Halloween Haunts


Halloween falls on a a Saturday this year, all the better for spooky fun. There are so many haunted houses, costume parades and general mayhem to choose from that we put together a few of our favorite events to make it easier to plan a bewitching evening (and pre-Halloween partying).

Steampunk Invasion
After last year’s blowout Steampunk Day at Brooklyn Indie Market, the BIM invited all the steampunks back to show off their fantastical, time-traveling designs this Saturday from 11am-7pm (corner of Smith and Union). Come for the fashion show and steampunk-inspired sellers, then continue the surreal revelry at steampunk bar The Way Station in Prospect Heights, where there’ll be giveaways, performances, and prizes for best dressed.

Make Fun
Haven’t a clue what to be for Halloween? Or have a scheme in your head of that perfect costume? Make Fun Studio at House of Yes (342 Maujer St., Bushwick) is hosting a costume workshop the next two Wednesday nights complete with industrial sewing machines, fabric, trim, and pattern-making materials. Come with an old costume to be reworked, or something to be made from scratch. $20 with materials included, October 21+28, 7-11pm. (Email for more info.) Be sure to wear it at the Haunted House of Yes Halloween Weekend. Their “multi-sensory disaster” requires a waiver; they apologize in advance for the post traumatic stress disorder. $10 admission, 7pm-2am Oct. 30, 10pm-2am Oct. 31.

BB Tricks and Treats
This Saturday, at Added Value’s Harvest Fest in Red Hook (more on this tomorrow!), we’re organizing a kids costume swap, so dig out their spooky, cute outfits from last year and trade up. (Still Hip has started off the swap with a costume perfect for any doggie-lovin’ toddler.) (Harvest Fest has been canceled due to rain!) And on Halloween, we’ll be at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene with Circle Candy, Marian Maid Muffins, Bundt, Mama O’s Kimchee, Kristiana Parn, Tiburon, and Alicia Kachmar. (We’ll be at the Flea in Dumbo this Sunday 11-6 with more vendors and Martha Stewart, who’s taping an episode there! Here’s a map of where our booth will be!)

Scary Meowvie
So we might be more charmed by kitschy horror movies than your average bear, but the BAM Freaky Feline one-two punch sounds truly inspired. The furry fiends start their reign of tuna-scented terror on October 30 with Sleepwalkers, a Stephen King movie about werewolf-like cat people who eat virgins. And on October 31 they’ll show Hausu–described as a Japanese version of Evil Dead on the BAM website. The cat that “stars” in this movie is Halloween worthy, trust us.

Pup Parade
If freaky cat people don’t do it for you, check out District Dog’s third annual dog parade at McGolrick Park on October 31 at 1pm. The theme this year is “Dress Your Name,” so keep an eye out for Woody, the Brooklyn Kitchen’s resident pooch and see which way his owners go with that one.

The Deep Dark Woods
Prospect Park is harnessing all the creepy power of nature to put on a Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival, 12-3pm, Lookout Hill. The park promises zombies, wolf men and good and bad witches. Or, take a ride on the Haunted carousel for $1.50.

Fort Greene Ghouls
The 10th Annual Fort Greene Halloween Festival has it all: face painting, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, and (another) adorable costume competition for dogs, The Great PUPkin. The fun goes from noon to 3pm on October 31. Costumes, of course, encouraged.

Pierogi Greats
The Greatest Halloween Party Ever (in its fifth year–originally hosted in the backyard of the organizers’ grandma in Bensonhurst) has a lot to back up its name’s claim: a Wizard of Oz (make that Annihilation of Oz) theme, free beer from 8-9pm, free pierogies from 8-10, and a ball pit, all at Greenpoint’s Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) for $20 on Halloween. This is one for you if you go all out with your costume–they are required for entry!

Halloween House
Every year, the folks at 313 Clinton Ave. in Clinton Hill put on a live, front lawn show that’s become a must-see Halloween treat. This year’s theme is “Colonel Cadaver’s Carnival of Carnage” and to help offset the cost of building sets from scratch they’re selling totes and Tees at the house and at Still Hip (which is bringing a block party to Grand St. on Halloween). Showtimes begin at 5pm on Halloween and repeat every 20 minutes; good luck getting a close-up.

Pumpkin Carving
At Lucky Gallery in Red Hook, artist Christopher Coggiano will be leading a pumpkin carving demo for adults from 8-10pm Friday night, Oct. 23 (you bring the pumpkin, they’ll provide the tools, food + drink). And Spacecraft in the ‘Burg leads a class for kids and adults this Sunday, Oct. 25 from 3-4.

Sent by Nicole, Annaliese, and Chrysanthe. Photos courtesy of BAM and Joel Zimmer.

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