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Grown-ups dig their fangs into Halloween

The ExploreLI Street Team spent the weekend at

The ExploreLI Street Team spent the weekend at the Macabre Faire in Rockville Centre. Did they catch you on camera? Credit: X-Team

Halloween isn't just for kids anymore.

The adults' role has traditionally been to give out candy and provide costumes for their kids, but these days they are getting in on the ghoulish fun. While they can't travel from house-to-house filling goody bags, the holiday can be celebrated in other ways.

Here are three Halloween activities adults can dig their fangs into.



The Macabre Faire is like the Disneyland of Halloween for adults. You can watch a vampire-themed fashion show, trip over freak show acts, raise a cup at the gothic tea party and participate in a "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" panel discussion at this three-day event. If that's not enough, venture into the Frightmare Haunted House or get spooked at horror play, "The Dinner Party."

"It's a film festival meets off-Broadway meets horror convention with a touch of a Renaissance fair," says event director Elsie Ginsberg. "We are breaking out the monsters and the gore -- all creepy stuff."

Eileen Dietz, who played the demon who possessed Linda Blair in "The Exorcist," will cast her spell on the crowd tonight at 9 as she delivers a talk before a 9:30 screening of the film that made her famous as part of the Faire's film festival.

"Halloween is a big release for everybody," Dietz says. "You can pretend for a day to be Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers, and it's OK because tomorrow you are going back to work."

WHEN | WHERE 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Best Western Mill River Manor, 173 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre. No one under 18 permitted after 8.

INFO 516-395-3049,

ADMISSION $25-$30 ($15-$20 ages 17 and younger)



Things will get rather spooky in Island Park when the Local Ale House hosts its inaugural "7 Nights of Horror," which begins on Oct. 25 showcasing two scary films and a Halloween-themed drink special each night leading up to the big day. Watch "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" while downing Brain Hemorrhage shots -- peach schnapps, Baileys Irish Cream and Grenadine or view "Friday the 13th" while sipping a Green Goblin -- hard cider, dark lager and blue Curacao.

The cozy bar, which has been renovated, offers 12 craft beers on tap and 50 hard-to-find bottled beers. Enjoy a Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Ale or a Weyerbacher AutumnFest ale while shooting pool, playing darts or chilling out on the outdoor patio.

On Halloween night, a costume contest will be held, and all daily drink specials will be available along with wine by the bottle.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Oct. 25-30, 10 p.m. Oct. 31, 1401 / 2 Long Beach Road, Island Park. Ages 21 and over only.

INFO 516-992-0733,




Forget 3-D or IMAX: Try going to an interactive horror film where murders are re-enacted a few feet away from your seat. At Island Cinemas in Mastic on Friday evenings once a month, Twitch Twitch Productions cranks it up a notch at a horror film screening.

"You never know when the ghoul is sitting right next to your chair or right behind you," says Ginsberg. "We add some more oomph to your horror."

On Oct. 26 the '90s R-rated horror hit "Scream," will be shown. The evening begins with a live action scene from the film being staged by actors before the movie rolls. Seating is limited, and organizers say shows tend to fill up fast.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 1708 Montauk Highway, Mastic

INFO 516-395-3049,


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