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.
Luna Park at Coney Island:
What: Every weekend from September 20th until October 26th Luna Park is open for Halloween fun. With pumpkin picking, trick or treating and special events you don't need to leave NYC to have some fall fun!
New York Aquuarium:
Weekends: October 15 & 16 October 22 & 23, October 29 & 30 check website for show times
Cost: One child (ages 3-12; children under 3 are free) in costume will receive a free child's general admission with the purchase of one full-priced adult general admission ticket.
What: Join in the excitement at Ascarium at the New York Aquarium! Enjoy a deep-sea adventure at the Haunted Sea-fari and explore a spooky shipwreck. With the surly Captain Looter and his devilish crew, you will enter the Captain's Quarters, navigate the belly of the octopus and much more before you arrive safely back on shore. Don't miss sea worthy animal and Halloween-themed live musical performances by Allistair Moock and SweetBeatz. Enjoy puppets and spooktacular stories by the popular LuAnn Adams, thrilling magic shows, crafts and more!
Read More Here
Where: Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11224 (directions HERE)
Saturday, October 18 12-4
What: There are so many amazing activities to enjoy!!! There are 5 different inflatable rides including two Velcro walls, a bounce house, dual slide and a rock climbing wall!! Liam the magician is there to show off his magic tricks. There’s also cotton candy, popcorn, spin art, sand art, dunk tank, juicing bicycle, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and pumpkin painting. We are lucky to have incredible sponsors to give demonstrations and lead activities: Amerikick, Bee Tutored, Urban Sitter, Brooklyn Oak Dental, King’s Bay Y at Windsor Terrace, The Tiny Scientist, TOLA, Sonic Soccer, Clear Choice Dental Group and many, many more!!! FFPumpkinspuppets NEW fun things in 2014 we will have author readings on the 14th St lawn sponsored by Powerhouse on 8th & City Science will join us with an interactive Brooklyn Bridge workshop. Plus, DAVIDsTEA will be selling $1 teas and donating 100% of the proceeds to the PS 107 PTA! The dunk tank was a HUGE hit last year and IS BACK! PS 107 has some of the best face painters in town and now is your chance to learn from the best. We need over 40 hours of face painting volunteers. Susan Fox will be hosts an annual face painting training if you are interested in joining the face painting team. It is so much fun!!
Read more HERE
Where: The Big Yard, 1301 8th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
Saturday, October 18 12-5
October 18, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: 610 Baltic Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
FALL FESTIVAL - CELEBRATE WITH LEGO
Throughout October, classes and times vary
Over the month, kids can build Halloween themed lego builds. Think things like a haunted house with trap door, secret wall panel, broken windows and a coffin in the attic and their own witch/wizard’s lair in a haunted forest. Other sessions kids can sign up for include building a spooky tree, scary scarecrow, potion shelves, giant cobra, and bone cage. They can choose to bring home one build each week.
For class dates , cost, and registration - go HERE.
Where: The first of our monthly classes at Lark Café, 1007 Church Ave.
WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 24/ 25/ 26:
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens:
GHOULS & GOURDS
Saturday, October 25 | 12noon–5:30p.m
Cost: Members and Kids under 12, free! Adults: $15
What: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets and zany stilt-dancers at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade! Enjoy Marching Band Madness! Colossal Metal Creatures! Brussels Sprout Bowling! Or just flop down on the grass and enjoy the Garden’s gorgeous fall colors.
Read More HERE
Where: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Brooklyn Children's Museum:
MONSTER MASH 2014!
Friday, October 24th | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, October 25th | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Buy tickets here
Ages: all ages
What: Calling all ghosts and goblins, come dressed to impress as the Museum celebrates Halloween! Face your fears and touch creepy crawlers from the land and sea, curl up at story time for little monsters, and create a kooky craft, and shake it up at our ghoulish glowing dance party. Find out more here!
Where: 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
5th Avenue, Brooklyn:
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Saturday, October 25
11am-3pm Rain or Shine
What: $2.00 Activities & Crafts & Games
$2.00 Popcorn & Cotton Candy
$3.00 T-Shirt Decorating
$4.00 Bounce Castle
Haunted House & Prizes All Day!
Where: Located along 4th Street at 5th Ave of Park Slope, Brooklyn
A SPIRITED STROLL THROUGH GREEN-WOOD
Saturday, October 25th | 1pm – 3pm
Sunday, October 26th | 1pm – 3pm
Cost: $15 for members of Green-Wood and BHS/$20 for non-members.
What: Get into the autumnal mood and enjoy a cool, crisp day exploring our 478 acres of beautiful fall foliage. Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman will lead this favorite fall tour featuring tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and the utterly bizarre. Visit the graves of The Wizard of Oz, George Washington’s favorite dentist, the founders of Spiritualism, and many more. You’ll even get to tour Green-Wood’s Catacombs, usually closed to the public.
Read More HERE
Where: 500 25th Street Brooklyn, New York 11232
HALLOWEEN HAUNTED WALK
Saturday, October 25, 12–3 pm
What: Deep in the Park lies Lookout Hill, the highest point in Prospect Park and home of the Prospect Park Alliance’s Annual Halloween Haunted Walk. Ghouls and goblins lurk behind the trees, ready to provide a silly scare! An adult should accompany young children. Rain or shine.
Where: Lookout Hill
Saturday, October 25, 12–3pm
What: After you are scared witless on the Haunted Walk, don’t forget to head over to the Prospect Park Alliance’s Halloween Carnival. This annual treat on the Nethermead features fun games for children, pony rides and more! Rain or shine.
Where: The Nethermead
BOO AT THE ZOO
Saturday, October 25th | 11am – 4pm
Sunday, October 26th | 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free with Zoo Admission.
What: The Wildlife Conservation Society’s host its annual, family-friendly Halloween extravaganza. Festivities include costumes, arts and crafts, and treats for the animals. Highlights include the popular “Spooky Barn” with requisite scary creatures and not-so-scary animals to pet and feed. No Halloween celebration is complete without bats, and the Zoo’s nocturnal exhibit provides the perfect setting for a dark and creepy look into the world of these fascinating flying creatures of the night.
Where: Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday + Sunday, October 25 + 26, 12–5 pm
Cost: $2 per ride, $9 for a book of five tickets; Free with Prospect Park Alliance Supporter Family Plus membership.
What: It’s time for a spooky, scary spin on the 1912 Carousel, which will be transformed for some haunted Halloween fun.
CREEPY CRAWLY HALLOWEEN, Saturday + Sunday, October 25 + 26, 1–4 pm
What: Join the Prospect Park Alliance to meet creatures that give you the creeps, you may find you like them! Participate in fun activities that will make your spine tingle, including a Creepy Crawly Walk.
Where: Audubon Center
HALLOWEEN SKELETON CUT-OUTS + SCARY STORIES,
Saturday + Sunday, October 25 + 26
1–4 pm (storytelling at 2 + 3 pm)
Cost: $3 suggested donation
What: Join the Prospect Park Alliance to make your own scary headdress using traditional paper-cutting techniques, then join storyteller Tammy Hall, who will keep the tradition of scary stories alive with tales told in the Village of Flatbush 200 years ago.
Where: Lefferts Historic House
ON HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31:
CLINTON HILL CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN WALK:
Where: The Children’s Halloween Walk starts at the Pratt-Clinton Hill Community Garden (corner of DeKalb and Hall).
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
Brooklyn Academy of Music:
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
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.