If you are looking for an oasis from the candy and craziness of Halloween parties and events (which, though the actual holiday is over, are still continuing into this weekend), take this weekend to recover. If you have kids, squirrel some of their Halloween candy away so that they don’t overdo it over the weekend, and give them a bit at a time throughout the coming weeks or donate the candy to U.S. soldiers abroad via a candy drive. There are some non-Halloween events going on Saturday and Sunday, but if you are less scheduled and looking for something to plan on your own time, we have plenty of inspiration for you! Check out these ideas for fun things to do with friends or with the family as a start to November!
A Day Trip to NYC
After all of the ghouls have left the city from a night of haunts, take the family into the city for culture and shopping. The Museum of Natural History is a hit that all children (and adults for that matter) must see, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art also has something for everyone. If you’re a multitasker, be sure to stop by the gift shops to start gathering holiday presents for friends and family! Since other people will have been wiped out by Halloween partying, this weekend would also be a good time to grab tickets to a Broadway or off-Broadway show!
Take a Hike
If you let your sweet tooth run wild on Halloween, this weekend is the perfect time to take a hike. Though the forecast calls for cloudiness, you can still bundle up and get the blood pumping with a brisk stroll through one of Long Island’s great hiking locations, such as the trails at Sunken Meadow State Park or Planting Fields Arboretum State Park. If you’re looking for company on your walk, join in with a hiking club, such as the ones on our Hiking Club page here.
Munch on some Popcorn at the Movies
This weekend, skip the Halloween movies and see a drama like The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. as a lawyer trying to help the town’s judge, Robert Duvall, who is accused of murder. For a family movie, check out Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – a film kids will already be familiar with after reading the classic picture book.
Fall Vineyard Tours
The weather is always perfect for wine, so have a relaxing adult afternoon with friends as you sip off the chaos of Halloween at a winery out East. Be sure to bring a designated driver or use a driver service to get to and from your destination safely. Check out this simple guide to touring Long Island’s wine country this fall.
Learn something new this weekend and visit a local museum, or take a day trip across the Island to somewhere you have never been before. Try classic museums on Museum Row, such as the Cradle of Aviation Museum, or visit more niche places like the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum or the Southampton Historical Museum. As we enter November, your children are sure to learn about Native Americans in school, so get a head start and drive them to one of the many Native American museums on Long Island to check out arrowheads, pottery, and more!