A spirited menagerie: Ft. Greene Park Halloween fest draws unicorns, bumble bees, and other creatures

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Buzzing: Myles, baby Phoebe, and Sara Freeland dressed up as a beekeeper and some bumble bees for the occasion.
Magical trio: From left, Adrienne, Poppy, and Jesse Mitchell donned matching unicorn costumes.
Family fun: Valerie, far left, and Jeff Cadet, Sr., far right, hung out at the pumpkin patch with their power-ranger kids, Sierra, center left, and Jeff Jr.
Throwback: This tiny dog rocked a Victorian-inspired costume.
Mass-transit mutt: Is that a dog or did the Q train just whiz by?!
Milestone: Bua Clayton, 3, hopped in her first potato-sack race with a little help from her mother, Manivone.
Puppy politics: Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis attended the great pup-kin contest with her pooch.

Talk about a magical day in the park!

Hordes of costumed people and their pups trotted to Fort Greene Park on Saturday to celebrate its 17th-annual Halloween festival, including a family of unicorns, the parents of which chose to sport some sparkly horns after finding a mini mythical getup for their daughter, according to the mother creature.

“I just found a cute costume for my daughter and couldn’t resist dressing her up, and thought she needed unicorn parents as well,” said Boerum Hill resident Adrienne Mitchell, who stopped by the festive affair with her 1-year-old daughter, Poppy, and husband, Jesse.

Attendees jumped in a bouncy castle, picked pumpkins from a patch set up for the occasion, got their faces painted, and took rides on a miniature trolley, but Mitchell, whose unicorn pack hit the event with friends dressed as a family of pandas and as a beekeeper and bees, said she preferred people-watching over standing in the long lines for activities.

“We were there to check out the costumes and show off ours,” she said.

Those who waited patiently for their turn to play included a tiny tot dressed as princess Moana from the like-named Disney movie, who hopped in her first potato-sack race — a challenging, but rewarding, endeavor, according to her mom.

“Her first few hops, she fell down, but it was good. I think she really had fun,” said Manivone Clayton of her 3-year-old daughter, Bua.

And hounds partook in the fest’s great pup-kin costume contest, which featured an appearance by Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis and her Chihuahua, Peanut, just days after the miniature mutt caused the pol to fracture her foot as she tried to avoid stepping on it, according to a New York Daily News report.

Clayton, who took home a pumpkin after snapping a few photos of her daughter frolicking in the patch, gave her first visit to the fun-filled festival a rave review, vowing to return next year.

“It was perfect,” she said. “We’ll definitely go again.”

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:53 pm, July 9, 2018
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Will PUPkin stage will be gone next year??? from Myrtle Ave says:
Perhaps this will have been the last year the wonderful Pupkin contest 'stage' will be here.
This historic grassy mound where youngsters play and little girls in tutus dance will be dismembered by the Parks Dept. The are also cutting down more than forty trees via their misguided plan "Parks Without Borders"...check out the links and see what they are about to do to that part of Fort Greene Park...reprehensible:
Oct. 31, 2017, 10:05 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
So cute! Glad everyone had a great time!
Oct. 31, 2017, 12:56 pm

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