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A roundup of the best Halloween 2015 activities for kids and families in Nassau County, Long Island.
Also see: Best Halloween Events in Suffolk County, Long Island
Paranormal Adventurers: LI’s Most Haunted WHEN: Monday, Oct. 19, 6:30pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: All WHAT: The most famous ghost hunters on Long Island, Diane Hill and Joseph Flammer, will be here to share fascinating stories of ghostly happenings in Long Island towns we all know! WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org. Make It: Costume Creation WHEN: Oct. 17-24, Saturdays, 1:30pm and 3:30pm WHERE: NY Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Kids can make this year’s trick-or-treating truly unique with a costume they make themselves, using an array of tools and fun materials to create the costume of their dreams (or nightmares). WANT TO GO? $15; $12 children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.
Spooky Fest WHEN: Oct. 17-Nov. 1, 6:30-9:30pm, see website for dates WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: A variety of scary and not-so-scary activities for kids, even the little ones. You decide just how scared you want to be. WHY WE LOVE IT: Where else can you have so much fun and get a free goodie bag if you’re early? WANT TO GO? $15; $10 for non-spooky attractions only. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.
Halloween Chocolate Haunted House WHEN: Through Oct. 21, 3:30pm, call to reserve exact days and times WHERE: Celebrations In The Kitchen, 63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Decorate your very own haunted chocolate Halloween House with everything that’s fun for this holiday—bats, witches, scary cats, and ghosts, too! WHY WE LOVE IT: We don’t mind being scared if chocolate is involved. WANT TO GO? $39.99, plus tax. 516-396-2193. celebrationsinthekitchen.com.
Ghostly Gala 2015 WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 6-9pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Join in for a special night at the museum and welcome action heroes, ballerinas, clowns, soldiers, and other costume-clad visitors to celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe, and spooky way! Special guests from the Organization for Bat Conservation are swooping in to dispel the myths surrounding bats. Showtimes are 6:15pm, 7pm, 7:45pm, and 8:30pm. WANT TO GO? $10 (plus additional fee of $4 for bat show); 516-224-5800. licm.org.
Rolling River Fall Festival WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 12-4pmWHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway AGES: All WHAT: This fun-filled event celebrates fall with carnival rides, pony rides, craft projects, Halloween trick-or-treating, pumpkin picking, sponsor giveaways, food and refreshments, farm animals, face painting, music, children’s demos, interactive crafts, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will have a great time moving from one fun activity to another. Besides, we love the ponies! WANT TO GO? 516-593-2267. rollingriver.com.
Halloween Family Fun Fest! WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 11am-3pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, a costume parade, contests at the DJ booth, scarecrow park, magical magicians, coloring, chalk talk, marshmallow roasting, and bowling with Rockville Centre Lanes. WANT TO GO? 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org. Halloween Haunted House WHEN: Oct. 24-25, Saturday-Sunday, 4-7pm WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens AGES: 6 and older WHAT: Visit this haunted house for thrills and chills! Enjoy hayrides, Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins, and apples. This event is recommended for children ages 6-12, but adults will find it creepy-good, too! WANT TO GO? $4 per person. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.
RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns WHEN: Through 25, see website for timesWHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: The most unique and iconic family friendly fall event is lighting up the night once again. Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack-o’-lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail; all set to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE! The variety of new and exciting themes created for 2015 is sure to impress both RISE newbies and returning RISE fans. WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s Spooktacular! WANT TO GO? Prices start at $12. 516-252-3392. therise.org.
Children’s Fall Festival WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 25, 11am-4pm WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Families should wear their favorite costumes and join in all the fun, featuring children’s games and bounces, character look-alikes, pig races, pony rides, food, live country music, and more. WANT TO GO? $5. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org. Family Halloween Party WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2-4pm WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point AGES: All WHAT: Come in costume and celebrate the scariest holiday of all at the Sands Point Preserve. Walk through delightfully haunted Hempstead House rooms with ghosts, witches, bats, and coffins in a graveyard. Spooky crafts and treats will be available. WANT TO GO? $20 per car. 516-571-7901. thesandspointpreserve.org. Studio Theatre’s Family Theatre Safe Halloween WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12:30 pm WHERE: Studio Theatre Lindenhurst, 141 Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Halloween-themed story time in the lobby followed by an original production of Rock ‘N’ Roll Cinderella. Halloween parade, meet and greet with the cast, pictures, and safe trick or treating for the little ones after the show. Reservations highly recommended. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-226-8400. studiotheatreli.com. Make It: Day of the Dead WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1:30pm and 3:30pm WHERE: NY Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Celebrate the Day of the Dead by learning how to create ghastly hot glue jewelry, tiny sugar skull key chains, and more. WANT TO GO? $15; $12 children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.
The Haunted House at Bayville Adventure Park WHEN: Oct. 9-Nov. 2, Sunday-Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 6pm-12amWHERE: Bayville Scream Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Bayville Adventure Park transforms into a spooky world of frights and surprises to become Bayville Scream Park. Featuring Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Fun House of Fear, Temple of Terror, Zombie Pirates, and Evil in the Woods. WANT TO GO? $17.75-$18.75 per attraction; combo tickets available for multiple attractions. 516-624-4678. bayvillescreampark.com.
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