LongIsland.com’s 2015 October Family Fun Guide: Tricks and Treats at LI’s Festivals, Hikes, and Spooky Halloween Haunts

Make the most out of October by scheduling your month full of Fall Festivals and Halloween fun!

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Patterned jack o' lanterns light the way for trick or treaters.

Photo by: Stefan Munder, via Wikimedia Commons

Fall is in the air, and October brings with it cooler temperatures, a switch to Fall produce at local farmers markets and farm stands, and the start to some beautiful Fall foliage across the Island.  October is also the harbinger of some of the best Autumn celebrations, outdoor excitement, and Halloween haunts.  The majority of Long Island’s Fall festivals and fairs are happening this October, so be sure to catch them before they are gone.  The Fall festivals on the Island include family-friendly festivals, terrifying Halloween haunts, and artistic Halloween events that have to be seen to be believed, like the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns.  The Rise can be seen at the Old Westbury Gardens, and features over 5,000 hand-carved glowing jack o’lanterns on display - many of which are put together to make giant images of safari animals and even a dinosaur!

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is significant for Long Island where the prevalence of this kind of cancer is high.  Long Island is studied by breast cancer research group for being a cancer cluster, so it is of no surprise that most people know someone who has been affected by breast cancer.  The best way to celebrate this month is to educate yourself on early detection of breast cancer and support the groups that conduct research that benefits breast cancer patients.Be sure to take part in the handful of free public education seminars where experts will discuss recent breast cancer research and early detection techniques.

LongIsland.com is also your place for the most happening Halloween haunts in the area. If you’re looking for a haunted house, corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin carving and decorating, or just good old trick or treating, there is an event for you.  Check out our 2015 Halloween Guide for more information on terrifying fun in your neighborhood, and get started on planning an eventful October for you and your family!
 

Fall Festivals & Fairs
This October is the true sendoff for Fall festivals, which is a great chance to buy some cooler-weather goods like scarves and hats, and to pick up pumpkins and gourds to decorate your home.

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Westbury, NY 11568
516-252-3392
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 25, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
$26 per adult, $22 per child (ages 3-12) or senior, free for kids under the age of 2

See more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated pumpkins, including a safari of animals constructed with dozens of jack o’ lanterns, and an even more impressive dinosaur! Advanced ticket purchase required.

Westbury Market Fair at NYCB TheatreFREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Every Saturday and Sunday 8 AM – 4 PM
Free Event
Get ready to shop – the Westbury Market Fair features over 150 vendors, and also offers food trucks and rides and games for the whole family! If you love flea markeys abd craft fairs, this is one you won't want to miss out on this October - open every weekend throughout the month!
 

Freeport Gem & Mineral Show at the Freeport Rec Center
130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday October 24th & Sunday October 25th 10 AM - 5 PM
$5.50 per person, Kids 12 & Under Free with An Adult.
Save 50 cents by Printing the Event Listing (Link Above!)

The Freeport Gem & Mineral Show is back this October, and this is a can't-miss event for gem, mineral, and fossil lovers! The Show features dealers selling minerals, gems, jewelry, fossils, meteorites, beads and more, and there will be a Goldsmith and Silversmith on site. This Event Features 28+ vendors, and there will be hourly door prizes throughout the weekend!

Oktoberfest at Eisenhower Park - FREE!
Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-572-0200
Saturday, October 10th - Monday October 12th, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Sip traditional German beers and enjoy German foods at this classic Oktoberfest celebration, which will also feature live music from The John Weber Band.


Freeport Memorial Library Fall Festival - FREE!
144 West Merrick Road, Freeport NY 11520
516-379-3274
Saturday, October 3rd, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free event

Bring the kids to enjoy a petting zoo, carnival games, bouncy houses and obstacle courses, music, and tasty fair food!

St. John's Lutheran Church Annual Fall Harvest Festival - FREE!
Merrick Avenue & Margaret Boulevard, Merrick, NY 11566
516-379-3858
Saturday, October 3rd, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free event

Support the church by shopping at the numerous vendor stands, and enjoying food, a plant sale, raggles, a bouncy house, children’s entertainment, crafts, and baked goods.  The harvest festival will be held rain or shine!

Amityville Apple Festival at Park Avenue Elementary School - FREE!
140 Park Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701
516-241-8921
Saturday, October 3rd, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free event

This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club, and will feature craft vendors, music, and live entertainment.  Taste the best of NY’s apples, and purchase apple pies and donuts!

Apple Festival at the Islip Grange - FREE!
10 Broadway Avenue, Sayville, NY 11782
631-224-5430
Saturday, October 3rd, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Free event

Get ready for the apple-themed cooking contest, music, pony rides, a carousel, and cooking demonstrations! Rain date is October 4th.

Westbury's Annual Street Fair and Fall Festival at Post Avenue - FREE!               
Westbury, NY 11590
516-333-2235
Saturday, October 3rd, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

See Post Avenue transform into a shopping and dining paradise, complete with over one hundred vendors, civic groups, local organizations, food court, entertainment, kids’ rides, and a balloon bust raffle.

Fall Festival at Sagtikos Manor
Montauk Highway between Manor Lane & Gardiner Drive, West Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-321-6801
Sunday, October 4th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$7 per person

Step back in time and experience life in the 1700s, starting with a performance by Revolutionary War reenactors.  Then, take a tour of the old cemetery, take part in craft demonstrations, play old-fashioned games, and enjoy many other colonial demonstrations.

St. James Day Craft & Street Fair - FREE!
Lake Avenue, St. James, NY 11780
631-584-8510
Sunday, October 4th, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

It’s the 28th Annual St. James Day, so get ready for shopping among the numerous vendors and plenty of delicious food.

Mill Neck Family's Fall Harvest Festival at the Mill Neck Manor House - FREE!
40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, NY 11765
516-628-4243
Saturday, October 10th - Sunday October 11th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Set your sights on delicious foods at this Fall harvest festival, like apples, baked goods, jellies, fudge, strudels, bacon products, cheeses.  The kids will surely enjoy face painting and the pumpkin patch, and those interested in Deaf culture can take a look at the latest in Deaf technology and sign language novelty items and books.

Montauk's 34th Annual Fall Festival at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce - FREE!
742 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-2428
Saturday, October 10th - Sunday October 11th, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Check out the clam chowder contest on Saturday at 11:00 AM, a performance from Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks on Saturday from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, and have a whole weekend of Long Island beers and wines, Oktoberfest foods, a free carousel, and a farmers market!

Harvest Festival at Benner’s Farm
56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket, NY 11733
631-689-8172
Sunday, October 11th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$6 per adult $5 per child and senior

Learn how to make apple cider, pick pumpkins, go for a hayride, and take in the Autumn atmosphere with food and produce, storytelling, and folk music.

Center Moriches Fall Festival - FREE!
Main Street, Center Moriches, NY 11934
631-874-3849
Saturday, October 17th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Enjoy a day of fun with shopping opportunities, rides, games, and delicious foods.

Fall Family Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park
Off Southern State Parkway, West Hempstead, NY 11570
516-766-1029
Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Parking fee applies, free with Empire Pass

Take the kids to a family-oriented fishing event with fun games like casting for pumpkins and pumpkin decorating.  Rods available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fall Family Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park
Off Southern State Parkway, West Hempstead, NY 11570
516-766-1029
Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Parking fee, free with Empire Pass

Bring the kids for fun games like casting for pumpkins, pumpkin decorating, fly fishing, and an exotic animal show, a magic show, and face painting.  Fishing rods are available for loan on a first-come first-served basis.

Farmingdale Kiwanis Fall Festival On the Green - FREE!
55 Motor Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-644-5615
Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Get your holiday shopping done early at this festival with over 100 craft vendors, as well as bouncy rides, food court, and live entertainment.  Rain date is October 18th.

Seaford Fall Festival at the Seaford Railroad Station - FREE!
Sunrise Highway, Seaford, NY 11783
Saturday, October 17th - Sunday, October 18th, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Free event

Numerous vendors will be at the Seaford Fall Festival, including artisanal goods.

Rockville Centre Fall Festival - FREE!
Municipal Lot on Sunrise Highway and Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Delve into wall-to-wall shopping, and enjoy classic festival foods and entertainment.

Harvest Fest at the Port Jefferson Village Center - FREE!
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-1414
Sunday, October 25, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Explore the scarecrow walk throughout the village, hear live music all over town, and see the dog costume parade at 2:00 PM, in addition to many other activities around Port Jeff!

Music & Concerts
Tons of rap, country, rock, and pop artists and cover bands of your favorite groups will be coming to LI this October.  Classic bands like Kansas and REO Speedwagon will both tour on Long Island, so be sure to get your tickets fast!

O El Amor & Tragedy at the Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, October 16th, 7:00 PM
$8-10 per person

See 80s tribute bands like never before - O El Amor will be performing 80s covers, and Tragedy will bring an all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond.

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Presents Legends of the Fall Volume 2 at the NYCB Theatre
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5213
Friday, October 2nd, 8:00 PM
$84.75 per person

In what will surely be the biggest hip hop show of the season on LI, see EPMD, Rakim, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Onyx, Rob Base, and Black Sheep.

Johnny Cash & Patsy Cline Tribute Show at the Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Saturday, October 3rd, 8:00 PM
$18-43 per person

Sit back and enjoy the country classics of Johnny Cash, like “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” and Patsy Cline’s hits like “Crazy” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

Second Shift at the Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, October 3rd, 8:00 PM
$10 per person

Sit back and enjoy covers of the most popular songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Live Music With The East End Trio at the Martha Clara Vineyards - FREE!
6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-298-0075 ext. 101
Saturday, October 3rd, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free event

Sip a glass of local wine and relax with the tunes of the East End Trio, who will cover music from the 60s through today.

Pops in Patchogue: Made In America at the Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Sunday, October 4th, 3:00 PM
$7-25 per person

The Atlantic Wind Symphony will present its concert series program “Made in America,” featuring band compositions written by American composers.

Tom Cavanagh: A Johnny Cash Tribute at Oceanside Library - FREE!
30 Davison Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572
516-766-2360 ext. 325
Sunday, October 4th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free event

Guitarist and songwriter Tom Cavanaugh has captured the look and sound of Johnny Cash in his tribute performance, and is accompanied by Christine Vaskas singing the part of June Carter, as well as a trio of musicians for this great performance.

Italian Heritage Concert at Sachem Public Library - FREE!
150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741
631-588-5024
Sunday, October 4th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free event

Pianist Daniel Ragone will be joined by soprano Cheryl Savitt-Spielman and tenor Bruce Solomon for a program celebrating the richness of the Italian musical heritage.

Chris MacDonald's Memories Of Elvis at the Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Friday, October 9th, 7:30 PM
$28-58 per person

Celebrate the life and music with the King of Rock ‘n Roll, or the closest thing to him with this talented tribute artist.

Music by Leo Kottke at the Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Friday, October 9th, 8:00 PM
$55 per person

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will serenade the audience with songs he’s crafted from collaboration with the bassist of Phish and Prince’s producer.

Nadia Kazmi at the Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Friday, October 9th, 8:00 PM
$10 per person

Nadia Kazmi will perform her own brand of blues-infused alternative rock with clever lyrics and thought-provoking wordscapes.

Kansas With Special Guests Arc & Stones at the Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Saturday, October 10th, 8:00 PM
$45-75 per person

See the legendary rock band Kansas live in concert!

Collective Soul at the Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Thursday, October 15th, 8:00 PM
$23-125 per person

Step back into the 90’s with Collective Soul, the band behind the hit song, “Shine.”

Lone Sharks at the Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Friday, October 16th, 10:00 PM
$10 per person

This classic Long Island band will be at the Talkhouse playing their own brand of edgy and original rock and roll.

REO Speedwagon at the Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Friday, October 16th, 8:00 PM
$29.50-79.50 per person

REO Speedwagon has been performing for over 40 years across the world, and continues to rock audiences with their classic hits.

Lynn Blue and The International Men of Mystery at the Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Friday, October 16th, 8:00 PM
$10 per person

Rock out to Lynn Blue originals and covers of the Pretenders, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne, and Bonnie Rait.

Liverpool Shuffle at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11756
631-656-2148
Saturday, October 17th, 7:30 PM
$25-35 per person

Beatles fans can hear the songs as though they were live from this renowned tribute band, who will be playing tunes from the Beatles performance on Ed Sullivan to the Sargent Pepper album.

Inda Eaton at the Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, October 17th, 8:00 PM
$15 per person

Enjoy a night of rock, country, and acoustic music by Inda Eaton, who has toured nationally and has opened up for bands like Blues Traveler, Hootie and the Blowfish, and LeAnn Rimes.

Crumbsuckers at the Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Sunday, October 18th, 7:00 PM
$20-25 per person

The Emporium will host a night of heavy metal, including Crumbsuckers, Ludichrist, Zire’s War, and Deathcycle.

Courting The Jester: A Musical Salute To Danny Kaye at Harborfields Public Library - FREE!
31 Broadway, Greenlawn, NY 11740
631-757-4200
Sunday, October 18th, 8:00 PM
Free event

In this one man show, Bob Spiotto will channel classic comedian Danny Kaye.  Reserve your tickets at the circulation desk.

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools at the Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Thursday, October 22th, 8:00 PM
$35-45 per person

New Jersey’s own Southside Johnny and the Poor Fools will be performing a special stripped-down set described as “acoustic-ish” for those who love the classic Jersey sound.

Modest Mouse at the Space
250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
516-283-5566
Thursday, October 22nd, 8:00 PM
$50 per person

Modest Mouse will be touring in support of their latest album, “Strangers to Ourselves,” with $50 tickets at either the balcony, orchestra, and center and side seats.

Tom Petty’s 65th Birthday Bash with Jeff Slate at Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
516-323-4444
Saturday, October 24th, 8:00 PM
$35-45 per person

Celebrate Tom Petty’s birthday with Jeff Slate, who will perform songs from every period of Petty’s career, as well as some Petty-inspired original music.

Music by Shotgun Wedding at Sands Point Preserve
127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050
Tel: 516-571-7900
Saturday, October 24th, 8:00 PM
$60 per person

A self-proclaimed city-country band, you can count on hearing country songs with an urban edge.

Black & Sparrow at the Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, October 24th, 8:00 PM
$10 per person

Now with a new lineup, rock band Black & Sparrow are sure to entertain.

Neil Young Tribute at Sachem Public Library - FREE!
150 Holbrook Road, Sachem, NY 11741
631-588-5024
Sunday, October 25th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free event

Acoustically Correct, the two-man group featuring Rick Laban and Matt Krohn, will be playing the best of Neil Young, as well as performing some of his deep cuts and telling stories and trivia about the artist.

Anna Nalick at the Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Friday, October 30th, 8:00 PM
$25-30 per person

Anna Nalick, known for her hit single “Breathe (2 AM),” will perform and sign copies of her hit song lyrics at a VIP Meet and Greet for $60 per ticket.

The Glazzies at the Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Friday, October 30th, 10:00 PM
$10 per person

Not your average LI band, the Glazzies will perform songs from their debut EP, with influences from Dinosaur Junior, the Vines, and Nirvana.

Think Pink Floyd Light Show at the Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Friday, October 30th, 8:00 PM
$38-68 per person

This national Pink Floyd tribute band will be coming to our area at the end of the month, so get ready to hear your favorite Pink Floyd songs at this memorable concert and laser light show.

Captain Jack & Peat Moss at the Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Friday, October 31st, 8:00 PM
$8-10 per person

See Captain Jack and Peat Moss and the Fertilizers in this live Halloween show.

Honoring B.B. King at the Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Saturday, October 31st, 8:00 PM
$35-40 per person

Joe Louis Walker and Jay Geils will perform B.B. King’s hits at this limited-run event.

Breast Cancer Awareness Events
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many events happening across the Island in support of breast cancer survivors. There are 5Ks, dinners, symbolic ceremonies, and even free educational events open to the public to help people learn about advances in research and early detection!

Light Port Pink Ceremony at Port Jeff Village HallFREE!
121 West Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631- 476-2723
Thursday, October 1st, 7:00 PM
Free event

The Village of Port Jeff will show their support for breast cancer awareness at this event, which is meant to bring together residents, organizations, and businesses to help spread awareness and education about early detection of breast cancer.

Riot Against Breast Cancer at the Long Island Marriott - FREE!
101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale, NY 11553
Thursday, October 1st, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Free event
Support PinkTie.org by RSVPing for a rosé riot at the newly renovated Chardonnay Room at the Marriott.  Business attire is required.
 

22nd Annual Walk for Beauty at the Stony Brook Village Center
Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Sunday, October 25th, 8:30 AM
$25-45, depending on registration date

Support a targeted research fund at Stony Brook Medicine for breast cancer research and the WMHO Unique Boutique for prosthesis and wigs by running or walking a 4K Color Splash, a 4K or 6K run or walk, or a 10K run!

Artists United Against Breast Cancer at the Port Jeff Village CenterFREE!
101 East Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
October 1st – October 3rd, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Free event

The Port Jeff Village Center is supporting an art gallery to represent victory against breast cancer by depicting breast cancer survivors and their art.  The exhibition will continue for two months, and a public gala and education event will be held October 3rd from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
 
Wings of Hope First Ceremony at the Brookhaven Town HallFREE!
1 Independence Hill, Brookhaven, NY 11738
631-751-2244
Thursday, October 1st, 2:00 PM
Free event

This ceremony, led by Supervisor Edward P. Romaine and Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartwright, will honor those who lost their lives to breast cancer.  It will include the release of birds with messages symbolizing the hope in the fight against breast cancer.

A Pageant Of Hope: Opening Ceremony at the Babylon Town HallFREE!
200 Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-893-4110
Thursday, October 1st, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Free event

The torch will be passed from Ovarian Awareness to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and teal and pink flags will be available for purchase, which will support the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition.
 
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser: Get Carbed Up For Tanger 5k Run/Walk Fit For A Cure at the Community Presbyterian Church of Deer Park
1843 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-893-4110
Saturday, October 3rd, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
$10 per person

All are welcome (whether you are participating in the race or not) to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner, along with a DJ and raffles.
 
Immortal Con Long Island's Anime and Fantasy Convention for a Cause at Clarion Hotel
3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Saturday, October 3rd, 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
$25 per person

This anime and fantasy convention is all in good fun, but has the serious underlying mission to educate young women about the importance of awareness regarding women’s cancers.  The convention will include guests like famous voice-over artist Robert Axelrod, videogame room tournaments, and cosplay competitions.
 
Robin's Racers Vendor Event at East Meadow Jewish CenterFREE!
1400 Prospect Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554
Sunday, October 4th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Free event

Shop at over 50 vendors, and enjoy live music, games, raffles, food, and more, all of which goes to support the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
 
Paint Port Pink: Pink Rock Golf Classic at the Port Jefferson Country Club
44 Fairway Drive, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-476-2723
Monday, October 5th, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
$350 per person

Support the Fortunato Breast Health Center at Mather Hospital through awareness and donations.
 
Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition at RacineFREE!
341 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
631-224-5240
Monday, October 5th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Free event

Registration is required for this talk regarding updates in breast cancer research, which will be conducted by Drs. David Mangiameli and Melissa Fana.
 
Witchy Women Halloween Event at Fox Hollow
7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
516-921-1415
Wednesday, October 7th, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
$50 per person

Put on your best witch hat and meet up with other ladies to sip cocktails, eat, network, raise awareness for breast cancer, and win prizes!
 
Ladies Night Out at Stony Brook Village CenterFREE!
111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Thursday, October 15th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Free event

Come out for a great evening of live music, special cocktails, free gifts, raffles, goodie bags and much more all to benefit breast cancer research.
 
Paint Nite Fundraiser at Lily Flannagan’s
345 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon, NY 11702
631-893-4110
Tuesday, October 20th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$45 per person

Learn to paint a morning sun masterpiece with friends – no experience necessary!  $15 from the entry fee will go to the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition.
 
Searching For New Ways To Halt The Progression Of Breast Cancer at Mather HospitalFREE!
LIAP Conference Center - Mather Hospital, 75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-473-1320
Thursday, October 29th, 6:30 PM
Free event

At this free educational seminar, everyone and anyone is invited to RSVP and come listen to Avid L. Specter, PhD of Cold Spring Harbor to learn about medical advancements in the world of breast cancer.

Other Outdoor October Fall Fun
With the temperatures steadily dropping, now is the time for a cool walk in the woods with friends.  There will be educational walks, as well as couples walks, and fun Halloween activities to join in on.

Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail at Belmont State Park - FREE!
625 Belmont Ave. (Exit 38 off Southern State Pkwy), West Babylon, NY 11704
631-667-5055
Saturday, October 24th, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Free event

Bring the family for a Halloween event featuring balloon twisting, a children’s spooky den, trick or treating, games, environmental crafts, and funny photos.  The first 50 carved pumpkins of the night will be placed on flotation devices and lit with candles, then sailed around Belmont Lake at dusk.

McVey5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at McVey Elementary School
2201 Devon Street, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-655-0334
Sunday, October 25th, 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
$10-25 per person

This family-friendly 5K and fun run takes place on the streets of East Meadow.  The school opens at 7:30 AM for registration, and the Fun Run starts at 8:30 AM, followed by the 5K at 9:00 AM.


7 in Heaven: Walk Preserves/Muttontown Hike
Muttontown Road and Route 106 (south of 25A), East Norwich, NY 11791
631-592-9804
Sunday, October 25th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$5 per person

Explore the ruins of a former mansion on the preserve while also meeting new people! Be sure to dress for the weather and pack a water bottle, lunch, and blanket or chair.

The Color of Trees Nature Walk at Bailey Arboretum
194 Bayville Road, Lattington, NY 11560
516-801-1458
Sunday, October 4th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$10 per person

Take a walk in the woods and go on some scavenger hunts that will show you the scope of the colors of trees in Fall.

Light Keepers Behind the Scenes at Robert Moses State Park
Robert Moses Parkway, Lot #5, Babylon, NY 11702
631-661-4876
Sunday, October 10th, 9:00 AM
$15 for FLIPS members/$20 for non-members

Follow a present day lightkeeper along the grounds of Robert Moses State Park as you learn about the inner workings of a lighthouse and the lives of those who care for them!

Forage For Berries at Sunken Meadow State Park
Sunken Meadow State Parkway, Kings Park, NY 11754
914-835-2153
Sunday, October 18th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$20 suggested donation for adults, $10 for kids under 12

“Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of Sunken Meadow and educate guests on all types of edible plants.

Foraging at Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
914-835-2153
Saturday, October 31st, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
$20 suggested donation for adults, $10 for kids under 12

This three-hour walking tour begins at the benches between the concession stand and the main parking lot, and will take visitors on a tour of the edibles that can be found on Long Island.  Call for reservations.

Halloween Fun
2015 Halloween Guide
Get your spooky on in a variety of haunted hot spots, ranging from a Halloween party in an aquarium to haunts in Long Island’s historic villages.  Be sure to check if you need to buy tickets in advance, and for which ages the activity is appropriate.

Halloween Cover Show at Sachem Public Library - FREE!
150 Holbrook Road, Sachem, NY 11741
631-588-5024
Friday, October 16th, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Free event

Rock out at this great free event where bands are invited to perform cover songs.  All ages are welcome.

Halloween Boat Burning at the Long Island Maritime Museum - FREE!
86 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796
631-447-8679
Friday, October 23rd, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free event

If you haven’t seen this Long Island tradition before, this is the year! Every year, a boat that is deemed unsafe to sail is set ablaze while thousands watch from the shore while enjoying cider and snacks, as well as other activities.

Halloween Party at Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-928-9100
Saturday, October 24th, 1:00 PM
$12 per person

Children ages 4 and up can celebrate Halloween in a safe place at this family shindig at the theater!

Bug Lighthouse Halloween Special - Adults Only! at East End Seaport Museum
3rd Street and Wiggins Street, Greenport, NY 11944
631-477-2100
Saturday, October 24th, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
$50 per person, $45 per person for members

The lighthouse will be in ghoulish decor, and visitors can dine on wine and cheese, participate in a costume contest, and enjoy lighthouse ghost stories.  Fee includes admission to Bug Light and round-trip ferry passage.

Madison Theatre’s Halloween Fun Festival at Molloy College - FREE!
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571
516-323-4444
Saturday, October 24th, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Free event

Free admission includes trick or treating from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Molloy College residence halls, bounce houses, face painting, a scarecrow park, pumpkin and mask painting, a haunted house, marshmallow roastings, and cupcake frosting!

An Enchanted Forest: A Halloween Adventure at the Nassau County Museum of Art
One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
516-484-9337
Sunday, October 25th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$8 per family

Create masks of woodland creatures like owls, bats, foxes and other spooky characters, hear fantastic tales of wild beasts with our storyteller, mix colorful potions with a magical forest inhabitant, and encounter real live creatures!

Boo! A Family Friendly Halloween Musical at the Patchogue Theatre
71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-207-1313
Sunday, October 25th, 3:00 PM
$10-18 per person

Back by popular demand, this family-friendly musical is loads of fun, and audience members are encouraged to dress up in their own Halloween costimes!

Halloween Family Day with Michael the Magician at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
631-427-5240, ext. 113
Sunday, October 25th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$9 per child, free for chaperones

Dress up in your Halloween best and believe in magic once again at this astounding show!

Halloween Party to Protect Children at Crest Hollow Country Club
8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
516-539-0150 ext. 117
Sunday, October 25th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$70 per adult, $30 per child

Benefit the less fortunate on LI at this Halloween party, which is packed with entertainment and games for families, including mini golf, giant Jenga, and decorate your own trick or treat tote bag.

Bug Light Halloween Special Family Event at East End Seaport Museum
3rd Street and Wiggins Street, Greenport, NY 11944
631-477-2100
Saturday, October 25th, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
$25 per adult, $10 per child (ages 15 and under)

Explore the lighthouse, listen to lighthouse ghost stories, play games, and enjoy cider and snacks!  Price includes admission and round-trip ferry fare.

Pumpkin Park & Safe Trick or Treating at Adventureland - FREE!
2245 Broad Hollow Road (RT. 110), Farmingdale, NY 11735
631-694-6868
Saturday, October 24th - Sunday, October 25th, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Enjoy this tradition of free admission, free treats, and free parking at Adventureland as you trick or treat around the park!  Rides will be open at the regular price.

Halloween Storytime and Parade at Sachem Public Library - FREE!
150 Holbrook Road, Sachem, NY 11741
631-588-5024
Thursday, October 29th, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Free event

Preschool students are invited to show off their costumes, parade through the library, collect candy, and listen to stories and songs.

Halloween in the Plaza - FREE!
Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-507-8383
Saturday, October 31st, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free event

While trick or treating in the plaza, kids can also enjoy live music, a hula hoop contest, a children’s art station, handcrafted arts and crafts, and a costume parade that starts at 11:00 AM.

Halloween Costume Dance Party at the Bay Street Theater
1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-9500
Saturday, October 31st, 8:00 PM
$25 per person

The dance floor will be packed at this costume dance party with music by the Hoodoo Loungers.


Halloween Party at Brumidi Lodge
2075 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-586-0883
Saturday, October 31st, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$40 per person

Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, with beer, wine, and soda, and wear your spookiest costume to join in on a costume contest.

The Stephen Talkhouse's Halloween Party
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, October 31st, 10:00 PM
$15 per person

Celebrate Halloween with Hello Brooklyn, a part-pop, part-hip hop music group.

Halloween Party at The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-627-8787
Saturday, October 31st, 10:00 PM
$20 per person

Costumes are mandatory for entry at this party, and $2,015 will be available in cash and prizes for winners of the costume contest!

Storybook Halloween at Harborfields Public Library - FREE!
31 Broadway, Greenlawn, NY 11740
631-757-4200
Saturday, October 31st, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free event

Arrive anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to trick or treat through storybook land with all of your favorite characters.  No strollers please!

Halloween Festival at the Stony Brook Village Center - FREE!
Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Saturday, October 31st, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Free event

Trick or treat in the shops of Stony Brook, pick up a free mini pumpkin (while supplies last), and check out the best scarecrow contest on Long Island!


The 1880 Haunted Halloween Festivities at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
516-572 8400
Saturday, October 31st - Sunday, November 1st, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Call for ticket pricing

Old Bethpage Village has a history of haunted happenings.  Take a ghost tour, hunt for monsters, and carve a jack-o-lantern at this festive event!

Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue 1970s Monster Bash Halloween Costume Party
2746 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
October 31st 7 PM - 11 PM
Tickets are $25 Online, or $30 at the Door

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween while supporting a great cause? Head out to Riverhead for Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue's spooktakular 70s Themed Halloween Monster Bash Costume Party - it's sure to be a scary-good time! This event will be raising money for the group, and party goers are encouraged to come in costume!

More Fall Fun and Frights for October:

Get Frightened at a Haunted House
Haunted houses are a booming industry on Long Island, and there are plenty of haunted houses, walks, and even haunted castles in the area for thrill-seekers. Be sure to check the age target for the event so you know what kind of terror you are jumping into.

Hop Aboard a Hay Ride
Kids love hay rides, and the farms on the East End are more than happy to provide family-friendly hay rides around the farm, as well as haunted hay rides at night.  Bring your camera and get some great Fall family photos!

Pick and Carve a Pumpkin
Nothing says October like trekking into a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin.  Check out our guide for picking pumpkins for different purposes - whether you plan to carve, cook, or display your new gourd. 
 

 

Photos

  • A sample of Long Island's harvest. Photo by: Joe Galleta

  • Pumpkins are abundant on LI pumpkin patches out East. Photo by: Joe Galletta

  • Fall foliage is a big draw during October, and can be seen on LI's many trails. Photo by: Kelly Tenny

  • Spooky and funny jack-o-lanterns light the way. Photo by: Greg Jordan

  • October is breast cancer awareness month, and plenty of fundraising and education events will be happening across the Island. Photo by: CDC, via Wikimedia Commons

  • Patterned jack o' lanterns light the way for trick or treaters. Photo by: Stefan Munder, via Wikimedia Commons