Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

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Looking for things to do on Long Island? We’ve rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Get your blood racing at Blood Manor in Uniondale

Enter at your own risk! Blood Manor is
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Enter at your own risk! Blood Manor is beckoning -- adding to the season to be screamin' -- complete with creatures of the night and a maze of corridors, chambers and hidden places you might happen upon. "Crypts of the Coliseum at NYCB Live" also features the "League of the Undead," who are anxiously awaiting your arrival, nightly through Halloween. 
WHEN|WHERE starting 7 p.m., with other time slots available; Thursday, Oct. 19; Saturday, Oct. 21; Wednesday, Oct. 25; Friday, Oct. 27; Sunday, Oct. 29; and Tuesday, Oct. 31; Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
INFO 516-231-4848, nycblive.com
ADMISSION $30, $40 VIP express entry, $5 parking

Consider a loom-and-sip evening

The days getting shorter and the weather getting
(Credit: Huntington Historical Society)

The days getting shorter and the weather getting chillier also means it's time for the Huntington Historical Society's Weaving with Wine nights. An introduction class to weaving is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the 1750 David Conklin Farmhouse. You bring the wine and the Society provides all you'll need for the weaving. Participants go home with the piece of fabric he or she created. Call to reserve.
ADMISSION $40
INFO 631-427-7045, ext. 401, huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org,    

Hit the Hempstead House Haunt

Lost, dear traveler? Wander the castle alcoves --
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Lost, dear traveler? Wander the castle alcoves -- don't miss the basement dungeon -- of this fright-filled haunt with zombies and spirits accompanying you along the way.
WHEN|WHERE 7-11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 29-31, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. Ages 12-18 must be accompanied by a paying adult (those younger not permitted)
INFO 516-571-7901, thesandspointpreserve.org
ADMISSION $30    

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See the comedy duo

Need some laughs? Brad Garrett, of
(Credit: Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

Need some laughs? Brad Garrett, of "Everybody Loves Raymond," teams up with comedian Rita Rudner for a double bill of stand-up comedy in the Tilles Center's concert hall.
WHEN|WHERE 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, LIU-Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
ADMISSION $45-$65

Give peace a chance

Former federal mediator and chairman of the New
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Former federal mediator and chairman of the New York State Mediation Board Hezekiah Brown speaks and signs copies of his book "All Types of Conflict Can Be Resolved" at 5 p.m. Thursday Oct. 26, at the Nassau County African American Museum in Hempstead. Also appearing during this two-hour event: Gary Brown, former Green Bay Packer, who will sign autographs; and Renita Brown-Kilby, who will present a short recitation on Harriet Tubman, anAmerican abolitionist, humanitarian and former slave
ADMISSION Free
INFO 516-815-8679

See Rickie Lee Jones in concert

Rickie Lee Jones' music touches on an array
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Rickie Lee Jones' music touches on an array of music styles - rock, R&B, blues, pop, soul and jazz.  The two-time Grammy winner is bringing her talent to Landmark on Main on Thursday, Oct. 26, for a 7:30 p.m. performance.
ADMISSION $48-$68
INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org,  

Party with Mickey

Kids and parents are invited to wear costumes,
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Kids and parents are invited to wear costumes, sing, dance, play and celebrate Halloween at Disney Junior at the Movies' HalloVeen Party at select Long Island theaters this week. In addition to the party, four Disney Junior episodes including Mickey and the Roadster Racers and a never-before-seen episode of "Vampirina" will be shown. The Westbury 12 theater is holding its party 10 a.m. Thursday Oct. 26, and theaters in Holtsville, Farmingdale and Westbury will be partying 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct 28. 
ADMISSION $10-$13.50
INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com,

Take a bat class

Just in time for Halloween, bats get their
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Just in time for Halloween, bats get their day at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Learn how and why they hang around at a presentation covering Long Island bats, as well as others from around the world. Reservations required
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue
INFO 631-653-4771, quoguewildliferefuge.org
ADMISSION $5

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Once upon a time there was a funny scary book

Long Island Barnes & Noble stores know that
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Long Island Barnes & Noble stores know that not everyone likes getting scared around Halloween.  Swing by any location at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, when kids can catch a story-time reading of both "Mary McScary" by R.L. Stine and "Creepy Pair of Underwear!" by Aaron Reynolds.
ADMISSION Free
INFO 800-843-2665, barnesandnoble.com    

Enter your pet

Bark if you think you have a winner.
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Bark if you think you have a winner. Dress your four-legged friend in a Halloween costume for the Barkfest parade, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eisenhower Park. It's part of a larger festival running 1-4 p.m., with adoptable animals, many rescues and music.
WHEN | WHERE 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow 
INFO 516-315-6686 
ADMISSION Free

View in the dark

Keeping the tradition alive, and in the
(Credit: Dan Goodrich)

 Keeping the tradition alive, and in the spirit of Halloween, a boat beyond repair is burned bonfire-style at the Long Island Maritime Museum -- and the community is invited to the party. The annual event, supervised by the West Sayville Volunteer Fire Department, includes live music by Quarter Horse, light refreshments and a raffle.
WHEN | WHERE 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, rain date Saturday, Oct. 28, 88 West Ave., West Sayville
INFO 631-854-4974, limaritime.org
ADMISSION $5 (free 5 and younger)

Look for nocturnal wildlife

There's beauty all around -- day or night.
(Credit: National Park Service/Rafael Cruz)

There's beauty all around -- day or night. This program gives you a chance to discover nature at sundown on the barrier beach. It begins with an indoor presentation, followed by a walk outdoors to explore the area for signs of nocturnal wildlife.
WHEN | WHERE 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center, Fire Island. Reservations required.
INFO 631-281-3010, nps.gov/fiis
ADMISSION Free; free parking available at the Smith Point County Park parking lot

Head to the laboratory

There are several genres packed into the film
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There are several genres packed into the film "Re-Animator."  Science-fiction, comedy and horror have been floated to describe this 1985 R-rated cult film that depicts a scientist who invents a solution that can re-animate dead bodies.  Head to Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre for a screening at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
ADMISSION $6
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org,

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Bring your best buddies

Leashed dogs can spend the weekend on the
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Leashed dogs can spend the weekend on the grounds of the former Gold Coast mansion and Phipps estate at Old Westbury Gardens. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28; on Sunday, Oct. 29, enjoy a 11 a.m.-4 p.m. festival featuring animal welfare exhibitors, pet-related vendors and rescue groups, along with a pet costume contest and parade at 3.
PHONE 516-333-0048
WEB  oldwestburygardens.org
ADMISSION $12 ($7 ages 7-17)

See the tango

Tango takes the spotlight during
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Tango takes the spotlight during "The Spirit of Argentina," performed by Tango Buenos Aires at Stony Brook's Staller Center. The evening celebrates the dance, music and life of Carlos Gardel, the "King of Tango."
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook
INFO 631-632-2787, stallercenter.com
ADMISSION $40

Do the time warp

The cult, science-fiction horror satire makes its annual
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The cult, science-fiction horror satire makes its annual Halloween shadowcast at the Patchogue Theatre. Act out your favorite scenes with the audience -- $5 prop bags will be sold in the lobby before the show. A preshow reception begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a Halloween costume contest with giveaways.
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue 
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
ADMISSION $20

Peek behind the mask

Abbott and Costello devotees, listen up!  Film
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Abbott and Costello devotees, listen up!  Film scholar Larry Wolff offers a visual presentation on the making of the classic horror-comedy Halloween film "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," along with a screening of the film and a display of memorabilia from Bud Abbott and Lou Costello at two different locations this week. The first appearance is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton (631-537-0015); and the second is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Northport-East Northport Library (631-261-6930).
ADMISSION Free

Make your own blend

Take a tour of the Sannino Bella Vita
(Credit: Sannino Vineyard/Courtesy of Sannino Vineyard)

Take a tour of the Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic with the experts -- and wine tastings. Each couple then gets a chance to blend their own wine and design a label to bring it home, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
ADMISSION $225 per couple ( includes lunch and custom bottle). Registration required.
PHONE 631-734-8282
WEB sanninovineyard.com 

Scary cars

Get ready for more than 1,000 collectible, antique
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Get ready for more than 1,000 collectible, antique and present-day cars on display for the Son of the Monster Mash Car Show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at PennySaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville. A children's costume contest takes place at 2 p.m. for trophies. Halloween-themed cars are encouraged. Rain date is Nov. 2.
ADMISSION $5 (free younger than 12)
PHONE 631-447-2869
WEB sonofthemonstermash.com

Do you hear what I hear?

What was that? Listen closely for wild owls
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What was that? Listen closely for wild owls calling in the woods surrounding the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy on an adult-only owl prowl, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The program begins with an indoor presentation where you'll learn how to identify owls by sight and sound, followed by a guided night walk. Check in at the gatehouse.
ADMISSION $20 per car
PHONE 516-571-7901
WEB sandspointpreserveconservancy.org

Run the race

Run a marathon, half marathon, 5k or a
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Run a marathon, half marathon, 5k or a 4-person 26.2-mile relay that takes place around Suffolk County's parks, waterfronts and downtown areas. All of the runs support veterans and are followed by a street festival complete with music, food, crafts and a beer garden, on West Main Street between West and Ocean avenues in Patchogue. 
WHEN | WHERE 8 a.m. next Sunday, Oct. 29, YMCA, 255 Main St., Patchogue
INFO suffolkmarathon.com
ADMISSION $20-$180, depending on the race; virtual support starts at $30

Hear Priscilla's stories

The actress and former wife of Elvis Presley
(Credit: Christopher Ameruoso)

The actress and former wife of Elvis Presley sits down for a staged conversation about her life with the music legend, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. ADMISSION $39.50-$99.50 ($239 includes meet and greet)
PHONE 516-247-5200
WEB venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com

Party on the water

Scary isn't always all that it's cracked up
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Scary isn't always all that it's cracked up to be.  Party Boat Central hosts a not-so-scary haunted boat ride from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, where kids can bob for apples, whack a piñata, dance to music and enjoy complimentary apple cider and hot chocolate. Reservations required.
ADMISSION $10
INFO 516-378-0555, partyboatcentral.com

Make a reservation

Extra incentive to eat out: a three-course meal
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Extra incentive to eat out: a three-course meal for $28.95 at dozens of participating venues during Long Island Restaurant Week. Reservations are recommended -- eateries range from classic Italian, including Verace in Islip, above, to modern steakhouse to trendy tacqueria. 
WHEN | WHERE Next Sunday, Oct. 29, through Nov. 5 at participating restaurants.
INFO 631-329-2111, longislandrestaurantweek.com
ADMISSION $28.95

Learn about the tea ceremony

The Charles B. Wang Center hosts a 30-minute
(Credit: Charles B. Wang Center)

The Charles B. Wang Center hosts a 30-minute Japanese tea ceremony, where you'll learn about the history and culture of tea. A tea master presides in a bamboo tea room to give an up-close look -- and taste. Reservations required. 
WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 1:45 p.m. on the following Sundays: Oct. 15, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; and Dec. 3, 10), Skylight Gallery, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook 
INFO 631-632-4400, thewangcenter.org 
ADMISSION $20

Improve your artwork skills

Calling all pastel or colored pencil artists interested
(Credit: Marlene Bezich)

Calling all pastel or colored pencil artists interested in improving their skills. Babylon Citizen Council on the Arts offers an 8-week class 6-8 p.m. every Monday starting Sept. 11 at the Babylon Town Hall Annex in North Babylon. An instructor will provide individual attention in addition to demonstrations and lectures. Call to reserve.
ADMISSION $120
INFO 631-587-3696, babylonarts.org

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