Halloween in Central Brooklyn. Photo credit: BK Reader

It’s the weekend before Halloween and there are plenty of opportunities to get into some mischief in Central Brooklyn. We have compiled a list of family-friendly events that guarantee mighty spooky times! Happy haunting!

Ghouls and Gourds at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Ghouls & Gourds at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Ghoulish fun awaits you at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden with Brussels Sprout Bowling, a Dynamite Drum Circle and to-die-for performances by Mexican brass band Banda de los Muertos and Michael Hearst’s Songs for Unusual Creatures, among others. And don’t mind the rain, they’re bringing the fun inside!

When: Saturday, October 27, 12:00pm – 5:30pm

Where: Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, 11225 Brooklyn, NY

How much: General admission: $8 – $15, kids under 12 free!

Pitkin Avenue BID Halloween Parade

Pitkin Avenue BID Halloween Parade and Harvest

The Pitkin Avenue Bid, in partnership with the Brooklyn Community Justice Center, is hosting its annual Halloween Parade and Harvest Festival including a costume contest, puppet show and pumpkin giveaway.

When: Saturday, October 27, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: 1572 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11212

Hoch much: Free!

Bklyn Boo at City Point

Bklyn Boo at City Point

Enjoy boo-gie down tunes, ghastly face painting, ghoulish balloon twists, wicked nail art and more spooky activities for ghosts and goblins! This event was initially planned as the afterparty to the Haunted Walk and Halloween Fair in Prospect Park, which was canceled due to inclement weather. But: The party must and will go in at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: City Point, 445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn, NY 11201

How much: Free!

Trilok Halloween Festival

Trilok Halloween Festival

This annual festival leaves nothing to desire for your little monsters: pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting, food and, of course, a costume parade!

When: Saturday, October 27, 1:00pm – 7:00pm 

Where: Trilok School, 143 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States

How much: Free!

PSA 3 Halloween

Police Service Area 3 is hosting a Halloween bash for the entire community. Fun activities include games, a costume contest and a teen dance competition. And, there will be free candy!

When: Saturday, 27, 12:00pm – 4:00pm 

Where: P.S. 059 William Floyd, 211 Throop Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

How much: Free!

Fulton Hell

This free spooky celebration for the whole family is an all-day event and features a dance party, pumpkin pie eating contest, games, seasonal beer, cider and cocktails. Kids can take part in a costume contest during the day, and a party for the grown-ups follows at 10:00pm. The evening fun includes a midnight costume competition that rewards the winner with a grand prize: free beer for a whole year!

When: Saturday, October 27,  beginning at 2:00pm

Where: Fulton Hall at 250 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

How much: Free!

Halloweek at Brooklyn Cider House features mulled cider, candied apples and horror movie classic. Photo credit: amazon.com

Halloweek at Brooklyn Cider House

Bushwick Cider House is kicking of its Halloweek festivities with an all-day scary movie marathon of classic black and white horror films like Nosferatu. Guests in costume will be rewarded with free tastes of mulled cider and candied apples. The scariest, funniest and most outrageous costumes will have a chance to win gift cards! Beginning at 8:00pm,  DJ Hard Candy will entertain the crowds with horrific tunes.

When: Saturday, October 27, starting at 11:00am

Where: Bushwick Cider House, 1100 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

How much: No cover. 

Photo credit: Brooklyn Bridge Parents

Twisted Toy Factory: Making Mischief at Brooklyn Navy Yard

Twisted Toy Factory, Making Mischief is a free, all-ages Halloween charity event that features an immersive scenery, trick-or-treating, themed activities and more.

When: Saturday, October 27, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard,  Bldg 77,  141 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA

How much: Free! For tickets, go here.

Musical Haunted House at Brooklyn Music School. Photo credit: New York Magazine

Musical Haunted House

The Musical Haunted House at Brooklyn Music School (BMS) is quite the Halloween affair, filled with thrills, costumes, candy and especially music. Guests will be led through BMS’s spooky decorated building including a “shtick-or-treat.” Participants can also explore themed classrooms such as Zombeethoven, Glenn Ghoul, Knife at the Opera etc. Younger guests can take part in an instrument petting zoo/graveyard. Special performances include the “Scary Garcia and the Hateful Dead” and “Radiodead.”

When: Sunday, October 28, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Brooklyn Music School, 126 St Felix St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

How much: $8 – $10, tickets are available here.

Photo credit: NYC Parks

Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival Feat. The Great PUPkin

Pumpkins, pups and more!

The Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival returns on Sunday, October 28, with the annual Great PUPkin Costume Contest, a show-stopping parade filled with one creatively dressed pooch after another. This free, family-friendly event also offers a vast array of holiday activities such as a pumpkin patch, face painting and train rides.

When: Sunday, October 28, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Fort Greene Park, Washington Park St, Brooklyn, NY 11205

How much: Free!

Thriller on Myrtle Ave!
Photo courtesy Myrtle Avenue Partnership

2nd Annual Thriller Dance Party

Celebrate Halloween with a fun dance party in the Myrtle Avenue Plaza!

A DJ will kick off the festivities at 4:00pm, ending with a group dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller! There will also be self-serve face painting and photo station, giveaways and other holiday fun throughout the event!

When: Wednesday, October 31, 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Rehearsal of the Thriller dance begins at 5:00pm)

Where: Myrtle Avenue Plaza, 484-550 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

How much: Free!

BAMboo Block Party

BAMBoo Block Party

Start your trick-or-treating off right at this free outdoor Halloween block party with candy giveaways, carnival games, costume contest, arts and crafts. Family-friendly music and mischief kicks off at 4:00pm!

When: Wednesday, October 31, 4:00pm

Where: BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St

How much: Free!

Masquerade on Macon. Photo credit: Halloween 313

Masquerade on Macon — A Halloween Play

What happens when the library closes and the characters in the books come to life?

The Friends of Macon Library present Masquerade on Macon: Midnight at the Library, an original stage play featuring villains, heroes and a boy’s quest to save Halloween. The show will take place right outside the library on Macon Street, at the corner of Lewis Avenue.

When: Wednesday, October 31| Showtimes: 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm

Where: Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233

How much: Free!

All Souls’ Eve at the Ides

All Souls’ Eve at The Ides 

The Wythe Hotel will be transforming The Ides Rooftop Bar into a one-stop destination for spooky concoctions and future-telling curated by Tarot Society. Enjoy specialty drinks such as Soul Vibrations or Astonishing Tales while getting your palms or tarot cards read. Music will be provided by The Avant Ghetto.

When: Wednesday, October 31, 8:00pm

Where: Ides Rooftop Bar, 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

How much: $10 at the door, or make a reservation here. (All proceeds will benefit The ACLU

Brooklynites, have a spooooktacular time and stay tuned for our list of safe trick-or-treat routes in Central Brooklyn!

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“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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