Do you have babies, little ones, tiny tots or rug rats? Halloween in the Slope is great fun for all ages—with a little forethought.
Updated for 2021
NOTE: The Park Slope Children’s Halloween Parade is NOT happening on Halloween Night this year. Instead, check out...
- Go early while it's still light. If you head out around 4:30, then you have plenty of time to get in some trick or treating, grab a quick dinner, and sort your candy and swap (which is what I did with my family when I was young—Butterfingers are still my favorite). Trick or treating is typically over by 7:15pm or so. Some folks stay out later (and sometimes with the candy their kids brought home that they didn’t like). Since there is NO HALLOWEEN NIGHT PARADE this year, timing may be adjusted slightly.
- The stores open have candy and hand it out at the doorway—you don’t have to go in. However, some stores on 5th and 7th Avenues sometimes have "no trick or treaters til 4" signs, but that’s typically when Halloween is on school days. PLEASE patronize the stores that provide candy and make things fun! Local businesses can spend hundreds of dollars on candy (and have to pay a staff person that day JUST to pass it out), so you can pay it forward by supporting them.
- Choose two or three side streets—that's usually enough for most kids, and do you really need that much candy? Many folks, especially last year, just sat out on their stoop and handed out candy. Lots had cool candy chutes.
- Scout out blocks & houses with a lot of Halloween decorations—that's a big indication that there will be celebrations! Parents also suggest that brownstone and wood frame house blocks are great and welcoming to trick or treaters. SEND US PHOTOS OF PLACES WITH GREAT DECORATIONS
- All of Park Slope typically has trick or treating—and we typically go on the numbered streets between 7th and PPW. Last year during Covid, there were some great candy chutes, a big candy ship, and a candy catapult on 11th Street between 8th and PPW.
- Co-op and apartment buildings aren’t typically “outsider welcoming” for trick or treating. However, if you do know folks in a building, it can be fun. In some buildings, you only knock on doors that have decorations on them. Some people just leave a big bowl of candy out for trick or treaters—which you may find heaven or hell depending on your perspective. It's nice if the bowl-leaver-outers oversee your kids so they limit their candy hoarding.
- Strollers are great for marching in the Halloween parade (which is NOT happening this year on Halloween), but not so great for getting around on the crowded sidewalks. Consider bringing a carrier and/or a stroller that folds easily to facilitate getting through the crush. Normally, you would join the parade at the end of the procession, say, 3rd Street and 7th Avenue. This lets kids march, but not for so long that it becomes exhausting.