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Dear Reader, This October marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that took everything from some of our local families and community members. Halloween happenings and events were cancelled all over the city and replaced by destroyed homes and gas shortages, leaving many community members to struggle still to this day. As we enter October, I ask that you reflect on this time and remember that there are others still in need and suffering from this terrible disaster. Though we have not commemorated the storm in this issue, we have not forgotten what it took from our community and ask that you enjoy this season and celebrate the work that we, as a community, have done to rebuild.
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Special Thanks To: Sandy Jimenez, Ellen Niz, Maria Adcock, Debbi Spiegel, a n d M i l l e r P h o t o g r a p h y for their generous photos.
Leni Calas Editor OFFSPRiiNG Magazine
Letter from the Editor - 4 Williamsburg Guide for Parents- 8 Plie Mates - 12 Bronx made tutus with a spooky twist My Dad Makes Nightmares - 16 An interview with the daughter of a Special Efects makeup artist. DIY Baby Costumes 18 Easy make at home costumes for babies. Inflate & Create - 26 The art of the Brooklyn Balloon Company Fall Treate for Parents - 30 Do Things - 32 See, taste, listen, and watch these cool things. Pumpkin Picking in NYC - 38
8 To the possible dismay of the single artsy hipster set, Williamsburg Brooklyn is no longer only for them, but hundreds of budding families. Each year, Williamsburg’s family population keeps growing and with it comes a wonderful array of resources. Williamsburg is split into several parts; north side, south side and east end (East Williamsburg) and no matter which area you hail from, parents can find just about everything they need right outside their front door. Visiting Williamsburg with your kids? Then you will be able to enjoy indoor play spaces, parks, food festivals, and more. Check out our list of kid friendly resources in Williamsburg.
For crafty kids, Baked in Brooklyn, is a great place to check out with camp and class offerings in clay
Shopping for Kids and Babies
and painting, while Williamsburg Movement & Arts
There is a great selection of stores for kids and babies in
Center offers a rotating selection of classes such as
Williamsburg and they all bring something different to the
salsa and hip hop for kids. Mini Hands hosts classes
table. Area Kids offers a nice selection of toddler toys as well as
in music, art and language and the Bang the Drum
shoes and jackets, while Sweet William stocks the most adorable
School has drumming classes for kids starting at age
stuffed animals around. Mini Jake and WeeBabe are the area’s
7. Ms. Jays Gymnastics hosts gymnastics classes for
largest baby gear stores. They sell strollers and furniture of all
kids and a special kids night out after school play
kinds and have two of Brooklyn’s best baby registries. Smoochie
program. If chilling with your baby is more your
Baby has a carefully curated selection of children’s fashion while
speed, then Sangha Yoga holds mommy and me
Wonderwolf stocks trendy kicks for kids in East Williamsburg.
Yoga classes on the north side. At Bird River Studios you’ll find art and theatrical art studios and classes like introduction to stop motion animation and ceramic sculpture.
Williamsburg has two wonderful places to check out films with your children. Nitehawk Cinemas hosts regular family friendly screenings that even include baby friendly movie screenings, while Videology, a local screening room, hosts weekly screenings of old school Sesame Street shows for only $2 per child. Brooklyn Bowl hosts family days at their popular bowling alley where children have plenty of space to run around and play while practicing their bowling skills.
Puppetsburg A PUPPET SHOW THAT BRINGS TOGETHER LOCAL ARTISTS TO CREATE AN EDGY, HIGHLY CONTEMPORARY PUPPET SHOW FOR THE LITTLEST OF AUDIENCES. Looking for a puppet show or theater experience to expose your child to, but worried they are still too young? Puppetsburg is what you are looking for! It is a unique puppet show created with babies & toddlers in mind. We all know young children are wiggly and not ready to sit in their seats as mere spectators and Puppetsburg is interactive so children can move about freely participating in the whole experience. The shows change weekly so you can keep going back for more. When we visited the show, the storyline was that the puppet Clementine became slowly consumed by technology! She used her iPod, watched a ”chick flick” and then went on Facebook. During all this, she missed out on several play dates with her friends. The kids were able to touch and say hello to the puppets at certain points of the show and the babies and toddlers were enthusiastic and engaged throughout. The show uses locally crafted puppets to promote social skills, environmental, and safety awareness in their story lines and the kids get to know these original puppet characters, created by artist Lauren Maul of Park Slope. One of the puppets, Piggy B, is a hipster pig with oversized glasses & an ”over it” look on his face! The Founder Sarah Todes started her own company Puppetsburg and the show brought local artists together to
There are many playgrounds in Williamsburg but none better than McCarren Park. This local venue is the home to local sports leagues, playgrounds, pools and sprinklers, and a greenmarket. W.E. Sheridan Park at Grand Street and Wythe has a large playground
create an edgy, highly contemporary puppet show for the littlest of audiences. Sarah’s vision was to make kids entertainment hip for the new generation of open-minded parents that she encounters in Brooklyn everyday. We think Sarah, and her team, are doing just that!
More info at: puppetsburg.com
with sprinklers, and the Berry Street playground is a shady quiet hangout for local parents. For more on Williamsburg, visit brooklynmamas.com
Indoor Playspaces Williamsburg has wonderful and creative indoor playgrounds for children of all age groups. If you have a child over 3, then
Twinkle VANESSA YEE-CHAN TALKS ABOUT HER NEW INDOOR PLAYSPACE.
Klub 4 Kids open play sessions are for you, but for babies and toddlers, membership-based Frolic Play Space is a great place
CREATING AN INDOOR PLAY SPACE IS QUITE AN UNDERTAKING, HOW DID
to check out a cool set of classes and rock ‘n’ roll inspired
YOU THINK OF THE IDEA?
play equipment. Newly opened Twinkle also offers open play
”My family and I have been a part of the Williamsburg community
sessions in their studio where kids can play with water tables,
for over 30 years and we wanted to give back to the community
slides and more.
in some way. When I had my first son here, I was frustrated with what the local places had to offer because I couldn’t get my son to be engaged for more than 20 minutes. My family owned this
kid friendly food
building in Williamsburg and the ground floor was an empty commercial warehouse, so I thought it would be great to create a unique and innovative play space that would engage children and educate them as well. I proposed the idea to my father, who is a civil engineer, and my sister, who shares my enthusiasm for off-thewall projects, it was as if the floodgates opened. We sat around
A great location for healthy groceries near the waterfront is
a table for hours shouting out dozens of ideas for unique exhibits
Williamsburg’s oldest grocery store, Tops, on N 6th St. They have
and experiences for kids. Our family set out to design and build
healthy snacks and a good selection of general staples for a picnic
the best play space my kids could imagine. With the overwhelming
on the waterfront or a dinner at home. Brooklyn Kitchen is another
number of families in the community we thought it was the perfect
favorite, which caters to kids by offering tiny shopping carts and a
way to give back.”
kids play kitchen. They are also beginning their first cooking classes fof kids starting on October 1st.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND TWINKLE? ”We wanted to base it off of a children’s museum but when we
Need a quick dinner solution and have no time to cook? Radish
researched them and other children’s play space, there wasn’t one
serves up healthy and delicious prepared food every day and
that encompassed everything we wanted. However, we did learn
regularly have gourmet chicken fingers and macaroni and
what elements/concepts were essential to a successful design, such
cheese. Brooklyn Mac in East Williamsburg is the place for all man-
as water, sand, air-flow, and pretend play. But, to keep the children
ner of macaroni and cheese with all of their dishes named after
engaged, all the exhibits had to have the most important element -
different Brooklyn neighborhoods. They also deliver right to your
fun! With Twinkle, we wanted to create exhibits that are more fun
door! For dinner excitement in the neighborhood, Brooklyn Bowl
than a playground and more engaging than a museum. My father,
is a lively bowling alley that also houses, Blue Ribbon, the comfort
my sister and I wanted to spark the curiosity of kids and adults
food restaurant, which has a great kids menu and awesome cock-
alike, so we took the exhibits to the next level. At Twinkle we
tails for parents.
have a water table, but we made it with a water cyclone. Across the way, colorful scarves shoot into the air with air pressure...and
Our favorite spot to score picnic supplies and snacks near
dragons! Our kids love digging holes at the beach but hate put-
McCarren Park is Urban Rustic, which has their own hand-made fig
ting on sunscreen, and that inspired our sandbox, complete with
bars that kids love, as well as delicious sandwiches and Brooklyn-
construction gear, a crane and a bulldozer. Kids enjoy pretend play
made food staples. Other family favorites for dining with your kids
in a life-like fire truck with a climbable extension ladder, real water
in Williamsburg include Jimmy’s Diner, Peters on Bedford, and the
hoses and working headlights and siren. There’s even a secret spot
Roebling Tea Room for brunch.
where kids can walk on water, without getting wet!”
Saturday is the day to shop for food in Williamsburg. The McCarren
Park Greenmarket is open on Saturdays and so is the relativley
144 Frost Street
new, and very popular outdoor food market, Smorgasburg, which
comes to the Williamsburg Waterfront every Saturday for a green-
market/local-prepared food extravaganza. There is so much good food here that it will be hard to stop eating. It is a kid’s dreamcome true with free samples and treats everywhere!
plié mates Bronx born Kimberly Morales started making creatively inspired tutus for her daughter and has now turned it into a full-fledged Etsy business. “She is the inspiration for my creativity and, of course, everything else I do. For practically every Birthday, holiday, or special occasion, I was on a massive hunt to find my daughter a super cute tutu. So, I decided to get in touch with my crafty side and started making tutus myself, for fun, on my spare time.” When not being a devoted mom and tutu maker, Kimberly works at Project Achieve recruiting volunteers for ongoing HIV prevention research studies. Her handmade tutus are for sale (from $26 to $40) on Maddy’s Tutu Cute at Etsy.com/shop/MTCCollection.
MY DAD MAKES
NIGHTMARES Growing Up With Special Effects Expert A.S. Hamilton. Long before the internet and computer animation in films, there was special effects makeup. Special effects artists make us believe the unbelievable, see the un-seeable, and bring to life the characters that live in our nightmares and under our beds. They have been the unsung heroes of film since the beginning of cinematic history. They created the faces for many iconic monsters such as the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and the Werewolf. These skilled craftsmen are a small, select group of people with many talents that range from applying hair to a monster one thread at a time, to sculpting the perfect likeness of a dead president. Their workbenches are covered with the scraps of movies past, layered with fake blood, latex rubber and all manner of paint and pigment. OFFSPRiiNG was able to catch up with the daughter of special effects artist, A.S. Hamilton, to chat about the art, blood, and gore of special effects makeup from her perspective.
By Leni Calas
Photo Courtesy of A.S. Hamilton
WHAT DOES YOUR DAD DO FOR A LIVING?
YOUR DAD MADE A MOULD YOUR FACE... WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?
My dad is a special effects makeup artist for film and television shows.
He took a casting of my face and both of my hands in the same day. It
He makes a lot of different things and many of them are too gross to
was scary because you are not able to move or breathe properly. You
talk about. He works on horror movies that give people nightmares.
have to trust that the person covering your face in goop knows what
He can make fake dead bodies, or a make a mould of whatever he
he is doing. I had three thick layers of materials across my face, and
envisions, and then make it explode. He can completely distort a model
I could only breathe through the small holes where my nostrils were.
of a person’s face to make them look like they suffered from a car
My eyes were covered and I had saran wrap on my hair. The whole
accident, a gunshot wound or starvation.
thing took about an hour, while I listened to television. It is a cool feeling, and kind of peaceful, but the worst part of the whole thing was
HOW DID HE LEARN HOW TO DO THAT?
trying not to laugh when my dad made jokes.
He taught himself by scaring his parents. During high school, he read books on special effects, and once handed my grandma a severed leg,
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SHOW FOR IT? THE MOULD, THAT IS?
in the kitchen while she was making biscuits. My grandparents didn’t
I have a really great casting of my face in my room. I look like I’m
have a problem with being scared by him, so they let him practice by
making homemade crime scenes with bloody and dismembered body parts.
WERE YOU THE KID WITH THE BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUMES GROWING UP? Um.... no! I was a panda that my mom made me. I was a witch and I
DO YOU THINK WHAT HE DOES IS SCARY?
was an angel. The costumes that my dad helped make me were really
I used to. I used to not be able to go into his workshop because I was
scary. One year, I was a Titanic victim, we went to thrift shops to find
so afraid of the models he had hanging up in there. But now I don’t
an old vintage dress to wear. Then we used crystalline makeup and
think it’s scary, I think it’s really cool. It is very rare to have a father
made veins on my face to make me look like I had been under the sea
who makes fake corpses for a living. It is really cool when people ask
and frozen. Another year, I was a zombie cheerleader - my dad came
me what my dad does, and I get to tell them about his career. A lot of
out trick or treating with me in costume. He was the referee to my
the stuff that he makes is incredible and I think a special effects makeup
cheerleader and had a shirt that looked like a ripped open rib cage.
artist is a really creative profession.
We made some people cry, but we had a lot of fun. People who saw us were speechless.
DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR DAD MAKES ALL THE SCARY THINGS HE CREATES? I know how he makes some of it. For example, I know how he starts
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
making something like a dead rat. He first makes it from clay, and then
I would love to be a forensic photographer. It would combine the real-
makes a mould of it, and then he fills the mould with materials. He then
ity behind my father’s job, with a job that I love, which is photography.
takes the model of the rat and adds paint and makeup to make it look like something gross.
DID YOU EVER WISH YOUR DAD HAD A NORMAL JOB? No! I never wanted my dad to have another job. It is the coolest thing
YOU DAD IS A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST AND YOU ARE HIS DAUGHTER. DO YOU
ever to talk about my dad. People seem to accept the weirdness in
TEACH YOURSELF HOW TO DO THINGS TOO?
what he does and I love it.
Yes, for the most part. I taught myself how to use a sewing machine and how to play the drums. I also taught myself how to use a professional camera and I enjoy taking pictures of my friends. HAS YOUR DAD TAUGHT YOU ANY OF HIS TRICKS? He didn’t really teach me, I learned by observing what he did and imitating it. Whenever I was in his shop, I would watch what he was doing or sometimes he would use me as a model, that’s how I learned. I know how to make my skin look like it is peeling off, by using Elmer’s glue and foundation. I also know how to use a welding torch to heat up metal.
Get a gift receipt for that polyester hot dog costume and aim a little higher this year. You have a baby after all!
We have put together some of the easiest DIY baby costumes that you can create right at home with a few simple supplies and some creativity.
LIT T LE
INSP IRAT By Quiana McCa rthy
Pigs In A Blanket
Whole Wheat Spaghetti & Vegan Meatballs Ingredients Octopus
Pigs in a Blanket
Spaghetti & Meatballs
2 Pairs of Pig Noses and Ears
1 Stripped Onesie with the Arms
30-45 Colorful Dots
1 Cozy Blanket
and Neck Cut Out
1 Spool of Yarn 1 Dish Rag
Pillow Stuffing for Muscles
1 Red Bucket Cut in Half
1 Pair of Red Pants
2-3 Beaded Necklaces
1 Stick of Black Eyeliner
1 Baby Outfit
1 Bandana or Fabric Headband
2 Black Balloons
1 Wooden Spoon
2 Pieces of Yellow Felt
1 Floral Dress
1 Black Dowel or Stick
2 Pairs of Devil Horns & Tails
1 Brightly Colored Scarf
2 Sets of White Clothing
3-4 Fake Flowers
1 Stick of Brown Eyeliner
4 Pairs of Baby Tights
Pillow Stuffing Glue Gun
2 Sets of Pink Clothing
1 White Onesie
3-4 Ping Pong Balls Painted
Inflate and Create THE ART AND DESIGN BEHIND THE
BROOKLYN BALLOON COMPANY
Two years ago the Brooklyn Balloon Company was created by company founder Robert Moy, who lives with his wife and six year-old son, in Brooklyn. With a background in fashion, art, and design Robert creates balloon sculptures that amuse children and adults alike. Balloon twisting is this father’s new-found profession. He can create anything from miniature cars and wearable butterfly wings to giant balloon sculptures and Star Wars light sabers. Robert is a natural entertainer, who gives back to his community by volunteering his ballooning talents for events at New York City public schools and non-profits such as the Red Cross and the Center for Domestic Violence. Only a short time after this new and innovative business hit the streets, the company has expanded it’s services to include face painting and been hailed as some of the best children’s entertainment in New York City. We caught up with this awesome dad and business owner to ask a few questions about what inspires him to do this work and how he enjoys living in the city with his child. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? “My family went to my wife’s company holiday party two and a half years ago and my son and I were captivated by a balloon artist there. It was a first for us seeing someone make more advanced balloons. Afterwards, we hired someone for my son’s 4th birthday party who got me interested enough to attend balloon twisting workshops. I thought balloons could be a perfect medium for me to incorporate my background in fashion, art and design along with entertaining kids.” WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO MAKE THESE BALLOONS? “I am inspired by kids! Who wouldn’t want to make kids laugh and have fun? The designer in me also wants to make super cool looking balloons! The same goes for face painting, which the company also does, and I like to keep my designs modern.” WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN NYC WITH YOUR SON? “We love going to the Children’s Museum of the Arts in West Village, Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and the Central Park Zoo.” YOU HAVE EXPANDED YOUR SERVICES TO INCLUDE VERY COOL FACE PAINTING! IS THAT SOMETHING PEOPLE CAN HIRE YOUR COMPANY TO DO WITHOUT BALLOON SERVICES? “Because we are so busy as a company, I am not able to do all of the face painting on my own, but I have two awesome face painters who work with me to keep the design vision and aesthetic the same. A person can hire the Brooklyn Balloon Factory to do just balloons or face painting, or both if they like.”
ROBERT S NYC KIDS PICKS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS - MANHATTAN Located in the West Village, this 10,000-square-foot arts space for children works with teaching artists to create drawings, sculpture, sound-art, textiles, and stop-motion animation for kids to enjoy. The museum engages children in creating art within the space with open craft tables and explorative play and maintains a collection of over 2,000 pieces of international children’s art dating back to the 1930s from over 50 different countries. 103 Charlton Street (between Hudson & Greenwich St.) NY, NY Monday and Wednesday: 12pm-5pm Thursday and Friday: 12pm-6pm Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm Tuesday: Closed
JANE’S CAROUSEL - DUMBO Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Jane’s Carousel was purchased in 1984 and after many years was beautifully restored for all to enjoy once again. Empire-Fulton Ferry Park in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY Open year-round, 11am-7pm
SMORGASBURG - WILLIAMSBURG Held on Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront, this outdoor foodie market is a must see for families looking to explore new foods. It regularly features over 75 vendors that include delicious food as well as food related items such as kitchen utensils and housewares. East River State Park at Kent Ave and N. 7th St, Brooklyn, NY Open Saturdays thru November 23rd, 11am-6pm
CENTRAL PARK ZOO - MANHATTAN On any given day, families can visit the Central Park Zoo and meet a variety of wonderful animals such as polar bears, exotic birds, and a seal lions. The zoo is not overwhelming in size, which makes it a perfect choice for families. 830 5th Ave, NY, NY (Enter at 65th Street) Monday-Friday 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5:30pm
FALL TREATS FOR PAR
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
WHIMSEY & SPICE - $6.50
KUMQUAT CUPCAKERY - $17 DOZ.
Fig & Ricotta Caramels
Korean BBQ Beef Jerky
LIDDABIT SWEETS - $7 DOZ.
KINGS COUNTY JERKY CO. - $8.99
Wicked Hot Chocolate
BROOKLYN WINERY - $12
JACQUES TORRES - $18 Why should kids have all the fun? Try out some of these great tasty treats during this fall season. Spice up a cup of hot cocoa with a dash of Whiskey, or taste a unique treat like handmade marshmallows.
Hot Buttered Rum OWNEYâ€™S ORIGINAL RUM - $35
No matter what you choose, have fun with your Fall treats while the kids are chowing down on their Halloween candy. We are sure you deserve it.
ESCAPE LOCAL FOOD AND TRAVEL EXPO Check out the latest day trips, getaways, local food tastings, and wine at this local food and travel expo. The expo is free but you must register in advance at: escapemaker.com/travelexpo. Saturday, October 5th - 12pm-5pm Brooklyn Borough Hall 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY
WATCH “LEGEND” - 1985 See a young Tom Cruise in this dark fairy
NEW YORK’S VERY FIRST BIRTHDAY EXPO IS COMING TO QUEENS NY THIS MONTH AT THE NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE.
tale that is a return to the more original, sometimes disturbing, fables, from the oral tradition of ancient times. October 5-6th -12:15pm Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg
Ever wonder how parents seem to plan extraordinary birthday parties
136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
for their kids year after year? The New York Birthday show may have the answer to your party planning woes. On October 20th the New York Hall of Science will be hosting the city’s first birthday expo for parents
and kids. Free with NYSCI admission and open to all parents and chil-
FALL FESTIVAL IN FOREST PARK
dren, attendees will have a blast at the ultimate birthday party and get
Celebrate fall with games, music, pumpkins,
unprecedented, insider access to some of the best services, entertain-
ment, activities, and products currently available to families. From finding
October 19th - 12-3pm
great birthday venues or creating a party all on your own, to discovering
Victory Field, Forest Park
this year’s hottest gifts, attendees will receive an exclusive look at the
Myrtle Ave., Union Turnpike, Park Lane South,
great ways to celebrate all occasions with their kids. Among the activities
planned will be a cake and cupcake showcase from Carlos Bakery, the bakery behind popular TLC show ”Cake Boss”, on site entertainment from
HARVEST FEST AT THE KING MANOR MUSEUM
the Wildlife Conservation Society’s ”Wildlife Theatre”, and loads of free
The historic King Manor museum hosts a
activities and games. Not forgetting the Halloween season, the show will
fall festival in eastern Queens that is sure
also feature a pumpkin patch and Halloween costume photo sessions for
to delight parents and kids with old school
kids to enjoy. Visit www.nybirthdayshow.com for details.
entertainment for all. October 26th – 11am-4pm
Sunday, October 20th - 10am-4pm
King Manor Museum, King Park
New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th Street Queens, NY
90-04 161st Street, Jamaica, NY
PICKLE LOWER EAST SIDE PICKLE DAY
HALLOWEEN HAUNTED WALK & CARNIVAL
Bobbing for pickles? Sign us up! The
Participants can hike around the park’s
11th Pickle Day is a 3-block event series that
Lookout Hill and enjoy a carnival on the
continues to cover the Lower East Side in
Nethermead featuring seasonal treats and
pushcarts and AstroTurf for neighborhood
celebrations of food, fashion, fun and live
Saturday, October 26th – 12pm-3pm
Nethermead and Lookout Hill,
Sunday, October 27th - 12-7pm
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
Lower East Side Orchard Street between East Houston and Delancey Streets, NY, NY
GHOULS & GOURDS AT THE BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN Shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets and zany
CONEY ISLAND HALLOWEEN PARADE & LUNA PARK TRICK OR TREAT
stilt-dancers at Brooklyn’s wackiest cos-
Enjoy magicians, face painters, and cos-
youngest heavy metal band, waltz with a
tumed characters at this Halloween parade.
woodland creature, chat with children’s
A Halloween contest will begin at noon and
book creators, explore a Victorian toy par-
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK HARVEST FEST
Coney Island themed costumes are encour-
lor, or just flop down on the grass and enjoy
This waterfront park will host the annual
aged. After the parade, Luna Park is opening
the Garden’s gorgeous fall colors.
event where kids can participate in a
its doors with free admission to the amuse-
October 26th - 12pm-5:30pm
Halloween parade, face painting, storytell-
ment park for all participants from 2-4pm.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
ing, art, and pumpkin decorating.
Sunday, October 27th - 11am
1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 18th - 10am-1pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Surf Ave. at Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL AT PUPPETRY ARTS
CITY ISLAND HALLOWEEN PARADE
Kids can enjoy costume contests, meet Star
This unofficial community parade shuts down
Wars characters, grab a goody bag, visit a
most of the streets on City Island. The entire
haunted house and a bounce house at this
LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL
neighborhood comes out in costume to
Each fall, the Little Red Lighthouse Festival,
enjoy the extravagant seasonal decorations
Sunday, October 26th - 11am-4pm
commemorates the unique and historic
and trick or treating.
setting located just below the George
Thursday, October 31st - 5:30pm
PS 372 Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Washington Bridge in northern Manhattan
by inviting hundreds of families to enjoy play-
City Island, Bronx, NY
Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
ing and picnicking along the park’s pristine shoreline. This fun and free event includes tours of the lighthouse, readings of the children’s book, ”The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” fishing clinics, live entertainment, food vendors, and activities for the whole family! Saturday, October 12th - 12-4pm Fort Washington Park Hudson River Greenway, NY, NY
tume parade! Bang your head to Brooklyn’s
34 ”Thriller” all month long all over the city. thrilltheworldnyc.com Saturday, October 26th - 2-4pm East River Park FDR Drive, NY, NY
SEE ARTIST MIKE KELLEY AT MOMA P.S. 1 Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954-2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture. Bringing together over 200 works, from early pieces made during the 1970s through 2012, the
BOO AT ZOO
exhibition occupies the entire museum. This
The city zoos celebrate Boo at the Zoo in the
Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Depending on
SUPERHERO SUPPLY COMPANY
which zoo you visit, attendees can enjoy a
Every boy and girl and maybe a few adults
dinosaur safari, 3D carved pumpkin demon-
secretly (or not), wants to be a Super Hero/
strations (Bronx), costume parades, magic
Heroine. The Brooklyn Superhero Supply
shows and more great stuff. Visit www.wcs.
Company lets everyone fulfill their wish. At
org for more info.
the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company,
every Super Hero or Super Heroine will be
Queens Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo
able to have their cape tested before purchasing by stepping on a platform where a
high powered fan tests the “effectiveness” of their cape. Talk About Fun! Don’t wait for
HAUNTED HOTEL AT GRAVESEND INN
Halloween and head to this treasure trove
This spooky hotel has a theme-park quality to
it and has been designed, constructed and is
Superhero Supply Company
operated by Brooklyn based Theatreworks.
372 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Recommended for ages 8 and up. $8 per person. Thursday, October 24th – 1pm-5pm, Friday, October 25th – 10am-3pm and 6pm-9pm Saturday, October 26th – 1pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm Thursday, October 31st – 10am-3pm and 6pm-9pm Voorhees Theatre 186 Jay Street Brooklyn, NY
LISTEN SCARY STORIES FROM THE PAST Master storyteller Tammy Hall will tell spooky stories of the little village of Flatbush 200 years ago. FREE.
Saturday, October 26th - 2pm-3pm
THRILL THE WORLD NYC
Sunday - 27th – 2pm-3pm
Thrill the World is a worldwide simultane-
Lefferts Historic House
ous dance of Michael Jackson’s ”Thriller”.
Willink entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
There are classes teaching Michael Jackson’s
exhibition marks the first time the entire building of MoMA PS1 has been dedicated to a single artist. Among the pieces on display is a giant elevated sculpture of plush toys sewn over wood and wire frames with styrofoam packing material, nylon rope, pulleys, steel hardware and hanging plates, fiberglass, and car paint. A program of live events will accompany the exhibition and a full schedule will be available at momaps1.org. October 13th, 2013 – February 2nd, 2014 MoMA PS1 (Entire Building) MOMA P.S. 1 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY
”HARRY AND THE HENDERSON’S” - 1987
Bringing families back to the original mean-
George Henderson is returning home with
ing of the word ”tweet.” The simple act of
his family from a camping trip when they hit
looking around as we go about our daily
something with the family station wagon.
journey is being lost to an ever more frag-
George investigates, and discovers to his
mented and hectic contemporary society.
horror that they had hit Bigfoot. The film
All the exhibits included in Tweet come
won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
from a similar starting point – that of careful
observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near dis-
”THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA - THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE” - 2005
tances, with quiet observation and in fleeting
While the Pevensies are getting used to a
moments – this kind of looking is encouraged
new house and playing hide-and-seek out
by these works.
of boredom, one of the children discovers
September 26th, 2013 – January 26th, 2014
a wardrobe and, to her surprise, she enters
Children’s Museum of the Arts
a wintry fantasy world called Narnia. It won
103 Charlton Street, NY, NY
the 2005 Academy Award for Best Makeup.
WATCH ESSENTIAL FILMS FOR KIDS INTERESTED IN SPFX MAKEUP
”STAR WARS (IV) - A NEW HOPE” - 1977 Written and directed by George Lucas, this is the first film released in the ”Star Wars” saga and is the fourth in terms of the series’ internal chronology. Groundbreaking in its use of special effects and science fiction / fantasy storytelling, the original ”Star Wars” is one of the most successful and influential films of all time.
”THRILLER” - 1983 Michael Jackson’s music video for ”Thriller” was MTV’s first world premiere video and arguably the most influential pop music video of all time. With special effects makeup by Rick Baker, this short musical film is a must see for anyone interested in special effects.
PUMPKIN PAT CHES
IN NEW YORK CIT Y
39 HISTORIC RICHMOND TOWN PUMPKIN PATCH
JACKSON HEIGHTS GREENMARKET
Every weekend in October, 11am-4pm
FALL KIDS’ FEST – FLATIRON DISTRICT, MANHATTAN
Decker Farm, 435 Richmond Hill Road,
Saturday, October 19th - 11am-2pm
Madison Square Park, 23rd Street at Madison
Traverse Park, 34th Ave at 78th St, Queens, NY
Sundays, year-round - 8am-3pm (winter
Avenue, NY, NY
QUEENS COUNTY FARM PUMPKIN PATCH
FOREST HILLS GREENMARKET Sundays, April 7th – December 29th - 8am-
CENTRAL PARK PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little
Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Fest, New York
Forest Hills, South side of Queens Blvd at
Neck Parkway, Floral Queens, NY
City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest
70th Avenue, Queens, NY
Every weekend in October from 11am-
season in leafy Central Park! The Pumpkin
THE HAUNTED PUMPKIN GARDEN AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
Fest takes the very best traditions of the
autumn season and offers them all for. Free.
Saturdays, July 13th – November 23rd -
September 21st - October 31st - 10am-6pm
October 26th - 11am-3pm
New York Botanic Garden, 2900 Southern
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 72nd St
Ridgewood, Myrtle Ave and Cypress Ave,
Boulevard, Bronx, NY
and 5th Ave, NY, NY
PUMPKIN DAY IN MCCARREN PARK
Greenpoint’s Town Square Organization
Wednesdays & Saturdays, year-round -
OKTOBERFEST AND CRAFTS FAIR - SUNNYSIDE QUEENS
organizes many festive events and this year
they will be hosting a pumpkin day that is
Tribeca, Greenwich St, between Chambers
Saturday, October 5th - 12pm-5pm
sure to be a good time for all.
and Duane, NY, NY
Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-21 39th Avenue
Saturday, October 12th - 11am-3pm
between 48th and Heiser Streets, Queens,
McCarren Park, 776 Lorimer St, Brooklyn,
UNION SQUARE GREENMARKET
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday -
Festivals with Pumpkin Patches
8am-6pm (closed November 29th, December
ANNUAL GREENBELT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL IN WILLOWBROOK PARK – STATEN ISLAND
Greenmarkets and Nurseries
Old-fashion fun and games including a
FORT GREENE PARK GREENMARKET
carousel await you with a pumpkin patch,
Saturdays, year-round - 8am-4pm
activities, face-painting, puppet shows,
Washington Park, between DeKalb &
KINGS COUNTY NURSERIES
crafts, and more.
Willoughby, Brooklyn, NY
Monday – Saturdays – 8:30am-5:30pm,
Ave, Staten Island, NY
HARVEST FESTIVAL AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK - BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN
North and West sides of Union Square Park, E. 17th St. and University Pace, NY, NY
Saturday, October 12th – 12pm-4pm Willowbrook Park, Eton Place off Richmond
25th, and January 1st)
Sundays – 9am-4pm
PA R K
625 New York Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Saturdays, year-round - 8am-3pm
CHELSEA GARDEN CENTER RED HOOK
McCarren Park, Union Ave, between Driggs
Monday – Saturdays 9am-6pm, Sundays –
& N 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 19th - 10:30am-1pm
444 Van Brunt Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Atlantic Ave.
PROSPECT PARK GREENMARKET
and Joralemon St, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Saturdays, year-round - 8am - 4pm
Monday – Fridays – 9am-7pm, Saturdays
Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Prospect
and Sundays – 9am-5pm
Park West & Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Francis Lewis Blvd & 46th Ave, Flushing, NY
WINDSOR TERRACE - PS154 GREENMARKET
Sundays, May 19th – December 22nd - 9am-
Monday – Saturdays 8am-5pm, Sundays –
Windsor Terrace, 11th Ave between Sherman
210-11 48th Ave, Bayside, NY
& Windsor Place, Brooklyn, NY