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Prospect Park’s Haunted Walk and Boo at the Zoo

Are your afraid of the Park? Prospect offers thrills and chills for trick or treaters

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Why so blue: This superhero was all smiles at Prospect Park’s Boo at the Zoo event on Sunday.
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Littlest witch: Little witch Anna Ellifton, 2, ditched her broom to ride around in dad Bill’s arms at the Prospect Park Zoo for Halloween.
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Master of Scaremonies: Amber Lea Kincaid led tours through Prospect Park’s haunted barn.
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Friendsheep: Adorable 1-year-old Fiona dressed as a sheep while checking out the real thing.
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Purple people: Nine-year-old Kayla Gilbert came to Prospect Park’s Haunted Walk as this goulish character.
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L-E-Uht: Eight-year-old Jacey Lewis Eberhart rode to Prospect Park with a certain extra terrestrial.
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Sesame sweet: One-year-old Charlotte DiLeva came to Prospect Park dressed as a cookie alongside Cookie Monster dad Anthony and Big Bird mom Erin DiLeva.
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Horsing around: Haunted Walk mainstay the Headless Horseman prowled Prospect Park on Sunday.
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Halloween heroes: Superkids Shaun and Sophia Vasquez had a super time at Prospect Park on Sunday.
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Hogwarts and all: Costumed ghouls prowled Prospect Park’s Halloween Walk on Sunday.
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Heading out: Thrillseekers braving Prospect Park’s Halloween Walk had to stroll past this creepy character.
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Bow wow: Dog boy Mason Dale rounds up the sheep at Prospect Park Zoo on Sunday.

Call it Brooklyn’s Graveyard!

Pint-sized ghouls, goblins, and their parental poltergeists took over Prospect Park on Sunday, shuffling through the annual Haunted Walk and Boo at the Zoo events in Brooklyn’s Backyard, which organizers say aim to both entertain and scare Kings County’s trick or treat set.

“We blur the lines between scary and fun,” said Prospect Park Zoo’s master of scaremonies Amber Lea Kincaid. “Some adults and kids get a kick out of it, but we‘ve seen some kids and even some adults get pretty frightened. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Park staff worked themselves to the bone turning a zoo barn into a haunted menagerie, which included a skeletal horse and werewolf, Kincaid said.

And elsewhere in the park, costumed kids ran a gauntlet of zombies, vampires, wicked witches, and the ever-popular Headless Horseman at Prospect Park’s Lookout Hill, for the 37th annual Haunted Walk.

The creepy tree-lined jaunt was a little too spooky for some very young attendees, but the more sedate fair at the walk’s end — which featured far less spooky food trucks, carnival games, and face painting stations — was fun for apparitions of all ages, according to one mom.

“We thought it would be a little too scary for her, but it was great,” said Greenwood Heights dweller Erin DiLeva of her 1-year-old daughter Charlotte, who came dressed as a cookie with mom and dad Anthony respectively as the Cookie Monster and Big Bird. “We loved it.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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