With pumpkin picking, trick or treating and special events you don't need to leave NYC to have some fall fun!
Halloween Harvest at at Luna Park in Coney Island
Every weekend from now until November 1 | times vary
Family-friendly events filled with tons of activities, entertainment, and of course the Luna Park rides and games you know and love. Activities include creepy crawly themed crafts, a pumpkin patch, and even a monster mash dance.
Times and prices vary. see: lunaparknyc.com
Haunted Brooklyn Heights at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Wednesday, October 21 | 6:30 p.m
On October 21, owner and founder of Boroughs of the Dead, Andrea Janes, will lead a tour through Brooklyn Heights’ bone chilling sites and discuss the legends that accompany them
Fall Movie Screening of "Little Shop of Horrors"
Friday October 23 | 7 p.m
Friends of Carroll Park presents the cult rock musical horror comedy movie.
For more information, check their Facebook page.
Annual "Scary-oke" Karaoke Party!
Saturday October 24 | 6 - 9 p.m
Friends of Carroll Park hosts a frightfully fun karaoke party.
For more information, check their Facebook page.
Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday, October 24 | 10:30am–1 p.m
Visitors can celebrate Halloween and fall on Pier 6 with pumpkin picking, face painting, mask making and old-time trolley rides.
Halloween Haunted Walk at Lookout Hill
Saturday, October 24 | Noon–3 p.m
All ages are invited to take part in this haunted walk atop the highest point in Prospect Park, where silly ghouls and goblins come out to play
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls & Gourds
Saturday, October 24| Noon–5:30 p.m.
Kids can showcase their costumes alongside giant puppets in a parade complete with live music by the Terry Dames Science Music Roadshow. Also available are arts and crafts activities and a stuffed animal petting zoo.
Creepy Crawly Halloween and Boo at the Zoo Weekend at Prospect Park
Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25 | times vary
Prospect Park will display its creepiest crawlers, as well as an owl pellet dissection, a spine-chilling walk around the park, and an animal encounter where guests can assist with an actual snake feeding. There will also be pumpkin treats, a costume parade and a dance
Harvest Hootenanny at Greenwood Playground
Sunday, October 25, 2015 | 11–4 p.m.
Friends of Greenwood Playground host their annual HOOT (Harvest Hootenanny) at Greenwood Playground.Activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, a bake sale, and all day musical entertainment. There will also be a HALLOWEEN PARADE with prizes awarded in the adorable costume category.
Halloween Central Station at the New York Transit Museum
Thursday, October 29 | 6–8 p.m.
Visitors can partake in the the Subway Shindig for Families, an underground Halloween costume party for face painting, a “glow-in-the-dark zone” and a shadow puppet show.
tickets and more information: transitmuseumeducation.org
Park Slope Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 31 | check back for time
Park Slope Halloween Parade Kicks off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue. If you're marching, join us for line up on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The parade will conclude at the Old Stone House & Washington Park in JJ Byrne Playground with a community gathering and dancing with the parade bands.
Friends of Carroll Park Annual Cobble Children's Halloween Parade
Saturday October 31 | 12pm
Parade begins In front of Cobble Hill Park. Please bring your own noise makers! All members of the public are invited.
For more information, check their Facebook page.
Monster Mash at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Saturday, October 31 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All ages are welcome to come dressed to impress as the Museum celebrates Halloween with a ghoulish glowing dance party! Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino will be performing.
BAMboo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Saturday, October 31 | 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Put on your devilish dancing shoes and kick off trick-or-treating right at this free outdoor Halloween block party featuring family-friendly music and mischief. Featuring Abby the DJ plus candy giveaways, a bounce house, carnival games, costume contest, and arts & crafts.
A-Scarium at the NY Aquarium at Coney Island
Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1 | times vary
On Halloween weekend, join the aquarium for pumpkin carving, musical and theater performances, and other kid-friendly activities.
NYC Adventure Tours at the Greenwood Cemetery
day, time TBC
Visitors are invited on a haunted walk through historic Greenwood Cemetery to learn about its hidden gems and lesser-known inhabitants, including the final resting place of several revolutionaries, femmes fatales, artists and more
Join Choices in Childbirth and the NYC Midwives in the race for better maternity care!
When: Saturday, October 3rd, 8:30a-1p (rain or shine)
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. Park Circle Lawn in Southwest Prospect Park (Prospect Park SW and Parkside Ave. Ft. Hamilton F/G trains, Prospect Park B/Q/S)
The 13th Annual Miles for Midwives 5K Fun Run and Birth Fair brings together families, birth workers, and healthy birth supporters for a day devoted to improving maternity care and community wellness. With your help and participation, we will be able to dedicate important dollars towards advancing midwifery care and supporting the advocacy work of Choices in Childbirth. Interested in joining the cause? Register today to as an individual or sign-up a team of birth supporters!
Choices in Childbirth (CiC) is a non-profit organization focused on ensuring that all women have access to maternity care that is safe, healthy, equitable, and empowering. Our mission is to promote evidence-based, Mother-Friendly childbirth options through public education, consumer advocacy, and pioneering policy reform. We seek to improve maternity care by providing the public, especially childbearing women and their families, with the information necessary to make fully informed decisions relating to how, where, and with whom they will give birth. Our advocacy and policy work is directed towards supporting implementation of evidence-based care practices that will result in better health outcomes for women and their babies, greater patient satisfaction, and increased engagement of women in their own care.
NYC Midwives is an affiliate organization of The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), assisting with the ever changing political and legislative issues facing midwives in this era of managed health care. New York City Midwives practice an ancient tradition in modern times. We proudly continue our long heritage of caring for women before, during, and after pregnancy.
To register, learn more, or donate to this important cause, please visit:
PSP conducted its 5th Nanny Compensation Survey of employers who employ a nanny. These results are based on 750+ Brooklynites who employ live-out nannies who are not part of a nanny share.
Pay Findings for full time nannies:
- $15.93 per hour for 1 child ($.82 more than 2013)
- $17.33 per hour for 2 children ($.87 more than 2013)
Part-time nannies continue to make a higher hourly rate than a full-time nannies:
- $17.43 per hour for 10-20 hours vs. $16.05 per hour for 50+ hours
- The average agreed upon days off is 15 days, while the reported days actually received is 21 days.
- 6 in ten (63%) try to give their nanny time off of the nanny's discretion.
Raises & Bonuses:
- The most common raise given is $1.00 per hour.
- Giving bonuses continues to be standard, with 1 week's pay given the most common amount.
See the full SURVEY RESULTS.
Hiring a Nanny? Help is Here!
STEPS TO HIRING A NANNY ON PSP
Step 1: WHAT do I want, WHAT can I expect and WHAT will it cost me?
Step 2: WHERE can you find Mary Poppins?
Step 3: WHO is it going to be?
Step 4: HOW can we seal the deal?
Step 5: HOW can I make this a great working relationship?
Here’s the Download URL for the Work Agreement
ON THE BOOKS INFORMATION:
PSP/HomeWork Solutions Guide to Paying On The Books
NANNY SHARE INFORMATION:
*The PSP Guide to a Successful Nanny Share
Helping your Nanny find a NEW Job?
- Here's information to help your nanny find a new job.
- How to post about your nanny on Park Slope Parents
- How to End the Nanny Relationship Positively
We also have Information for Nannies:
We have information For Nannies including other places to look for a job and post your availability as well as resources about the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, information about negotiating your next job, and other great resources.
Here are useful links to bookmark and have handy as you prepare your move. We've got advice about the logistics of moving with small kids, what to tip movers, the differences of small vs. large moves, how to get your security deposit back, bed bugs (ugh), and more!
Want PSP member advice?
Things to Think About When Moving (including what to tip movers!)
Looking for member recommended movers?
Other useful links:
New York State Department of Transportation’s Dos and Don’ts
US Department of Transportation’s Protect Your Move website
Read more moving advice from PSP HERE
Dear PSP Members,
There have been a few situations in the past weeks that warrant us posting information that you should be aware of regarding Daycares and Preschools.
CHECK THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WEBSITE about violations on the daycares and preschools that you are considering (or to double check that your existing daycare is in compliance. The link for Brooklyn https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.
MAKE SURE THE DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL IS LICENSED because then you know that city screened the facility for fire safety, background checks, capacity restrictions and a host of other things. Look beyond organic goodies, bright paint and baby yoga because some of these places might seem okay, but may not have satisfied safety standards.
READ "PROTECTING THE GIFT" by Gavin de Becker. It lists the types of questions to ask potential nannies or facilities who'll be responsible for your kids (e.g., "how do you screen your employees?", do you do background checks?", "what are your procedures for trips?", etc.). It also outlines what to teach your children (e.g., ask a person with kids rather than someone who looks like a police officer). This book, along with the book "the Gift of Fear" (another great read) are focused on trusting your gut if you think something doesn't feel quite right about a situation. Ultimately, if you don't feel good about leaving your child in the care of a certain facility, you should find another one.
TALK TO OTHER PARENTS. It's good for getting another perspective, sharing perceptions and feedback, and is just a good idea to know the parents of the kids' your child is in daycare/preschool with on a regular basis.
SPEAK UP IF SOMETHING DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT. It takes a village and we need to watch out for everyone's kids. If you see something and do say something, you're part of the solution and could save a life. Speak to the director of the school or if it's more serious, call 3-11 and report the situation. To see neglect or inappropriate behavior and not report it for any reason could lead to dire consequences.
Let's keep 'em safe,
Park Slope Parents
- PSP Founder Susan Fox Weighs in on Car Ban in Central and Prospect Park!
- On Friday, June 12 honor Nanny/Caregiver Appreciation Day
- Quick Answers to Your Common Nanny Questions; 2015 Nanny Survey Data Coming SOON
- Join us! Parents at Play, A Grown-Up Benefit for JJ Byrne Playground, June 6
- End of the Year Gifts for Nanny, Teacher, and Daycare Providers
- Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!
- Stranger Danger: an important message from PSP Founder, Susan Fox
- 2015-6 Public School Calendar