Hot patootie, bless my soul! The leaves have turned, there’s a chill in the air and pumpkins and spider webs adorn the stoops (and oh the horror, the horror; pumpkin spice-flavored everything is at Trader Joe’s). Halloween is officially upon us. What’s that, you are haunted by the ghosts of failed-costumes past? Need some divine inspiration? According to Google Frightgeist, “Superhero” is the number one search term for costumes in NYC but there’s also a “frighteningly high chance of seeing another Elsa.” It’s a pretty safe bet you’ll be overrun by Minions, Batmans or Harley Quinns too. With no shortage of spooky fun to be had in our corner of Brooklyn there is no escape. It’s time to get your sweet tooth on. So cut eye holes in an old bed sheet if you have to, grab your little monsters and get out there! Here’s what’s happening in and around our humble hamlet for All Hallow’s Eve.
- Fri, Oct 30th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm: Brooklyn Heights Library will screen a Halloween-themed movie. Kids who attend in costume receive a “freebie.” FREE
- Fri, Oct 30th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Chocolate Works is hosting a Spooky Halloween workshop. Kids and parents can mold chocolate lollipops and decorate spooky treats. 110 Montague Street. $25 per person.
- Fri, Oct 30th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: NY Kids Club “Trick or Treat & Something Sweet” PJ Party. Children will participate in a mummy relay, play Pass-the-Pumpkin, fly like witches and hunt for ghosts in the gym. Dinner will be served. $36 for the 1st child, $24 for each sibling. This event is drop-off.
- Sat, Oct 31st, 10:00 am: The Brooklyn Heights Association is once again holding their annual Halloween Parade at Pierrepont Playground. Come one, come all! FREE
- Sat, Oct 31st, 3:30 – TBD: The residents of Garden Place and Grace Court Alley take their Trick or Treating seriously. For a safe, festive place to fill your candy bucket to the brim, this is where it’s at in Brooklyn Heights on Halloween. You’ll begin to see littlest goblins trolling for treats beginning in the late afternoon (3:30 ish) but the festivities often run late into the evening. Garden Place (between Joralemon and State Streets) and Grace Court Alley (Hicks Street just South of Remsen). FREE
- Fri, Oct 30th, 5:30 to 6:00 pm drop off with 9:00 pm pick up: It’s Halloween at Recess! Dumbo’s newest playspace celebrates Halloween with a costume contest, bobbing for treats and pumpkin decorating. 81 Washington Street $40 child/$30 each additional child. Pizza and art project included with every event.
- Sat, Oct 31st, 4:00 – 7:00 pm: The Dumbo Improvement District sponsors Trick or Treating at Dumbo businesses from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
- Sat, Oct 31st, 4:00 – 5:30: Brooklyn Roasting Company Halloween Family Bash. Storytelling, live music and costume contest culminating in a live music parade around the neighborhood. 25 Jay Street. FREE
- Sat, Oct 31st, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Free kids activities in the Archway with costume contest, hands on fun with Creatively WILD Art Studio, photo booth, music and of course, candy.
- Sat, Oct 31st, 8:00 pm: Bargemusic’s Masterworks Series: Special Halloween Program—works by Haydn, Zorn, Schumann, William Bolcom, and Beethoven. Brooklyn Bridge Park at Fulton Landing. $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
- Thurs, Oct 29 – Sat, Oct 31st, (check schedule for show times): “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 nationally unique Entertainment Technology Department, this theme-park-quality Halloween attraction has been thrilling children and adults alike since 1999.” Voorhees Building on the New York City College of Technology campus, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary)$8/$5 students (with ID) and groups.
- Thurs, Oct 29th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: The New York Transit Museum invites you to “get all dressed up for an evening of imaginative, subway-themed family fun in the Museum with face painting, a ‘glow zone,’ and shadow puppet play” at their Halloween Central Station. Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, $7 adults/$5 child/FREE for museum members.
- Fri, Oct 30th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Downtown Brooklyn Family Halloween Day-A “fun-filled Halloween celebration, sponsored by MetroPlus Health Plan. Festivities will include face painting and balloon art (10am-12pm), performances of “Dr. Finklestein’s Zombie Show” courtesy of the Big Apple Circus (10am and 11:30am), live music by DJ Mikey Palms + MC Alphabet (10:30am), and more. Treats courtesy of Duane Reade will be given to all party attendees in costume.” Albee Square, Corner of Fulton and Bond Streets. FREE
- Fri, Oct 30th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Jam with our favorite funky Music Together teacher, Nikolai Moderbacher and his band at the NikosKids Jam. Norman & Jules, 158 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. $12 for first child, $3 for each additional child.
- Sat, Oct 31st, Noon: Carroll Park Halloween Kids Parade. Meet at 11:30am in the park, and then kick off the parade at Noon. Return to the park for treats afterwards. Carroll Park President and Smith Streets. FREE
- Sat, Oct 31st, 4:00 pm: The Cobble Hill Halloween Parade. Out come the cob webs, phantoms, and ghouls. Cobble Hill Park, Clinton Street between Verandah Place and Congress Street. FREE
- Sat, Oct 31st, 4:00 pm: Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 13th Annual outdoor Halloween block party, BamBOO! Featuring Brooklyn teen DJ: DJ Kakez, candy giveaways, bounce house, carnival games, costume contest and Arts & Crafts. Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue. FREE
- Sat, Oct 31st, 5:00 – 9:30 pm: Every year the Society for Clinton Hill organizes a Halloween Walk in Fort Greene. A must see along the route is the annual original Halloween-themed production held at 313 Clinton Avenue, aka “The Halloween House.” Per the group’s website, “2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In tribute to that classic children’s fantasy, we’ve created our own diabolical version that sends Alice into a fantastic new world, populated with a new cast of magical characters, who sing, dance, and fight off all manner of nasty beasts.” 313 Clinton Avenue (bet. Lafayette & Dekalb Avenues). Tip: Arrive early to grab a good viewing spot. FREE
This post has been edited and reflects additional events including Chocolate Works’ workshop, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens Halloween parades.