Ghouls & Gourds 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Noon–5:30 p.m. | Rain or Shine
Kids under 12 Free!
Cherry Esplanade

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    • Mortal Beasts & Deities. Photo by Mike RatliffMortal Beasts & Deities. Photo by Mike Ratliff
    • The Black and Gold Marching Elite. Photos by Jason BrownThe Black and Gold Marching Elite. Photos by Jason Brown
    • Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus of Fate (left); photo by Mike Ratliff. Kyle Petersen (right).Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus of Fate (left); photo by Mike Ratliff. Kyle Petersen (right).
    • Visitors at Ghouls & Gourds. Photos by Mike RatliffVisitors at Ghouls & Gourds. Photos by Mike Ratliff
    • Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. Photo by Mary Beth MeehanRani Arbo & daisy mayhem. Photo by Mary Beth Meehan
    • Mettawee River Theatre Company. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.Mettawee River Theatre Company. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.
    • The Ebony Hillbillies (top); photo by Weston Wells. Banda de los Muertos (bottom); photo by Valerie TrucchiaThe Ebony Hillbillies (top); photo by Weston Wells. Banda de los Muertos (bottom); photo by Valerie Trucchia
    • Visitors at Ghouls & Gourds. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Visitors at Ghouls & Gourds. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Mammoth Puppet Menagerie by the Puppeteers' Cooperative. Photo by Mike RatliffMammoth Puppet Menagerie by the Puppeteers' Cooperative. Photo by Mike Ratliff
    • Mammoth Puppet Menagerie by The Puppeteers' Cooperative (left); photo by Jean-Marc Grambert. Enchanted Bug Garden by artist Marney Fuller (right).Mammoth Puppet Menagerie by The Puppeteers' Cooperative (left); photo by Jean-Marc Grambert. Enchanted Bug Garden by artist Marney Fuller (right).
    • Visitors show off their Potato People (left); photo by Mike Ratliff. Brussels Sprout Bowling (right); photo by Elizabeth Groeschen.Visitors show off their Potato People (left); photo by Mike Ratliff. Brussels Sprout Bowling (right); photo by Elizabeth Groeschen.
    • The Children's Book Barn (left); photo by Jean-Marc Grambert. Author-Illustrator Johan Olander (right).The Children's Book Barn (left); photo by Jean-Marc Grambert. Author-Illustrator Johan Olander (right).
    • Mortal Beasts & Deities stilt dancers (left). Maracatu NY (right). Photos by Jason Gardner.Mortal Beasts & Deities stilt dancers (left). Maracatu NY (right). Photos by Jason Gardner.

    Marching Band Madness! Colossal Metal Creatures!
    Brussels Sprout Bowling!

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    Planet Pumpkin

    12:15–1:00

    Unicycle Extravaganza
    Brooklyn’s own Kyle Petersen dares the impossible.

    1:15–2:15

    Banda de los Muertos
    Mexican brass banda to die for

    2:30–3:15

    Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
    Toe-tapping family folk and bluegrass

    3:30–4:30

    The Black and Gold Marching Elite
    Marching band madness from Bed-Stuy kids and teens

    Throwback Theatre

    Noon–1:00

    Wampus Cats
    Old-time tunes strummed by the coolest of cats

    1:15–1:30

    Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate
    Tiny acrobats hit the big top

    1:30–2:30

    The Ebony Hillbillies
    A down-home hootenanny led by New York’s beloved black string band

    2:45–3:00

    Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate
    Tiny acrobats hit the big top

    3:00–3:45

    Mettawee River Theater Company
    Woodland creatures invite you to their olden-day dance party.

    4:00–4:15

    Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate
    Tiny acrobats hit the big top

    Bug Day Afternoon

    Noon–4:00

    Squirmy Wormies
    Touch wiggly worms and behold their compost-creating skills.

    Enchanted Bug Garden
    Marvel at colossal metal creatures crafted by Brooklyn sculptor Marney Fuller.

    Bad Bug Tats
    Get inked with an Asian long-horned beetle tattoo from the USDA’s beetle busters.

    Bug-Eye View
    Grab a magnifying glass and hunt for roly-poly pill bugs, centipedes, and other crawly critters.

    Arthropod Antennae
    Craft your very own freaky feelers and become an insect for the day.

    Veggie Delights

    Noon–4:00

    Brussels Sprout Bowling
    Try your hand at this crazy cruciferous game of skill.

    Potato People
    Create your own lumpy little pal.

    POtato People Resort and Spa
    Drop off your new creation for a play date in potato paradise.

    Po-TAY-to Po-TAH-to
    Check out some potato pages from BBG’s library.

    Tater Tots
    Little ones can dig for tuberous treasures.

    You Look Radishing!
    Veg out at one of our selfie photo stations.

    Animal Oddities

    Noon–4:00

    Mortal Beasts & Deities Stilt Dancers
    Behold this larger-than-life flock as they swoop around Cherry Esplanade.

    Point and Cluck
    Snap a photo of your chickeny self.

    Pretend Petting Zoo for Toddlers
    Come play in our imaginary barnyard.

    Mammoth Puppet Menagerie by the Puppeteers' Cooperative
    Transform into a wild beast.


    Noon–4:00

    Children's Book Barn
    Featuring the Community Bookstore Pop-up Shop

    Get an autograph and enjoy readings by local authors and illustrators:

    12:00–12:15

    Author Lauren Thompson reads from Polar Bear Morning

    12:15–12:30

    Author-illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg reads from Mermaids on Parade

    12:30–12:45

    Author Alison Ashley Formento reads from These Rocks Count!

    12:45–1:00

    Illustrator Hugh McMahon reads from Night of the Pumpkinheads

    1:00–1:15

    Authors Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender read from Count on the Subway

    1:15–1:30

    Author Diane Muldrow reads from How Do Lions Say I Love You?

    1:30–1:45

    Author-illustrator Huy Voun Lee reads from At the Beach

    1:45–2:00

    Author-illustrator Nina Crews reads from Jack and the Beanstalk

    2:00–2:15

    Author-illustrator Dimitrea Tokunbo reads from Amadi’s Snowman

    2:15–2:30

    Author Kate Hosford reads from Infinity and Me

    2:30–2:45

    Author-illustrator Javaka Steptoe reads from In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall

    2:45–3:00

    Author-illustrator Deirdre Gill reads from Outside

    3:00–3:15

    Author-illustrator Jason Chin reads from Gravity

    3:15–3:30

    Author-illustrator Johan Olander reads from A Field Guide to Monsters

    3:30–3:45

    Author Robert Kimmel Smith reads from Mostly Michael

    3:45–4:00

    Author Jane Kelley reads from The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya

    Check out BBG’s books for families: Gardening with Children, The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-ups, and The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature.


    4:30–5:30

    Costume Parade & Drum Circle
    Maracatu NY, giant stilt dancers, and the Black and Gold Marching Elite lead our celebrated costume parade and drum circle like nobody’s business! Join in the fun and carry larger-than-life puppets, make raucous music, shake your bag o’ bones, or just show off your costume for all to see!

    Parade kickoff at the Planet Pumpkin Stage at 4:30!

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