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. Brooklyn is one of those rare places, where kids still trick to treat. If you're in Brooklyn and are looking for fun Halloween activities in addition to trick or treating, check out these local favorites.
If you'd like to venture further into Brooklyn, check out these Halloween activities for both children and adults in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Enjoy these Halloween celebrations throughout Brooklyn.
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 shin. If you’re marching, you can join the line up on 14th street between 7th and 8th Avenues starting at 5:30 PM. Parade route: Starts at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Marchers will walk along Seventh Avenue to Third Street, then turn left on Third Street toward Fifth Avenue. Parade ends: At the Old Stone House & Washington Park in JJ Byrne Playground with a community gathering and dancing with the parade bands, ending at 9 pm.
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, I believe 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."
Edited by Alison Lowenstein