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. Here are details: Every year the parade is held on Halloween and starts at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine.
March to the Arch
The Dumbo Improvement District presents Dumbo-Ween, the annual March to the Arch starting at 4:30. 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.
Clinton Hill Children's Halloween Walk
Although it's called a walk, kids walking in costume is pretty close to a parade. The Society for Clinton Hill hosts their 24th annual Halloween Walk. This is a community walk through an incredibly stately historic neighborhood. Grab a map (they have them at 321 Dekalb Avenue) of Halloween highlights— imaginatively decorated houses, where to get candy, and where to see live performances.
Cobble Hill Halloween Parade
The Cobble Hill Halloween Parade is an annual Halloween parade held in Cobble Hill Park 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. The Greenpoint Children's Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War takes place on Saturday, October 29, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 6 PM. The folks at Town Square have a lot of cool events on the agenda including "a costumed march down Manhattan Avenue and back to the starting point at the Polish Slavic Center for a Spooktacular Party, arts & crafts, games, contests, music, movie, bouncy house for little ones and more, and afterwards, therell be an epic Zombie Nerf War for older kids."
Kids Activities at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
This free event at 4 p.m. on October 31st is sure to be a hit with your brood with free candy giveaways, a bounce house, arts and crafts and many other fun and spooky Halloween themed activities on their agenda.
Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival
The Fort Greene Halloween Festival is a free, fun-filled Halloween event for children featuring a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a spooky cemetery, games, face-painting, prizes, a costume contest and parade for both dogs and children.
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 is usually highlighted on lists of best neighborhoods to trick or treat in NYC. Locals sit on stoop and offer surgery treats to trick or treaters.