Can't-miss fall activities for kids on Long Island

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Pumpkins and apples. Scarecrows and hayrides. Corn mazes and haunted houses. It can only mean one thing -- fall fun is awaiting Long Island families.

To help you make the most of the season, we've rounded up the can't-miss fall activities for families on Long Island. Take a look.

Family fall festivals

From hayrides and petting zoos, to pumpkin-picking and
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From hayrides and petting zoos, to pumpkin-picking and carnival games, there are many family festivals in September and October. Some of the upcoming festivals: The Long Island Fair, Apple Festival, Oyster Festival, Halloween fairs and more. To find the complete list, check out our family fall festivals guide.

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old
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The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd.) in Old Westbury lights up the night in October. The exhibit features more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors on display throughout a 1/3-mile trail. New for 2017: A 40-foot jack o'lantern fire truck, 3-D sculpted pumpkins, a pumpkin patch to take one home and more. The event takes place Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29; $26 adults, $22 children ages 3-12, free children 2 and younger; advanced tickets are required; therise.org.

Riverhead Halloween festival

Riverhead bewitches for the day -- and night.
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Riverhead bewitches for the day -- and night. Its outdoor Halloween celebration kicks off with trick-or-treating 2-5 p.m. followed by a costume parade at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street. Chances are you'll spy ghosts, goblins, monsters -- a "Thriller" flash mob adds to the ranks. Along Main Street you'll also find music, poetry readers and a jack-o'-lantern display. WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 (rain date Sunday, Oct. 30), Main Street, Riverhead INFO 631-591-0722, halloweenfestriverhead.com ADMISSION Free

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Ghostly Gala at Long Island Children's Museum

On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9
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On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave.) in Garden City will be hosting a "Ghostly Gala." Show off your costume, decorate a goody bag, trick-or-treat, get your face painted, meet live animals, crafts and more. Some of the themed crafts include Frankenstein puppets, spider necklaces and glowing ghosts. Kids can also make their own Dracula's Denture cookie, explore the sensory Haunted Cave and more. Price: $12; advanced ticket purchases recommended; licm.org.

Not-So-Spooky Walk

At Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, a Not-So-Spooky
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At Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, a Not-So-Spooky Walk for families will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be face painting, pumpkin decorating, photo booth, a hay maze and more. On Friday, Oct 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., there will be a Spooky Walk, featuring horror villains like Michael Meyers, Freddy Krueger, Jason, Ghostface and more. Price: $5 per person, cash only.

A Kooky Spooky Halloween

A Kooky Spook Halloween at Theatre Three (412
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A Kooky Spook Halloween at Theatre Three (412 Main St., Port Jefferson) is a musical about a ghost who is afraid of the dark and is forced to leave his haunted home on a quest with his new friends. The show takes place on Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. There will be a sensory-sensitive performance on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. Price: $10; theatrethree.com.

Halloween fun at Stew Leonard's in East Meadow and Farmingdale

Stew Leonard's East Meadow (1897 Front St.) and
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Stew Leonard's East Meadow (1897 Front St.) and Farmingdale (261 Airport Plaza) stores are hosting Halloween Happenings through the month of October. Events in both stores include: A pumpkin patch everyday in October. On Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 6 p.m., children are invited to dress in costumes and go trick-or-treating throughout the store. Children can pick up a map from Customer Service and use the map to find treats. Pumpkin carver Lenny Calvin will be at the Farmingdale store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 to entertain shoppers with his elaborate Halloween-themed etchings on the store's pumpkins. He will be at the East Meadow store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, children who come to the store in their costumes will receive a free small ice cream. The Farmingdale store will also have a free hay maze for kids, which is open every day from 8 a.m. until dark. For more information, call the East Meadow store, 516-394-9001 and the Farmingdale store, 516-962-8210.

Fall Festival at Dees' Nursery

Every weekend in October, including Monday, Oct. 9,
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Every weekend in October, including Monday, Oct. 9, families can enjoy the Fall Festival at Dees' Nursery (69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You'll find an interactive petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin-painting or decorating and other fall crafts (small fee applies). This year, there will also be a free Spooky Walk. Check website for prices; deesnursery.com.

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Son of Monster Mash Car Show

Son of Monster Mash Car Show is really
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Son of Monster Mash Car Show is really a monster of a car show -- more than 1,500 cars line up for a Halloween celebration. See custom trucks along with famous rides such as a Batmobile, "Ghostbuster" vehicle and vintage motorcycles. Kids 13 and younger are invited to come in costume on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, Farmingville. Call 631-447-2869 or visit monstercarshow.com.

'Beetlejuice' in the movies

See the 1998 movie
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See the 1998 movie "Beetlejuice" on the big screen at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts (37 W. Main St., Bay Shore) on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Adam and Barbara appear to be a normal couple, but they are actually dead. They try to scare out the new owners of their home and call Beetlejuice to help. Price: $8; boultoncenter.org.

'Otto the Ghost' animated story at Hicks Nurseries

It wouldn't be Halloween on Long Island without
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It wouldn't be Halloween on Long Island without Otto the Ghost at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke.) in Westbury. Families can enjoy six animatronic scenes with read-along story cards. New this year, "Otto's Special Pumpkin. You'll also find a hayride down a decorated trail, farm animals, pumpkins, apples, fudge, and on the weekends, roasted corn and popcorn. Visit everyday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 through Oct. 29. Otto the Ghost is available for picture-taking at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., weekends only. Price: Free, donations of non-perishable food items are welcome for Long Island Cares; hicksnurseries.com.

Haunted Hatchery

Families are welcome to the Cold Spring Harbor
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Families are welcome to the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium's not-so-scary Haunted Hatchery on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. You'll find Halloween crafts, games, refreshments and more fun. You can also trick-or-treat through the Hatchery; $6 adults, $4 children ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger; cshfha.org.

Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks at Long Island Aquarium

The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431
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The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431 E. Main St.) in Riverhead is hosting a "Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks" Halloween extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Halloween Aquarium-style with trick-or-treating, the Unearthing Atlantis Dig will be transformed into a spooktacular haunted house, face-painting, crafts, games, pumpkin painting and more. Kids ages 12 and younger in costume will receive half off admission with a paying adult. Price: Aquarium admission is $29 adults, $22 ages 3 to 12, free children ages 2 and younger; longislandaquarium.com.

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Spooky Fest!

Spooky Fest! at the Center for Science Teaching
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Spooky Fest! at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre) features non-spooky activities (a "Not-So-Spooky Walk" in the woods for young children, Halloween Theater, arts and crafts, live animal exhibit, a "Mystic Den," face painting and "Friendly Merry Monsters" on Oct. 14, 20-22, 27-29 at 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Price: $10, or $15 when including the scary "Haunted Woods" and "Maze of Zombies" attractions; 516-764-0045, cstl.org.

Bayville Scream Park 'Not So Scary' Days

Bayville Scream Park (Bayville Avenue) in Bayville is
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Bayville Scream Park (Bayville Avenue) in Bayville is known for its five thrilling attractions for brave tweens, teens and adults, but you may not know that the park also offers kids "Not So Scary" days. Open weekends and Columbus Day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the park feature less-scary versions of the haunted houses with no live actors. Families can enjoy Uncle Needles Fun House and Mirror Maze, The Temple of Terror, a Pumpkin Bounce, a Halloween Express Train Ride, crafts, a pumpkin patch, Halloween story telling, hermit crab races and more. Price: $24.75 Scream Park only, $31.75 for Scream Park and Adventure Park; bayvillescreampark.com.

Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms

Pumpkins take over White Post Farms (250 Old
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Pumpkins take over White Post Farms (250 Old Country Rd.) in Melville during their annual Fall Farm Festival. Admission includes pumpkin-picking, unlimited sing-a-long hayrides, multiple bounce houses, petting zoo, playground area, play-in-the-hay, pig races, exotic bird show, the Boom Kaboom Game and more. The new show for 2016 is "Rodeo Ricky Home on the Range." Pony and train rides are an additional fee.

Info: Weekends starting Sept. 23 through Oct. 29 (including Columbus Day) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (you can stay until 6 p.m.); $21.17 plus tax, cash only; whitepostfarms.com.

Apple-picking at Lewin Farms

Lewin Farms (812 Sound Ave.) in Wading River
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Lewin Farms (812 Sound Ave.) in Wading River is best known for apple-picking. During certain times of the year, you can also pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Each year, Lewin's corn maze is redesigned, so look for this year's theme. The farm is open Wednesday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless noted on website due to limited quantities or weather conditions; lewinfarm.com.

Halloween at Walt Whitman Birthplace Site

WHERE/ WHEN 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington
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WHERE/ WHEN 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station; Sunday, Oct. 22: 1 p.m. DETAILS Featuring craft making, games, face painting, guided tours, a costume contest and a special performance by magician Magic Mike. Price: $9, free for chaperones; reservations are required. RSVP/ INFO 631-427-5240 Ext. 113, waltwhitman.org

Pumpkins, corn maze, more at F&W Schmitt Family Farm

Picking pumpkins isn't the only thing you can
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Picking pumpkins isn't the only thing you can do at F&W Schmitt's Family Farms (26 Pinelawn Rd.) in Melville. There's a daytime, seven-acre corn maze, with this year's theme "Bewitched," free hayrides, straw pyramid, fire truck and treehouse slide, pumpkin patch playground, petting zoo, pony rides and a haunted mansion. Open daily starting Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free entry; $8 corn maze, $6 haunted mansion (weekends only); schmittfarms.com.

Apple-picking at Seven Ponds Orchard

Spend the day apple-picking at Seven Ponds Orchard
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Spend the day apple-picking at Seven Ponds Orchard (65 Seven Ponds Rd.) in Water Mill. Afterward, check out the corn maze, hay rides and a playground with life-size wooden toys such as a tractor, truck and windmill to climb on, crawl through and slide down. Plus, there's a farmers market with a bounty of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods and more. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $8; 631-726-8015.

Fall fun at Hanks Pumpkintown

Looking for gigantic pumpkins? Hanks Pumpkintown (240 Montauk
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Looking for gigantic pumpkins? Hanks Pumpkintown (240 Montauk Hwy.) in Water Mill features large pumpkins with some weighing 50 to 100 pounds. You'll also find pumpkin-picking, wagon rides, mazes, corn swings, pedal cars, tractor train rides, giant slides, cow milking, playgrounds, photo stations, pony rides and more. There's also a market including fruits, vegetables, baked goods and roasted corn. The new corn maze this year is the Farm Scene Treasure Hunt, which is an hour-long. Open daily Sept. 9-Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Maze Park, weekends only and Columbus Day, $14; hankspumpkintown.com.

Harbes Western Farm- Jamesport

Frontier Land and Maze at Harbes Western Farm

Frontier Land and Maze at Harbes Western Farm (1223 Main Rd.) in Jamesport features a variety of fun Western-themed farm adventures for kids. You'll find a pumpkin bounce, petting zoo, a pedal cart where kids can ride around a track, teepee, pony rides, gemstone mining, hayrides, potato sack races, pumpkin tosses, their largest and most interactive corn maze and other games.

Info: Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $12.95 per person for hayride, maze and more; $5 pony rides; harbesfamilyfarm.com.

Great Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular Sail

A family-friendly Halloween event at Belmont Lake State
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A family-friendly Halloween event at Belmont Lake State Park (Southern State Parkway Excit 38) in North Babylon features trick-or-treating, games, craft-making, balloon twisting, a children's spooky den and the sailing of the first 50 carved pumpkins (lit with candles, at dusk) around Belmont Lake on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Price: Admission is free; 631-667-5055, parks.ny.gov.

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival (6 Bagatelle Rd.
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Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival (6 Bagatelle Rd. in Dix Hills) takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween, including Columbus Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The family festival includes pumpkin-picking, hayrides, an animal train ride, a pumpkin bounce house, a firetruck slide, haunted maze, a John Deere trike play area, duck races, roasted corn, apple cider and more. Price: Free admission, some fees may apply; schmittsfamilyfarms.com.

'Not So Scary' Adventure for Kids at Gateway Playhouse

Take a stroll through a batty maze and
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Take a stroll through a batty maze and encounter some goofy creatures, bewitching tricks and ghoulish delights at the "Not So Scary" Adventure for Kids at Gateway Playhouse (215 South Country Rd.) in Bellport. A cheerful guide accompanies groups through a well-lit tour with treats at the end. The event takes place Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 8 through Oct. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. Face-painting, balloons, a pumpkin bouncer and more are included. Price: $10; gatewayplayhouse.org.

Barnyard Adventure and Fall Festival at Harbes Family Farm

Every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
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Every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., families can enjoy the Barnyard Adventure at Harbes Family Farm (715 Sound Ave.) in Mattituck. Kids will enjoy singing hayrides (weekends only), a petting zoo, pig races (on weekends), a hedge maze, pedal cars, a barnyard bounce house, Bunnyville, Honey Bee Observatory, a corn maze and more. The Fall Festival starts late September and runs through the end of October. There will also be pumpkin-picking, a corn maze, live entertainment, roasted corn, lemonades and more. Price: Barnyard Adventure: Monday through Friday, $7.95; Saturday and Sunday, $12.95. Children ages 2 and younger are free. Fall Festival weekends start late September. Pony rides: $5. Singing hayride: $5; harbesfamilyfarm.com.

Pumpkin Park at Adventureland

The Pumpkin Park at Adventureland (2245 Broad Hollow
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The Pumpkin Park at Adventureland (2245 Broad Hollow Rd.) in Farmingdale will take place on Oct. 21 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress up and trick-or-treat at vendors set up throughout the park. Adventureland is also hosting a food drive and are encouraging guests to bring non-perishable food items. Pumpkin Park entrance is free, fee for rides; adventureland.us.

Halloween Family Day

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site (246
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The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site (246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station) is hosting a Halloween Family Day with Michael the Magician on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Children can be part of the magic show. There will be a prize for the best costume, face-painting, guided tours of the Walt Whitman Birthplace and more; $9 per child; waltwhitman.org.

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