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Halloween Guide 2023 (all events free)

Go-to Brooklyn parent resources Macaroni KID Brooklyn NW and Brooklyn Bridge Parents have teamed up to bring you our annual Halloween Guide featuring fall-festive, free, and spooky events for Brooklyn families. All events in our guide are free, check back as we will be adding more Halloween fun in the next weeks.

The 2023 Brooklyn Halloween Guide is sponsored by:

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Ongoing thru October

Pumpkin Point Festival | Governors Island

Pump­kin Point, Gov­er­nors Island’s annu­al free pump­kin patch and fall fes­ti­val, returns to Nolan Park for 2023! Vis­i­tors are invit­ed to pick out their own pump­kins on the week­ends of Octo­ber 21-22 and Octo­ber 28-29 from 10 am to 5 pm. Find out more here. FREE with suggested donation


Friday, October 6

Halloween Family Movie Night at Greenpoint Library | Greenpoint | 3:30-5:30pm

Join the library for some fun frights, fresh popcorn, and films! Kid’s Choice Movie night! Friday, October 6 at 3.30 pm. FREE


Saturday, October 7 & Sunday, October 8

Annual PumpkinFest on Court Street | Cobble Hill | 10am-4pm

Mazzone Ace Hardware hosts this beloved community tradition on 4th Place between Court and Clinton. Choose from over a thousand pumpkins to decorate your own, plus there will be entertainment, food booths, games, and activities. They will be fundraising for NYC area Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Sunday, October 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. FREE with suggested donation

Immersive Halloween Experience + pumpkin decorating at CityPoint | Downtown Brooklyn | 11am-2pm

What’s the spookiest thing you’ve ever seen? Share your answer on a Post-It and be part of a Community Halloween Installation. To kick off the interactive installation, City Point and Brooklyn Bridge Parents will host free pumpkin decorating on Saturday, October 7 from 11am to 2pm in the space opposite the book store. Subway Therapy is an immersive and interactive work aiming to help people smile, laugh, and de-stress. It’s about community expression and bringing together our vibrant and diverse BKLYN community. Subway Therapy is an ongoing interactive and participatory public work. The space will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm and Tuesdays to Fridays 12 to 6pm until November 6. Stop by to share your scary stories! FREE


Children’s Harvest Festival at Saratoga Farm | Bed-Stuy | 1-4pm

The Children’s Harvest Festival is an annual street fair hosted by The Campaign Against Hunger. Bed Stuy Families and residents are encouraged to stop by for face-painting, scavenger hunts, performances, free food, games and more! Saturday, October 7 from 1 to 4 pm. FREE


Friday, October 13

Halloween Family Movie Night: Twitches at Greenpoint Library | Greenpoint | 3:30-5:30pm

Join the library for some fun frights, fresh popcorn, and films on Friday, October 13 at 3.30 pm. Screening Twitches (2005, Rated PG) FREE


Sunday, October 15

Fall Fest at Atlantic Terminal Mall Plaza | Downtown Brooklyn | 12-3pm

Atlantic Terminal Mall, Brooklyn Bridge Parents and Mommy Poppins are hosting a FREE family-friendly fall festival on Atlantic Terminal’s outdoor plaza and car-free Fort Greene Place on Sunday, October 15th from 12 to 3 pm. They will set up an “urban pumpkin patch” with 1,000 pumpkins waiting to be decorated by the kiddos. The outdoor plaza and car-free Fort Greene Place will feature arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, block building, music, haunted trucks for kids to climb into and more! Kids are encouraged to come in costumes. At 1pm, Hopalong Andrew will perform.The event is supported by BASIS Independent Schools. FREE


Sunday, October 15

Fall Festival at Marsha P Johnson State Park in Williamsburg | Williamsburg | 1-5pm

Save the date for the Park’s Fall Fest on Sunday, October 15th from 1pm to 5pm! Celebrate autumn during this day of games, pumpkin decorating, food, special performances and more. Sunday, October 15 from 1 to 5 pm. FREE


Friday, October 20

Halloween Family Movie Night: Scooby Doo The Movie at Greenpoint Library | Greenpoint | 3:30-5:30pm

Join the library for some fun frights, fresh popcorn, and films on Friday, October 20 at 3.30 pm. Screening Scooby-Doo: The Movie (2002, Rated PG) FREE


Saturday, October 21

Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park | Brooklyn Heights | 11am-4pm

Don’t miss the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s populra annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 11 am to 4 pm! Always a favorite, check out their kick-off procession, arts and crafts, storytelling, lawn games and more—including their signature pumpkin patch. FREE

Halloween Costume Party at Park Slope Library | Park Slope | 3:30-5pm

Come and get into the spooky spirit with us at the Park Slope Library! We’ll be doing some spooky crafts and having a costume showcase! All showcase participants will get a small spooky prize! Saturday, October 21 from 3.30 to 5 pm. FREE

Fall Block Party and Kids Costume Contest at The William Vale | Williamsburg | 12-3pm

Bring the whole family to pick your own pumpkins and get into the fall spirit with popular seasonal activities on October 14th (kids costume contest) and 21st (pet costume contest)! On both Saturdays The William Vale will celebrate the season with pumpkin decorating, costume contests, lawn games, face painting, and autumnal treats! Located at the property’s elevated outdoor green space, Vale Park.

Pumpkin Party at Poplar Street Community Garden | Brooklyn Heights | 12-3pm

Join Poplar Street Community Garden and Brooklyn Heights Association on Saturday, October 21, 12-3PM for their annual Pumpkin Party with pumpkin carving, pumpkin crafts, and pumpkin ice cream. RSVP to reserve your preferred entry time (on the hour or half-hour) either via DM or email [email protected]. Bring the whole family! FREE


Tuesday, October 24

Spooky Stomp, Clap, and Sing with Esther Crow at Central Library | Grand Army Plaza 

Join award-winning NYC Kindie musician, Esther, her family, and her hand-made puppets – including Greta the Ghost – for a special SPOOKY Stomp Clap and Sing! Just in time for the Halloween season: this interactive show is a mix of Esther’s standard rockin’ classics, including songs about animals, sustainability, and community, woven together with some fun and festive surprises. Ages 0-5. Tuesday, October 24 from 10.30 to 11.30 am. FREE

Halloween trick or treating bag craft @ Talea PopUp Library | Williamsburg

Stop at Talea to say Hello and pick your own Grab and Go Halloween bag craft kit. Decorate any way you like it and happy Trick or Treating. Tuesday, October 24 at 11.15 am. FREE


Thursday, October 26

Halloween-themed Lalo-palooza Concert with Suzi Shelton at The Old Stone House | Park Slope

A free outdoor music series where families can expect tunes from award-winning children’s performer Suzi Shelton and fun, kid-friendly activities. Join Suzi and Special Guest Chris Johnson for a spooky Halloween-themed show! Thursday, October 26 at 10 am to 11.30 am. FREE

Falloween at DeKalb Library | Bushwick | 3-5pm

Get to know the Dekalb library as they welcome new and old friends at their 2nd Falloween Spectacular featuring: Ballon Art and Juggling 101. Costumes are welcome. Thursday, October 26 from 3 to 5 pm. FREE


Friday, October 27

Halloween Family Movie Night: Monsters, Inc at Park Slope Library | Park Slope

Come and join us as we turn our auditorium into a mini movie theater for our Halloween interactive movie program! This year’s Halloween movie is Monster’s Inc.! Rated G. All ages welcome, no registration required! Friday, October 27 at 3.30 pm. FREE

Halloween Family Movie Night: Return to Oz at Greenpoint Library | Greenpoint

Join the library for some fun frights, fresh popcorn, and films on Friday, October 27 at 3.30 pm. Screening Return to Oz (1985, Rated PG). Friday, October 27 from 3.30 to 5.30 pm. FREE


Saturday, October 28

Cobble Hill Halloween Window Painting | Cobble Hill | 8:30am

The Cobble Hill Association is once again partnering with Mason Lane Art Advisory Services to host this wildly popular community event in which more than 75 local children (1st–8th grade) create their own Halloween-themed painting on the windows of participating Court Street businesses. Registration opens soon. For 1st -8th graders. Saturday, October 28 starting at 8.30 am. FREE

Red Hook Harvest Fest at Columbia Farm | Red Hook | 11am-3pm

Red Hook Harvest Fest will feature food, pumpkin patch, games, animals, Hot Pepper Challenge, photo booth, and more! Saturday, October 28 from 11 am to 3 pm. FREE

Seaport Kids Halloween Block Party | Lower Manhattan | 11am-1pm

Save the date for a Seaport Kids x Halloween Block Party, in partnership with Mommy Poppins and Brooklyn Bridge Parents. Front and Fulton Streets will transform into a Halloween-themed block party for kids 2–10 (and the bigger kids who love all things Halloween). Enjoy a live music performance from urban cowboy musician Hopalong Andrew, as well as pumpkin-decorating, live pumpkin carving, face-painting, trick or treating, STEM activities and, of course, a celebration of attendees’ fabulous costumes. Saturday, October 28 at 11 am (rain date Sunday, October 29). FREE

Brooklyn Heights Association’s Annual Halloween Parade | Brooklyn Heights | 11am

The Brooklyn Heights Association’s Halloween Parade starts at the entrance to the Promenade on Clark Street and parades down to the Remsen cul-de-sac.  Treats are provided at the end of the parade! Look out for updates on the BHA’s Instagaram page. Rain date Sunday, October 29th. FREE

Halloween Fun at Montague Open Streets | Brooklyn Heights | 12-2pm

Come down to Montague Street for TBA Halloween fun on October 28th. A Halloween-Themed Zing! Kids Fit Zone will feature a SPOOKtacular kids fitness obstacle course, fit games & prizes, and mini fit classes on Saturday, October 28 from 12 to 2pm. FREE

The 25th Annual Great Pupkin Annual Dog Costume Contest | Fort Greene Park | 12pm

Now in their 25th year in Fort Greene Park, and sponsored by Fort Greene PUPS, the Great PUPkin is Brooklyn’s largest and most outrageous dog costume contest. Scads of dogs enter and ruthlessly compete for the coveted Great PUPkin rosettes for the top pups! Saturday, October 28 at 12 pm. FREE to attend; $17 for dog registration.

Halloween Fest | Fort Greene Park | 1-4pm

Dress up in your best costumes for the Haunted Costume Ball! Enjoy spooky stories, face painting, a haunted maze, music, family-friendly games, and more. Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 4 pm. FREE

BKLYN BOO! Celebration in Albee Square | Downtown Brooklyn | 1-4pm

BKLYN BOO! returns for a fun and exciting afternoon of family-friendly Halloween activities, live music, and arts in partnership with City Point BKLYN. Schedule includes crafts, puppet shows, DJ set, and costume dance-off! Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 4 pm at Albee Square and City Point. FREE

Halloween Bash | Financial District

The Ninth Annual Léman Manhattan Halloween Bash & Open House will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 10 AM – 12 PM. Stopy by 41 Broad Street for a fang-tastic morning of activities including pumpkin decorating, a slime-making station, bubble shows, halloween-themed crafts, delicious fall treats made by our Culinary Team, and more! General Admission is $20 per family. Please note that this event is for children in Grade 2 and younger. Click here to RSVP today.

Carroll Park Children’s Halloween Celebration | Carroll Gardens | 11:30am-1pm

Dress up and join the Friends of Carroll park for a festival of fun with music, dancing, treats, scavenger hunt, and more. Located at the Park House and Monument area in Carroll Park.

Howl-o-ween | Boerum Hill | 1-4 pm

Celebrate the Halloween season with your pups! Join us for our first Howl-o-ween on Hoyt. Meet your neighbors, take a photo of your four legged friend in our “pupkin” patch, enjoy treats, try out an agility course, receive free pet health and training advice, and more. Saturday, October 28th from 1 to 4 pm.

Halloween Festival | Bay Ridge | 3-8pm

Brooklyn Bridge Parents is partnering up with the 5th Avenue BID in Bay Ridge to host a big fall festival on 10 blocks on car-free 5th Avenue from 75th to 85th Street. Come enjoy the many restaurants from all over the world, the uniquely decorated houses in the side streets and a block party with bouncy houses, arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, “Trunk-or-Treat”, castle building, music, haunted trucks and much more. Kids are encouraged to come in costumes. Saturday, October 28 from 3 to 8 pm. FREE

Suzuki Pianoween at St. John’s Church | Park Slope | 12:30-2:30pm

Dressed in their Halloween costumes, students from Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Suzuki Piano studio will perform Halloween-oriented music and other fun pieces they’ve selected or composed. Students will perform solo or in duo with their teacher, a sibling or a parent on a festively decorated piano. Free

Redemption Church Fall Festival in the Park | Red Hook | 1pm

Join Redemption Church for their annual Fall Festival in Coffey Park. Come and enjoy a great time of community building, family fun, music, games, and lots of candy! FREE admission


Sunday, October 29

Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade & Party | Greenpoint | 10am-5pm

Town Square’s Halloween Parade and Party has been a seasonal highlight for North Brooklyn families for a decade. Costumed kids and kids-at-heart march down Manhattan Avenue and back to the starting point for a spooktacular party! Arts and crafts, contests, games, and yummy munchies. Spooktacular Party for little tykes at 10am + 11am; Parade at 1pm; Zombie Nerf War for older kids at 3pm + 4pm. Sunday, October 29 from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. FREE for parade; $20 online/$30 doors for Spooktacular Party

Court Street Spectacular | Brooklyn Heights | 11am-6pm

Court Street Spectacular Street Fair – located between Atlantic Avenue and Joralemon Street – is Brooklyn’s last big street festival of the year! Take a stroll down Court Street and visit the merchants and vendors, good eats, and kiddie rides on Court Street. Sunday, October 29. FREE admission

Creepy Crawly Halloween | Prospect Park | 12-4pm

Join Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center for a special Halloween celebration. Take a second look at the creatures that give you the creeps, you may find you like them! Participate in fun activities and experiments that will make your spine tingle. The event will feature an Owl Pellet Dissection, Nature Chef’s Surprise, Creepy Discovery Boxes, Snake Feeding, Creepy Crawly Walk. Sunday, October 29. FREE

Trick or Treat at IKEA Brooklyn | Red Hook | 10am-2pm

IKEA will have treats, crafts, scavenger hunt, trick or treat tote bag decorating, and a photo station for your little goblins. Costumed attendees can also enter to win a $50 IKEA Gift card! FREE w/ RSVP and IKEA Family registration

Park Slope Parents Halloween Costume Contest | Park Slope | 1-3pm

Get your most spooktacular outfit ready for the Halloween Costume Contest & Mini Parade! Join The Old Stone House and Park Slope Parents in the park from 12-2 pm for creepy arts and crafts projects with Private Picassos. The costume contest will begin at 2 pm and mini parade around the Park will begin around 2:45pm. Extra credit for homemade costumes with lots of imagination and recycled materials. FREE

Family Halloween Karaoke at Iris Cafe | Brooklyn Heights | 4pm

Join Iris Cafe for some fun! Family Halloween Karaoke is on the 29th! FREE admission


Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween)

Park Slope Halloween Parade | Park Slope | 3-7:30pm

Dress up in your best costume and join in the annual Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade on October 31! Parade Route is 7th Ave, Starting at 14th St to 3rd St, turning on 3rd street, ending at Old Stone House. Schedule: Kids Trick or Treating 3-6pm; Queue up for parade at 14th St 5:30pm; Civic Council kicks off parade, followed by elected officials 6:30pm; Parade ends at Old Stone House/Washington Park 7:30pm. FREE

Dumboween Parade, Party & Trick-or-Treating | DUMBO | 4-7pm

A neighborhood tradition, DUMBOWEEN brings hundreds of costumed Dumbonians out for their Annual March to the Arch through Brooklyn Bridge Park with brass bands + puppets, followed by an Archway Party featuring crafts with Creatively WILD Art Studio, a photobooth, and of course, candy! Plus, Trick-or-Treat at 50 + Dumbo small businesses around the neighborhood! Tuesday, October 31 from 4 to 7 pm. FREE

Cobble Hill Halloween Parade | Cobble Hill | 4pm

Organized by the Cobble Hill Association, the parade is led by a big-brass band and followed by a procession of costumed families marching down Congress to Henry, around to Warren Street and back to the park. Afterwards, kids can stop at stoops for treats in one of the most active Halloween communities in Brooklyn. Tuesday, October 31 at 4 pm, rain or shine. FREE

Myrtle Monster Mash | Clinton Hill | 4-6pm

The annual Halloween dance party on Myrtle Avenue is back with games, treats, a DJ, dancing and a special Thriller Dance off. Catch the Thriller Dance at 4:45pm, led by PS 20’s Mr. Chung and the PS 20 Dancers, and enjoy all the other fun from 4-6pm. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE

Hoyt Street Trick-or-Treating | Boerum Hill

Celebrate Halloween on the last Open Street day of the season! Swing by Hoyt Street during your trick-or-treating route for free candy, drink specials, and outdoor dining. It’s going to be spooktacular! 4 PM to 9 PM.

Garden Place Trick-or-Treating | Brooklyn Heights

Kids start trick-or-treating around 4 pm on Tuesday, October 31st on Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights. The gathering runs all afternoon until dusk when everybody runs out of candy.

Strong Place Trick-or-Treating | Cobble Hill

Kids start trick-or-treating around 4 pm on Tuesday, October 31st on Strong Place in Cobble Hill. The gathering runs all afternoon until dusk when everybody runs out of candy.

Clinton Street Trick-or-Treating | Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens

Kids start trick-or-treating around 4 pm on Tuesday, October 31st on Clinton Street from Pacific all the way down into Carroll Gardens. The gathering runs all afternoon until dusk when everybody runs out of candy.

Bad Art Club: Halloween Edition at Brower Park Library | Crown Heights 

Don’t feel like dressing up and going out? Come to the library and join the Bad Art Club for Halloween! We’ll play a cheesy Halloween movie (perhaps Disney’s Halloweentown) and do a low-key craft. Tuesday, October 31 at 4 pm. FREE and for teens

Halloween Costume Crawl For All | Williamsburg | 3-6pm

The 4th Annual Costume Crawl for All promises to be one of the largest family-friendly Halloween events in North Brooklyn.This street festival is right near Lindsay Park Houses & Sternberg Park, on Leonard Street between Montrose & Boerum. Neighbors are invited to participate in the costume contest, with cash prizes provided by Sustainable United Neighborhoods. FREE

Clinton Hill Bklyn Halloween Booth | Clinton Hill | 4-6pm

Calling all ghouls and goblins, Clinton Hill Bklyn invites you to visit us at our Spooktacular Halloween pop-up booth on St James Pl during Halloween night. On the agenda: an abundance of candies, special prizes, and a chance to connect and celebrate Halloween as one community! FREE

Boo!KCM | Park Slope | 4-6pm

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music hosts our annual Halloween event for the whole family! Join us outside of our Park Slope building for spine-chilling musical performances, a haunted instrument garden and, of course, candy! Costumes are encouraged! FREE

McGhoulrick Halloween | Greenpoint | 4-7pm

Join Friends of McGolrick and McGolrick Dog Run for McGhoulrick Halloween 2023! 4pm: Children’s parade, 6pm: Dog parade. RSVPs appreciated. FREE

Read more: More Trick-or-Treating + Open Streets recommendations across Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Post-Halloween Events

Candy Donations with The Service Collective at St. Ann’s Church | Brooklyn Heights

Share some of your Halloween candy and stop by during volunteer hours to donate on Wednesday, November 1 from 3.30 to 6 pm. Volunteers will sort, package, and deliver treat bags to Vinegar Hill Food Pantry, St. Ann’s Food Pantry, and Farragut Senior Center. Last year they collected over 500 lbs of candy and expect more this year! Thanks for pitching in to help bring sweet smiles to those that need it. FREE

Day of the Dead Family Celebration at Green-Wood Cemetery | South Slope | Wed, November 1 | 4-7pm

Discover the rich history and traditions associated with the holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) through family-friendly crafts, performances, music, activities, and food. Celebrated throughout Latin America from October 31st to November 2nd, this holiday is a time for family and friends to commemorate departed loved ones through prayer, altars, music, and dance. FREE with registration

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