New York’s Hallowed Halloween Rumpus Returns: GHOULS & GOURDS

Saturday, October 27, 2012 | Noon–6 p.m.

Release Date: October 8, 2012

Brooklyn, New York— On Saturday, October 27, costume-clad families from across the tri-state area are invited to Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) for Ghouls & Gourds: New York’s most madcap Halloween celebration! Against the dramatic backdrop of the Garden’s fall flora, visitors of all ages can enjoy boisterous music, hands-on workshops, larger-than-life puppets, a pretend petting zoo, and a children’s-book barn full of authors and illustrators—many of whom are returning to Ghouls & Gourds after last year’s event was canceled due to a surprise October snowstorm.

BBG will present an autumnal Victorian wonderland, featuring flamingo croquet; a flying flea circus; a Victorian toy parlor; and a monocle, mustache, and beard booth. The zany Mettawee River Theatre Company will perform at the “Throwback Theatre” and lead audience members in an old-time waltz with woodland creatures.

Ghouls of all ages can make their own egg-shaker maracas to play in the event’s celebrated costume parade, learn about lace making, pot up a creepy coleus plant, and visit the pretend petting zoo (back by popular demand!)—or just flaunt their costumes for all to see! The Children’s Book Barn will feature 15 renowned authors and illustrators—many based in Brooklyn—who will charm families with readings and book signings.

Visitors can enjoy musical performances as diverse as the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, the Xylopholks, the Itinerants, and One World. The day will go out with a bang as Brazilian percussion group Maracatu NY and giant stilt dancers from Mortal Beasts & Deities lead the celebrated costume parade and drum circle.

Ghouls & Gourds activities will take place rain or shine on Cherry Esplanade. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors over 65. Admission for children under 12 and BBG members is always free.

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The day’s schedule includes:



Meet today’s most exciting children’s-book authors and illustrators as they share their work with fans! The lineup features new additions and returning favorites:

Major sponsorship for Ghouls & Gourds 2012 is provided by Con Edison; media sponsorship by Park Slope Parents.

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