Ghouls & Gourds 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Noon–5:30 p.m. | Rain or Shine
Kids under 12 Free!


Spectacular stilt dancers! Victorian toy parlor!
Heavy metal middle schoolers!

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Shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade! Chat with local children’s book creators, craft a potato pal, make your own monocle and moustache, or just flop down on the grass and enjoy the Garden’s gorgeous fall colors.

Tickets & Admission Fees

Advance tickets to Ghouls & Gourds can be purchased online. Members and ticket holders skip the lines. Members always enter for free.

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No free hours or reciprocal admissions on festival days. All events are held rain or shine.

Adults $15
Seniors (65 and over) $10
Students 12+ with valid ID $10
Children under 12 Free
BBG Members Free

Schedule:

Planet Pumpkin

12:30–1:00

Space Kittys
Meow!

1:00–1:45

Bending Gravity
Yo-yo master Eric Girardi dares the impossible…

1:45–2:15

Space Kittys
Meow!

2:15–3:00

Unlocking the Truth
Brooklyn’s own heavy metal middle schoolers

3:00–3:30

Space Kittys
Meow!

3:30–4:30

Sesame Flyers Youth Steel Orchestra
West Indian Day Panorama champs

Throwback Theatre

12:30–1:15

Padam Swing
French gypsy jazz led by a harmonica hepcat.

1:15–1:45

Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate
Tiny acrobats hit the big top

1:45–2:30

Mettawee River Theater Company
Woodland creatures invite you to their old-time dance party.

2:30–2:45

Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate
Tiny acrobats hit the big top

2:45–3:30

Padam Swing
French gypsy jazz led by a harmonica hepcat.

3:45–4:00

Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus of Fate
Tiny acrobats hit the big top


Weird Workshops & Other Oddities

Noon–4:00

Pretend Petting Zoo
Come play with our imaginary menagerie.

Mortal Beasts & Deities Stilt Dancers
Marvel at their larger-than-life promenade on Cherry Esplanade.

Pumpkin Patch Barnyard
Be enchanted by pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon’s glowing creations.

Circus Skills Clinic (2:30–4:00)
Let yo-yo master Eric Girardi teach you a thing or two.

Potato People
Create your own lumpy little pal.

Potato People Resort and Spa
Drop off your new creation for a play date in potato paradise.

Po-TAY-to Po-TAH-to
Learn all about these terrific tubers and check out some potato pages from BBG’s library.

Victorian Toy Parlor
Quirky and quaint diversions and whatnots

Pet Rock Practicum
Rock out!

Kick Back with a Pack of Puppets
Strut your stuff with the giant puppet posse from the Puppeteers’ Cooperative.

Squirmy Wormies
Touch these wiggly worms and behold their compost-creating skills.

Monocle, Mustache & Beard Booth
Get a turn-of-the-century makeover with your friends from Curious Jane.


Noon–4:00

Children's Book Barn
Featuring the Community Bookstore Pop-up Shop

  • Alison Ashley Formento
    Author

    These Seas Count!
    These Bees Count!
    This Tree, 1, 2, 3
  • Melanie Hope Greenberg
    Author & Illustrator

    Supermarket
    Down in the Subway
    Mermaids on Parade
  • Deborah Gregory
    Author

    Catwalk
  • Jane Kelly
    Author

    Nature Girl
    The Girl Behind the Glass
    The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya
  • Diane Kredensor
    Author & Illustrator

    Ollie & Moon
    Ollie & Moon Aloha!
    Ollie & Moon: Fuhgeddaboudit!
  • Huy Voun Lee
    Author & Illustrator

    At the Beach
    Red, White and Boom The Magic Brush
  • Diane Muldrow
    Author

    Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book
    We Planted a Tree
    Somewhere So Sleepy
  • Charlotte Noruzi
    Author & Illustrator

    Grow, Watermelon, Grow
  • Johan Olander
    Author & Illustrator

    My Robots: The Robotic Genius of Lady Regina Bonquers III
    A Field Guide to Aliens
    A Field Guide to Monsters
  • Stephen Savage
    Author & Illustrator

    Ten Orange Pumpkins
    Where's Walrus?
    Little Tug
  • Robert Kimmel Smith
    Author

    Chocolate Fever
    The War with Grandpa
    Jelly Belly
  • Javaka Steptoe
    Author & Illustrator

    Rain Play
    The Jones Family Express
    In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall
  • Lauren Thompson
    Author

    Mouse’s First Fall
    Polar Bear Morning
    Polar Bear Night
  • Dimitrea Tokunbo
    Author & Illustrator
    Amadi’s Snowman
    Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City
    The Sound of Kwanzaa
  • Tim Young
    Author & Illustrator

    I Hate Picture Books
    Shadows on My Wall
    They’re Coming

4:30–6:00

Costume Parade & Drum Circle
Maracatu NY and giant stilt dancers lead our celebrated costume parade and drum circle like nobody’s business! Join in the fun and carry larger-than-life puppets, make raucous music, shake your bag o’ bones, or just show off your costume for all to see!

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