Family-friendly Brooklyn neighborhoods put on over a dozen different Halloween parades for kids during the month of October. Most, but not all, are on Halloween itself, or the weekend before. In addition to the famous Park Slope Halloween parade, there are parades everywhere from Coney Island to Bay Ridge to Williamsburg. Find out what's happening in your neighborhood, or go visit another children's Halloween parade in BOO=klyn this year. ( Note: Check the organization's websites for precise dates and info.; updated in 2014)
"Bring your costume, instrument, and silly attitude and prepare to be charmed by one of New York City’s wackiest Halloween extravaganzas! Enjoy performances by renowned musical groups, meet children’s book authors and illustrators, join junk instrument-making workshops, create masks, try on giant puppets, and much more. The afternoon culminates with a Halloween costume parade and drum circle."
Kids under 12 free!
Children's Coney Island Halloween Parade
Come dressed up for the annual Coney Island Children's Halloween Parade and costume contest, and an afternoon of fun. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and pre-register here.; it's open to children up to 15 years of age. Find out about this and other Halloween events for kids and adults in Coney Island.
Children's Halloween Parade & Party – Greenpoint
You can come for free to the parade, and the after party is $10. It's been organized by the community group called Town Square since 2003, and the kids march down Manhattan Avenue past Nassau Street and back to the Polish & Slavic Center. Inside they can have an indoor party with arts and crafts, food and games.
Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest(Ft.Greene Park)
Head to Fort Greene Park for the silly, wonderful, laugh out loud animal and owner dress up contest. 12pm, registration opens at 11am on the monument plaza Fort Greene Park. The contest location will be at the bottom of the monument stairs. Suggested donation is $5.00 per dog.
- What: A Children's Parade, open to parents, with a $10 per person party afterwards.
- Where: The parade begins at 176 Java Street. The parade route goes in a circle, via Manhattan Avenue to Nassau and returning to Java.
- After party: An indoor movie party follows at the Polish & Slavic Center at 176 Java Street, organized by the nonprofit Town Square.
Gather at the park to get organized for the parade, which goes up Smith Street to Douglass St. and back to the park down Court Street. Line up in Carroll Park.
Sun Oct. 26, 2014: Howl-o-Ween Dog Costume Parade-Contest (Bklyn Heights)
Parade participants will gather by the Brooklyn Heights Promenade’s Remsen Street entrance at 12:45pm and starting at 1pm march to the costume judging table at the circular north end of the Promenade. Local area celebrity judges will select the best dog costume ensembles in many categories.
Special Halloween fun--an active obstacle course combined with a fun, and scary adventure. Age appropriate scares! Haunted Open Play at The Gym Park, 81 Oak Street (btw Franklin & West) For children of all ages. For more information, email@example.com or 718.349.6627. Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
Line up to prance in a Halloween parade in Fort Greene Park on the Great Lawn, between Myrtle and Dekalb Avenues, Washington Park and St. Edwards Street. In addition to the costume parade, you can romp in the pumpkin patch, take a haryride in two horse-drawn carriage, play games, face painting and more.
- What: Clinton Hill Children’s Halloween Walk and Performance
Where: The Children’s Halloween Walk starts at the Pratt-Clinton Hill Community Garden (corner of DeKalb and Hall).
- Special item: Don't miss the annual free show at 313 Clinton Avenue; it runs every half an hour. FREE
If you have little ones who like a lot of noise and action, bring them to the Park Slope annual Children's Halloween parade!
Not a parade, but a wildly popular haunted walk, with different levels of scariness for younger and older kids. For the real scaredy cats in the family, and tots, there's also a Fairytale Forest tour that's fun and not frightening even in the least.
The 19th Annual Haunted Halloween Walk and Fairytale Forest is scheduled from 3:30 to 9:30 9:00 PM on October 31, 2014 at Owl's Head Park, Colonial Road and 68th Street in Bay Ridge. Find out about the nearly 6-hour Halloween marathon in Owl's Head Park in Bay Ridge.
Cobble Hill Halloween Parade 4:00PM. Meet at Clinton Street entrance to Cobble Hill Park and the parade will then wind its way down Verandah, onto Henry, make a left onto Warren, and back to the park. Volunteers needed before and after the parade.
Kids in costume take over part of hipster Williamsburg!
When: Parade: begins at 4 PM, rain or shine, at Flying Squirrel's store, 87 Oak Street at Franklin Street. It lasts one hour. The parade includes three stops for trick or treating.
Afterparty: Have fun with crafts and goodies. Snacks sponsored by the new Two Boots Pizza on Driggs Ave.
Ditmas Park/ Midwood West Halloween Parade: ON
Prospect Park South Parade – Prospect Park South
- What: A 1 block parade for neighborhood kids in Prospect Park South
- Details: Start at 1306 Albemarle Road near Argyle Road at 5 PM. Trick or treating at local homes during daylight hours only.
West Midwood Halloween Parade – West Midwood
- What: A 1 block parade for neighborhood kids in Prospect Park South.
- Where: Start at Glenwood and Rugby Rds at 6 PM. Parade down historic, lovely (and potentially spooky!) Glenwood Road off Rugby to Westminster Road. It's not far, and perfect for little children who might be overwhelmed by the huge, noisy Park Slope Halloween Parade.
Come to the cutest little local parade, in the most spectacular setting, overlooking NY Harbor. Organized by the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee, you can also happily gorge yourself at the bake sale. Rain date Sunday the 27th.
Fulton Park Parade & Halloween Haunted 'House Tour'
Head to Fulton Park (Stuyvesant Avenue) for a spooky Story Patch, Dance Contest, and Parade. Organized by the Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association with Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant among others.Pumpkin Patch story time, music and hot cider.
DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge
- What: Join the annual Halloween Party at the Archway Under The Manhattan Bridge. There'll be a DJ, pumpkin painting and games.
- Where: Under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO
- When: Check http://dumbo.is/happening
Dog Costume Parade (Bay Ridge)
One of the first parade events of the Halloween season, the Bay Ridge Dog Costume Contest is part of a five hour Harvest Festival in Bay Ridge. Find out more.
Get details of other Halloween Dog Costume Parades in Brooklyn.
Wow! Almost 20 Halloween events!
When we started making this list, there were about a dozen Halloween events. Every year there are more. Grab your calendar and see how many you can attend....just watch that sugar high!