Our annual Halloween guide for families in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Park Slope and BoCoCa looks very different this year due to the pandemic. We have still compiled free and fee-based activities and events for children with social distancing in place in Brooklyn. We wish our kids a safe and still spooky Halloween. This guide will be updated leading up to Halloween, please check back in!

Boo at the Zoo | All October | Prospect Park Zoo

Prospect Park Zoo is going batty every day in October with Halloween-themed educational (and fun) decorations. Download a spooky scavenger hunt and see if you can answer the clues as you wander through the zoo. Visit the tombstones of extinct animals in sea lion court and learn why extinction isn’t inevitable with your help! Our Spooky Trail will show you some of our “spooky” neighbors who come out at night. Get creative with your masks and take a photo at one of our beautiful harvest decoration areas. Find out more here.

Pumpkin Point | 10/24 – 11/1 | Governors Island

The annual pumpkin patch on Governors Island will be back this year in a socially distanced format with thousands of pumpkins and seasonal decorations arranged around Nolan Park. Visitors are encouraged to take home one pumpkin, free of charge. Pumpkin Point will be open daily until 11/1. No trick-or-treating will be hosted on Governors Island this year. Find out more here.

Halloween Window Treasure Hunt | Until 10/29 | LuLus Park SLope 

Kids store LuLus on 48 5th Avenue in Park Slope is offering a Halloween Window Treasure Hunt that includes social distancing. Visit their store for a list of prompts, then head outside to explore the window and answer the questions. A Halloween treat will be given to every child that completes the treasure hunt (while supplies last). No purchase necessary. Ends October 29th.

BAX virtual Halloween Playspace | 10/29

Join us for Brooklyn Arts Exchange(BAX)’s Virtual Halloween Playspace on Thursday, October 29 from 9:30am. This event is geared towards ages 2 to 4 with caregiver and it includes fun crafts, storytime, with a culminating Costume Dance Party. Kids (and adults!) are encouraged to come in costume. RSVP Here

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt | 10/31 | All neighborhoods

Inspired by the Rainbow Map in the beginning of the pandemic, there will be a Halloween Pumpkin Hunt in all neighborhoods. Step 1: Kids draw their pumpkin photos and put them in their windows. Step 2: On Halloween 10/31, kids walk around in costumes to find the pumpkin pictures. Parents can set a goal for their kids e.g. find 10 pumpkins and get a bag of candy. Feel free to do your own family pumpkin hunt at any time during Saturday. Even though the Hunt is for the kids, anyone can make a pumpkin and tape it in their window. In fact, the more pumpkins on the map, the safer the activity because there will be more route options. So please consider participating. Review the Halloween Pumpkin Map here.

Halloween Parade | 10/31 | Brooklyn Heights Promenade

The Brooklyn Heights Association will be hosting a socially-distant, face-coverings required Halloween Parade for families on the Promenade on Saturday Oct 31st at 10am, offering kids a chance to show off their costumes and receive a treat. RSVP required, one ticket per family.

Halloween Sing-Along & Imagination Adventure | 10/31 | Cadman Plaza

Treasure Trunk Theater is hosting two Halloween-themed outdoor events on Saturday 10/31 for kids 0 to 7 years. The Sing-Along takes place from 10 to 10:45 am for ages 0 to 3 years, the Halloween Imagination Adventure from 11 to 11:45 am for ages 4 to 7 years. $35 per child, RSVP here.

CAMP & CITY POINT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN | 10/31 | City Point Downtown Brooklyn

Come craft your own creepy crawling (candy) with CAMP and City Point on October 24th and October 31st between 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Grab a covid friendly pre-kitted craft and celebrate halloween with us, costumes encouraged!

Photo Fun for Everyone | 10/31 | DUMBO

Live on Saturday, October 31 from 12pm-7pm, ON WASHINGTON ST (At Water St) and ON MAIN ST (At Plymouth St). The DUMBO BID is creating two festive photo experiences, perfect for showing off that creepy costume or commemorating a day in Dumbo. No reservations necessary, but masks required + please keep six feet of distance from others while enjoying this experience. FInd out more here.

BK Boo! A Halloween Thriller Afternoon | 10/31 | Downtown Brooklyn

Find us in various locations in Downtown Brooklyn for your Halloween dose of “Thriller!” performances by local dance company Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet. Compete in our mask contest! Catch us at the final “Thriller!” performance at Albee Square wearing your most creative mask (both Halloween and COVID masks are fair game!) and get a chance to win the world’s largest (3lbs!!!) gummy worm from Downtown Brooklyn candy store IT’SUGAR. DJ Mike Doelo provides beats throughout the afternoon in Albee Square. 2.30 to 4 pm on Saturday 10/31. Find out more here.

Trick-or-Treat Adventure | 10/31 | Fort Greene Park

Self-guided treasure hunt will take place in Fort Greene Park to meet Grandpa Tree and the Wonder Magicians at the X spot. Saturday, October 31 anytime between 5 to 8 pm. All ages welcome and free. Sign up here.

BAMboo! | 10/31 | Virtual 

Join the BAM for the 19th year of free, family-friendly Halloween fun. For the first time, our festive Halloween celebration goes virtual inviting audiences near and far. This year’s program will feature a live interactive dance party, awe-inspiring makeup transformations, a costume contest, magicians, storytelling, and more. The free virtual event will take place on October 31 from 2pm-4pm for ages 4 to 12, RSVP here.

Halloween at Brooklyn Children’s Museum | 10/31 | Crown Heights

Join us this Saturday in your costumes and celebrate Halloween at BCM! Have a spooky fun time trick-or-treating in our exhibits, creating art prints using fall produce like apples and pumpkins, and meeting some of our creepiest animal friends! Tickets must be reserved in advance online. Halloween Play Sessions are 90 minutes in length and cost $13, with sessions beginning at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm & 5pm. All visitors must exit BCM at the end of their Play Session so that the Museum can be cleaned. Visitors over the age of 3 must wear masks, and families will be asked to distance in BCM’s exhibits.

Events that are cancelled:

  • Trick-or-Treating on Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights
  • Harvest Hang at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Harvest Homecoming Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  • Carroll Park Halloween Party
  • Bklyn Boo! @ Albee Square
  • Halloween Festival @ Fort Greene Park
  • Pumpkin Patch & Trick-or-Treating @ Governors Island
  • Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade
  • Court Street Spectacular @ Atlantic Ave to Joralemon Street
  • Park Slope civic council children’s Halloween parade
  • Halloween Haunter Walk & Fair in Prospect Park