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Why Fort Greene is New York's Best Neighborhood for Halloween

Fun for the whole family, even the dog.

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In a city as large as New York, making Halloween plans presents something of a dilemma. The choices of where to go take your kids trick-or-treating are overwhelming, and your own neighborhood might be full of apartment buildings not conducive to going door-to-door. Let us do some of the work for you and point you in the direction of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene, a family-friendly neighborhood with tree-lined streets perfect for picking up plenty of candy.

Fort Greene, along with the neighboring Clinton Hill, is a favorite among young Brooklyn parents not only for trick-or-treating the day of Halloween, but also for its events leading up to the big day. Read on to learn how to get the most out of the neighborhood.

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The Fort Greene Halloween festivities are perfect for the whole family, and that includes the dog. This year marks the 19th edition of the Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest, hosted by Fort Greene PUPS. The event is just what it says it is, a costume contest in which pooches compete for a chance to win prizes from local businesses and, most importantly, bragging rights as Halloween’s best dressed.

Competition is fierce for the event, with preregistration having already sold out. If you want to enter your dog, show up at Fort Greene Park by 10:30am on Saturday, with the event kicking off at 11:30am sharp. Those who miss the competition can still catch the event’s after party, DOGtoberfest at DSK-Brooklyn, which starts at 2pm. Kids of course are welcome.

Also at Fort Greene Park on Saturday is the 17th edition of the Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival. Here, kids can participate in games and giveaways, get their faces painted, and explore a pumpkin patch. The event starts at noon and entrance is completely free.

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On Halloween itself, there are plenty of trick-or-treating events for families to participate in. The Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts a free Halloween block party every year, known as BAMboo. Starting at 4pm on Tuesday, kids can join a costume contest, play in a bouncehouse and get lots and lots of candy.

On Tuesday evening you can also join in on some group trick-or-treating with the Clinton Hill Children’s Halloween Walk. Now in its 24th edition, the walk is organized by the Society for Clinton Hill and hits up all the coolest houses and spots in the neighborhood. Check back online for more info on where to meet up with the group.

There’s nothing wrong of course with sticking to some traditional trick-or-treating with just the family. Still don’t have a costume? Check some of our favorite costume ideas from Instagram or see how you can make a costume out of items in your kid’s closet.

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