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Free (or cheap!) for kids on Long Island in October

Michael DiGiuseppi, 1, of East Williston, checks out

Michael DiGiuseppi, 1, of East Williston, checks out the Halloween displays at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury. (Sept. 23, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in October.


Career Fair at Republic Airport (7150 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale) on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to middle and high school students and staff and aims to expose students to careers in aviation and aerospace; registration is required.

Fall Family Fun Festival at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury) daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun and educational activities for everyone in the family include children’s workshops, lawn and garden care seminars, pumpkin contests, hayrides, planting demos and more. Roasted corn on the weekends.

Amityville Apple Fest  in Amityville (corner of Park Avenue and Broadway) on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A family festival featuring apples, apple pie, doughnuts, live entertainment, crafts, children's entertainment, paint a pumpkin patch, face painting, pony rides and more than 50 vendors. The festival is free, fee for apples and other food.

The Vegetable Man- A Musical at the Waldorf School of Garden City (225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City) on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 to 10 a.m. An orchestra composed of objects made of natural and recycled material. Registration is required.

Babylon Fall Festival at Babylon Town Hall Park (200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Babylon) on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. A festival featuring hay rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, face painting, live music and food.

Family Fall and Halloween Festival at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park (7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury) on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bounce castles, games, hay rides, apple cider, popcorn, and pick your own pumpkins for children.

College for a Day at Hofstra University (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) on Monday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. High school seniors and their parents can spend the day listening to presentations from current students and administrators, followed by an academic and student services fair.

After School Nature: Colors of Nature at Mashomack Preserve (79 South Ferry Rd., Route 114, Shelter Island) on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.   Children ages 4 and older can discover the season’s colors while going on a color scavenger hunt, collecting leaves and making a special leaf place mat. A snack will be provided.

Arts in the Plaza at Kennedy Plaza (in front of City Hall on West Park Avenue, Long Beach) weekly Saturdays through Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families can check out handmade art and crafts by Long Island artisans, a free kids' art station, live music, cultural performances and a farmers market.

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity Backpack at Hofstra University's Emily Lowe Gallery (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) running weekly throughout the year, ending Sunday, Dec. 21. Times vary. Pick up a backpack and solve an Art Caper mystery by unraveling clues found while exploring the outdoor sculpture collection. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 10.

Amityville Ragamuffin Parade along Broadway (Rte. 110) in Amityville on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. A costume parade starting at Sept. 11 memorial park and ending at the parking lot of Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School. There will be village-wide trick or treating after the parade.

Halloween Funday at Village Park (by Fellers Pond, Lindenhurst) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. An afternoon featuring pony rides, hay rides, arts and crafts, children events, hot dog and soda and face painting, sponsored by the village special events and Lindenhurst rotary club.

Family Fall and Halloween Festival at Marjorie R. Post Community Park (Unqua and Merrick Roads, Massapequa) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bounce castles, games, hay rides, apple cider, popcorn and pick your own pumpkins for children.

Halloween Fun Festival at Madison Theatre at Molloy College (1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family activities include pumpkin decorating, haunted house, scarecrow garden, mask making, corn maze, costume contest and more.

Children’s Halloween Parade Halloween in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. Parade starts on Pulaski Street and ends at Village Square. Participants assemble in the parking lot behind City Hall. All children (12 and under) must register in advance. After the parade, participants will trick-or-treat at downtown merchants displaying the BID poster.

Haunted House at Deepwells at Deepwells Farm Country Park (Route 25A and Moriches Road, St. James) on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. Scary haunted house, no pets allowed.

Halloween in the Plaza at Kennedy Plaza (West Park Avenue, Long Beach) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A party featuring trick or treating around the plaza, live music, hula hoop contest and a costume parade at 11 a.m.

Halloween Ragamuffin Parade and Party at the John A. Anderson Recreation Center (111 N. Oceanside Rd., Rockville Centre) on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. The parade is from parking field 12 to the Recreation Center. Award ceremony and party will be held at the Recreation Center, in case of rain the parade is canceled and the party begins at 3 p.m.

The Pumpkin Trail in Southampton on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. Trick-or-treat in the business district; local merchants will have special treats for children in costume.

Children’s Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village on Friday, Oct. 31, at 4:15 p.m. Parade begins at Gerard Street and ends at the intersection with Main Street (25A).

Halloween Festival at Stony Brook Village Center (Main Street, Stony Brook) on Friday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. Costume parade, trick or treating and a display of scarecrows created for the annual scarecrow competition.

Trick or Treat at the Museum at Heckscher Museum of Art (2 Prime Ave., Route 25A, Huntington) on Friday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children who visit the museum on Halloween will receive a treat and can take part in a hands-on art activity. Free for children in costumes and their families.


Illuminating Illusions at the Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover the science behind magic tricks and make an optical illusion to take home. Price: $5.

Long Island Karting Association at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale) on Sunday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 8 5 p.m. This family-oriented racing sport event is run by the Long Island Karting Association's board of volunteers and many members of the club. Held in parking lot 8. Price: $5.

Family Fall Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park (1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay) on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Halloween trick-or-treat and costume parade, live music with the Das Liederhosen German Polka Band, garden games, pumpkins for sale, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, potato sack races, watercolor demonstrations, a bounce house, haunted maze and food and beer tastings, rain or shine. Price: $20 per car.

Wooden Toy Train Play Days at the Railroad Museum of Long Island (416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead) on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features tracks and trains for children to play with, face painting, stories of Thomas and Friends, pumpkin patch, train ride and more, Price: $7, $4 children, free ages 5 and under.

Fall Festival at Deepwells Farm County Park (Route 25A and Moriches Road, St. James) on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families will enjoy a pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, hay jump, pony rides, petting zoo, hayrides, old fashioned games, entertainment throughout the day, craft vendors and food; rain date is Oct. 13. Price: $5 adults, $1 children.

Fall Family Fishing And Children’s Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park (Southern State Parkway, West Hempstead) on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival includes fly-fishing instruction, a casting for pumpkin contest, fish-cleaning services and more. Children’s activities include pumpkin decorating, pony rides and magic show. Held at McDonald Pond, inclement weather may cancel, no rain date. Price: Free, $8 parking fee.

Cinema for Kids: "The Lego Movie" at Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Ave., Huntington) on Sunday, Oct. 19. A screening of this family-friendly movie featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill and more. Rated G. Price: Free ages 12 and younger, $6 members, $11 public.

Halloween Hayride at Northport Village Park (Main Street, Northport) on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. Live music, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, costume contest and refreshments. Price: $3.

Family Nature Walk: Hunting for Trees at Bailey Arboretum (194 Bayville Rd. and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown) on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. Scavenger hunts that will get you to explore the diversity and wonder of the variety of trees on Long Island. Price: $10 suggested donation.>

Halloween Spooky Hayrides at Benner's Farm (56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket) on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Come in costume have some Halloween treats and take a spooky hayride through the farm’s grounds, earlier rides are suggested for younger kids as it gets scarier as it becomes darker out. Price: $6.

Happy Halloween at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Friday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trick-or-treaters are welcome for some festive fun. Price: $5.

Haunted Hatchery at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Trick-or-treat your way through the hatchery and aquariums; event features refreshments, games, Halloween crafts and more. Price: $6 adults, $4 ages 3 to 12, free ages 3 and younger.

Haunted Manor at Longwood Estate (Longwood and Smith Roads, Brookhaven) on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. Walk through and hear the untold story of conjured spirits at the Longwood Estate. Witches Brew and cookies will be served, for children in grades 5 and up. Price: $5, reservations are required.

Not So Spooky Walk at Clark Botanic Garden (193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson) on Sunday, Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. A less scary version of the Spooky Walk featuring Halloween not so scary trail, music, food vendors and live actors, presented by Town of North Hempstead. Price: $3.

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