Halloween in Brooklyn: Parades, Haunted Houses, Costumed Dogs, Pumpkins and More

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Boo! What's Happening for Halloween in Brooklyn?

Photo © Ellen Freudenheim 2014

Halloween 2017

Boo! Halloween's huge in Brooklyn. It's a family affair. It's a time for kids to play and dress up and indulge their imagination and creativity. It's also a great time for adults, including hipsters, first dates, and locals who love just hangin' out, watching the festivities. 

And, in Brooklyn, Halloween doesn't last a day. It spans almost a week.

Here are some of the spooky, goofy, Halloween-y things going on in Brooklyn:

  • Halloween Parades -  from Park Slope to Williamsburg to Bay Ridge
  • Halloween dog costume parades
  • Spooky haunted house walks including Prospect Park's Famous Haunted Walk 

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02 of 06

Hi Tech Haunted House:Gravesend Inn, A Theatrical Halloween Show

Photo by E Freudenheim

Don't miss this Disney-like, high-tech haunted hotel, the Gravesend Inn complete with theme-park quality bells and whistles, guaranteed to produced chills. It's run by Theatreworks, City Tech's resident theatrical troupe.Students, with faculty supervision, provide the design, construction, and operating support The Gravesend Inn, produced by the Brooklyn-based Department of Entertainment Technology at the New York College of Technology, CUNY (also known as City Tech) is a huge hit with kids and families.

Info on the Haunted House

  • October 19th- Tuesday 31st, 2017
  • Location: Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn
  • Admission:$10 for general admission; $5 for students (with ID)

Contact: 718-260-5592 for recorded information.

03 of 06

Over 10 Halloween Parades in Brooklyn

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Kirk, compliments of Brooklyn Borough Presidents Office


Take your pick: Big Halloween parades. Small Halloween parades. You can go to the famous Park Slope mega children's parade, where the shopkeepers open up their stores for trick-or-treaters beforehand. Or, head to the quieter costume parade at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Or, how about a dog costume parade, where you dress like your dog, and your dog dresses like you? SO many choices!

Here are just a few of the great local Halloween parades held in Brooklyn neighborhoods:

  1. Ghouls and Gourds Crafts, Fun & Costume Parade at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  2. Carroll Gardens
  3. Coney Island Halloween Parade (started in 2010)
  4. DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park
  5. Ditmas Park Halloween Parade
  6. Fort Greene
  7. Fort Hamilton Halloween Parade
  8. Greenpoint Children's Halloween Parade
  9. Midwood West Halloween Parade
  10. Park Slope Children's Halloween Parade (the largest kids' Halloween parade in the US) 


Of course, it's hilarious to see animals dressed up in costume, and that's what this fun, silly animal Halloween parade is all about: Watch the Great PUPkin costume contest in Fort Greene (part of a larger Halloween event) takes place on Saturday October 28th at 11:30.

04 of 06

Haunted Walks! Haunted Houses! Free Halloween Fun in Brooklyn Parks


What's more deliciously spooky than a dark night with the wind whipping through the trees and a hooting owl? Well, New York City may not be in the desolate Canadian Rockies, but on Halloween, even Brooklyn kids have plenty of opportunity to experience that spine-chilling, skin-tingling fear of the (super)natural—right in their local New York City park.

Prospect Park is famous for its Halloween Haunted Walk, and special scary exhibits at the Audubon House (think birds), Prospect Park Zoo (think wild animals, albeit caged) and historic Lefferts House (think creaky floorboards.)

Family-Friendly Fun for Halloween in Your Local Brooklyn Park

Find out what's happening for Halloween in your local Brooklyn Park.

The biggest, baddest, most popular of these events::

Other activities in local parks:


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05 of 06

Annual Haunted Halloween Carnival of Puppetry (Park Slope)


Join the Annual Haunted Halloween Carnival of Puppetry Arts, to be held on Saturday October 28th, 2017  at the 1st Street Recreation Center in Park Slope.

Where: 1st St between 4th and 3rd Avenues of Park Slope.

When: 11am-3pm. 


  • Costume Contest every hour with final “Overall Winner” contest with celebrity judge- Tuffy Tiger.
  • R2- D2 along with the 501st and Rebel Legions Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights will be on site.
  • First 200 children will receive gift bags.


Admission is free rain or shine, but bring some money for the fun. $3 Crafts and Games, $4 Haunted House, $5 Bounce House and tons of free activities as well. 

All funding raised from this event will be used to support free cultural programs in area schools and youth shelters. 

Haunted House and Other Fun

Kids can...

  • make spooky spidery puppets and masks
  • do face painting
  • cookie decorating
  • play carnival games: ring toss, ski-ball, kid golf, Bouncy Castle, and basket ball toss.
  • explore Bounce Castle, NY Fire Safety booth,
  • live performances by local bands and puppet shows including Puppetry Art's very own Grizzel the Monster Cooking Demo with Cabot Cheese
  • get spooked at Puppetry Art's popular kid-friendly Haunted House
06 of 06

Halloween Activities in Prospect Park

Photo courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance

There's so much going on in Prospect Park for Halloween that you could spend your entire day there with the kids. Here are the highlights (dates and times vary by year; check the official website.

2017: Free Halloween Fun for  Kids in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

  1. HALLOWEEN HAUNTED WALK & FAIR Saturday October 28th, 12-3pm, One day only, usually for about three hours, the central area of Prospect Park known as Nethermead/Lookout Hill becomes transformed into a "haunted walk." It doesn't matter if your child has played there every day of the previous summer. It's different because it's Halloween. Expect that ghouls and goblins might pop up or out and scare you. Young children should definitely bring their favorite adult. Rain or shine.
  2. Go Boo! at the PROSPECT PARK ZOO.,Saturday + Sunday, October 28 + 29th, 11 am–4 pm
    Free with admission. Little kids "go batty" at the petite Prospect Park Zoo. They'll be happy with a range of such activities as face painting, craft making, and encounters with "spooky" creatures. Don't miss the trip through the Zoo's legendary haunted barn.
  3. HAUNTED CAROUSEL at The Children’s Corner. Saturday October 28th, 12–5 pm. Take a spin on the Haunted Carousel. Who knows what little creatures may accompany you on your ride! $2 per ride.

Edited by Alison Lowenstein

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