It’s going to be boo-tiful in Brooklyn during the scary season.
There will be plenty of tricks and treats this year as the borough prepares to embrace Halloween. And, because of the holiday’s popularity, horror fans don’t have to wait until October 31 to experience many of the frightful and fun filled activities many venues have to offer.
In Bay Ridge, Narrows Botanical Gardens will present its annual Fall Harvest Festival and Canine Costume Contest on Sunday, October 11 (raindate, October 18). The event runs from noon to 5 p.m., and also includes a craft fair and pumpkin patch, as well as country music featuring the Al ‘e’ Mo square dancers and Sean Casey Animal Rescue’s Mobile Adoption Unit. For more info, go to narrowsbg.org. To register for the canine costume contest (fee $15), go to Hom, 8810 Third Avenue; call Mary Jo Tobin with questions at 718-986-1362.
Over at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, attendees can expect thrills at its annual Ghouls and Gourds event on Saturday, October 24. This event culminates in a parade where children can show off their creative costumes and march with giant puppets. Live music as well as arts and crafts will also be available. The event takes place from 12-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.bbg.org.
Halloween is a really big deal over at Prospect Park. The Prospect Park Alliance will host its 36th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair on Saturday, October 24, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Lookout Hill and the Nethermead, providing daring visitors with thrills and chills galore, for free, all in the name of a spooky good time. Other Halloween-themed events will be taking place at the park’s Children’s Corner, at the Audubon Center and Lefferts House, For more info, visit www.prospectpark.org.
The Prospect Park Zoo will hold its Boo at the Zoo Weekend on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. The annual event includes a wide range of family-friendly events, including watching the zoo’s Hamadryas baboons play with pumpkins. There will be storytelling, crafts, costumed characters, a scavenger hunt, costumed characters and a spooky barn, as well a Halloween parade hosted by the zoo.
Also on October 24, Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts its Harvest Festival. Attendees will be able to go pumpkin picking, face painting, mask making and old-time trolley rides on Pier 6. Visit www.brooklynbridgepark.org.
City Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the Waterfront Alliance will host a Pumpkin Fest on Sunday, October 25 at the 69th Street Pier, from noon to 4 p.m., with a costume parade at 2 p.m. Kids and families will be able to pick pumpkins, hear ghost ship stories and enjoy crafts and games in a fall finale at the waterfront. For more info, call 718-748-5200.
On Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, the fun continues as State Senator Marty Golden be hosts the 20th Annual Haunted Halloween Walk and Fairy Tale Forest at Owl’s Head Park, Colonial Road and 68th Street. The event, which runs from 1-9 p.m., includes a pumpkin patch, rides, costumed characters, kid’s activities, arts and crafts, and a costume contest for the kids.
“The Halloween Walk is not only one of the most anticipated community events of the year, but it is one of the largest Halloween events in the Nation,” said John Quaglione, spokesperson for Golden. “This year, many volunteers and sponsors are working with Senator Golden, to make it the best event ever.”
Other venues in Brooklyn are also celebrating on Halloween Day. Fort Greene Park is once again holding its Halloween Festival, from noon to 3 p.m. The fun and spooky event features hayrides, pumpkin patch and painting, face painting, games, costume parades, dog costume contest. Visit www.fortgreenepark.org.
At the First Street Recreation Center, First Street and Fourth Avenue, Puppetry Arts will hold its 11th annual Haunted Halloween Carnival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Halloween Day, including Star Wars characters, spooky puppet-making crafts, games and prizes. Admission is free.
Also on Halloween day is the annual Park Slope Halloween Parade. Sponsored by the Park Slope Civic Council, the parade — one of the most established traditions in the borough — starts at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue at 6:30 p.m.
On Halloween day, families can also bring kids onto Carroll Park for its Annual Kids’ Halloween Parade. The walk will begin at 12 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/carrollparkbrooklyn.
In recent years, Coney Island’s Luna Park has stepped up its game with a series of activities, which this year will be taking place throughout the month of October. It kicked off late in September with Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch where pumpkins are available for $5, and there’s also a pumpkin painting station. Attendees can also try to guess the weight of Jack the Giant Pumpkin (for a chance to win up to $1,000 in prizes) and take part in pumpkin-carving competitions.
On Sunday, October 11, Luna Park will present an event is strictly for the dogs. As part of Halloween Harvest, the park will present its annual Dog Parade Costume Contest with dog lovers encouraged to bring their beloved pooches donned in various costumes, from witches to superheroes.
A panel of judges that include actress “Law and Order” actress Kathryn Erbe will evaluate the winners based on several categories. The Grand Prize winner will receive a six month subscription to Bark Box, while its owner will receive four unlimited ride wristbands for the park.
The parade is from 2-4p.m. To register your dog or find out more information, visit www.lunaparknyc.com.
Also at Luna Park, Food Network star Marc and the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers will return for the third consecutive year as he carves a massive pumpkin. Check his work out on Sunday, October 25 at 6 p.m. at Jack’s Pumpkin Shack. Finally, on October 31 from 12-6 p.m., Luna will host its Monster Mash Halloween Bash, which will feature trick-or treating, games, and a flash mob dance.