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21 of Brooklyn's Best Halloween Events

By  Rachel Holliday Smith Caroline Spivack and Amy Zimmer | October 11, 2017 4:30pm | Updated on October 27, 2017 2:39am

 An image from Prospect Park's Haunted Walk.
An image from Prospect Park's Haunted Walk.
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Halloween Week

78th Precinct’s Haunted House

Where: 65 Sixth Ave., Prospect Heights

When: Oct. 25-30 from 3 to 9 p.m.

The 78th Precinct will transform its basement into a bone-chilling haunted house for the days leading up to Halloween. The frightful site routinely draws hundreds who line up around the block for the event.

Friday, Oct. 27

'Reality Bites' 80s + 90s Halloween Party

Where: Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Gowanus

When: 10:30 p.m.

Dress as your favorite Winona Ryder character, or whatever, and dance the night away at this performance space to the DJ Brian Blackout’s angsty '80’s and '90’s anthem, set amid a backdrop of old school horror movie projections. Besides 80s-music-themed drink specials, like My Corona and Tonic Youth, there will be 100 pounds of bite-sized pieces of candy. Tickets: $7 in advance or $10 at the door. (This event is for the 21 and older crowd.)

Ghoul 3D World Immersive Halloween Spectacular

Where: Future Space, 350 Meserole St., East Williamsburg

When: Friday, 8 p.m. and Saturday, 7 p.m.

The duo behind the collaborative animation project Cool 3D World is teaming up with the interactive artists at Future Space, along with GIPHY Arts, to create a “startling new immersive experience where both nightmares and dreams will come true.” Be prepared to be surrounded by physical installations, 360-degree projections and ambisonic sounds. (Cost: $31; must be 21 or over.)

Outdoor Screening: 'Poltergeist'

Where: Sunset Park

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Come see this classic 1982 supernatural horror movie, screened outdoors in Sunset Park as part of the Parks Department’s “Shoctoberfest” movie series. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 28:

Halloween D.I.Y.

Where: Court Tree Collective, 371 Court St., Carroll Gardens

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Bring your Halloween vision to life with this workshop where tykes can design and create their own costumes. Families are asked in advance to purchase some materials as a “jumping-off point” and the organizers will pitch in their own materials for some costume-making magic. Face painting will also be included in this three-hour workshop intended for 4- to 10-year-olds. The cost is $125 including materials. Space is limited.

The Great Pupkin Dog Costume Contest

Where: Northwest corner of Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene

When: 11:30 a.m.

Bring your pup to the 19th annual “Great Pupkin” dog costume contest hosted by the Fort Greene Pups pet society. The popular event takes place at the same time as the Fort Greene Park Conservancy’s annual Halloween Festival, which takes place on the field on the park’s southeast corner. Pet owners should sign their pets up online before the event.

Prospect Park’s 38th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk & Fair

Where: Lookout Hill and Nethermead, Prospect Park

When: noon to 3 p.m.

The Prospect Park Alliance knows how to do Halloween, bringing zombies, werewolves and witches to its free haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill, aimed at families ages 7 to 12. Family-friendly activities abound — appropriate for all ages — for its Halloween fair on the Nethermead. Some of the city’s top food trucks will be offering sweet and savory treats.

Ghouls and Gourds

Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 150 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

When: Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Bring your little ones in costume for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Halloween celebration, with stilt dancing, live music, caterpillar feedings, rutabaga Skee-ball and “Brooklyn's wackiest costume parade,” organizers say. Kids 12 years old and younger get in free.

Spirited Stroll

Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, 200 25th St., Greenwood Heights

When: 1 p.m.

Take a tour of Green-Wood with historian Jeff Richman, who will tell tales filled with “murder, mayhem, spirits, and the utterly bizarre,” organizers say, including visits to the graves of The Wizard of Oz actor Frank Morgan and George Washington’s favorite dentist. Tickets are $25. A tour of the cemetery’s catacombs, usually closed to the public, is also on the schedule.


Where: City Point, 445 Albee Square West, Downtown Brooklyn

When: 2 to 5 p.m.

A disco costume contest, live music, a pumpkin patch, “wicked” nail polish stations and more take over City Point for free event aimed at all ages and is the Prospect Park Alliance’s first-ever “after-party” for its annual Halloween walk and fair.

Free Outdoor Screening: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Where: McCarren Park Pool Deck, 776 Lorimer St., Williamsburg

When: 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Sing along at this outdoor screening of the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a trivia and costume contest. The event is free and open to the public and admission will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. To participate in the trivia and costumes contests, sign up online with the Parks Department.

Sunday, Oct. 29

Halloween Contest and Mini-Parade

Where: JJ Byrne Playground at the Old Stone House, Third Street and Fifth Avenue, Park Slope

When: 3 to 5 p.m.

Description: Families with young kids flock to this mini-parade at the park, led by a live band.

 Brooklyn Music School’s Musical Haunted House

Where: Brooklyn Music School, 126 St. Felix St., Fort Greene

When: 3 to 6 p.m.

Kicking off the festivities will be the world premiere of “Dead Zeppelin,” followed by an appearance of “Helvis.” There’s a costume contest and participants can take a haunted tour of the century-old schoolhouse for “Schitck-or-Treat.” (Tickets: $5.)

Monday, Oct. 30

Heartbeat Opera’s 'All the World’s a Drag! Shakespeare in love ... with opera'

Where: National Sawdust, 80 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, 7:30 and 10 p.m.

This indie opera company launches its fourth season with three performances of its Halloween drag extravaganza. This original show by Heartbeat’s founders, as Shakespeare discovers Verdi, Bernstein and others, promises a feast for the ears and eyes with elaborate costumes and Halloween revelries. (Tickets: $35 to $75)

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Pumpkin Impaling

Where: The corner of Kane Street and Strong Place, Cobble Hill

When: 3 to 7 p.m.

Join artist Jane Greengold as she impales dozens of carved pumpkins onto the spiked fence outside her former home in Cobble Hill. The project is returning to street corner after a three year hiatus. The speared pumpkin heads will remain for months where they will slowly rot into ghoulish faces.

A Haunted Hawks’ Nite Out Presented by Nitehawk Cinema

Where: (Future) Nitehawk Prospect Park, 188 Prospect Park West, Park Slope

When: 3 to 7 pm.

As Nitehawk Cinema gets closer to completing its transformation of the old Pavilion, it’s giving the neighborhood a sneak peak at the space as it turns it into a haunted house. The family-friendly event will have seasonal beer from Brooklyn Brewery for parents. For kids, there’s a surprise author reading with Community Bookstore, from 3 to 5 p.m., free candy for trick-or-treating and arts and crafts activities like sugar cookie decorating.

Cobble Hill Halloween Parade

Where: Cobble Hill Park

When: Starts at 4 p.m. at the Clinton Street end of park

This neighborhood favorite has been a tradition for more than 20 years.  For this hour-long parade starts in the park, organized by the Cobble Hill Association, musicians lead a procession of costumed families down Congress to Henry, around to Warren Street and back to the park. Kids can stop at stoops for treats along the way.

►  BAMboo! Block Party

Where: BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene

When: 4 p.m.

Kick off trick-or-treating at this free neighborhood block party in front of BAM with carnival games, a bounce house, costume contest, arts and crafts and more.

Annual Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade

Where: Seventh Avenue, Park Slope

When: Starts at 6:30 p.m.

This wildly popular parade kicks off on 14th Street and Seventh Avenue, then heads north, turning left on Third Street and ending in JJ Byrne Playground at the Old Stone House. Shops along Seventh Avenue often have treats for trick-or-treaters before the parade.

Screening of 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' with Live Music

Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush

When: Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

This 1921 silent classic will come alive through a new film score performed by the seven-piece ensemble Rag & Roots, led by widely acclaimed trombonist/composer, Chris Washburne. There will also be a haunting, pre-screening performance of Tchaikovsky’s haunting “Piano Trio In A Minor (Opus 50).” (Tickets: $25 to $45)

Halloween Party

Where: Threes Brewing,333 Douglass St., Boerum Hill

When: 8 p.m.

Threes Brewing will host a Halloween bash with pumpkin carving and a costumed dance party with live music from Blue Steel and Tubby starting at 8 p.m. DJ Stan Antonio will start spinning tunes at the main bar from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. the next day.