plus tons of classes and party space. There will be monthly/annual memberships as well as pay for play.
Details:
Klub4Kidz, 159 N. 4th (between Bedford and Driggs). To RSVP and learn more about the space/event, please visit, www.Klub4Kidz.com. The event is $5 per kid or adult if you RSVP in advance.

4 pm – 9 pm (rain or shine)
Once Upon a Time in Park Slope!

The largest Halloween parade in NYC, this year’s theme is Fairy Tales so come dressed as princesses, fairies, gnomes, ravens, and sprites or anything else that is inspired by Halloween! At 4 pm the Park Slope Civic Council’s Halloween Costume Contest will begin in front of the Secondary School for Law, Journalism, and Research (formerly John Jay High School) at 7th Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets (rain location inside the school).  Costume categories range from “best theme,” to “best classic character,” to “best use of materials.”  Winners have a special place in the parade with banners to fly proudly.  After the contest, stick around and let loose to a musical performance of Ethan’s Motley Rockin’ Show.

The main event—the Annual Park Slope Civic Council Children’s Halloween Parade—kicks off at 6:30 pm at the corner of 7th Avenue and 14th Street.  The parade continues up 7th Avenue, turns left on 3rd Street and ends at Washington Park (formerly JJ Byrne Park), where the revelry will continue until 9 pm with musical performances by Paprika, Hearts of Steel, and the Famous Accordion Orchestra.  The parade will feature oversized puppets, including a 20-foot mermaid, sun and moon goddesses, a giant wizard and our newest arrival, a giant dragon.
Details:
For additional information, please visit parkslopeciviccouncil.org/halloween-parade.

4:30 pm
Annual Halloween Parade in 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

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

This is my absolute favorite 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

6 pm
Midwood West Halloween Parade

Gather at the end of Glenwood Road off Rugby (near the B/Q train cut) at 6 for cider and snacks. The parade will begin at 6:30.

7-10:30 pm
Village Halloween Parade

This annual tradition is an absolute blast and fun every year that I go. I don’t think Birch is ready for it yet, but some of your kids are! The parade runs straight up 6th Ave from Spring Street to 15th 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, go here.

Times vary
Gravsend Inn Haunted Hotel

Theatreworks’ high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn, returns again this year. Produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe with design, construction, and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s Entertainment Technology Department,
Details:
It takes place at the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Brooklyn, NY. From the site, I would say this is for older kids- but call to find out their suggested age range (my wild guess would be 7 years and up). Admission: $6 for adults $4 for students (with ID) Contact: Call 718-260-5592 for recorded information. Call 718-260-5588 during regular business hours. Gravesend Inn

Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween! Karen and Serena

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Karen Connell is the founder of A Child Grows in Brooklyn and is thrilled to be celebrating Halloween with 2 trick or treaters who will dress up with her!

Serena Norr is a real-live Brooklynite who was raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She is now the managing editor of Relocation.com, which has perfected her juggling skills as she tackles a full-time job, freelancing and the best part of her day spending time with her energetic toddler. When free time strikes (insert laughing), she loves exploring Brooklyn with her daughter, checking out restaurants, writing plays, taking pictures, creating collages, and making soups – which she chronicles on her blog-http://seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.

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