With the Halloween season approaching, the chills and thrills are once again returning to Brooklyn.
Indeed, events for the spooky season for children, families and adults will be taking place in the borough all month long. Some are longstanding traditions, while others are new. But there is something for everyone to get your scare on.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Narrows Botanical Garden will host its annual Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 9 inside the garden at Shore Road with entrances just up from Bay Ridge Avenue and at 71st and 72nd Streets on Shore Road.
This fan favorite event for the Bay Ridge community will include a craft fair, a pumpkin patch where children can pick their own pumpkins, and a canine costume contest for all the dog lovers in the nabe. Merchandise created by local artists and crafters will also be available, along with native plant garden tours and raffles . Sean Casey Animal Rescue’s Mobile Adoption Unit will also be in attendance. For entertainment, the AL ‘e’ Mo Square Dancers will perform.
The annual canine costume contest is presented by Mary Jo Tobin and Judi Tenzer and will feature new prizes. To register your pooch, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information call NGB at 718-748-4810.
Head over to McKinley Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Bay Ridge Parkway, on Saturday, October 8 at 4 p.m. as the NIA Community Service Network and Councilmember Vincent Gentile present Pumpkin Fest 2016. The day will feature an evening of games, entertainment, attractions and pumpkins. Also, the animated film “Hotel Transylvania 2” will be shown at 7 p.m.
Show off your costume and carouse with colossal puppets at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade as the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, plays host to its annual Ghouls & Gourds festival on Saturday, October 29 beginning at 9 a.m.
The event is a magical Halloween celebration for kids and the young at heart. Attendees will be able to partake in shows and weird workshops, as well as meet local authors and illustrators. You’re encouraged to come in your craziest costume and join in the day’s grand finale—the spectacular costume parade, featuring colossal puppets, giant drums and jubilant dancing.
For more information, visit www.bbg.org.
On Halloween night, Monday, October 31, State Senate State Senator Marty Golden will host the 21st Annual Haunted Halloween Walk and Fairy Tale Forest at Owl’s Head Park, Colonial Road and 68th Street from 3:30-8:30 p.m. The event will include a pumpkin patch, rides, costumed characters, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, and a costume contest for the kids. The time of the contest has yet to be determined. For more information, call 718-238-6044.
Coney Island is once again bringing the chills for the season as Luna Park will once again host Halloween Harvest at Luna Park. The month-long event, which started Saturday, September 24, features activities and events that reflect the season including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo and pony rides. Magicians King Henry and Gary the Great will awe visitors, who can also enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, kooky spooky karaoke and more.
There are also special events, which include the annual Dog Parade and Costume Contest on Sunday, October 1 and Brooklyn-based pumpkin carvers Marc and the Maniac Carvers, returning for the fourth year in a row to transform a giant gourd into a Halloween masterpiece on Sunday, October 23
For more information on dates and times, visit www.lunaparknyc.com.
The Fulton Area Business (FAB) will host its annual Halloween Fun Fest on Sunday, October 30 from 1 -4 p.m. The family-friendly afternoon features face-painting, games and lively activities. Costumes are encouraged. Two Halloween themed movies, “Transylvania 6-5000” and “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” will also be shown on an outdoor big screen.
The event will take place at the Putnam Triangle Plaza, Fulton Street and Grand Avenue. For more information, visit www.faballiance.org.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for the 37th annual Haunted Halloween Walk and Carnival and Halloween fun at the Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel on Saturday, October 29 , from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Attendees will experiences scares and fun as ghouls and goblins lurk behind the trees, ready to provide a scare in the park’s Nethermead. After some chills and thrills at the Haunted Walk, enjoy more Halloween fun at the carnival nearby.
For more info, visit www.prospectpark.org.
On Monday, October 31, the Park Slope Civic Council will present another classic — the annual Park Slope Halloween Parade, which traditionally takes place rain or shine along the neighborhood’s main drags, Seventh and Fifth Avenues, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on 14th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues and concluding in J.J. Byrne Playground at Fifth Avenue and Third Street. Merchants along the strips give out treats to the masses of costumed children who take part.