Ghouls and goblins flood Brooklyn for Halloween of frightful festivals and parades

the coney island halloween parade on the boardwalk
This year’s winners triumphantly led their peers down Riegelmann Boardwalk after the annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade.
Jim McDonnell/Alliance for Coney Island

After a spookily silent season last year, the streets of Brooklyn filled up with ghouls and ghosts celebrating Halloween from Greenpoint to Coney Island with canine costume contests, creepy concerts, and a carousel of other spine-chilling celebrations. 

Residents have been gearing up all month long as Brooklynites decked out their homes with cobwebs, inflatables, and the internet favorite 12-foot skeleton. Kings County may have a claim over the title of most decorated borough, from Dyker Heights, where neighbors carried on the tradition of decorating for Halloween even as Dyker Frights took a year off to Mill Basin, where residents were shaking in their boots as the neighborhood continues to get scarier by the season.

Children and families filled the boardwalk on Saturday afternoon for the Alliance for Coney Island’s 11th Annual festival and parade, where kiddos competed for best costume and took part in arts-and-crafts before taking to the boardwalk for a festive stroll.

winner of coney island costume contest
Say his name three times: a baby Beetlejuice took home this year’s title of best overall costume.  Alexandra Silversmith/Alliance for Coney Island.
people in costume on the coney island boardwalk for halloween
This year’s winners of the costume contest at the annual Coney Island Children’s Parade and Festival.Jim McDonnell/Alliance for Coney Island

Festooned families paraded around Cobble Hill on Saturday afternoon with in the Cobble Hill Association’s annual Halloween parade, complete with musical accompaniment from the all-female band Brass Queens. The parade followed a morning of fun for as kids decorated the windows at the association’s fourth-annual window painting.

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Families filled the streets of Cobble Hill for the return of their annual Halloween parade.Photo courtesy of Cobble Hill Association.
costumed families at the cobble hill halloween parade
Two Cobble Hill chefs display their pot of pasta at the annual Halloween parade. Photo courtesy of Cobble Hill Association.
children paint windows in cobble hill
Cobble Hill kiddos decorated their neighborhood for Halloween as part of the Cobble Hill Association’s fourth-annual window painting. Photo courtesy of Cobble Hill Association.
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Brass Queens, an all-female Brooklyn-based brass band, led the festivities through the streets of Cobble Hill. Photo courtesy of Cobble Hill Association

NIA Community Services Network doubled the fun this year with two celebrations over Halloweekend: their 6th annual Spooktacular, a free street festival hosted on 11th Avenue in Dyker Heights, and their Halloween festival at Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge. Both offered tricks, treats, and costume contests, along with a maze at the festival.

kids at NIA's halloween festival
Families enjoyed treats and a kids concert at NIA’s annual Halloween Festival at Owls Head Park. Photo Courtesy of NIA
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Children decorate pumpkins at NIA’s annual Halloween festival at Owl’s Head Park. Photo Courtesy of NIA
NIA offered up rides, a kids concert, and more at their annual Spooktacular street fair. Photo Courtesy of NIA
Candy and concerts weren’t the only draw: kids and adults alike got to show some love to animals at NIA’s Spooktacular. Photo Courtesy of NIA
The Pumpkin King himself welcomed attendees to NIA’s Halloween festival at Owl’s Head Park.