Halloween has grown in popularity in the last few decades. Once a simple holiday where children dressed in homemade costumes and walked around their neighborhood trick or treating, there are now pop-up shops dedicated to the holiday and tons of activities to enjoy on Halloween. If you're in Brooklyn and are looking for fun Halloween activities in addition to trick or treating, check out these local favorites.
Children’s Halloween Parade in Park Slope
The famous annual Children’s Halloween Parade in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is the reputedly largest such parade in the United States. A decades-old tradition, it has grown into a major event, and is organized by the Park Slope Civic Council. Every year the parade is held on Halloween and starts at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine. The parade starts at 14th Street and 7th Avenue. It ends at the Old Stone House at Washington Park on 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets.
March to the Arch
The Dumbo Improvement District presents Dumbo-Ween, a family-friendly celebration. The evening-long event kicks off with a story time and concludes with storefront trick or treating. The kids get to parade underneath the classic archway in Dumbo, showing off their costumes. If you have the time before or after the event, head to Brooklyn Bridge Park to take pictures of your little ones in their costumes, as the incredible views of Lower Manhattan serve as an ideal backdrop. This year it will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Archway.
Clinton Hill Children's Halloween Walk
Every year the Society for Clinton Hill hosts its annual Halloween Walk. Although it's called a walk, it's pretty close to a parade, with kids walking in costume through an incredibly stately historic neighborhood. Grab a map (they have them at 321 Dekalb Avenue) of Halloween highlights. Your kids will love the imaginatively decorated houses, the places serving candy, and the live performances.
Cobble Hill Halloween Parade
The Cobble Hill Halloween Parade is an annual Halloween parade held in Cobble Hill Park. It is a tradition in this section of brownstone Brooklyn. After marching through the park, kids begin their evening of trick or treating down the brownstone filled streets. The parade is held on Halloween and starts at 4pm. Afterward trick or treat through the tree-lined streets of this brownstone filled neighborhood. Warning, it gets very crowded.
Greenpoint Halloween Parade
Town Square, a community based organization hosts a slew of Halloween activities in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. One of the highlights, The Greenpoint Children's Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War, will take place on Sunday October 27, 3019.
The day starts at noon with a costume march down Manhattan Avenue. From 1 to 3 pm there will be a "Spooktacular Party" for kids of all ages with arts and crafts, games, contests, music, a bouncy house, and more. The day wraps up with an epic Zombie Nerf War for older kids from 4 to 6 pm.
Kids Activities at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
It's tradition for the Brooklyn Academy of Music to hold a Halloween party with free candy giveaways, a bounce house, arts and crafts, and other spooky Halloween-themed activities. It's fun for the entire family. Check the calendar on the website closer to the holiday for full details.
Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival
The Fort Greene Halloween Festival is a free, fun-filled Halloween event for children. It features a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a spooky cemetery, games, face-painting, prizes, and a costume contest. There is even a parade for both dogs and children. Don't forget that doggy costume!
Yes, before there were tons of Halloween themed events from parades to movie nights, kids walked through neighborhoods dressed in a costume and knocking on doors for candy. In some parts of the country this isn't encouraged, but it's still quite a popular activity in Brooklyn. In fact, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are usually highlighted on lists of best neighborhoods to trick or treat in NYC. Locals sit on stoops and offer surgery treats.