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.

 

Are you a parent in Brooklyn who's not yet a Park Slope Parents member? JOIN US today to chat with fellow families about trick-or-treating best practices, share intel on the best pumpkin patches, and get advice on everything from costumes to carving to crafting.

 

 

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

What's Trick-or-Treating Like in Different Brooklyn Neighborhoods?

 

Fall, Harvest, and Halloween Events

 

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 ---- (CONFIRMED THIS IS HAPPENING!)

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!

 

 

Mozart For Munchkins with Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra: Spooktacular Kids Show

Saturday, October 30th

11:00am

It's Spooktacular time! Celebrate Halloween with favorites by Bach and Grieg, plus spooktacular Halloween tunes, and sing-alongs- there's nothing better than little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns marching to Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King!" Complete with a costume parade.

 

 

(CANCELLED) Halloween Fest in Park Slope --- Look Below For Rescheduled Events on Halloween

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.

 

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Sportball Halloween

Saturday, October 30th

11:30am - 12:15pm & 2:30pm - 3:15pm

Sportball’s Halloween Event is happening this year in Prospect Park! Join us for an unforgettable journey into a land of imaginative play where coaches lead kids in a variety of fun activities all centered around a Halloween theme. We become monsters, superheroes and Zombies while taking part in fun warmups, obstacle courses and skill-based activities. If you're looking for things to do - or places to scream – our Halloween Haunt is the event for you. DRESS UP and get ready to burn off some energy before you dig into your treats!

Cobble Hill Halloween Window Painting (STATUS UNKNOWN)

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.

 

 

Carroll Park’s Children’s Halloween Celebration (STATUS UNKNOWN)

Saturday, October 30th

11:30am - 1:00pm

Dress up and join us for a festival of fun! Music, Dancing, Treats, Scavenger Hunt and Prizes! Events at the Park House and Monument area!

 

Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park (STATUS UNKNOWN)

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.

 

 

Redemption Church Fall Festival  (STATUS UNKNOWN)

Saturday, October 30th

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Free event in Red Hook's Coffey Park with costume contest, candy, giveaways, music, and activities!

 

 

PS 316 Spookfest Halloween & Skate Party (STATUS UNKNOWN)

Saturday, October 30th

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Get your COSTUME on and enjoy an afternoon of TRICK OR TREATING, CARNIVAL GAMES, INFLATABLE SPORTS GAMES, ROLLER SKATING, HALLOWEEN ARTS & CRAFTS, GOOD FOOD & GREAT FRIENDS. $10 for unlimited games and activities; $20 for one hour of skating plus unlimited games and activities.

 

Bklyn Boo! (STATUS UNKNOWN)

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!

 

Events on Halloween

 

Halloween 2021 at All Saints'

October 31st, 10:00am

Boo! Kids are welcome to wear their costumes to church on Sunday, October 31 at the 10am service! Festive Halloween crafts and snacks will also be provided.

 

The church will be open for trick-or-treaters from 4-6pm on Sunday evening. Individually-packaged candy donations from the congregation are welcome! Please bring them to the parish office.

 

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Halloween at Brooklyn Children's Museum

October 31st

10:00am - 5:00pm (sign up for a two-hour play session)

Join us in your costume and celebrate Halloween at BCM! Trick-or-treat in our exhibits, create art prints using fall produce like apples and pumpkins, explore our not-too-spooky maze and meet some of our creepiest animal friends!


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.

 

Halloween Fest in Park Slope --- AT THE OLD STONE HOUSE

Sunday, October 31st

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

 

11:00am  – Rollie Pollie Guacamole in front of the Old Stone House

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

 – Mini-parade after the Neighborhood of Trees.

 

23rd Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest  

RESCHEDULED TO Sunday, October 31st

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!

Due to weather, the PUPkin has been postponed to SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st.

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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!

  

Nia's Halloween Festival at Owl's Head Park

October 31st

1:00pm - 5:00pm

A FREE festival at Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Entrance at Colonial Road & 68th Street. Featuring a giant maze, kid’s concert, costume contest, treats, and more!

Franklin Ave Halloween Parade and Block Party

October 31st

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Food! Music! Costume parade and contest! Pumpkins! Photo booth! Games! And tons more Halloween fun! Kids of all ages welcome—wear a costume, and bring instruments and noise-makers! Located at Walt L. Shamel Community Garden at 1096 Dean St.

 

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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!

 

Myrtle Monster Mash

October 31st

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Calling all creatures for the Myrtle Monster Mash dance party on Halloween! Enjoy FREE music, dancing, games, treats + more in the Myrtle Avenue Plaza. Featuring a Thriller dance class and open dance battle led by P.S. 20, The Clinton Hill School Dancers and teacher Mr. Chung, starting at 4:45 pm. Kids and adults welcome! Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult guardian. MASK IS A MUST.

 

Green Meadows Farm Halloween Candy Hunt

Weekends, October 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st

11:00am - 5:00pm

Come enjoy a BOO-TASTIC DAY! It’s that exciting time when your little ghouls and goblins get to dress in their costumes and participate in our candy hunt. In addition, they can run and roam throughout the farm greeting our animals, climbing on our playgrounds, and enjoy our Fall decorations. Haunting fun day!

 

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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What's Trick-or-Treating Like in Different Brooklyn Neighborhoods?

 

Ditmas Park:

 

"It’s been huge! The time to start doesn’t get set until closer to the date but in past years everyone meets on Albemarle in front of the house that is thoroughly decorated around 3 or 4. There is a parade and then everyone starts trick or treating. There wasn’t much last year (we didn’t do anything).  But it seems like it might be back this year. There are usually tons of people. Once a house runs out of candy, which has happened with us every year, tape is put across our porch (or all lights out)."

 

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"Ooooh yes there is tons of trick or treating in Ditmas Park! Lots of houses give out candy; you just have to walk around. I’d say 5pm would probably be a good time to start. With Halloween being on a Sunday this year, people might be starting earlier though."

 

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"Although I don't think there is an official Halloween parade again this year trick or treating is happening in Ditmas Park on Halloween. Since it's geared towards little kids it usually starts pretty early around 4:30 while it's bright out and seems like it is winding down around 7:30 or so.

For those new to the area, I'd suggest going to the houses between Cortelyou to Albemarle and Marlborough Westminster - although there should be plenty more houses giving out candy in the area it just tends to be the most dense over there."

 

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Kensington & Windsor Terrace:

 

"The hotspot is this block: 4th St. between Albemarle and Caton. It's Halloween Central. You can also go on the blocks parallel, and Albemarle and Caton. We go early, around 3:45, to try and beat the crowds -- it gets nuts later. Not sure when people will go this year, as it's on a weekend instead of during the week, but probably around the same time since it's fairly close to sundown."


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"Another popular spot is Sherman St, between 10th and 11th Aves, as well as the surrounding blocks. It can get a bit packed, but should be ok earlier (like closer to 4 maybe?). Where you go may depend on what part of the neighborhood you’re in and how far you want to walk!"

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Prospect & Crown Heights:

 

"On Halloween, I’ve heard some of the blocks between Underhill and Washington are the most popular for trick or treating."

 

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South Slope / Greenwood / Sunset Park:

 

"When I first moved to the neighborhood 15 years ago there were almost no trick or treaters. After years of buying candy and no one coming to our door, we organized with neighbors to encourage folks in the neighborhood to participate in Halloween. 5 years later and the trick treating has grown. Below are the details:

There will be trick or treating on 21st, 22nd, and 23d streets as well as 6th and 7th Avenue from 5:30-7pm. Look for the orange pumpkin signs for homes giving treats."

  

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Past 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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