ON HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31:
Get into the ghoulish spirit this month with these fun & freaky Halloween events happening across Brooklyn...
Get ready for the PARK SLOPE PARENTS HALLOWEEN PARADE!!
The theme for this year’s parade is MONSTER MASH! (And yes even Elsa from Frozen considers herself a monster!)
The Park Slope Halloween Parade Kicks off on Halloween, Friday, October 31st from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 PM. If you're marching, join us for line up on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues starting at 5:30. The parade will conclude at the Old Stone House & Washington Park in JJ Byrne Playground with a community gathering and dancing with the parade Route: the parade travels north, turns down 3rd and end at the Old Stone House & Washington Park in JJ Byrne Playground.
OTHER HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN THE HOOD:
When: Friday, October 31, 2014, 10am - 2pm
Albee Square Farmers Market
(Bond and Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn)
Balloon artist “Balloonasaurus” and “Facepainting by Shelly” will be on hand, as well as performances of “Dr. Finkelstein’s Zombie Show” courtesy of Big Apple Circus. We encourage everyone to come out for goodie bags and a bit of Halloween fun.
CLINTON HILL CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN WALK:
When: Friday, October 31, 5-7pm PM
Where: The Children’s Halloween Walk starts at the Pratt-Clinton Hill Community Garden (corner of DeKalb and Hall).
When: Friday, October 31, from 5pm
What: Every year on October 31st, crowds gather in the street in front of 313 Clinton Avenue, home of Janna Kennedy (aka "The Halloween Lady"), for the legendary theatrical extravaganza known as Halloween 313. Now in its 20th year, this free, Broadway-quality show for all ages runs continuous performances throughout the evening, drawing an attendance of more than 5,000 neighbors, visitors, and trick-or-treaters (the show coincides with the Society for Clinton Hill's Annual Halloween Walk). The increasingly-elaborate show is made possible by the collaborative efforts of a dedicated and talented group of volunteers, including professional actors, writers, producers, designers and artists from around Clinton Hill and Fort Greene who pool their skills and give up their weekends to make each year's show better than the last, all for the love of their community and the Halloween spirit. What began as a collection of tombstone decorations in the front yard of 313 Clinton years ago (which still go on display every year) has evolved into a Brooklyn institution beloved by generations of local kids.
Read more HERE
Where: 313 Clinton Avenue
BAMBoo! AT BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
When: Friday, October 31
What: Greetings, globe-treaters! Take a thrills and chills-filled journey around the world this Halloween at BAMboo! Featuring Brooklyn teen deejay – DJ Kakez. Plus: candy giveaways, bounce house, carnival games, costume contest, arts & crafts.
Read more HERE
Where: Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue
HALLOWEEN FRIGHT FEST
When: Friday, October 31, from 3-6pm
Halloween Fright Fest Sponsored by 72nd Precinct & Health Plus
Bring the children and come enjoy this community event with food, fun, emergency services trucks!
Where: in the PS 172 playground (825 Fourth Avenue, between 29th and 30th Street). More info call Community Affairs: 718-965-6326
Get ready this Halloween with these tips from Park Slope Parents:
and to view the complete section on everything related to Halloween, go HERE
Time for apple and pumpkin picking, Halloween and hay rides!
Check out Park Slope Parents' extensive list of apple and fruit picking destinations HERE. September 25th/26th (Rosh Hashanah) and October 13th (Columbus Day) are DOE school holidays, so beat the weekend crowds if you can make those days work.Tip: Before you trek out, make sure they still have an open field for pickers.
Reminder: PSP Members get $35 off a Zipcar memberships to ZipCar-- so you can skip public transportation. Sign up here. Contact to switch over your existing account or ask questions.
Did you know that PSP has over 700 discounts (and more every month)?
Check them out here! Ask your local stores if they have a PSP discount--have them email if they want to sign up!
Save the date: The 2014 Halloween Parade is Friday, October 31st.
This year's theme: Monster Mash! (Note: Elsa calls herself a monster in Frozen - so that costume counts too!)
Every year since 1986 the Park Slope Civic Council organizes the Children's Halloween Parade (with some help from PSP!). It's an all volunteer organized event and may be the largest children's Halloween march in the nation.
More details to come, but get those monstrous costumes ready!
(image here is the 2008 "so Park Slope" Halloween Poster!)
Clothing Swap! Get out your hand me downs
Sunday, October 5th is set for our Fall Clothing Swap so get ready to purge your old stuff and get some new!
OR Donate to Little Essentials, our go to place for donations. They are once again doing pickups (Tuesdays 3-6) and have a huge need for your extra or old gear!
Have a GREAT Start to FALL and Happy New Year!
Rachel, Susan, Melissa and Colleen
The Park Slope Parents Membership Team
Thanks for those of you who are posting the Department of Health information about the EV-D68 enterovirus.
With school back in session and classes well underway, kids coming in contact a lot more with each other. It's important we talk and teach them about public health safety.
Regardless of which virus, remember:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.
Here are some other ways to stop the spread of infection:
- Have kids wash their hands when they come home from school.
- Wash hands after being on the subway, going shopping, or being out and about. Make it a habit to wash when you get home..
- Wash dishes well and don’t reuse glasses.
- Remind kids not to share things such as chapstick, towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
- Don’t pick your nose (and keep your kids from picking theirs – or yours!).
- Clean the “green 11s.”
- Keep tissues handy to clean off kid snot before they get it on their hand, to get it on the school banister, etc.
- Cover your mouth (not your hand) with your arm when you sneeze or cough. Teach your kids to do this religiously (have them practice)
- Use safe cooking (and sex!) practices
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK! It doesn’t matter if they are in 4th grade and you fell the “but absences matter” pressure — keep them home for everyone’s benefit.
Keep the pathways to infection clear to reduce the ability of “bugs” to get in your body.
The first day of school is coming up in the next few weeks. With that comes first Day of School jitters. Your child may be nervous. You may be nervous. Big Changes are afoot and they can be scary.
Here's a new song called "Forever Friends" from the Bright Sides about starting school.
Summer's end means changing childcare needs for many of us, whether hiring a nanny or moving on from a current nanny is on the horizon. Whatever your situation, we have tons of information to guide you as you make the best choices for your family.
Hiring a Nanny?
The 2014 Park Slope Parents Guide to Hiring a Nanny [Beta] is a combination of best-practices, insights and honest expressions culled from years of experience by a diverse group of parents who have all been where you are now. It includes:
Need an after school nanny/babysitter? We asked you for ideas and experiences, and have put together the PSP Guide to Hiring an After School Sitter.
Park Slope Parents strongly recommends you have a work agreement in place. Get yours here.
Does Your Nanny Need a Job?
Be sure to review our "Helping Your Nanny Find A Job" info on the PSP Website.
Need to post about your nanny? Please see the updated PSP requirements including our required template for nanny recommendations! We have a dedicated nanny moderator so it can take 24-36 hours for your message to post.
Saying "Goodbye" to your nanny? See our tips to help with the transitions including severance pay, goodbye partings, and more.
We have a section for nannies! Send your caregiver the PSP "Information For Nannies" guide with tips and advice to help them secure their next job.
Creating a Nanny Share?
We have updated The PSP Guide to a Successful Nanny Share to include tips from what works (and what doesn't) to salary information, scheduling advice and more.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns in your search or posting process by emailing " onclick="window.open(this.href,'','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,location=yes,menubar=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,left=0,top=0');return false;"> .
In the meantime, happy summer and best of luck.
See you around the Slope.
Melissa and Susan,
Park Slope Parents