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'Haunted Buffet' at Windows on the Lake

Returning for a fifth year, the Annual Halloween

Returning for a fifth year, the Annual Halloween Costume Crawl will give you (and a few dozen other fun seekers) a chance to visit four different pubs while donning a creative disguise and simultaneously leaving your car keys at home. Credit: Ian J. Stark

Halloween may be a time for scary things, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel terror when eating at a Halloween party.

Sadly, there are always places and people throwing Boo-Day bashes where the edibles that may not be all that .?.?. edible. It’s never fun to arrive at an event with an empty stomach only to find platters of chips, dips and wings that seem to possibly be fast-approaching (or worse, exceeding) their expiration dates. Sure, there will likely be bowls of bite-size candies at these functions, but while yummy even 20 or 30 mini-sweets are rarely satisfying on the whole. The fact is — a real meal can often be the key toward making an evening complete.

For those who want to both truly dine and dance while celebrating this year’s haunted holiday, the upscale Windows on the Lake banquet and reception hall (235 Lake Shore Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma, 631-737-0088, is throwing a Halloween costume party on Friday, Oct. 26.

Starting at 8 p.m. (and running until midnight), guests can come to this waterside catering and wedding venue and enjoy the Windows “Haunted Buffet” — a food selection that includes such dishes as chicken francese, beef bugionione, eggplant Parmigiana and seafood Alfredo with shrimp — along with vegetable cru d’ete, salads, a medley of mixed greens, freshly baked rolls and garlic bread (which Windows notes is also a dual purpose dish; working as an excellent vampire repellent).

There’s also pasta and carving stations set to go, plus dessert items and a flowing chocolate fountain for dipping — but no worries if your Friday night plans insist upon adult beverages, as your entrance fee supplies you with a four-hour open bar — and special “potions” like hot-spiced apple cider and frozen creamsicles will also be available.

Tickets are $59.95, and can be purchased online at Hotel packages are also available; music will be supplied by Fourth Generation DJ and Entertainment, Inc. For more information, check the Windows website or call 631-737-0088.

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