Trick-or-Streets returns to Brooklyn with dozens of locations for Halloween fun

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Trick-or-Streets is back with dozens of family-friendly halloween parades, events, like BAM boo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and trick-or-treating!
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Greenfield/BAM

Dozens of Brooklyn streets will once again be car-free and open to trick-or-treaters and Halloween celebrations for all ages as part of Trick-or-Streets. 

The innovative program was launched last year to allow young New Yorkers and their families to celebrate the holiday without having to worry about cars and traffic. According to Mayor Eric Adams, the program’s warm welcome last year led to an expansion — this year, Trick-or-Streets was expanded to more than 100 locations across the five boroughs, with 21 closures in Kings’ County alone. 

“I am pleased to see Trick-or-Streets return to New York City this fall and look forward to the joy that the program and its events will bring to children and families across Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, in a statement. “I thank Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez for adding pedestrian spaces across the city so that residents can safely celebrate Halloween and Día De Los Muertos.”

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Join Brass Queens and the Cobble Hill Association for the Cobble Hill Halloween Parade as part of Trick-or-Streets! File photo courtesy of the Cobble Hill Association

The program will extend into November to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Día De Los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead.

Combined with the city’s giveaway of 1,500 pumpkins and squash and 1,000 pounds of candy, along with numerous live performances, parades, and fun events, Halloween 2023 promises to be the most spooktacular in history. We’ve compiled a list of Trick-or-Streets Halloween events here, plus a full list of all Trick-or-Streets locations in Brooklyn!

Trick-or-Streets Halloween events

  • BAMboo! at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Celebrate the spookiest night of the year in style by wearing your favorite costume and heading over to the BAMboo!’s free and festive Halloween Party. Starting at 4 p.m. at 30 Lafayette Ave., this family-friendly event promises an enchanting blend of music, haunted mischief and a myriad of activities, making it the perfect way to kick off your Halloween evening.

Put on your most imaginative costume and make your way to Dumbo for a Halloween March to the Arch. Commencing at 4 p.m. at Washington Street between Front and Water streets, participants will parade toward the Dumbo Archway, accompanied by live music and puppets.

Following the parade, participants can enjoy family-friendly activities beneath the Archway from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., which includes arts and crafts with Creatively WILD Art Studio.

Between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., children can enjoy a Halloween treat-seeking adventure through the local stores (grab a map of participating shops online in advance or watch out for pumpkin signs in shop windows). And, at 5:00 p.m., families can participate in the second annual HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Costume Contest on Car-Free Washington Street!

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After the parade, enjoy crafts and entertainment at DUMBOween! Photo courtesy of Philip Greenberg/Dumbo Improvement District

From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, you can take the young monsters to this thrilling party at 1090 Putman Ave., providing them with the opportunity to showcase their imaginative costumes and partake in a range of spooky pastimes. With activities like pumpkin decorating and a bounce house, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Tickets are available for purchase here. 

Come one, come all, to the Cobble Hill Halloween Parade! Starting at 4 p.m. at Cobble Hill Park, kids and families are invited to dress up in their Halloween best to strut around the block to show off their outfits with their friends and neighbors. Brass brand Brass Queens will lead the procession, and attendees are encouraged to stick around after the parade to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. 

Enjoy the holiday at the 38th annual West Midwood Halloween Parade! Don your costumes and bring cookies, donuts, and cupcakes for a spooky trip around the neighborhood! The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. at Glenwood and Rugby roads before proceeding around the nabe. 

Other Halloween events

Don’t miss the borough’s largest and longest-running kids’ Halloween parade! Kids and adults alike are invite to dress up and trick-or-treat at local Park Slope businesses from 3-6 p.m. before joining the parade at 6 p.m. at the corner of 14th Street and 7th Avenue. Join the processional or just enjoy the sight of hundreds of ghouls and goblins marching through Park Slope toward the Old Stone House, where there will be even more festivities!

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Enjoy the largest and oldest kids’ Halloween parade in Park Slope! File photo by Derrick Watterson
  • Boo! KCM at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music 

Get ready for a ghoulishly good time as the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music transforms its grounds into a Halloween wonderland. Attendees can expect a spine-tingling performance, an enchanted musical garden with ghostly tunes and a candy extravaganza, all set to unfold from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 58 7th Ave. at Lincoln Place in Park Slope. 

Trick or Streets locations:

  • 7th Street, 5th Avenue to 4th Avenue — 8:10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • 11th Street, 8th Avenue to 4th Avenue — 2-11 p.m.
  • Zion Triangle Plaza at East New York Avenue, Legion Street to Pitkin Avenue — 3-6 p.m.
  • Prospect Place, Grand Avenue to Classon Avenue — 3-8 p.m.
  • Madison Street, Nostrand Avenue to Bedford Avenue – 3:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Myrtle Avenue Plaza, Hall Street to Emerson Place — 4-6 p.m.
  • Knickerbocker Plaza at Knickerbocker Avenue and Myrtle Avenue — 4-7 p.m.
  • Polhemus Place, Garfield Place to Carroll Street — 4-8 p.m.
  • Washinton Street, Water Street to Front Street — 4-8 p.m.
  • Pearl Plaza at Pearl Street, Anchorage Place to Water Street — 4-7 p.m.
  • Joralemon Street, Hicks Street to Furman Street — 4-8 p.m.
  • Hoyt Street, State Street to Atlantic Avenue — 4-9 p.m.
  • Lafayette Avenue, Ashland Place to St. Felix Street — 4-7 p.m.
  • State Street, 3rd Avenue to Nevins Street — 4-7 p.m.
  • 17th Street, 8th Avenue to 7th Avenue — 4-9 p.m. 
  • Park Place, Underhill Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue — 5-8 p.m.
  • Underhill Avenue, Sterling Place to Prospect Place — 5-8p.m. 
  • Jefferson Avenue, Patchen Avenue to Malcolm X Boulevard — 5-8 p.m. 
  • Waverly Avenue, DeKalb Avenue to Willoughby Avenue — 5-9 p.m.
  • Albermarle Road, Rugly Road to Argyle Road – 5-8 p.m. 
  • 7th Avenue, 3rd Street to 14th Street — 6:30-8 p.m.

For a full list of events, check out the DOT’s interactive Trick-or-Streets map.