Ghouls & Gourds: Saturday, October 26

Saturday, October 26, 2013 | Noon-5:30 p.m.
Kids under 12 are free!

Release Date: October 9, 2013

Brooklyn, NY—On Saturday, October 26, families are invited to a madcap, one-of-a-kind celebration for Halloween at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls & Gourds. Against the dramatic backdrop of the Garden’s fall folliage, 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.

New this year, visitors can watch performances by local tween metal band Unlocking the Truth and West Indian Day parade champs Sesame Flyers Youth Steel Orchestra. There will also be a performance and circus-skills workshop led by yo-yo master Eric Girardi. Gypsy jazz band Padam Swing will fill the air with harmonica melodies.

Returning favorites: Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate; a Victorian toy parlor; and a monocle, mustache, and beard booth. The zany Mettawee River Theatre Company returns to lead audience members in an old-time waltz with woodland creatures.

Ghouls of all ages can enjoy Hugh McMahon’s glowing creations at the Pumpkin Barnyard. Toddlers will enjoy themselves brushing plush stuffed animals at the Pretend Petting Zoo. A special exhibit by the Puppeteer’s Cooperative will allow visitors to step inside giant puppets and learn how to act in them.

Kids can take home a pet rock and make their own potato people, which they can drop off for a socializing retreat at the Potato People Resort and Spa! Visitors will be able to learn more about potatoes and composting spuds from BBG staff and library resources on hand. Kids can also get hands-on experience with composting at a squirmy wormy workshop.

The Children’s Book Barn will feature more than 15 renowned authors and illustrators—many based in Brooklyn—in the Community Bookstore pop-up shop. Authors Robert Kimmel Smith, Javaka Steptoe, and others will sell, sign, and read from their creations.

At 4:30, the day will wrap up as Brazilian percussion group Maracatu NY and giant stilt dancers from Mortal Beasts & Deities lead the day’s celebrated costume parade and drum circle. Visitors can join in the fun and carry larger-than-life puppets and colorful banners.

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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