There’s no escaping Halloween this weekend on Long Island, where ghouls and goblins (plus some friendly ghosts) are out to celebrate the holiday en masse. Here are 31 ways you can join in.
Take a ride in a coffin
Patrons at Darkside’s Haunted House in Wading River can end their journey by climbing into a coffin, watching the lid close and taking a slow ride in the back of a hearse, the smell of funeral flowers wafting ($25, darksideproductions.com).
See the carved pumpkins
It’s the last weekend for The Rise at Old Westbury Gardens, where an outdoor trail of more than 5,000 carved pumpkins comes alive at night. Tickets are for timed entry, advance purchase required ($26 adults, $22 ages 3-12; therise.org).
Dress up a dog
Hundreds of costumed pooches are expected at Barkfest, a free contest and parade at noon Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook (631-471-8000).
Pick pumpkins by moonlight
Bring a flashlight — you’ll need it to pick your perfect pumpkin from the field, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Organics Today Farm in East Islip, which hosts special after-dark sessions for U-pickers. (631-650-4424, organicstodayfarms.com).
Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington plays ’80s slasher sequels such as “Halloween II” (1981) and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2” (1986) all night long beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. ($40; 631-423-7610, cinemaartscentre.org)
Go for goth coffee
Halloween is just like any other day at The Witches Brew in West Hempstead, a quirky coffeehouse set in an old house with décor that rivals “The Munsters.” Bonus: It’s open until midnight. (516-489-9482)
Mourn the Victorian way
Pay your respects at an 1880s Victorian funeral re-enactment at Rogers Mansion in Southampton, which will be draped in black crepe, with mirrors and windows covered, and clocks stopped to the time of death. It’s 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and you’ll get a $10 discount for dressing in black. RSVP required. ($25; 631 283-2494)
Meet the haunted past
Old Bethpage Village Restoration generates centuries of scares with 10 haunted attractions nestled in darkness of night — get fitted for a coffin by the gravedigger, toast s’mores by the bonfire. Plus there are fire jugglers and sideshow performers, 6-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30 ($15-$25; obvrnassau.com).
Use a monster protection necklace
Tone down the scares at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport by springing for a $10 “Monster Protection” necklace. The live actors will pump the brakes on the scares — a little. ($30; 631-286-1133, gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com)
Drink with a ghost?
Katie’s of Smithtown is a bar with a rich enough history of paranormal activity that the venue’s been featured on “Ghost Adventures” and other TV shows. (631-360-8556, katiesofsmithtown.com)
Smash a pumpkin
Suffolk County Farm’s annual pumpkin fling in Yaphank invites visitors to team up to make a catapult to launch a 3- to 5-pound pumpkin into an open field, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. ($50 team entry, donation to spectate; 631-852-4602, ccesuffolk.org)
Go through a maze by flashlight
For one night only, Fink’s Country Farm in Wading River keeps its corn maze open after dark — and you’ll need a flashlight to get through it. 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. ($13; finksfarm.com)
Chomp on a scary bread
Baker Robert Biancavilla has created a ghoulish variation on fougasse, the French flatbread: His “boo-gasse” looks a little like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” but is much tastier. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the bakery is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but hot items sell out fast ($5; 201 E. Main St., Huntington, 631-223-2799, duckislandbreadcompany.com).
Take a not-so-scary haunt
Take the road less-haunted at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, which has an alternative outdoor trail that’s not as spooky, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. ($3; 516-869-6311, clarkbotanic.org)
Sip a local pumpkin brew
Crooked Ladder Brewing Company of Riverhead has the seasonal Outta My Vine pumpkin ale on draft in the tap room. It's a medium brown, malty beer with hints of cinnamon and ginger (631-591-3565, crookedladderbrewing.com).
Do the Time Warp
Get in the mood for Halloween with an audience-participation performance of “The Rocky Horror Show” CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. Toss toast when Frank-n-Furter raises his glass or call out insults directed toward unwitting Janet and Brad. Show times are midnight on Oct. 28 and 29, and 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 ($20; 631-218-2810, cmpac.com). Also, ZEN Productions presents a “shadowcast” of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — a live cast acting out choice scenes in front of the movie screen. Preshow reception and costume party with prizes, 7:30 p.m., movie follows, Saturday, Oct. 29, Patchogue Theatre. ($15-$27 and $5 prop; 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org)
Visit a free hay maze
Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale invites kids to conquer its free hay maze from 8 a.m. until dark daily through Oct. 31. It’s decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and corn stalks. Kids who come to the store in costume on Oct. 31 get a free small ice cream. (516-962-8210)
Go to a family costume party
Put everyone in disguise and head to a party with the Family Center for Autism in Garden City, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, for crafts, games, safe trick-or-treating and a dance party. ($5, RSVP required; 516-355-9400, familycenterforautism.org)
See a kids show
Catch the last performance of the original children’s musical “Pumpkin Patch Magic,” 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson. The Fairy Loquacious Chattelot tells the tale of one outrageous autumn when a nervous gnome, a grounded witch and a mixed-up ghost join forces to save the patch. ($10; theatrethree.com)
Get your Bowie on
It’s a “Bowie-ween” party, inspired by David Bowie’s costumed arts events: visual and performance art, film screenings, digital projections, site-specific installations, dancing to music spun by DJ J-Ro, plus finger food, craft beer and costumes, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Islip Art Museum, East Islip ($10; 631-224-5402, islipartmuseum.org)
Get spooked in Southampton
A haunt and a movie — that’s the idea at the Southampton Arts Center, where guests can wander the haunted house ($5), then stick around for a screening of a classic film, such as “Poltergeist” (8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28) or “Rocky Horror” (10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29), $8-$10 (631-283-0967, southamptonartscenter.org).
Dance with the flash mob
Riverhead’s haunted parade, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, down Main Street, stars a host of creepy characters, including folks who will do the moves to Michael Jackson’s classic music video for “Thriller” (halloweenfestriverhead.com).
Put your 'Rag-A-Muffins' on parade
Southampton’s annual "Rag-A-Muffin" kids parade begins at Agawam Park 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, and loops through the village before returning back. Costumed kids younger than 10 are welcome to join in. (631-283-0402, southamptonchamber.com)
Hear a ghost story
Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor hosts a free reading of spooky tales penned by Edgar Allan Poe and Val Schaffner, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in semidarkness. Costumes encouraged. (631-725-4926, caniosbooks.com)
Disco Unlimited takes it back to the ‘70s with a Halloween dance party 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. Reservations required. ($59.95 includes dinner; 516-931-2201, discounlimitedband.com)
Watch pumpkins sail
Belmont Lake State Park sends illuminated Jack-o’-lanterns for a sail on the water as the grand finale of its free Halloween festival with trick-or-treating, crafts, games and more, 3-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 (631-667-5055, nysparks.com).
Escape the dark
Battle the living zombies with a round of horror-themed laser tag at NYZ Apocalypse in Deer Park with hourly sessions 7-10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. You’ll have to make your way through with a flashlight and your laser gun. ($35; 631-392-4700, nyzapocalypse.com)
Dodge the clowns
The “scary clown” craze has been going for a year at Uncle Needles’ Funhouse of Fear in 3-D at the Bayville Scream Park. Patrons try to escape a mirror maze as live-action clowns follow ($19.75; 516-624-7433, bayvillescreampark.com)
Win a prize
Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks will perform their signature rockabilly swing favorites — in costume — at their annual Halloween Party from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Old Mill Inn in Mattituck. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. (Free; 631-298-8080, oldmillinnmattituck.com)
Dance in the Dark
Go goth at Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville for “The Amityville Horror — All Hallows' Eve” from 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, into Halloween morning where Gothic rock bands play and horror-themed DJs spin dark wave and electronic body music. ($15; nocturnalcreaturesny.com)
Visit the Franklin Square Horror
Joe Allocco’s home haunt, now in its 20th year, is a Halloween night tradition on Long Island. Enter the Norbay Street Haunted Funeral Home where body parts are rampant and the dead will rise. (Donation; joea65.wix.com/franklin-square-horror)