Bay Ridge really does it up fine for autumn festival events. The holiday events in this cheery neighborhood are very family-friendly, offering lots of opportunities for outdoors fun, from a hilarious, adorable, silly dog costume contest to an intelligently designed haunted walk, offering different times with varying levels of scariness for older and younger children. Halloween festivities, on Halloween day, run for hours, from 3:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. in sprawling, 24-acre Owl's Head Park.
- Haunted Walk, FairyTale Forest, Costume Contest in Owls Head Park
Bring the kids to this family-friendly alternative to trick or treating. There are tons of activities, a lot of excitement, and you can even pick up some fast food at "Dracula's Food Court," open from 3:30 PM until 9 PM. The event is run by over 150 volunteers, and sponsored by local businesses and organizations.
Date: Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, 3:30 - 9 PM.
Fairytale Forest: Two tours, from 3:30- 5 PM and from 5:30 to 7 PM. Not scary at all!
Haunted Walk Scary 4:30 P.M. to 6 P.M. (The less scary walk)
Haunted Walk Scarier 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.(The more scary walk)
Tots Costume Contest: Under age 6, register 3-5:30 PM, judgeing at 5:30 PM
General Costume Contest: Others, register 3-7:30 PM, judging at 7:30 PM.
Special events: Events with different levels of scariness. Also: Trackless train ride, kids rides, sand art, and at Dracula's Food Court, refreshments.
Where: Owls Head Park, 67th St. and Colonial Road in Bay Ridge (718) 748-4810.
What: A Haunted Walk, Fairytale Forest, Halloween games, vendors, food & pony rides.Different strokes for different folks. There are two levels of "scary tours" ("scary" and "scarier") for the Haunted Walk, for younger and older/braver kids.
Also, you can skip the Haunted Walk and go to the non-threatening Fairytale Forest.
Where: Owl’s Head Park at Colonial Road and 68th Street. and it's located in Owl's Head Park, which is perfect for Halloween: it's large enough to be scary! The NYC Parks Department, describing this park, could be describing the perfect Halloween environment: "The spacious property contains rolling hills, peaceful, meandering pathways, and breathtaking views of the New York skyline and striking Verrazano Narrows Bridge."
When: 3:30 to 9:30 PM on Wednesday, October 31
Suggested Donation: $1
For information: Call the office of NY State Senator Martin Golden 718 238 6044.
Tip: Expect lines, this event is hugely popular. Or, you can buy a limited number of sponsors passes for $5 at some local stores. Inquire at Senator Golden's office (see above).
OTHER HALLOWEEN FUN IN BAY RIDGE
- Annual Art Window and Poster Contest: Bay Ridge has long avenues of shops, and every year since about 1952 kids have been decorating them for Halloween. The Art Window and Poster contest is sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council and in part by the 86 St Business Improvement District, The Merchants of 3rd Avenue, The Merchants Assn. of Fort Hamilton Parkway, the 13th Avenue Merchants Assn., and in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Region 7 Superintendent's office.
In 2014, the contest will be held on Tuesday, October 28th (rain date October 30th).
- Harvest Festival & Dog Costume Contest at Narrows Botanical Gardens: The first Bay Ridge October event is the Annual Harvest Festival, which while set in the lovely Narrows Botanical Gardens, has an old-fashioned New England feel, complete with a pumpkin patch and kids crafts, not to mention square dancing.
In 2014, the event was on Sunday October 12th, 2014. 12pm - 5pm. This yearly event features Artists and Crafters, a Canine Costume Contest, Pumpkin Patch and more. Find them on Facebook.