Once again, Brooklyn will pull out all the stops for Halloween fun.
With fall already upon us, several annual events and activities are taking place throughout the borough for children and adults to celebrate the spooky season well before October 31.
Leading off the list is the annual Fall Harvest Festival hosted by the Narrows Botanical Gardens, Shore Road and 71st Street, on Sunday, October 8 from 12-5 p.m. The fun will include a craft fair featuring local artists, a pumpkin patch for children, raffles, tours, and the favorite Great Canine Costume Contest, presented by Mary Jo Tobin of Love Wanted Adoptions and Stella Panzarino of Love Wanted Adoptions and Lost and Found Pets Brooklyn. Country music will also be performed by Don Coy & the Al ‘e’ Mo Square Dancers.
The event is free admission; there is a $15 entry fee to participate in the Canine Costume Contest.
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Our Life Inc. will be hosting its 2017 Autumn Festival, also on Sunday October 8 at Kelly Park, Avenue S and East 14th Street, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The event features a free kids’ hay maze, face painting, prizes, giveaways, field day style games and storytime provided by Brooklyn Public Library. Thrive NYC will also be on site informing visitors about mental health topics.
For more information, visit www.ourlife.nyc.
Coney Island will host several Halloween events. On Saturday, October 14, Luna Park, 1000 Surf Avenue, brings back its Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest.
Attendees can bring theirs dogs in creative costumes in hopes of taking home top honors. Each dog must be registered to enter Luna Park.
In addition, Luna Park will entice visitors with its Halloween Harvest, which started last month and will continue each weekend until Sunday, October 29. Highlights include face painting, pony rides, arts and crafts, music, a pumpkin patch and more, including the Fifth Annual Marc and the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers event on Sunday, October 22.
To purchase tickets, visit www.lunaparknyc.com.
On Saturday, October 21 State Senator Marty Golden will present Marine Park’s 32nd Halloween Fall Festival at Lenape Park, East 36th Street-East 38th Street and Avenue U, from 12-3 p.m.
The fun-filled day will include a pumpkin patch, treats, a puppet show presented by NYC Parks Puppetworks, the FDNY Smokehouse and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes with prizes for the best ones.
For more information, call 718-336-7343.
Councilmember Mark Treyger will host the Fall Festival at Kaiser Park, 2529 Neptune Avenue, on Saturday, October 21 from 12-3 p.m.
The free event will include pumpkin picking, painting, games, inflatable activities, a cauldron, and more. Kids are encouraged to dress in their costumes.
For more information, call 718-373-9673.
On Saturday, October 28, the Prospect Park Alliance will put on its free Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair from 12-3 p.m.
Attendees will encounter zombies, werewolves, witches and other Halloween spirits on a haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill, ideal for families with children ages seven to 12. All ages will enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities, as well as sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks. In addition, both the Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel will celebrate the season, the latter by transforming into a Haunted Carousel, the former with scary stories told by Tammy Hall.
For more information, visit www.prospectpark.org/news-events.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, is bringing back Ghouls & Gourds: Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 28 from 12-5:30 p.m. The day will include music performances and kids of all ages will be able to interact with insects both real and imaginary and meet an entomologist and her bugs at Dr. Rutledge’s Insectorium and Petting Zoo. Other activities include a Vegetable Midway with Brussels Sprout Bowling, Rutabaga Skee-Ball and more.
Tickets are $20 for adults; seniors and children over 12 are $15. Children under 12 and BBG members get in for free.
To purchase tickets, visit www.bbg.org/ghoulsandgourds.
The 13th Annual Halloween Carnival will be held at the First Street Recreation Center of P.S. 372, 512 Carroll Street on Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. – 3p.m.
Hosted by Puppetry Arts, the event will feature crafts, games and activities for kids of all ages as well as performances, free giveaways, and a costume contest. The first 200 kids will receive Puppetry Arts Gift Bags filled with tons of goodies. Special guests include Tuffy Tiger and cameos by Star Wars Characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison and the Echo Base Rebel Legion and Empire Saber Guild. Activities include $3 games, crafts, a Bouncy Moon Walk for $5, and a haunted house ($4) with a costume contest every hour.
For information, visit www.puppetryarts.org.
The Fulton Area Business Alliance will host its annual Halloween Fun Fest on Sunday, October 29 from 11 a.m. -4 p.m at Putnam Triangle Plaza, 11 Putnam Avenue. The free event features face painting, games, arts & crafts, puppet making, treats, music and more.
For more information, visit www.faballiance.org.
Those who want to celebrate the thrills on the actual day are also in luck.
On Tuesday, October 31, the annual Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. The event kicks off at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street and will conclude at the Old Stone House and JJ Byrne Playground.
The annual festivities, which started in 1986, typically attract attendees from all over the five boroughs. Merchants along the strips give out treats to the masses of costumed children who take part. Local families also contribute their own traditions within the parade, including haunted stoops, a display of pumpkins and window puppet performances.
For more information, visit www.parkslopecivicconcil.org.
Finally, also on Tuesday October 31, Golden will also host the 23st Annual Haunted Halloween Walk and Fairy Tale Forest at Owl’s Head Park, Colonial Road and 67th Street, from 3-9 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.