Halloween celebrations tend to last awhile – school parties and parades, parties at after-school activities, family parties, friend get-togethers, neighborhood activities – they all lead up to the big Halloween day. If you’re in the Halloween spirit, here are some great ideas for Halloween events and things to do with the kids around Long Island.
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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Pumpkin Fling 2013 – October 26, 2013 at 10am
The Pumpkin Fling, held at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, NY is Long Island’s annual championship pumpkin catapult contest — and a unique opportunity for students and adults to experience the joys and trials of designing, building and operating sophisticated mechanical devices. Teams in our Youth and Adult divisions build a catapult or other propulsion device to fling a 3-5 pound pumpkin into an open field. Whichever team chucks the farthest wins! Plan to join us for a day filled with fun and excitement! The first fling is at 10:00 am! Call 852-4600 for information.
Halloween at Hicks Nurseries – daily through October 31, 2013
Fall is a great season to visit Hicks Nurseries. Take a picture with Otto the Ghost, enjoy a hayride down a decorated trail and visit with the farm animals. And while you’re here enjoy our fresh picked apples, fudge, roasted corn*, popcorn*, apple cider, candy apples and other fall treats! Our 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 (October 12 at 1pm). *Roasted Corn & Popcorn available weekends only.
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum’s Halloween Fun Festival – October 20 & October 27, 2013 from 1 to 4pm
Beware as you travel to meet the spirits of Ghost Spring Harbor.Visit exhibits coming to life with roving sea-ghosts and tented activity stations. Touch what’s icky and sticky, dissect and owl pellet, get an airbrush tattoo, meet a hissing roach, get chased by zombies, hunt for coins, spin the Wheel of Horror, and create lots of fun Halloween crafts. Great for all ages. Many stations are free, other activities & museum exhibits range in cost from $1 – $3. Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum is located at 279 Main Street.
Trick or Treat at the Heckscher Museum on Halloween from 10am to 4pm
Children who visit the Heckscher Museum in costume on Halloween will receive a special “treat” and can enjoy a festive hands-on art activity while exploring the exhibitions with their families. Free admission for children in costume and their families.
Halloween Family Day with Henny the Clown on Saturday, October 26th, 2013
The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site presents a Halloween Family Day with Henny the Clown on Saturday, October 26 at 1pm. Enjoy a show by Henny the Clown, a costume contest, face painting, candy, raffles and more. Cost is $8 per child (chaperones are free). To register, call Carolyn at 631.427.5240 x113.
Tricks, Treats, Tentacles ‘n More at the Long Island Aquarium, October 26-28 & 31, 2013
This is the Long Island Aquarium‘s annual Halloween celebration. Wander among slithering sharks, eerie eels, and slimy snakes as the Aquarium becomes alive with a Fun Zone, with mystery boxes, crafts, games, and an interactive story time, and the Slime Lab, filled with scientists and their spooky science exhibits! There will also be a Creepy Scavenger Hunt and face painting! Don’t forget – on Halloween, kids in costume enjoy a great admission discount at the Long Island Aquarium – half-off their Admission with one paid Adult.
Rolling River Day Camp’s Fall Festival, October 26, 2013 (rain date October 27, 2013)
The Rolling River Fall Festival is a FREE family-friendly event held annually each fall. Rolling River families, their friends and the local community are invited back to camp for a day of fun and entertainment. Our festivals often include face painting, carnival rides, pumpkin picking and painting, petting zoo, designing trick or treat bags, DJ dance party, outdoor bowling, kids activity demos, music classes, charity auctions and raffles, vendor and crafts fairs, and other exciting activities for children and their parents. Remember to wear your best Halloween costume for our annual Costume Contest!