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BEST HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR KIDS ON LONG ISLAND

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by Karen Demeter and Dee Saunders October 4, 2013

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Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

Find Halloween parties, workshops, shows, and trick-or-treating for kids and families in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.

 

Nassau County Halloween Events

Outdoor Halloween Events

Fall Festival Family Fun
Hicks Nurseries, Westbury
Sept. 21 - Oct. 31
Take a picture with Otto the Ghost, enjoy a hayride down a decorated trail and visit with the farm animals. And while you're there enjoy fresh picked apples, fudge, roasted corn, popcorn, apple cider, candy apples and other fall treats! An animated children's story, featuring Otto the Ghost, leads children and adults through a new story each year that focuses on friendship, family, and Halloween cheer. In addition, children and adults are encouraged to grow their own pumpkins to enter in the giant pumpkin contest and get creative with carving and decorating for the annual pumpkin carving contest.

Rise of the Jack O Lanterns

Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns
Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury
Oct. 4 - Nov. 3:

The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns is a Halloween destination at Old Westbury Gardens featuring more than 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins in fantastic formations. Walk the illuminated trail through the garden grounds as the spooky mansion looms in the background.

Spooky Fest
Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Rockville Centre
Oct. 18-20, 25-27

Wooded paths are transformed with eerie lighting, special effects, and characters along the way.

1880s Haunted Halloween
Old Bethpage Village Restoration Fairgrounds, Old Bethpage
Oct. 19-20, 26-27
Haunted Halloween at the Mysterious Village will include Monster Scavenger Hunt, "Tales of Our Local Grave Digger," jack-o'-lantern carving demonstrations, "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" performances, a tarot card reader, broom-making for witches, and much more.


Where to Go Trick-or-Treating

Pumpkin Park
Adventureland Amusement Park, Farmingdale
Oct. 26
A decorated pumpkin path leads children and parents through Adventureland where they will encounter friendly characters and visit magic shows and tattoo artists. Along the way they will walk along 'Sweet' street to get treats from park staff and local sponsors.

2nd Annual Harvest Festival
The Bridge Church, Malverne
Oct. 26
Come and enjoy plenty of family fun and activities for everyone including free bounce houses, face painting, airbrush tattoos, games, and much more. Kids: Don't miss the free Trunk O' Treating featuring more than 20 decorated car trunks filled with candy.


Halloween in the Kitchen

Halloween Cookie Baking
Celebrations in the Kitchen, Hicksville
Oct. 24-30
This creative cookie baking class will have you creating all your very own favorite Halloween cookies, from bats to cats, ghosts' witches and so much more! Get ready to dig into an abundance of cookie dough to create and decorate these ghoulish goodies. Don't forget to wear a fun costume.

Halloween Haunted House Creations
Celebrations in the Kitchen, Hicksville
Oct. 24-30
This Spooky Halloween House is a classic for this fun time of year. Guests will enjoy creating their very own chocolate (or cookie) house complete with bats, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and more. Don't forget to dress up with your costume and reserve your spot for this wonderful event.

Halloween Spooktacular
What's Cooking?, Oyster Bay
Oct. 24-25
There are no tricks to these treats! What's Cooking? has brewed a Halloween special for our chefs. From tasty treats to ghoulish cookies and desserts, these recipes are as delicious as they are spooky. Decorate a Giant Chocolate Haunted House. Enjoy a main course while there.

 

Ghostly Gala at Long Island Childrens MuseumHalloween Parties & Festivals

Ghostly Gala
Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City
Oct. 26
Celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe, and spooky way. Show off your costume, decorate your own goody bag, do some gallery trick-or-treating, get your face painted, meet live animals, listen to creepy music throughout the museum and make some cool and creepy craft projects to take home.

Not So Scary Halloween Glow Jump
Pump It Up, Great Neck
Oct. 11, 25
Dress in your best costume for fun Halloween-themed jumping on giant inflatables. Price includes 80 minutes of GLOW jumping followed by 40 minutes in the brightly lit party room for a Spooky Halloween craft and ice cream cake. Each child with a paid admission will also receive a special treat. All children in costume will be entered to win an awesome Pump It Up Prize. The staff will be dressed and ready to play and parents are encouraged to come in costume as well.

Halloween Party
Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, Seaford
Oct. 16
It's the annual haunted Halloween at the mysterious museum event. Come enjoy animal presentations, crafts, and games. Costumes are encouraged.

Halloween Fun Festival
Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Rockville Centre
Oct. 26
Come to this community festival that celebrates the fall harvest. An overload of activities such as a pumpkin-decorating patch, haunted house, scarecrow garden, corn maze, cupcake decorating, mask-making, costume contest, bowling, tons of food, family concert, dancers, and music. Wear a costume and be part of a parade. Costume contest prizes will be awarded.

 

Not for the Faint-Hearted

Bayville Scream Park
Bayville
Sept. 13 - Nov. 3
Featuring five haunted houses: Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle's Fun House of Fear, Temple of Terror, Zombie Pirates, and Evil in the Woods.

Darkness Rising Haunted House
Massapequa
Oct. 4-31
A terrifyingly great haunt with fantastic special effects. Parents: Please use discretion when taking young children. The proceeds are donated to charity.

Adventureland's Nightmare on the Midway
Farmingdale
Oct. 5 - Nov. 2
Debuting in October 2013, Adventureland's Nightmare on the Midway will be the premiere haunted destination on Long Island. It is an admission-based event. The premier ticket gives guests access to all rides and all four haunted attractions in the park. Parents please use discretion and call before visiting with small children.

 

Suffolk County Halloween Events

Long Island Halloween Costume PartyHalloween at the Museums

Haunted Museum
The Whaling Museum & Education Center, Cold Spring Harbor
Oct. 20, 27
Visit the museum and see exhibits come to life with roving sea-ghosts and tented activity stations. Touch what's icky and sticky. Get an airbrush tattoo, do a craft, spin the Wheel of Horror for a prize, and pick a pumpkin from the patch.

Halloween Boat Burning
Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville
Oct. 25
Each year, the museum receives a donation of a large, wooden boat that is beyond repair. Loosely based on the Norse tradition of a Viking Funeral, the boat is placed in the center of the museum's property and set ablaze by the West Sayville Fire Department.

Haunted Hatchery
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, Cold Spring Harbor
Oct. 26
Families are welcome to take part in the haunted events. Refreshments for all. Kids in costumes will receive an extra treat.

 

Party Time

Family Sleepovers: Halloween Spooktacular
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, Riverhead
Oct. 11
You might want to take along a flashlight for a rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of three new animals in the brand-new Creatures of the Night exhibit; bats, porcupines and a sloth. Buoys and ghouls are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and bunk down for a night of creepy crawly craft time, a haunting movie presentation of Monster House, and some monster mash dancing.

Spooky Sea Creatures Fall Festival
Fuch's Preserve, Northport
Oct. 19
Make a festive craft and enjoy treats and educational games and activities and hands-on time with live marine animals all with a "spooky" twist.

Halloween Family Day
Walt Whitman Birthplace, Huntington
Oct. 26
This is a spooky but not scary event that offers face painting, free candy, Henny the clown, prizes for best costume, and complimentary house tours.

Divalicious Not So Scary Halloween Party
Darlings & Divas, Amityville
Oct. 26
Come in your finest for a mini manicure with ghoulish nail art, Halloween themed glitter tattoos, cheeky art face painting, best costume contest with prizes, Halloween themed games with prizes, a pizza dinner, drinks and dessert and a divalicious dance party.

Halloween Party at Safari Adventure
Safari Adventure, Riverhead
Oct. 26
Activities includes glow sticks, Halloween treats for children, spooky scavenger hunt, glow in the dark bounce and more. RSVP required.

Halloween Festival
Stony Brook Village
Oct. 31
Trick-or-treat in shops, receive free mini pumpkins, play games, see Walkie Bear, and enjoy a dance performance and costume parade with Monster Merlin. There will also be Scarecrow Competition awards.

 

Costume Dramas

'The Littlest Witch'
BayWay Arts Center, East Islip
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
A mischievous little witch mixes up her holiday with every other season but her own. Eventually, she learns not to play tricks on anyone until its her own special holiday, Halloween.

Not So Scary Adventure
Gateway's Haunted Playhouse, Bellport
Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
A cheerful guide accompanies groups through this well-lit tour and introduces fun characters along the way. Family-friendly tunes complete the atmosphere. There may even be a treat at the end, as well as a pumpkin bouncer, face painting, balloons, and more.

 

Haunted Houses & Spooky Walks

Haunted Mansion of Melville
F&W Schmitt Family Farm, Melville
Oct. 5 - Nov. 2
The F&W Schmitt Family Farm’s Haunted Mansion of Melville is back for its 19th fall season. Get spooked by the ghouls and goblins at the Haunted Mansion, the Haunted Nighttime Corn Maze, and their newest attraction, The Experiment. Guests who post photos to Instagram with the hashtag #SchmittsHaunt will be entered to win VIP entry for 10. The farm has a dark and troubling history surrounding a particular doctor who resides there to this day. After a patient gave him a book of ancient texts, strange things began to happen. Murders, otherworldly creatures and bodies in the cornfields are just some of the oddities his “guests” will see. Worse still, the doctor has a new project called The Experiment, where few test subjects have escaped with all their limbs.

25th Annual Spooky Walk at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Center Moriches
Oct. 18-19, 25-26
Each year, there are new exhibits mixed in with old Spooky Walk favorites. Whether it is weaving through the mysterious Black Woods, dodging ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, or exploring the Psycho Circus, expect scream-worthy surprises at every turn. With more than 45 minutes of scares, the Spooky Walk is considered to be one of the longest — and scariest — haunted walks on Long Island.

 

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