The best thing about Halloween in PLG is... everything. We are near Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Safe Walk... its all fun. Maybe I'm biased because I have a little guy to dress up but I love Halloween.
On Monday, October 31st (of course!) kids from around Flatbush will come to PLG on Halloween for the SafeWalk - trick-or-treating on traffic-free streets with houses prepared for the onslaught. PLOG has a map of the walk, but for the more textually inclined, here it is:
Start at Rutland & Flatbush.
Walk Rutland Rd. to Rogers Ave.
Left on Rogers, Walk to Midwood St.
Left on Midwood, Walk to Bedford Ave.
Right on Bedford, Walk to Maple St.
Right on Maple, Walk to New York Ave.
Left on New York, Walk to Empire Blvd.
End at New York & Empire @ the 71st Precinct.
But the SafeWalk is the end of a weekend of costume opportunities. On Saturday, Ghouls & Gourds makes its annual return to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Music, stilt-walkers, a costume parade and a carnivorous plant display, all in the beauty of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden which I don't get to often enough. I can even still find some serenity in the Japanese Garden because water always has a calming effect on me.
Prospect Park has a slate of activities spanning Halloween weekend. Boo at the Zoo will have a haunted barn, "spooky" creatures and face-painting. Is a haunted barn not enough? The Carousel will be haunted too. The regular calliope tunes will be replaced by spooky music and I'm sure the decorations will be tamely terrifying. The Lefferts Historic House will have scary stories and skeleton papercrafts.
But the highlight of Prospect Park's Halloween activities is the Halloween Walk and Carnival on Saturday. The heart of the action is at Nethermead, where the Carnival activities will be going on (and where our Gorilla Family got its picture taken last year). There's a haunted walk on Lookout Hill (I can't figure out where that is, sadly...) and there will be fun, games and food. There will also be food trucks parked on the Center Drive for less candy-cornish sustenance.
I say let Halloween be a three-day affair... and let me stay home from work on Monday.