Prepare for a chilling, thrilling time on Long Island. Even though Halloween only falls on one day, you can celebrate at other times this month with lots of fun festivals and other seasonlly-inspired events. Here are some of the spooky things to do before and on this special day. For other events, see October Events on Long Island and Pumpkin Picking on Long Island.
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Now Through Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, 2013
At Hicks Nurseries, kids will once again enjoy a FREE walk-through, animated story about Otto the Ghost. This year's new story is "Otto and the Pirate Ship."
On weekends, there will be fresh-roasted corn, popcorn, apple cider, candy apples and more for purchase (on weekends only.) Bring your camera and take a photo with Otto the Ghost!
There will be hayrides (for a fee) from Monday through Friday. Purchase tickets at the Cider Tent. The rides run every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 4:30 pm. (but no ride at 12 noon.) On Saturday and Sunday, purchase tickets at the Popcorn Stand. THe rides run continuously from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
And think about growing and carving your own pumpkin for the annual giant pumpkin contest. Please call for more details.
Hicks Nurseries, Inc. is located at 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY. For more information, visit Hicks Nurseries or call (516) 334-0066.
Various Dates Throughout October
Gateway's Haunted Playhouse run by the Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Road, Bellport. Walk through a haunted house for scary encounters with ghosts and ghouls. Note: this is NOT recommended for children.
Tickets: $25 per person, $35 fast-pass - available online, by phone or in person. For tickets and more info: Gateway Playhouse, call (631) 286-1133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: this is NOT recommended for children. However, there is a special Not So Scary Adventure for kids on Saturdays and Sundays in October for younger visitors. Please see the website for details.
Various Fridays,Saturdays and Sundays in OctoberLI’s scary haunted warehouse with over 6,500 square feet (2000 square feet were added this year!) of “live” ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Get scared and give back: all proceeds to benefit YES Community Counseling and The Heather Pedergast Fund.
WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays in October: from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight.
Sundays: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Halloween, October 31, 2013: from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
WHERE: 10 Brooklyn Avenue, Massapequa, NY, 1 block north of Sunrise Highway off Route 107
COST: $15 (credit cards accepted)
AGE: 10 years and up
MORE INFO: www.darknessrising.org, (516) 799-4747.
Every Day from Friday, October 11 Through Sunday, November 3, 2013
In the fall, Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY turns into Bayville Scream Park with chills and thrills for the whole family. Terrifying attractions include the Funhouse of Fear and Curse of the Zombie Pirates. If you're hungry, stop by their Creepy Cafe. For more info, prices and an online coupon, please go to Bayville Scream Park. or call (516) 62-GHOST.
Fridays and Saturdays, October 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, November 1-3, 2013From 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY, (516) 333-0048.
Over 5000 hand-carved jack o'lanterns will illuminate the night on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Advance registration required. Bring the whole family to this spectacular Halloween-themed event. $18-$26 general admission (13-64 years of age), $16-$26/child (3-12 years of age) and senior (65+). Children 2 and under enter for FREE.
This year --2013-- there are some big changes including fewer visitors allowed per hour, bigger pumpkins and displays, more live carving demos, more restrooms, improved accessibility for wheelchairs and strollers, food, better trail lighting and more.
Advanced tickets are required. Tickets are valid for specific dates and times. TO purchase, or for more info, please visit www.therise.org or call (914) 502-2339.
Bayville Haunted Firehouse NOT Open This Year
Every year around Halloween, the Bayville Firehouse, 258 Bayville Avenue, Bayville has transformed into a haunted house as a fundraiser for the Bayville Fire Company No. 1. Unfortunately, they have announced that they won't be open this year because of the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy to the facility.
More info at their Facebook page.
Last Two Weekends in October 2013The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CTSL) will host its Spooky Fest. This family-friendly event will take place on the last two weekends in October on Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 and Friday, October 25, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, NY. $10 for children 12 and under, $15 for 13 years and older. Note: pay at the gate. There are no advance ticket sales or registration. For more info, please call CSTL at (516) 764-0045 or visit Spooky Fest Halloween Event.
Saturday, October 19, Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, 2013Quogue Wildlife Refuge's 20th Annual Spooky Walk for adults and families with children over 7. This guided, 40-minute walk will bring you and yours on refuge trails to meet ghouls and goblins. Reservations required. Call (631) 653-4771 to reserve a time slot. $15 fee per person.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is located at 3 Old Country Road, Quogue.
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 27, 2013
Take your children ages 2 to 7 to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge's Enchanted Forest Trail. Saturday's event is from 11 a.m. to 2, and Sunday's event is from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Follow a guide to meet whimsical, fun and educational characters on forest trails. The parking lot will be chock full of games and activities as well. Wear a costume if you like. Reservations required.This event books up fast, so you must call (631) 653-4771 in advance to reserve a time slot. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is located at 3 Old Country Road, Quogue.
Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013
The 15th Annual Haunted Mansion - a guided walking tour of chills and frights. At the campus Fine Arts Center from 6 to 11 p.m., created and presented by C.W. Post Music Students at the Fine Arts Center. Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for Post students with I.D., $5 for children under 12. NOT recommended for young children. There is a children's carnival room for ages 3 to 8 years.