I’m reluctant to even tell any of you about Garden Place, because it is one of the most delightful things about living in Brooklyn — and I don’t want it suddenly flooded with Manhattan people who swoop in and steal all the candy! (J/K anyone is welcome). But honestly, it is one of the best New York City trick-or-treating spots, if only for the brilliance of the costumes and the decorations.

(I talk about it in the most recent Halloween episode of Spawned if you want to learn more about NYC trick-or-treating.)

Each year I promise I’ll photograph some of my favorite costumes there and on Pumpkin Alley, because our friends, neighbors, teachers, and even visitors from other neighborhoods show up and go ALL OUT.

While I lost light early (sniff) here are just a few brilliant, creative, or just hilarious costumes. Brooklyn? I love your commitment!

Related: 11 of the absolute best homemade kids’ Halloween costumes of 2017 – from our kids and more!

Pumpkin Alley is where it all begins. The work the neighbors all put into this each year is remarkable. They’re also responsible for a pumpkin birth announcement a few years ago that was brilliant. (That is, the birth of a baby…not a pumpkin.)

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Little David Bowie | © Cool Mom Picks

Little Bowie! I told him he’d get extra candy if he could sing Scary Monsters. Maybe by next year.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Karate Kid Dojo | © Cool Mom Picks

The Karate Kid Cobra Kai Dojo!

Janis Ian from Mean Girls: The best Halloween costumes on Garden Place Brooklyn, 2018 | © Cool Mom Picks

I have to include my daughter Thalia’s costume (1/2) here — Janis Ian from Mean Girls Broadway. And if you’re a Broadway fan, take a look at what she did to our door for Halloween!

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Filter/NoFilter Costumes | © Cool Mom Picks

Just made for Instagram photos!

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Michael and Jim ("book face" from the Office | © Cool Mom Picks

Office fans! Georgette as Jim “Book Face” Halpert  from the famous deleted Halloween scene and Nathalia as Michael Scott

Related :17 of the best pop culture Halloween costume ideas for kids right now

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Media Meltdown | © Cool Mom Picks

She called herself “Media Meltdown” (though I guessed “Clickbait” or “The End of Breitbart”)

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Schuyler Sisters and Lafayette | © Cool Mom Picks

This lovely Schuyler Sisters family (gotta love Peggy) allowed my daughter’s friend, Lafayette, to join them.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Nancy and Steve from Stranger Things | © Cool Mom Picks

My daughter Sage with her friend Stella as Nancy and Steve from Stranger Things, flashing their Hawkins High ’83-84 student ID cards.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Scooby Doo family | © Cool Mom Picks

This Scooby Doo family with a Mystery Machine stroller is family costume goals!

Related: 13 of the absolute coolest family costumes from Moana to Guardians to Avocado Toast

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Sonia as Rosie the Riveter | © Cool Mom Picks

I LOVE Sonia’s Rosie the Riveter! While we saw quite a few last night, the cardboard backdrop made the costume.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Baby spaghetti and meatballs | © Cool Mom Picks

This little spaghetti and meatballs was so teeny, that walking up and down those steps was more fun than collecting candy.

Best Halloween costumes on Garden Place, Brooklyn 2018: Rich Goranski from Be More Chill | © Cool Mom Picks

Here’s Thalia in costume 2/2 — Rich Goranski from Be More Chill. Only superfans will get the baguette reference — all I know is she made me run out and find her a baguette for her costume and that was a first.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Future Police Woman| © Cool Mom Picks

This little girl’s commitment to her cop costume was wonderful — every time someone asked to take a picture, she raised her walkie-talkie.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Waitress handing out donuts | © Cool Mom Picks

Orly was so committed a a waitress, she was handing out donuts to passers-by.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Caveman family | © Cool Mom Picks

Kudos to anyone over about 18 willing to go out in all leopard print — let alone a man. Nicely done, cavepeople!

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Curious George | © Cool Mom Picks

There were so many dads in babywearing costumes, but bonus points to this Man in the Yellow Hat who wore his George on his shoulders most of the night.

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Eleven and Sheriff Hopper from Stranger Things | © Cool Mom Picks

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without at least one genius Eleven costume — and I love that her dad accompanied her as Hopper. Win!

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Incredibles family | © Cool Mom Picks

The Incredibles! I thought this baby would be the youngest of all Incredibles babies and then..

Best Garden Place, Brooklyn Halloween costumes 2018: Baby Incredible! | © Cool Mom Picks

…I met a really wonderful new mom, feeding her brand new super baby. Getting a baby in costume when you’re 2 weeks postpartum? That really is the definition of a superhero.

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