A fright-free Halloweekend in the Bay Ridge

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We are keeping the frights to a minimum this weekend in the Ridge.

Before embarking on a weekend of alternative Halloween activities, indulge your semi-scary side with a kid-friendly dose of ghosts at an outdoor screening of “Casper” on Friday night. Fly over to Leif Ericson Park (66th Street between Fourth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway) to catch the flick, which tells the story of a friendly ghost who makes friends with the daughter of a ghost-hunter. Grab a blanket and some popcorn and settle in for the free 6 pm show.

On Saturday afternoon, skip the ghouls and stroll to Lock Yard (9221 Fifth Ave. between 92nd and 94th streets) for a local beer making (and tasting) contest. The India Pale Ale Homebrew Fest will draw the nabe’s homebrewers and their best pours, and you get to be the judge! For $25, you can unlock the brews of the Ridge and vote for your favorites — and you can soak up the booze with two of the Yard’s signature “plain jane” all-beef hot dogs, included with your admission. And the best part? It starts at 1 pm, so you will be finished and at home before Saturday night brings out Ridgites channeling their scariest, drunkest, and most obnoxious Halloween selves.

And on Sunday, get in touch with your intellectual side with an expedition to the Owl’s Head (479 74th St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues). Its monthly open mike night is sponsored by the Bay Ridge Poets Society, but Brooklynites from all over are welcome to share their verses, sing tunes, tell stories, or read their latest stabs at the next great American novel. While you listen, complement the performances with a few glasses from the wine bar’s diverse selection. The stage lights up at 7:30 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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