For many, Halloween isn’t a one-day holiday — it’s a state of mind and a celebration to be stretched out as long as possible. In that spirit, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is throwing a Ghouls & Gourds event — a Halloween celebration giving kids and adults the chance to get a jump on the holiday and take their costumes on a test run. The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 24 from noon until 6 p.m. There will be pumpkins to decorate as the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens builds a giant pumpkin mandala. There will also be a wacky costume parade, giant puppets, live music, children’s book readings and more. Children under 12 get in free.
Previous years have featured stilt walkers, “weird workshops” for adults and children, a literary fair and a (fake) tattoo parlor. This Brooklyn Halloween tradition has been going on for years, and is not to be missed. It will be a nice warm-up to Halloween proper for Brooklyn families.