Trick or treat! Halloween 2013 in Brooklyn

Ghouls, goblins, creepy-crawlies and superheroes came out to play at Halloween parades and parties across Brooklyn this week. Kids strutted their costumes from Brooklyn Heights to Bay Ridge; Puppetry Arts hosted its annual, wildly popular Haunted Halloween Carnival in Park Slope; and even doggies donned disguises at the Brooklyn Heights Howl-O-Ween Parade.

Minnie Mouse makes an appearance. Photo by Trudy Whitman

The Jah Pan Steel Drum Band led the popular Cobble Hill Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Cobble Hill Association. Afterwards, the 76th Precinct closed off several streets for trick-or-treating.

Sirs Lancelot and Gowain, looking very valiant. Photo by Trudy Whitman

A previous inhabitant of this house on Henry Street in Carroll Gardens sends his regards. Photo by William Balardelle

Kids twirled to a real Mariachi band, heard spooky stories, did kooky crafts and touched creepy live bugs at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Monster Mash this past weekend.

Photo by Alec Turner,

Photo by Alec Turner,

Photo by Alec Turner,

Photo by Alec Turner,

Greetings from Brooklyn’s own Area 51.

Photo by William Balardelle

Space Kitties, pumpkins, costumes, crafts and authors were just some of the goings-on at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls & Gourds Halloween celebration.

Luke D’Esposito, age two-and-a-half, patrols his beat. Luke’s mom Jennifer said he had his policeman costume picked out more than a month ago.  Photo by Jennifer D’Esposito

Kids encountered some pretty spooky real estate in Cobble Hill. Photo by William Balardelle

This doggie came disguised as the sheriff at the annual charity Howl-O-Ween Parade along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, sponsored by Perfect Paws pet shop. Photo by Aaron Behnke, Perfect Paws