The BAM-Clinton Hill-Fort Greene area is absolutely hopping on Halloween. From family friendly festivals to pet-centric events, there is something for everyone this Halloween. If you think you're too old for Halloween, think again, because you're never too old to watch a classic Halloween flick at BAM or make your way through a haunted hotel. Check out these nine Halloween events.
There's a pet parade in Fort Greene, and games, candy, live music, costume contests, and more at the free BAMboo festival on Halloween day at BAM, as well as spooky flicks at BAM and an extravaganza on Clinton Avenue.
Here are some highlights for 2016:
- Kids fun at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): BAMboo Halloween festival at BAM. Outdoors. This free event 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.
- FAB Fulton Halloween Fest: For older kids and Halloween loving adults, wear your Halloween costume to the movies at BAM. This year head to the Putnam Triangle Plaza to see a double feature of two incredible family friendly classics. First on the agenda is a screening of the classic Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, followed by Chuck Jones’ Transylvania 6-5000.
- 16th Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival (FREE): 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. Oct. 31. Outdoors.
- 313 Clinton Avenue: This is a classic Halloween surprise; generations of Brooklyn kids have enjoyed this theatrical gift to the community. The "show" is free runs every half an hour. Outdoors.
- Clinton Hill Children's Halloween Walk is a community walk through this stately historic neighborhood. Grab a map of Halloween highlights— imaginatively decorated houses, where to get candy, and where to see live performances. Outdoors. (Note: we are trying to update this for 2016; stay tuned) It usually starts at the Pratt-Clinton Hill Community Garden (corner of DeKalb and Hall).
- Watch the Nets play the Bulls at Barclays Center: Okay, maybe you don't think a basketball game is a Halloween themed event, but wouldn't it be fun to dress up in all of your Nets garb and cheer them on as they play the Chicago Bulls? Please don't turn into the devil if you're seated next to a Bulls' fan.
- The Gravesend Inn: On the outskirts of Fort Greene Clinton Hill, housed in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), The Gravesend Inn is a spooky theatrical event. Theatreworks' high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn, is produced by Theatreworks, City Tech's resident theatrical troupe. Get scared at this haunted hotel. And no, you can't spend the night.
- Drink at Dick and Jane's Bar: If you're in search of a low key Halloween, but would like some themed aspect to your evening, consider having a tasty cocktail at Dick and Jane's. Housed behind an unmarked garage door, the speakeasy pays homage to Prohibition Days. If you're dressed like a flapper or an old school gangster, this will serve as the ideal backdrop for your Halloween costume.
- Trick or Treat: 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.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein