Things to do in Coney Island in the fall

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There is a clear transformation in Coney Island when the summer turns to fall: tourists retreat, temperatures drop, and some streets empty out. But that doesn’t mean it’s a complete ghost town.

Here are some things to do in and around Coney Island in the months ahead:

Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest

It’s time to take your dog trick-or-treating.

Luna Park is hosting a doggy parade and costume contest two weeks before humans embark upon their own annual Halloween festivities. If you’re planning on bringing your dog, make sure it’s registered. For more information and to complete the registration, click here.

Annual Halloween Children’s Parade

Coney Island’s own community Halloween parade, sponsored by the Alliance for Coney Island, will take place Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at MCU Park.

Kaiser Park Fall Festival

Councilmember Mark Treyger is hosting this family-friendly event, which features pumpkin picking, painting, games, inflatable activities, and more. Head to Kaiser Park on Oct. 21 at noon to partake in the festivities.

Eat and drink, minus the crowd

Nathan’s Famous, the Coney Island Brewery, Ruby’s Bar & Grill, Footprints Cafe, Applebee’s, Kitchen 21, and others are all open through at least most of the fall, and some establishments are open year-round. Instead of waiting in long lines, you’ll likely be able to enjoy what you want and when you want it.

Drink Coney Island Brewery’s Freaktoberfest Big Ol’ Pumpkin Ale

Check out Coney Island Brewery’s very Coney Island-like “Freaktoberfest,” available just in time for the fall. The brewery describes this “Big Ol’ Pumpkin Ale” as a “hauntingly complex, copper-hued, pumpkin and espresso ale. Caramel aromas intermingle with hints of allspice and cinnamon. A roasted, rich body is highlighted by Café Grumpy’s specially selected espresso beans and is finished with sweet pumpkin.”

If that one doesn’t interest you, there are a handful of others available as part of the brewery’s “Freak Week” limited release options.

Weekend rides

Luna Park stopped operating daily at the beginning of September, but the park remains open on weekends through the month of October. Luna Park is also open Monday, Oct. 9 through Wednesday, Oct. 11. If you missed an opportunity to have a Sunday Funday at the park over the summer, hurry up and get there before it’s too cold. Remember, unlimited wristbands now cover the Cyclone!

Plus, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park offers 21 rides — from the landmark Wonder Wheel to Spook-A-Rama and Stop-the-Zombies — on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8 p.m., weather permitting, through October. Wonder Wheel Park is also open Oct. 9 for Columbus Day and Oct. 10 and 11 for Sukkot.

Coney Island History and Museum

Take a journey through history at Coney Island USA’s Coney Island Museum on Saturdays from 12 pm – 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Currently, the museum is featuring “Five Cents To Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island” as well as special highlights from their permanent collection.

Plus, the Coney Island History Project’s Walking Tours are offered year round on Saturdays and Sundays via advance reservation.. Tickets are $20 and help support the free programming of the Coney Island History Project, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

Music at the Ford Amphitheater

See “Chicago” live in concert on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. It is currently the only event on the amphitheather’s schedule for the month of October. Meanwhile, Thievery Corporation will wrap up the amphitheather’s September slate with a performance on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Find out more information here.

Community Board Meetings

Get involved and stay informed by heading to Community Board 13’s monthly meetings. September’s meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Coney Island Hospital. October’s meeting will take place at the same time and place on Oct. 25. Find out more information about the community board here.

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