So, you’re all ready for the weekend with “the” costume and you’ve been prepping for the excitement of Halloween. You might consider starting the celebrating of Halloween early- as in tomorrow! Friday has some celebratory events that you might not want to miss.
For a FULL (and I mean FULL!) list of the Halloween weekend events, please go here.
For a list of where to go trick or treating in Brooklyn, go here.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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