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BROOKLYN HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Calling all witches, goblins, ghouls and ghosts! There's Halloween family fun to be had all month! Kids are sure to have ghoulishly good time with this list of Halloween parties, haunted houses, pumpkin picking, spooky storytelling, and much more in Brooklyn!



Saturday, October 4


SKYSCRAPER SKELETONS: Kids will learn how skyscrapers stand tall and then erect their own skeleton of a skyscraper using toothpicks and gumdrops. 10:30am. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $5. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, Manhattan. 212-968-1961. www.skyscraper.org.

Thursday, October 9


DAGGERS AND SWORDS WORKSHOP: Visitors will create their own dagger or sword from cardboard. Daggers and swords will be decorated with jewels, paint and other materials. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


POP STAR SUNGLASSES: CMA helps teach kids how to create some funky pop star glasses. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Saturday, October 11


SKYSCRAPER HAUNTS: Kids can come and make Halloween costumes resembling their favorite skyscrapers. 10:30am. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $5. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, Manhattan. 212-968-1961. www.skyscraper.org.

Sunday, October 12


DAZZLING SKULLS: Children bejewel a skull shaped template in honor of the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration. 12pm. Age: All ages. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Friday, October 17


GREAT PUMPKIN WORKSHOP: Kids help layer a papier mache pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin gets bigger and stronger with each layer put on. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Saturday, October 18


PUMPKIN PATCH WORKSHOP: Using packaging paper and newspaper kids can create the form of a pumpkin. Then kids can decorate it with tissue paper and paint. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Sunday, October 19


CRAZY FACES: This project starts with the traditional observation of the face and moves towards abstraction. Museum guests mix it up with collage and cray-pas. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


DREAM HALLOWEEN: The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation welcomes families and friends to trick or treat in style at its Dream Halloween fundraiser. Neil Friedman, President, Mattel Brands and his wife Amanda will host the event. The Foundation opens its doors to hundreds of families to attend Dream Halloween in-costume and trick-or-treat for toys, meet their favorite cartoon characters, play games, create arts and crafts and enjoy delicious food. For tickets and information, call (347) 835-1205. 3pm. Age: All ages. Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, Manhattan. 347-835-1205. http://www.ticketweb.com.

Wednesday, October 22


SPOOKY CITY: Children collaborate on a spooky city. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Thursday, October 23


TOP HAT WORKSHOP: Kids use sturdy paper to create a formal top hat. Top Hats will be finished off with paint and ribbon to add extra elegance. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Friday, October 24


BUILD A SKELETON WORKSHOP: Kids create their own skeletons from white paper shapes. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Childrens Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street , New York. 516-883-7480. www.cmany.org.

Saturday, October 25


HALLOWEEN CEMETERY TOUR: Families can celebrate the holiday with tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and ghosts. 1pm. Age: All ages. $20. Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th Street and 5th Avenue. 212-439-1090. www.green-wood.com.


BOO AT THE ZOO: Kids can watch the animals devour their Halloween treats, venture into the haunted barn, make some festive crafts and experience the thrills and chills of the Zoo during this spooky season. 10am. Age: All ages. $8 adults, FREE children under 12. Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park. 718-399-7339. www.prospectpark.org.


HAUNTED CAROUSEL: Chilling music, ravens, bats, and spiders make a spin on the Carousel the perfect Halloween treat. 12pm. Age: All ages. $1.50. Prospect Park, Prospect Park. 718-287-3400. www.prospectpark.org.


HAUNTED WALK AND CARNIVAL: Prospect Park gets haunted. Lookout Hill is haunted by witches, ghosts and vampires lurking in the dark forest. There's also a carnival on the Nethermead featuring all kinds of fun, games, seasonal treats and a puppet parade. 12pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Prospect Park, Prospect Park. 718-287-3400. www.prospectpark.org.


CREEPY CRAWLY HALLOWEEN: It's a critter-fest in Prospect Park with lots of spiders, worms, and other creepy creatures. Creepy crafts, live critters and hands-on experiments. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. FREE. Prospect Park Audubon Center, Prospect Park. 718-287-3400. www.prospectpark.org.


SCARY STORIES FROM THE PAST: Participants meet the old ghosts of Flatbush in haunting tales passed down from Lefferts ancestors. 2pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Prospect Park Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park. 718-965-8999. www.prospectpark.org.


HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS: Kids design creepy bat and ghost crisps (colored tortilla chips in Halloween shapes) and make monster mash?up (apple raisin dip) with children's cooking educator Aaren McKen. 3 and 4pm.1am. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. 212-721-1223. www.cmom.org.


WILD WORLD OF BATS: Back again just in time for Halloween, Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation leads this live-animal program about bats. Attendees will learn amazing facts about endangered bat species and vampire bats and have the opportunity to meet a few bat ambassadors, including the Malayan flying fox, the largest bat in the world, with a wingspan of up to six feet. 7:30pm. Age: All ages. $10 adults, $8 children. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org.


HUANTED HOUSES: Children construct a Haunted House out of recycled cardboard. Cobwebs, paper, and other materials will be available for adding a little more frightening appeal. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Sunday, October 26


HALLOWEEN CEMETERY TOUR: Families can celebrate the holiday with tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and ghosts. Age: All ages. $20. Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th Street and 5th Avenue. 212-439-1090. www.green-wood.com.


AUTHOR SERIES: CAMBRIA EVANS: This author/illustrator will read her new book, Bone Soup, about a clever but ever famished skeleton in search of a Halloween feast. Kids will use model magic to create a cauldron with their own magic ingredients. 2 and 3pm.1am. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. 212-721-1223. www.cmom.org.


HALLOWEEN AT CMA: CMA celebrates Halloween this year with projects like pumpkin sculptures, face-painting, a collaborative spiderweb mural and more. There will also be a fashion show for children to show off their costumes and a trick or treat parade through SoHo. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.


GHOULS AND GOURDS: Families bring their costumes and instruments to one of the City's wackiest Halloween extravaganzas. Performances by Bash the Trash and John Carlin and the Kid's Music Underground. Kids can also meet local children's book authors and illustrators, join junk-instrument-making workshops, create masks, and much more. The afternoon culminates with a Halloween costume parade led by Brazilian drummers. 12pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue. 718-623-7200. www.bbg.org.


WITCH BUNGLE: This unique show about fears and friendship combines storytelling, shadow puppets and cranky, which is a form of puppetry that has its origins in China. 4pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Brooklyn Public Library: Central branch, Grand Army Plaza. 718-230-2100. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org..

Wednesday, October 29


FRIGHTENING FINGER PUPPETS: Children create monsters, ghouls, witches, black cats for puppet show or for fashionable rings. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Thursday, October 30


BLACK CAT COLLAGE: Kids use black cat silhouettes to create a cool cat collage. 12pm. Age: YE, TW. $10. Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. 212-274-0986. www.cmany.org.

Friday, October 31


TARGET FREE HALLOWEEN: CMOM remains open until 8pm, with FREE admission after 5pm. A day of special Halloween activities. 5pm. Age: All ages. FREE. Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. 212-721-1223. www.cmom.org.


HALLOWEEN AT THE MUSEUM: Visitors are invited to trick or treat in warmth and safety among the dinosaurs, elephants, and other-worldly universe. Kids' favorite characters wander the halls greeting and entertaining; spooky arts and crafts keep little hands busy; and live performances punctuate the proceedings. 4pm. Age: All ages. $10. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org.


BAX FAMILY FRIDAY: HALLOWEEN: Kids should come in costume for this Halloween dance party. 9:30am. Age: All ages. $20 per family. Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 Fifth Avenue at 8th St. 718-832-0018. www.bax.org.


MONSTER MASH: A celebration of Halloween and the harvest season. Kids touch slithery snakes, get their face painted, and hear spooky stories. 5pm. Age: All ages. $10. Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue. 718-735-4400. www.brooklynkids.org.


BAMBOO! - BAM BEFORE TIME: Kids step back in time to a pre-historic, outdoor dino-themed Halloween celebration that features Tyrannosauruses and Pterodactyls, a "Jurassic Adventure" moon bounce and even a fossil dig and exhibition with real dino bones and eggs. There are plenty of carnival games to play, and costumed characters, including Brooklyn's finest cavemen and cavewomen and ghouls and goblins, lurk about. 4pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. FREE. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Ave. (Ashland Pl.-Fulton St.). 718-636-4100. www.BAM.org.



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