The PSP Guide to Halloween Fun: 2021 Edition

Hop on your broomstick and enjoy everything Brooklyn has to offer this season! From pumpkin patches to corn mazes to block parties and beyond, there’s a spectacularly spooky event to fit every family.

 

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Wondering which festivities are safe to partake in this year, and which you should skip? CNN Health has an article with expert guidance on Covid risks and precautions during Halloween.

 

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Fall, Harvest, and Halloween Events

Ongoing Events

Events on Halloween

 

 

Fall, Harvest, and Halloween Events

 

Pumpkin Patch at the William Vale Park (Williamsburg)

Sundays, October 17th and 24th

11:30am - 3:00pm

Bring the whole family to Vale Park to pick your own pumpkins and get into the fall spirit.

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 23rd

11:00am - 3:00pm

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s annual Harvest Festival! Park Slope Parents will be there with giant bubbles and spooky Halloween face stamps.  Don’t miss the kick-off procession, arts and crafts, storytelling, lawn games and more—including BBP’s signature pumpkin patch.

 

***PSP will be at BBP with bubbles and body paints!***

 

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PS 130 Fall Fest

Sunday, October 24th

11:00am - 3:30pm

PS 130 Upper School, 713 Caton Avenue between E. 7th and E. 8th streets

The public is invited to P.S. 130's Fall Fest, the school's annual harvest and Halloween celebration for the neighborhood. Fall Fest is free and it'll take place outdoors. The event will feature inflatables, pony rides, an obstacle course, a pumpkin patch, temporary tattoos, and crafting, as well as music from special guest DJs Eli Paperboy Reed and Will Butler, a performance by Ballet Folklorico, and a chance for kids to show off their costumes on the Halloween costume red carpet. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required.

 

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Court Street Spectacular

Sunday, October 24th

10:00am ‑ 6:00pm

Enjoy a street and craft fair from Atlantic Avenue to Joralemon Street.

 

Halloween on the Harlem Meer: Pumpkin Flotilla

Thursday, October 28th

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Watch the Harlem Meer get spooky! Drop off your carved pumpkin and find a spot along the edge of the Harlem Meer to watch as the jack-o’-lanterns float by in New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla.

 

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Halloween Extravaganza at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

Friday, October 29th

7:00pm or 10:00pm

The Cathedral’s annual Halloween celebration returns in 2021 with a screening of the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), accompanied live by organist Timothy Brumfield! Following the film, master puppeteer and Cathedral Artist in Residence Ralph Lee will be joined by members of the Mettawee River Theatre Company, who will be acting out the roles of ghouls and goblins and delighting audience members with seasonal fright.

 

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PS 282 Spooktacular

Saturday, October 30th

10:30am - 1:30pm

The PS 282 PTO presents Spooktacular on the 282 turf! Costumes encouraged. All proceeds go toward PS 282 enrichment programs. Featuring pumpkin painting, creative crafts, yummy bake sale, games and prizes, scavenger hunt, and fun fun fun! Come one, come all!

 

 

Halloween Fest in Park Slope (with PSP!)

Saturday, October 30th

11:30am - 4:00pm

This year’s theme: The Magic of Nature!


The Halloween Fest is sponsored by Park Slope Parents, the Park Slope Civic Council, The Old Stone House, and The 5th Ave BID.


11:30am - 12:00pm
– Music and Parade Organizing. Gather on Open Streets between President and Carroll Street. Rollie Pollie Guacomole will be playing and some stores will have activities on the block.

12:00pm Noon – The Halloween Parade. Parade kicks off and heads south on 5th Ave! Parade from President to 4th St and then turn towards the Old Stone House. Parade ends at Washington Park. Head to the Old Stone House for some fun activities with Park Slope Parents.

1:00pm - 1:30pm – The Neighborhood of Trees Puppet Pageant with Theresa Linnihan from the Puppeteers Cooperative, PS 107, and 350Brooklyn

1:30pm onwards – Arts, Crafts, and Activities on 4th Street

2:30pm - 3:30pm – The Park Slope Parents/ Old Stone House Halloween Costume Contest

3:30pm - 4:00pm – Mini-parade with costume contest winners and participants.

 

 

 

Cobble Hill Halloween Window Painting

Saturday, October 30th

8:30am - 12:00pm

The Cobble Hill Halloween Window Painting Day is a super organized event where more than 75 children from the community can register to create a Halloween-themed painting on a reserved and designated 3x2’ retail window space. This event is open to children in grades 1-8 living in the neighborhood between and including Atlantic Avenue to Union Street, Smith Street to Columbia Street.

 

23rd Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

Saturday, October 30th

12:00pm - 2:30pm

The Great PUPkin is Brooklyn's largest and most outrageous dog costume contest. Scads of dogs enter and ruthlessly compete for the coveted Great PUPkin rosettes for the top pups!

 

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Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park

Saturday, October 30th

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Join Socrates Sculpture Park for their annual Halloween Harvest Festival, featuring a doggie costume contest; pumpkin carving and catapulting competition; artist-led workshops, and the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.

 

Bklyn Boo!

Saturday, October 30th

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Head to Albee Square for an early Halloween celebration with music, performances, and treats!

 

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Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra Opening Night Halloween Concert

Saturday, October 30th

7:00pm

BCO presents a Halloween inspired concert with renowned pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski!

 

 

Ongoing Events

 

Pumpkin Point at Governors Island

Weekends from October 23rd through October 31st

10:00am - 6:00pm

During the last two weekends of October, Pumpkin Point will bring thousands of pumpkins to Governors Island, transforming historic Nolan Park into a fall wonderland. Visitors are invited to stroll through the expansive pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin to take home in exchange for a small suggested donation.

 

Boo at the Prospect Park Zoo

Weekends through October 31st

11:00am - 4:00pm

Go batty every weekend in October with Halloween-themed games and crafts. Learn about bats around the world and right here in New York where we are participating in a project to understand the ecology of urban bats in our own backyard – Prospect Park.

 

Boo at the Bronx Zoo

Weekends and holidays through October 31st

10:00am - 5:00pm; times of activities vary

The Bronx Zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween tradition is back. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy!

 

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Halloween Harvest at Luna Park

Holidays and weekends through October 31st

12:00pm - 8:00pm

Your Halloween Harvest pass includes entitlements to Halloween themed activities including Pumpkin Decorating, Tractor Racing, and Trick or Treating!

 

Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Picking Weekends

Weekends through October 31st

11:00am - 5:00pm

Make your plans to enjoy a Fall day of farm fun. Visit Green Meadows Farm-friendly animals, have fun on the hayride, pick your own pumpkin, and be delighted by their Fall decorations.

 

NYBG’s Scarecrows & Pumpkins Takeover

Through October 31st

10:00am - 6:00pm

Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds by the Mertz Library Building and Haupt Conservatory Plaza, and keep an eye out for displays of whimsical scarecrows throughout the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

 

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The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum

Fridays and weekends through October 30th

Fridays, 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Weekends and holidays, 11:00am - 4:30pm

Andy Warhol’s Cow at Queens Farm? This year The Amazing Maize Maze celebrates the genius of Andy Warhol’s pop art in NYC’s only corn maze. The adventure begins with a Stalk Talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way to Victory Bridge where the full vista of Warhol’s Cow is revealed.

 

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Through November 7th

Various admission times; check calendar for availability

Elaborate displays and thousands of pumpkins enchant at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Long Island.

 

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Events on Halloween

 

Shipwrecked Haunted House for Kids

October 30th, 11:00am - 6:00pm

October 31st,  11:00am - 5:00pm

A crew of silly ghouls and ghosts are taking over the Shipwrecked Escape Rooms for one weekend only.

This experience is kid appropriate and does not feature gore or overly scary characters. It is first come first serve. Participants will be spaced out and all guests must wear a mask through the haunted house. We highly encourage guests to dress in costume as there will several opportunities for pictures and a final souvenir photo will be available for purchase (while supplies last). Each kid will receive a bag of candy.

 

 

The Rock and Roll Playhouse and Brooklyn Bowl Present: 2021 Halloween Spooktacular for Kids

October 31st

Doors at 11:00am, show at 12:00pm

Ft. face painting, costume contest, and more!

 

BAMboo!

October 31st

2:00pm - 5:00pm

BAM’s Halloween block party is back on the streets of Brooklyn! Start your trick-or-treating off right at this free outdoor festival, featuring candy giveaways, carnival games, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and more. Family-friendly music and mischief kick off at 2 pm.

 

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Halloween at BKCM

October 31st

4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music hosts a Halloween event for the whole family! Join BKCM outside of their building for a spine-chilling performance, a haunted musical garden and, of course, candy!

 

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