Saturday: Coney Island events: Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest: Free entertainment, giveaways and, of course, trick-or-treating. At 11 AM, the event begins in MCU Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones) where you’ll find music, food and fun. They’ll announce the winners of the costume contest, and then your costumed kids will walk the boardwalk from MCU to Luna Park NYC. Participating children will receive many FREE goodies, including amusement park rides, candy. [Registration opens at 10:45 AM. Details on how to register to follow.] http://coneyislandfunguide.com/Events/5th-Annual-Coney-Island-Childrens-Halloween-Parade_10_25_2014-4200.htm. Halloween Harvest: Visitors are invited to paint pumpkins visit with costumed characters, participate in contests, enjoy seasonal food. Sweets will be distributed within the park. Each weekend participants are asked to guess the weight of the welcoming giant pumpkin at the front gates. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash. Admission to park is free but rides and attractions are extra. 1000 Surf Ave. at West 10th Street, Luna Park, Coney Island, http://www.lunaparknyc.com, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–8 pm until Sunday, Oct. 26. Admission to park is free. Halloween Harvest Dog Parade: The winning dog gets a super bag of goodies and their human gets $100, Luna Park, Coney Island, 2:00-4:00 PM http://lunaparknyc.com/events/halloween-harvest-dog-parade/.
Central Park events: My Dog Loves Central Park Fair, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. schedule of events http://www.centralparknyc.org/about/programs/dog-fair.html. Join a scavenger hunt and use investigative skills while learning fun facts about Central Park. Have your dog microchipped by veterinarians from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. After a long day of play, treat your Rover to a mini makeover. Win prizes at the Woof Wheel and Pooch Plinko games. Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, nearest entrance at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan. http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/10/11/my-dog-loves-central-park-fair. Bats, 6 p.m., Central Park, Belvedere Castle, New York, NY, free, http://centralparknyc.org. Bats fictional association with vampires, but our only flying mammal — flying squirrels only glide, technically — is vital to controlling insects, eating from 2,000 to 6,000 in just one night. (They actually eat their body weight every night; for humans, this would mean eating a stack of pizzas as tall as you are every day!). Learn some fascinating facts, such as the similarity between a bat’s wing structure and the human hand and the typical lifespan of a bat, which ranges from 20 to 40 years. http://www.villagevoice.com/events/bats-5014515/. Zombie Crawl, 4 p.m., Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place New York, NY, $13 zombies/$15 humans, http://nyczombiecrawl.com. HEADS WILL ROLL, After a stop at Times Scare for some zombie burlesque, the ghastly legions will lurch to Bowlmor, with bowling (free for zombies), live music (from Girls Girls Girl http://www.villagevoice.com/events/zombie-crawl-5014513/. Comic Con: October 9–12, it’s hip to be square, newyorkcomiccon.com.The New Yorker Festival, October 10–12, the biggest and most exciting names in fiction, journalism, poetry, graphic novels, screenwriting, directing and all-around culture making—representative sample: Ai Weiwei, Edward Snowden, Stephen Sondheim and Mindy Kaling—for a weekend of panel discussions, readings, film screenings, musical performances, walking tours, food tastings and other events celebrating contemporary arts and entertainment, newyorker.com. Lost Amusement Parks of New York City: Wes and Barbara Gottlock, authors of a book celebrating the amusement parks of New York’s past. Following the talk, a trolley tour will visit related monuments and memorials in Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn, www.green-wood.com/toursevents, http://www.green-wood.com, 1–3 pm, Free. Oumar Konate (Bamako guitarist) 11:59 p.m, Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway Brooklyn, $5. CBGB Music & Film Festival, 12:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 12. http://www.villagevoice.com/events/cbgb-music-and-film-festival-5014080/. The Janoskians at Irving Plaza. Women of color in STEM: Panel discusses women of color in science, technology, engineering, and math. 9 am–11 am. Boerum Hill, YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 Third Ave. at State Street, firstname.lastname@example.org, 9 am–11 am, Free. Lakeside’s Backyard Jamboree: Celebrate the final weekend of rollerskating with a family-friendly southern barbecue, live music, country line dancing, make-your-own caramel apples, and pumpkin decorating, The LeFrak Center at Lakeside, 171 East Dr. between Parkside Avenue and E. Lake Drive, Prospect Park, http://www.lakesidebrooklyn.com, 11 am, Free (food, drinks, and skating extra). Blessing of the Animals: Grand Army Plaza, Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West, Noon–4 pm, Free. At BC, Preparatory Center Faculty Recital: Pianist Arianna Goldina performs works by Schumann and Rachmaninoff, Brooklyn College, Studio 312, http://www.bcmusic.org, 1:15 pm, Free. Fela Frolic: Birthday celebration of the revolutionary African musician and political activist Fela Kuti, featuring games and performances, followed by an Afrobeat dance party. BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place, http://www.bricartsmedia.org, 2 pm–midnight, Free until 8 pm, dance party $10–$14. Green-Wood Historic Trolley Tours: see views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn, http://www.green-wood.com , 1–3 pm.
Sunday: Rockaway Fall Festival (I believe the Q35 bus by the college on Flatbush Avenue goes right there), 12 p.m.–3 p.m. includes a pumpkin patch, pony, and hayrides and entertainment, Beach 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Bayswater Park, Queens. 10K Community Run and Walk, Awards and cash prizes up for grabs. Including a bike ride, a kiddie run, and a 5K walk. Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. at Marcy Avenue, http://www.restorationplaza.org, 9:30 am–5 pm, $30. Unity Gospel Fest: Featuring over 20 choirs and gospel singers, The Lillian Minkin Ballroom at Kingsbrook Medical Center, 585 Schenectady Avenue between Winthrop St. and Rutland Rd, Brooklyn, 4–7 pm, Free. Chamber music series, The series concludes with Handel’s “Messiah” featuring orchestra, choir and soloists, Good Shepherd Church, Avenue S. between Brown and Batchelder Streets, Marine Park area, Brooklyn, Oct. 12, 6 pm and more Sundays, Free (Good will donation accepted). Wasabassco’s Lasagna Show: Burlesque show with lasagna tasting and competition, Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue, Brooklyn, http://www.thebellhouseny.com, 8 pm, $20. “Halloween” Midnight screening of the 1978 John Carpenter horror film. Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street, Brooklyn, http://www.nitehawkcinema.com, Saturday Midnight, Sunday Midnight, $11. Clothing Swap: Proceeds donated to the Redhook Initiative,The Diamond, 43 Franklin St. between Calyer and Quay Streets, http://thediamondbrooklyn.com , 2–5 pm, $10.
Monday: Columbus Day Parade: Secure a spot along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue with colorful floats and rousing musical performances. The parade honors Italian Americans’ contributions to New York City and draws around million spectators and 35,000 marchers. The parade travels from 47th Street to 72nd Street and marching bands will perform along its length, and there’s also a “red carpet” area between 68th and 69th Streets for stage acts—special passes are needed to get up close, columbuscitizensfd.org.