Tykes and treats: Kid-friendly Halloween events in Brooklyn

Wonder girl: This costumed heroine has no fear of the Haunted Walk through Prospect Park, happening on Oct. 27 from noon to 4 pm.
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Halloween is about candy, costumes, and trick or treating! Adults may have hijacked the holiday with sexy nurse costumes and boozy parties, but there are still plenty of tricks and treats available for tykes and tots. Families who want to take the kids out for All Hallow’s Eve in Brooklyn can consult this list of family-friendly events happening this weekend and on Oct. 31:

Going batty

Prospect Park Zoo celebrates the winged mammals favored by vampires with a special spooky science project about urban bats! This year’s Boo at the Zoo, happening on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am–4 pm, will also feature a haunted barn, a Costumed Character Scavenger Hunt, and other Halloween games and crafts.

Boo at the Zoo at Prospect Park Zoo [450 Flatbush Ave. at Ocean Avenue in Prospect Park, (718) 399–7339,]. Oct. 27–28; 11 am–4 pm. $10 ($7 kids).

Into the woods

Who needs a haunted house when you can wander a whole haunted forest? At the annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair from Prospect Park Alliance, kids can encounter werewolves, witches, and other Halloween spirits along the path through the park’s wooded Lookout Hill, which ends at Halloween Fair on the Nethermead with face-painting, games, and food trucks. The event will happen rain or shine!

Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair on Prospect Park Lookout Hill (150 West Dr., enter at Prospect Park and Vanderbilt Street in Windsor Terrace, Oct. 27. Noon–3 pm. Free.

Boo-gie down!

Join the official after-party for the Halloween Haunted Walk, Bklyn Boo! The indoor event at City Point will have spooky tunes, a pumpkin patch, balloon artists, and more ghoulish activities for kids.

Bklyn Boo at City Point (445 Albee Sq. at Dekalb Avenue Downtown, Oct. 27; 2–5 pm. Free.

Walking dead

The Boroughs of the Dead walking tour hosts a special kid-friendly edition of its Brooklyn Heights ramble, with more of a focus on ghosts and ghouls, and less on the grisly murders that created them. The 90-minute tour is appropriate for kids aged 8 and up.

“Family-friendly Haunted Brooklyn Heights” (meet at Court Street and Pacific Street in Brooklyn Heights, Oct. 27 at 4:30 pm. $30 ($25 in advance, $15 kids 8–12).

Witch way

Bring the kids to Industry City for a Halloween edition of the Sunset Park Cinema Club, featuring a 12:15 pm screening of “Hocus Pocus,” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as wild witches out on Halloween. The afternoon will also feature spooky storytelling, pumpkin carving, and a Halloween puppet show!

“Hocus Pocus” at Industry City (233 37th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, Oct. 28; 11 am–4 pm. Free with RSVP.

Pumpkins on parade!

Park Slope Parents host an early Halloween party, with pizza cooked in an outdoor oven, pumpkin-painting from noon to 1:30 pm, and a mini costume contest for kids and parents, parading around Washington Park at 3 pm, with awards for best family costume, most creative outfit, and most ferocious monster!

Old Stone House [336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 768–3195,]. Oct. 28; noon–3 pm. Free.

Monster march

Kids can show off their outfits early at Sunday’s Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade, which will terrify pedestrians on Manhattan Avenue during the noon journey from Java Street to Norman Avenue and back. The free parade will be followed by a Spooktacular Party for younger kids (under 10) at 1 pm and a Zombie Nerf War at 4 pm for tweens (goggles and blasters provided).

Greenpoint YMCA (176 Java St. between Manhattan Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint, Oct. 28 at noon. Parade free. Party or Nerf War $20 ($15 in advance, $25 for both). Parents $10 ($5 in advance).

Dance of the dead

Kids in costume can boogie outside at Trick or Beat, a special spooky edition of dance fitness company At Your Beat’s dance class! The monstrous movement will be followed by a Day of the Dead party, complete with sugar skulls, multi-colored paper marigolds, and a music performance from Mariachi Real de Mexico.

Trick or Beat at Albee Square (Fulton Street at Bond Street Downtown, Oct. 31; 3–5 pm. Free.

Thriller, chiller!

Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand! But do not worry if you are found, ’cause you’ve got the soul for getting down! Join the Thriller Dance Party on Myrtle Avenue Plaza, where kids and adults will groove from 4–5 pm, and then the AbunDance company will teach some moves inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video to prep everyone for a group dance at 5:45 pm.

Thriller Dance Party at Myrtle Avenue Plaza [Myrtle Avenue at Emerson Place in Clinton Hill, (718) 230-1689 ext. 3, Oct. 31; 4–6 pm. Free.

On the big scream

The brand-new Greenpoint theater Stuart Cinema and Cafe will host a free Halloween Community Night, passing out treats for kids and screening two family-friendly films: “Lego Scooby Doo Haunted Hollywood” at 4 pm, and for older kids “The Corpse Bride” at 6 pm. (The 8 pm showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is adults-only).

Stuart Cinema & Cafe (79 West St. between Milton and Noble streets in Greenpoint, Oct. 31 at 4 pm and 6 pm. Free with RSVP.


Start your trick-or-treating at BAMBoo, an outdoor block party in front of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The party will feature stilt-walkers, candy giveaways, live music from “RadioDead,” carnival games, and a costume contest with the first-place winner getting four tickets to a BAMKids event!

Outside the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, Oct. 31, 4–7 pm. Free.

Arch enemies

Costumed, candy-crazed kids can head down under the Manhattan Bridge for Dumboween! The family-friendly event kicks off with a spooky story at the Brooklyn Roasting Company, then costumed characters will march to the Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge for a Halloween party, featuring plenty of candy, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and music from Funkrust Brass Band from 5–7 pm.

Dumboween at Brooklyn Roasting Company (25 Jay St. at John Street in Dumbo) and at theArchway Under the Manhattan Bridge (Water Street between Anchorage Place and Adams Street in Dumbo, Oct. 31; 4:30–7 pm. Free.

Spook Slope

Dress up for Brooklyn’s biggest Halloween Parade, which will kick off from 14th Street and Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, travel north on Seventh Avenue, turn left on Third Street and end with a party at JJ Byrne Playground at the Old Stone House.

Park Slope Halloween Parade (14th Street at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Oct. 31 at 6:30 pm. Free.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Posted 12:00 am, October 26, 2018
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