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Halloween 2012: Kids Events in Brooklyn

From spooky barns, to ghoulish music, to Halloween parades galore, there's a wealth of ways for children to celebrate Halloween across the borough—and most of them are free.

 

Whether your child is into sparkly or scary, calm crafts or boisterous parades, there's something for everyone in the 2012 Halloween season in Brooklyn.

We will continue to compile free and inexpensive events as the big weekend approaches, so check back often.

Know of an event we missed? Let us know in the comments.

 

Daily Through October 31

Mummies! Take the kids to see an installation of more than 170 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’sworld-famous holdings of ancient Egyptian material explores the complex rituals related to the practice of mummification and the Egyptian belief that the body must be preserved in order to ensure eternal life. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington. Suggested admission $12, $8 students and seniors, kids 11 and under are free.

 

Friday, October 26

Monster Mash Children of all ages are encouraged to attend this halloween party dressed in their best Halloween finery. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave., 3 to 7 p.m. $10 for adults and kids 12 months and over, members $5.

 

Saturday, October 27

Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade The parade begins at MCU Park, where there will be music by the Coney Island Dancers, magicians, face painting, costumed characters and a costume contest (homemade or Coney Island themes encouraged). Following the parade all children can trick or treat at Luna Park for free. Register for the contest in advance (see link) or between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Contest at 12:30 p.m. and the parade line-up begins at 1:30 p.m. MCU Park, Surf Avenue and W. 17th Street.

Halloween Monster Mash A Halloween party for kids ages 4-5 and 6-7 where kids will "get into the Addams Family groove and go home with impressive party tricks for Halloween treating," according to organizer Alden LaPaglia. Comfortable costumes welcome and encouraged. Sessions are 30 minutes. Register here. Sessions ae held between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Lark, 1007 Church Ave. at E. 10th St. $5.

Fort Greene Park Halloween Fest Not a lot of information on the website, but if past years are any indication, the event will include a dog costume contest, games and contests for kids, face painting, pumpkin painting and lots of cute kids in costumes. 85 South Oxford Street at Dekalb Avenue. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Rain date Oct. 28. 

P.S. 9 Pumpkin Sale and Decorating A fundraiser for the school's arts program, you can buy your pumpkin there and then stay to decorate it, keeping your home mess free. There will also be face painting, apple cider and baked goodies. (If you just want a pumpkin, you can get one at the school between 3 and 5 p.m. starting Oct. 24). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, if you buy your halloween costume online through P.S. 9, they get a portion of the proceeds. 

Monster Mash Children of all ages are encouraged to attend this halloween party dressed in their best Halloween finery. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave., 3 to 8 p.m. $12 for adults and kids 12 months and over, members $6.

Children's Halloween Fall Fest Packed into the triangle on Flatbush Avenue at St. Marks the annual festival with face painting, pumpkin decorating, free pumpkins (while supplies last) arts and crafts, live music, puppetry, hula hooping, chess, games and a rock climbing wall. How do they manage to fit it all on that one triangle? You'll have to show up to find out (and let us know!) 242 Flatbush Ave. noon to 4 p.m. Free. 

Haunted Walk & Carnival The Annual Haunted Walk through Lookout Hill will let visitors take their chances with the ghouls and goblins lurking within the trees. Food trucks will be on-site, too. Might be too scary for young children. Prospect Park, Nethermead/Lookout Hill, 12-3 p.m. Free.

City Stomp Halloween Family Concert The kids rock band promises "a few spooky surprises" at this Halloween-themed concert. There will be kids activities, plus a cash bar for adults. Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. bet. 3rd and 4th avenues. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., concert starts at 3. $8 in advance, $10/door, kids under 2 are free. 

Boo at the Zoo The weekend festival includes costumes, arts and crafts, a spooky barn, and treats for the animals. Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. Free with admission of $8/adults, $6 seniors, $5 kids 3 and up, kids 2 and under are free. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Ghouls and Gourds  A wacky costume party for adults and kids with colossal puppets, boisterous live music, hands-on workshops and other activities. See our post on the event from last year for more information. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., 12-6 p.m. Free with admission of $10 adults, $5 seniors and students with ID, kids 11 and under are free. 

Creepy Crawly Halloween Spiders and worms are just a few of the creepy creatures kids learn about through crafts and experiments. Prospect Park, Audubon Center (near Lincoln Road entrance) 1-4 p.m. Free. 

Haunted Carousel All weekend Prospect Park's 100-year-old carousel is transformed with bats, cats, spiders and chilling Halloween music. Prospect Park Children's Corner, Willink entrance at Empire Boulevard/Flatbush Avenue. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. $2 per ride. 

Musical BOO-Festival An interactive, energetic show of ghoulish music played by costumed characters. There will also be face painting and candy. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

The BedStuy PetStuy Costumed pets compete for praise and prizes. There's also a category for best pet/owner costume. Fulton Park, 1700 Fulton St. at Stuyvesant Avenue, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $5-$10 donation requested. 

Halloween Spooktacular This one's a hike, but if you're looking for hayrides, a haunted walk and a pie eating contest (among other events), it could be your best bet. On sunday there is also a craft fair for the parents. 3159 Flatbush Ave. in Marine Park. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. $10-$18. 

 
Sunday, October 28 

Ennis Playground Halloween Party There will be goodie bags, face painting and Halloween games at this free neighborhood event. Volunteers needed. Ennis Playground, 11th St. bet. 2nd and 3rd avenues, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Scary Stories From The Past Master storyteller Tammy Hall will tell scary tales that were told in the village of Flatbush 200 years ago. Running on Sundays all month. Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park Children's Corner, Willink entrance at Empire Boulevard/Flatbush Avenue. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free.

Boo at the Zoo The weekend festival includes costumes, arts and crafts, a spooky barn, and treats for the animals. Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free with admission of $8/adults, $6 seniors, $5 kids 3 and up, kids 2 and under are free. 

Creepy Crawly Halloween Spiders and worms are just a few of the creepy creatures kids learn about through crafts and experiments. Prospect Park, Audubon Center (near Lincoln Road entrance) 1-4 p.m. Free. 

Haunted Carousel All weekend Prospect Park's 100-year-old carousel is transformed with bats, cats, spiders and chilling Halloween music. Prospect Park Children's Corner, Willink entrance at Empire Boulevard/Flatbush Avenue. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. $2 per ride. 

Halloween Spooktacular This one's a hike, but if you're looking for hayrides, a haunted walk and a pie eating contest (among other events), it could be your best bet. On sunday there is also a craft fair for the parents. 3159 Flatbush Ave. in Marine Park. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. $10-$18. 

 

October 31

Park Slope

Park Slope Halloween Parade This is the biggest children's Halloween parade in Brooklyn, and possibly the nation, according to the organizer, Park Slope Civic Council, and it's easy to see why. Businesses along the route and two ambulances leading the parade hand out candy, plus there are giant puppets, elected officials, live bands, and thousands of creatively costumed kids and adults. The massive event begins at 6:30 p.m. on 14th St. and Seventh Avenue and ends at the Old Stone House in Washington Park on Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets.

Clinton Hill

The Brooklyn Halloween Show For the past decade, a group of Halloween lovers have organized a free outdoor show that includes such wacky sights as tag-team monster wrestling, Godzilla and King Kong duking it, a Mummy squaring off with the fabled Golem monster and Frankenstein's monster competing with Dracula and the Wolf man. The show is geared toward both kids and adults. 227 Waverly Ave (between Willoughby and DeKalb). Shows at 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. 

Clinton Hill Halloween Walk Pick up a map at the Pratt-Clinton Hill Community Garden, DeKalb at Hall St. between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and set off to see live Halloween drama in the streets (including the show above), and lavishly decorated homes. 

Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill Halloween Parade This growing event takes place at Cobble Hill Park beginning at 4 p.m. and includes music by the Jah Pan Steel Drum Band.  Volunteers are needed to help set up at 9 a.m. or help clean up at 8:30 p.m.  

Ditmas Park

Prospect Park South Halloween Parade Gather at 5 p.m. on the corner of Albemarle and Westminster Roads and begin the parade at 5:30 p.m. Ditmas Park.

West Midwood Halloween Parade Gather at 6 p.m. by Glenwood and Rugby Roads, and the parade will start at approximately 6:15 p.m. There will be treats for the children and music for all to enjoy. Quite a few houses on the streets near the Halloween route are usually decked out to the Halloween hilt as well. 

 

Prospect Heights

Cupcake Giveaway Stop by BCakeNY in costume for free cupcakes on Halloween (October 31) between 5–6pm! Limit 1 per person. 702 Washington Ave., bet. Bergen and St. Marks.

Debi Ryan October 18, 2012 at 01:47 AM
You left out the Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade on October 27th! Brought to you by Councilmember Domenic Recchia Festivities begin at 11:00am at MCU Park, with music provided by the Coney Island Dancers. There will be Magicians, Face Painting, Costumed Characters and more! The Halloween Costume Contest, which begins at 12:00pm. Get creative! Home-made or Coney Island themes are encouraged. And upon completion of the parade, Luna Park NYC has agreed to open its doors for our Trick or Treat! That's right, FREE Admission to the amusement park for all children participants!!! WHAT: Halloween fun in America's Playground where families and kids of all ages can wear costumes, win prices, and of course, Trick-or-Treat! WHEN: Saturday, October 27th, 2012 (no rain date) Registration from 11:00 am - 12:30pm Judging between 12:30pm - 1:30pm Line up starts at 1:30 pm. Parade kicks off at 1:45 pm. WHERE: Parade will begin at MCU Park on Surf Avenue & W. 17th Street and ends at Luna Park where all children participants receive free admission! Download the flyer and registration form by at http://www.coneyislandfunguide.com/Events/ConeyIslandChildrensHalloweenParade_10_27_2012-3474.htm Please bring a completed form to the parade, or fax/mail in advance as per instructions.
Lindsay Mannion October 18, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The Prospect Park Alliance website says that the Haunted Walk and Carnival is on SATURDAY, not Sunday...!
Alden LaPaglia October 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Don't forget about the ALDEN MOVES Halloween Monster Mash at Lark Cafe on Sat, Oct 27th! Alden LaPaglia of ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater is throwing a Halloween Monster Mash for kids ages 4-5 and 6-7 at Lark Cafe. Your child will get into the Addams Family groove under Alden's animated direction and go home with impressive party tricks for Halloween treating. All dance parties and play groups incorporate infectious music and fanciful explorations of rhythm, movement quality, and space--and the mini performance at the end of this Halloween party will be a real scream! Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. Comfortable costumes welcome and encouraged :). Alden LaPaglia is a Brooklyn based dancer/singer/actress and choreographer. She's toured nationally in Bye Bye Birdie and presents her own choreography in and around NYC. The parties and play groups offered through ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater's educational outreach program, GET MOVING!, are designed to foster children's natural love of music and movement and ignite the kind of excitement that lasts a lifetime. More Info and Tickets Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285762
OldParkSloper October 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
It should be mentioned that the Park Slope Civic Council is the sponsor of Park Slope's Halloween Parade. A main reason for starting the parade was to provide children with an activity that all of them could participate in and enjoy. Prior to parade, being out on Halloween was scary, but not because of ghosts and goblins. Well justified fear of vandalism and muggings kept many children and adults off the streets.
Amy Sara Clark October 18, 2012 at 04:00 PM
@OldParkSloper Very interesting piece of history, thanks for sharing it. I've added that PSCC is the organizer into the text. -Amy
Amy Sara Clark October 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Thanks to everyone who suggested additional events. Keep them coming. -Amy
Amy Sara Clark October 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Lindsay, Thanks for the catch. I've fixed it.
Elliot Montalvo October 19, 2012 at 06:05 PM
There will be a New York Life representative making FREE Child ID's on Saturday the 20th at Cold Stone Creamery in Sheepshead Bay (across from the UA Theater). These ID's are a great thing to have especially with Halloween right around the corner. Both parents/legal guardian and children must be present to receive an ID. There will also be information regarding College Funding, Retirement Planning, Grandparent Gifting, Life Insurance, etc.
Fearless Dreamer October 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn is a cool-ghoul neighborhood for Halloween! 2 great events on Waverly Ave. (between Willoughby and DeKalb) - 6pm-9pm. Pam Fleming's Dead Zombie Band fills the night air with Spooky Sounds, delivered by a "Live Band of Dead Zombies"! (www.fearlessdreamer.com) Next door is the (BrooklynHalloween.com) Monster Show Bash-Up. One block over, at 313 Clinton Ave. is the Clinton Hill’s Vampire Opera. Many homes decorate for Halloween, and fun is guaranteed!
Amy Sara Clark October 25, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Thanks for all the event suggestions. I've added them to the text above. Keep them coming! -Amy
Amy Sara Clark October 27, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Another event, this one on SATURDAY, in Ditmas Park Come join in HONEYDEW DROP Halloween festivities Date: Saturday, October 27th Time: 11:30 a.m - 2 p.m Address: Honeydew Drop PlayHouse 1113 Church avenue bet. Stratford and Westminster road Brooklyn, NY 11218 Party Includes: Free pumpkins (first come first serve ) Free face painting Costume contest (1 boy & 1 girl will receive a prize) Goodie bags Sing-A-Long Concession stand will be available ( No outside food or drink allowed) For more information, contact us @: 516-673-8025 OR email: Honeydewplaydates@gmail.com
Amy Sara Clark October 27, 2012 at 01:20 AM
And this one, also on SATURDAY, in Crown Heights: This Saturday, CHCA is hosting the third annual Franklin Ave. Halloween parade. All kids from the neighborhood are invited to attend in their costumes; we'll be painting pumpkins, getting treats at The Candy Rush, and marching through the neighborhood together. When: Saturday, October 27 at 3:00 PM Start: Walt Shamel Dean North Community Garden 1096 Dean St. End: 983 Dean St. Community event space Between Franklin Ave. & Classon Ave. Please bring noise makers or instruments with you! Questions? Call 917-838-2421 or email tengrandfab@verizon.net.
Gloria Soto October 30, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Is there still trick or treating going on due to hurricane sandy?

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