The celebration of Halloween was derailed last year -- and Trick-or-Treat day ultimately canceled -- due to superstorm Sandy. This October, make up for it by being creepy all month long.
A witch's cauldron of activities unfolds in the weeks leading up to the Big Day, from the Spooky Fest at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning in Rockville Centre to performances of "The Littlest Witch" at the BayWay Arts Center in East Islip to the chance to create Rockin' Little Monsters at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. So put in those fangs, paste on that wart, and get out there.
Here is a sampling of events:
WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 19 and 26.
BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip.
A child witch finally realizes that she should only play tricks on Halloween, not all year round.
OTHER SPOOKY PLAYS:
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf at Theatre Three (412 Main St., Port Jefferson) on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. Price: $10; 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com.
ROCKIN' LITTLE MONSTERS
Start with a provided polished rock and add googly eyes, fabric hair and other found objects to create a friendly or scary monster to bring home.
OTHER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EVENTS:
The 12th Annual Ghostly Gala
on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $9 per person includes costume party, trick-or-treating through the galleries, craft projects, eerie music and more. Additional $4 per person fee for a ghostly variety show at 6:15, 7, 7:45 and 8:30 in the theater. Tickets on sale now.
WHEN | WHERE 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26
Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown.
COST $5 per person, $2 per person additional to enter the Trail to an Eerie Tale and Mutant Maze. Enjoy eerie animal presentations, the ghostly garden, creepy crafts, scary stories and a night walk. The Not So Spooky Trail is for ages 4 to 8; The Trail to an Eerie Tale and Mutant Maze are for ages 8 and up.
OTHER SPOOKY EVENTS:
AAA Halloween Spooktacular at Tanger Outlets, Riverhead on Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Come in costume to trick-or-treat. A magic show at 3 p.m. is followed by the kids participating in a Halloween parade. Price: Free for members. 516-873-2348; AAA.com/Halloween.
The Haunted Hatchery at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor) on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Includes flashlight sightings of black catfish and refreshments. Price: $6 per adult, $4 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors 65 and older, under 3 is free. 516-692-6768; cshfha.org.
Spooky Fest at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre) on Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Choose a spooky walk or a non-spooky walk for young ones; see the Mystic Den, Maze of Madness and Merry Monsters. Price: $10 ages 3 to 12, $15 adult, children younger than 3 free. 516-764-0045, cstl.org.