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It’s almost Halloween, and there are parties and parades taking place in just about every corner of Brooklyn. Whether it’s a haunted canoe tour of Dutch Kills or a dance party at BAM, everyone can find something delightful and spooky to do this weekend. Here’s a quick roundup of events:

Halloween Parade and Harvest Festival on Pitkin, Mother Gaston Boulevard and Pitkin Avenue, Friday, October 31, 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cobble Hill Halloween Parade, Cobble Hill Park, Friday, October 31, 4 pm
BOOgie Down: Late Night Halloween Dance Party, BAM’s Peter Jay Sharpe Building, Friday, October 31, 10:30 pm
Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade, 14th Street and 7th Avenue, Friday, October 31, 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Town Square Parade and Party, throughout Greenpoint, Saturday, November 1, 12 to 4 pm
Haunted Canoe Tours to Dutch Kills, 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Friday, October 31, 7 pm to 12 am

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On Friday night The Inkwell Cafe at 508 Rogers Avenue will host the local jazz band Prospect Quartet. Your $5 donation will go to both the musicians and to fund PLG Arts, which promotes and supports the arts in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Frequent Brownstoner commenter Bob Marvin is on the board. The show is from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, October 24.

Photo by Inkwell Cafe

Ghouls and Gourds

On Saturday the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host its annual Ghouls and Gourds festival. There will be tons of activities and entertainment for everyone: stilt walkers, giant puppets, crafts (make a potato person and drop him or her off at the Potato People Resort and Spa), live music and more. Children’s book authors will be reading stories and signing their books. The day will culminate with a costume parade at 4:30.

The event runs from noon to 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 25. Tickets are $15. Children under 12 are free. Click here for more details.

Photo: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

26 Bridge Street

The Brooklyn Historical Society‘s annual fundraising event, Brooklyn Bounty, will showcase food, drinks and dessert from more than two dozen borough purveyors. The evening will include the 4th Annual Brooklyn Food & Heritage Awards, honoring innovators in the world of Brooklyn cuisine.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, Scratch Bread, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbeque, Brooklyn Farmacy and more will be serving up tasty treats.

Tickets start at $200 per person and can be purchased here. The event will be held at 26 Bridge Street in Dumbo (pictured above) and runs from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Wednesday, October 22.

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Beginning Monday, the Brooklyn Public Library debuts a series of panel discussions, oral history recording sessions, film screenings and workshops about gentrification in the borough. Brooklyn Transitions aims to start a dialogue about changes both good and bad as many once affordable neighborhoods become expensive, the resulting displacement of many longtime residents, and what people can do to remain where they live.

The first panel will look at the history of gentrification in Brooklyn. Sharon Zukin, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and City University of New York; Sulieman Osman, assistant professor of American studies at Georgetown University and author of “The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn”; and Isabel Hill, an architectural historian, urban planner and filmmaker will speak October 20 at 7 pm.

A panel on November 17 will address gentrification in Brooklyn today and one on December 15 will ponder the Brooklyn of the future.

For the Brooklyn Transitions Oral History Project, the library is looking for people to tell stories about the neighborhoods where they were born and raised and how they have changed. Recordings will be archived in the Brooklyn Collection.

Find out more on the Brooklyn Transitions website.

Photo by gigi_nyc

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This Saturday the Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is hosting a party to raise money for its preservation work and for the tenant advocacy organization Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The $20 admission ticket will help both these worthy causes and it includes two drinks, light food, live music, a dance performance and prizes made in Industry City. The proceeds will be split equally between the groups.

In an email, Lynn Massimo, the committee’s project manager, said that both preservation and affordable housing are important to the future of the neighborhood. “Together we, the community groups and our electeds, must keep Sunset Park viable for a diverse population. That doesn’t have just one answer. It has multiple answers. Affordable housing, safe streets, cultural diversity, economic diversity, local jobs, and yes, preservation of historic rowhouses,” she said.

The event will be held at Irish Haven at 5721 4th Avenue at 58th Street this Saturday, October 18, from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are only available at the door.

Photo by Sunset Park Landmarks Committee

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An arts and crafts market called “The Flock” is taking over a newly opened park on Pitkin Avenue in East New York this Saturday, giving more than 20 local vendors a space to sell their work. Visitors will be able to buy clothing, ceramics, paintings and jewelry, as well as food and drinks.

There will also be live painting, music, an interactive community mural, face painting and art workshops for children and adults. The market will take place from 1 to 6 pm on October 11 at Mi Tierra, located at 2501 Pitkin Avenue. Community groups worked to transform the vacant 10,000-square-foot plot at Pitkin and Berriman into a park, which opened in mid-August.

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Brooklyn Museum has just opened its “Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed Stuy, and Beyond” exhibit, which highlights 35 local artists through three months of exhibitions, performances and activities. The exhibit, which opened Friday, features work in virtually every medium, including video, sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and performance.

The museum will host a working farm, a greenmarket from local farmers, a life-size equestrian sculpture made of cork onto which visitors can pin notes, a panorama composed of 365 consecutive views of the sky, and a photography series documenting the forced and voluntary migrations of an African American family. This month there will also be a historical walking tour of Flatbush Avenue, a bicycle-powered generator, and an outing on Newtown Creek with the North Brooklyn Boat Club.

Check out the museum’s calendar page for the full schedule, and read the press release to see the full list of artists.

Photo by Bedford+Bowery

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Get your architecture, design and history fix for the next few weeks with Archtober, a month-long festival of architecture activities with tours and exhibits all over Brooklyn. BLDG 92 at the Navy Yard is offering bike tours on the Yard’s sustainable architecture and industry, as well as walking tours of the complex’s more industrial tenants, such as metalworkers and recycled glass countertop makers.

The American Architecture Institute (AIA) will also lead tours of Navy Green, an affordable housing development in Clinton Hill, Kings County Distillery and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, above. And you can explore Stuyvesant Heights, Cobble Hill and Gowanus with the knowledgeable tour guides from the Municipal Arts Society. Look through the whole schedule on Archtober’s website.

Photo by Karen Johnson

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Gowanus-based nonprofit 596 Acres, which helps transform vacant lots across all five boroughs into community gardens, is hosting a fundraising gala in Dumbo this Thursday, complete with a pig roast, live music, tattoos and palm readings. After three years of helping communities navigate city agencies and approvals, the 596 Acres is in danger of shutting down, an organizer told us. The nonprofit has fostered gardens in 28 vacant lots, including 10 this year.

The “Mapping Matters” gala will feature a pig roast by chef Erika Nakamura, veggie sandwiches from Foragers, pita and salads from Sahadi’s, an open bar and Latin Balkan music from Consumata Sonidera. Guests can enjoy a raffle, dance party, palm readings, tattoos, hair trims and ‘dos, and personal map creations by artist J MacDonald. The party will happen this Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Tickets are $50 and up.

Flyer via 596 Acres

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See the oldest Brooklyn subway station house, gravestones in Dutch and the original Ebinger’s Bakery plus, of course, historic neighborhoods and houses on a tour of Ditmas Park and Flatbush tomorrow led by Kevin Walsh, who blogs at Forgotten New York and Brownstoner Queens.

The tour starts at noon at Avenue H station house for the Q train (on the Manhattan-bound side of the station), located at Avenue H and East 16th Street. Tickets are $20 or $15 for members of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, which helps fund the tour. More details here or RSVP by emailing info@astorialic.org. 

Image by Forgotten New York

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Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen will lead a walking tour of Clinton Hill this weekend covering the neighborhood’s rich history and unique architecture. She’ll discuss everything from 19th century mansions to elegant apartment buildings. The Society for Clinton Hill is organizing the tour, which will run from 11 am to 1 pm this Sunday, September 28. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo via Society for Clinton Hill