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31 things to do on Halloween weekend on Long Island

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

Ghouls await beside a hearse to welcome visitors
Photo Credit: Darkside Productions/Mike Meola

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,

See the carved pumpkins

A baseball player jack o'lantern at Rise of
Photo Credit: Christopher Occhicone

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;

Dress up a dog

Butters, owned by Jason Topolski of Port Washington,
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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

PICK PUMPKINS BY MOONLIGHT Bring a flashlight --
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jeremy Bales

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,

Halloween Horrorthon

Photo Credit: New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett

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,

Go for goth coffee

Patrons sip beverages and dessert at Witches Brew
Photo Credit: Jin Lee

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
Photo Credit: Emma Ballou

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
Photo Credit: Full Circle Photography/Frank Padrone

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;

Use a monster protection necklace

THE LOWDOWN Prop-makers, set builders, scene painters, costumers
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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,

Drink with a ghost?

Katie's is a late night bar known for
Photo Credit: John Griffin

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,

Smash a pumpkin

Round, ribbed and deep orange -- that's how

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,

Go through a maze by flashlight

Fink's Country Farm in Wading River is a
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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;

Chomp on a scary bread

CHOMP ON A SCARY BREAD Baker Robert Biancavilla
Photo Credit: Robert Biancavilla

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,

Take a not-so-scary haunt

Entrance sign, Clark Botanic Garden, Alberston, July 10,
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

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,

Sip a local pumpkin brew

Photo Credit: Crooked Ladder Brewing Company

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,

Do the Time Warp

Photo Credit: William Sheehan

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, 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,

Visit a free hay maze

Photo Credit: Stew Leonard's

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

Trick or treat bag. The Family Center for
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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,

See a kids show

EXPERIENCE “PUMPKIN PATCH MAGIC” This original children’s
Photo Credit: Theatre Three Productions, Inc./Peter Lanscombe

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;

Get your Bowie on

David Bowie as
Photo Credit: Cowboy Pictures

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,

Get spooked in Southampton

A haunt and a movie - that's the
Photo Credit: Amy Kirwin

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,

Dance with the flash mob

Halloween in Riverhead, on Oct. 31, 2015.
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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” (

Put your 'Rag-A-Muffins' on parade

Trick or treat, halloween
Photo Credit: Dreamstime

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,

Hear a ghost story

This is an undated photo of Edgar

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,

Go disco

Disco Unlimited is part of the Saturday Night
Photo Credit: Disco Unlimited

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,

Watch pumpkins sail

Families gathered at the Belmont Lake State Park

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,

Escape the dark

Zombies pop out of hiding places throughout the
Photo Credit: Christopher Occhicone

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,

Dodge the clowns

Clown scares teens in Uncle Needles Funhouse of
Photo Credit: Michael E. Ach

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,

Win a prize

WIN A PRIZE Gene Casey and The Lone
Photo Credit: Bia Lowe

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,

Dance in the Dark

“The Amityville Horror – All Hallows Eve” dance
Photo Credit: Nocturnal Creatures NY

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;

Visit the Franklin Square Horror

Photo Credit: Joe Allocco

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;


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