Ghouls & Gourds 2016

Families & Kids

Saturday, October 29, 2016 | Noon–5:30 p.m.
Kids under 12 free!

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Stilt Dancing Insanity! Caterpillar Feedings!
Rutabaga Skee-ball! Brooklyn’s Wackiest Costume Parade!

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Planet Pumpkin

Pam Fleming's Dead Zombie Band, Billy Jonas & the Band, and New Kingston.
Pam Fleming's Dead Zombie Band, Billy Jonas & the Band, and New Kingston
Noon–12:45 p.m.

Shinbone Alley Stilt Band

High-stepping Dixieland jazz and shamelessly silly shenanigans

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1:00–1:45 p.m.

Pam Fleming's Dead Zombie Band

A raucous resurrection of frenzied brass

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2:00–3:15 p.m.

New Kingston

Brooklyn’s young lions of roots reggae

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3:30–4:30 p.m.

Billy Jonas & the Band

North Carolina’s award-winning kids’ troubadour returns to BBG.

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Hayloft Stage

Mettawee River Theatre Company and the band Metropolitan Klezmer
Metropolitan Klezmer and Mettawee River Theatre Company
Noon–12:30 p.m.

Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus of Fate

Tiny acrobats hit the big top.

12:30–1:15 p.m.

Mettawee River Theatre Company

Victorian creatures invite you to their woodland waltz.

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1:30–1:45 p.m.

Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus of Fate

Tiny acrobats hit the big top.

1:45–3:00 p.m.

Eddie Barbash

American roots music from NYC’s late-night sax king

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3:00–3:15 p.m.

Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus of Fate

Tiny acrobats hit the big top.

3:15–4:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Klezmer

Gotham’s greatest players of Yiddish party music

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Noon–4:00 p.m.

  • An adult shows insects to a child

    Club Bug

    Dr. Rutledge’s Insectorium and Petting Zoo
    Pet a hissing cockroach, feed a hornworm, and meet an entomologist!

    Build a Gigantic Spider Web
    Use recycled ribbon and fabric scraps to create a home for the world’s largest arachnid.

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

    Squirmy Wormies
    Enjoy these wiggly worms and behold their composting skills!

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

    Mind Your Own Beeswax
    Craft a candle with natural wax from real honey bees!
    This activity takes place in the Discovery Garden Pavilion.

  • A young visitor participates in brussels sprouts bowling.

    Vegetable Midway

    Rutabaga Skee-Ball
    Step right up and play this classic arcade game—with a veggie twist.

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

    Lenape Indian Corn Darts
    This Native American tossing game is harder than it looks.

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

  • A child embraces a stuffed animal.

    Creature Features

    Mortal Beasts & Deities
    Magnificent stilt dancers and magical puppets stroll the Esplanade.
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    Pretend Petting Zoo for Toddlers
    Come play in our imaginary menagerie.

    Point and Cluck
    Snap a photo of your chickeny self.

Children's Book Barn

Noon–4:30 p.m.

With the Community Bookstore Pop-up Shop

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

An author reads to a group of children
Children's Book Barn

Costume Parade & Drum Circle

4:30–5:30 p.m.

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

A man in costume directs a marching band.
Maracatu NY

Brazilian percussion corps Maracatu NY leads our celebrated costume parade and dynamite drum circle! March to the beat of bodacious bands, strut your stuff with silly stilt dancers, shake your bag of bones, or just show off your costume for all to see!

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Seniors (65 and over)
Students 12+ with valid ID
Children under 12; BBG Members

Members and ticket holders skip the lines. All events are held rain or shine. There are no free hours, reciprocal admissions, or IDNYC processing during Ghouls & Gourd.

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Upcoming Dates

Saturday, October 29, 2016
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