Category Archives: Halloween



written by Jen #supermom

What an exciting time of year it is for the little ones and for us parents, sharing the beauty of the colorful foliage and enjoying the refreshing cool air, so much Halloween fun… and pumpkin carving!   Any excuse to eat more apple pie and have another pumpkin spiced latte.  There’s so much going on here in Brooklyn over the next month, including many spooky and silly Halloween activities to enjoy with your family!

Mythic Meal (JJ Byrne Playground): A pancake breakfast fundraiser for JJ Byrne Playground.   Come as your favorite character, swap costumes, get your face painted and make banners for the Halloween parade!  They will also be doing a winter gear drive so bring any coats, boots, sweaters, etc to this great event!  $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Saturday October 17th, 10am-12pm.!&utm_campaign=August+1&utm_medium=email

Harvest Festival (Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park): Come and celebrate the fall season with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park!  The 5th Annual Harvest Festival will have free fun activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, storytelling, volleyball and musical performances.  Saturday, October 24th from 10:30am-1pm.

Ghouls  & Gourds (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens):  Kids showcase their costumes along giant puppets in a parade with live music by Terry Dames Science Music Roadshow!  Kids under 12 are free, adults $15.  Saturday October 24th from 12-5:30pm.

Boo at the Zoo (Prospect Park Zoo):  Don’t miss this annual Halloween event.  Watch the baboons play with pumpkins, meet a Wildlife Witch, make a spider craft…and more!  Join in a Halloween parade at the end of each day, and snap a photo with the costumed creatures along the way.  Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th.

Monster Mash (Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights): Calling all ghosts and goblins, come dressed to impress as the museum celebrates Halloween!  Join up for a spooky good time, complete with a performance by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino and a ghoulish glowing dance party.  Saturday, October 31st from 10am-5pm.

6th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade (1205 Surf Ave, Coney Island): You and your family are officially invited to the 6th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest. This year’s kid-friendly event promises to be better than ever with free entertainment, giveaways, and trick-or-treating!  Open to all children under 15 with great prizes for contest winners. Registration begins at 10am with the costume contest taking place at 12pm. Hand-made Coney Island themed costumes are encouraged.  Saturday, October 31st at 10am.

Halloween Party (Rollerskating Rink at Lefrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park):  Your halloween costume looks even better on skates!   Listen to Halloween music, play games and win prizes and enjoy a costume contest.  Saturday, October 31st from 12-6pm.

BAMboo! (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM):  Put on your devilish dancing shoes and kick off trick-or-treating right at this free outdoor Halloween block party featuring family-friendly music and mischief.  Featuring Abby the DJ, candy giveaways, bouncy house, carnival games, costume contest and arts & crafts!  Free.  Saturday, October 31st from 2-5pm.  All ages!

Park Slope Halloween Parade (14th St and 7th Ave):  If you’re marching, join for the line up on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.  The parade concludes at the Old Stone House in JJ Byrne Playground with a gathering and dancing with the parade bands!  Saturday, October 31st from 6:30-8:30pm.    Details forthcoming at:

Sol y Canto (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM):  This pan-Latin musical ensemble, led by artist-educators Rosi and Brian Amador, presents bilingual concurs that are as instructive as they are engaging.  Geared towards families working to build kids’ Spanish proficiency as well as those that speak mostly Spanish at home, Sol y Canto’s interactive fiestas invite young audiences to dance, sing and learn to the beat!   Tickets are $10 each. Saturday, November 7th at 2pm.  Ages 2-5.

9th Annual Children’s Book Fair (Brooklyn Museum, 1st Floor):  Showcasing your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators, this free event features storybooks, picture books, graphic novels and art activities for all ages.  Saturday November 14th from 12-4pm.  For a detailed schedule of readings, go to:

Hope everyone enjoys a BOO-ti-fully safe and fun Halloween!!!

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Your Family!


by Jen #supermom #halloween2014 #halloweenideas #pediatrician #parkslope #doctorcao

It’s almost trick or treat time!  Just a couple of weeks left until Halloween, my most favorite holiday.  I don’t know about you, but we really struggled with costume ideas this year.  Every year it obviously falls at the same time, but every year I find myself in stressed out last minute mode figuring out what we’ll be.  I think part of the reason is that I take the day and dressing up VERY seriously – so I put a lot of pressure on myself!  Last year we went as lobstermen and our daughter was the lobster (we wore yellow fisherman waterproof overalls, bucket hats and jackets – husband with long beard accessory).  It was awesome other than the fact that every two feet our one year old daughter would toss a lobster bootie off into the crowd!  Although she was not so much a fan, she surely looked delicious (pun intended).

So now that we have a girl that has interests which she is very vocal about, we decided to let her lead us to our costume decision. Obsessed with animals, specifically “meow meows”, ponies and the “baa-baas”, we went looking online and ultimately purchased a super cute sheep costume for her.   Husband and I are going as farmers – plaid shirts, overalls and just need to find some hay for us to munch on!  What I love about this is that I actually wanted to buy a pair of overalls and a plaid shirt, so will hopefully wear it again – and my husband can re-use his beard from last year.  He (thankfully)? won’t re-wear the overalls in a million years, but think we can find an inexpensive pair on Amazon!   Glad that the overall investment is minimal.

In my search to find creative family costumes, I found certain sites that are helpful for brainstorm if you are still deciding: – a great place to start a search (for anything really)!  Here is a link to more creative costume ideas for a family:  I certainly love the kids dressed as sharks and dad as a surfer (“shark attack”), although perhaps a bit scary for the younger ones. – Oh my….that Michael Jackson’s theme is amazing.  I might want to steal for next year.– ideas for creative costumes you can make (if you are so inclined and talented)!  These costumes are always the best in my opinion – If I could sew and had a creative bone in my body, I’d jump on that bandwagon. – more DIY costume ideas (loving Gandalf)!  Although who in the world would want their child dressed up like Justin Bieber?  Yikes!

I thought it might also be helpful to share my thought process as to how I narrow down ideas for our family costume.  If it’s a baby, what are your/the parents’ interests?  We love lobster – we make it every year on Valentines Day, we eat it every summer in Maine.  When we see a food truck selling lobster rolls at a Food Festival, there is a good chance we’re eating it!  So… what do you love? Are you obsessed with monkeys?   Are you an avid basketball fan (I saw a super cute basketball player costume online).  Once you figure that out, you/the parents can decide how to creatively accompany your baby!  Lobster:  chefs, fisherman, people with lobster bibs and forks/crackers.  Monkey:  zoo keepers, monkey parents or you could be trees (and the monkey is hanging on you)!  Basketball player:  mascot, coaches, cheerleaders.

If it’s a toddler or older, think about what their interests are.   Trains? Legos? Pizzas?  Train: conductor, no crossing sign, different parts of train including middle and caboose.  Legos: different colored blocks, different lego characters.  Pizza:  slice of pizza, delivery guy, a pizza box!  The ideas are endless!

So if you run into a couple of farmers with a very tired sheep at the Park Slope Parade, please make sure you come by and say hello!   Can’t wait to see what all of you will be wearing, specifically the little ones….there’s nothing cuter in the world than little people in costume.  So HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone and good luck finding that perfect costume!!!