We love the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, which is located next door to one of our favorite NYC museums, the Brooklyn Museum.  Check out their Haunted Pumpkin Garden, then swing by the museum for their amazing exhibit on Egyptian culture.  Better yet, go this Saturday, you can also enjoy the museum's Target First Saturday events.

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September 28, 2011
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
Opens This Weekend
October 1–30

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Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more designed by artist Michael Natiello await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Youngsters play inside a "gourd-geous" Pumpkin House, put on a scary show at the Pumpkin Puppet Theater, have a "hoot" finding out what owls eat by dissecting pellets, and look for wiggly worms under a rotting log. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear scary costumes for daily parades through the Adventure Garden. Get your tickets.
0911-Bat-120x120.jpgCreepy Creatures Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 1 and 3 p.m.

Ugh! Bugs! (Saturday)
Get up close to creepy crawly insects such as Madagascar hissing cockroaches, the emperor scorpion, the pink-toe tarantula, crickets, millipedes, and more.

Gone Batty! (Sunday)
Come face-to-face with a variety of bats, including the largest bat in the world, the gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia, which has a wingspan of nearly six feet!
0911-Puppet-120x120.jpgSpooktacular Pumpkin Party
Saturday–Monday, October 8, 9, & 10, all day (Columbus Day Weekend)
Delight in the fantastical creations of master puppeteer Ralph Lee. Take part in spooky storytelling, puppet-making, and loads of creepy hands-on fun for the entire family. Enjoy seasonal treats courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
0911-Giant-Pumpkin-120x120.jpgGiant Pumpkin Carving Weekends

Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, all day
Watch master carver and two-time Food Network Challenge winner Ray Villafane transform pumpkins into monsters!

Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, all day
See Michael Natiello transform pumpkins into amazing sculptures, releasing the beast from within!
0911-Nighttime-Thumb-120x120.jpgSpooky Nighttime Adventure
Saturdays, October 22 & 29, 6–7:30 p.m.
Grab a flashlight and explore the eerie sculptures of the Adventure Garden after dark. Trick-or-treat along the paths, and decorate a pumpkin to take home.

Non-Member $20/Member $15
Advance tickets recommended. Get tickets.
0911-Bugs-and-Brews-120x120.jpgBugs and Brews: Halloween Fun for Grown-ups
Friday, October 28, 7–9 p.m.
Thrill the kid in you with spooky fun in the Adventure Garden while treating your adult side to bubbling artisanal beers and insect delicacies—if you dare!

Non-Member $30/Member $20 (Adults 21 and over)
Advance tickets recommended; includes complimentary beer. Get tickets.