The month of October is one long lead up to everyone’s favorite holiday—Halloween. Enjoy these fun events around Long Island this month.
Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns
Oct. 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The iconic, family-friendly fall event RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns is returning in October to Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, for the eighth year in a row. Go see 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the fall spirit in visitors of all ages! This year, the event has been redesigned from the ground up in ways that will wow both RISE newbies and returning RISE fans!
Advanced tickets are required and must be purchased online at www.therise.org/owg. This event often sells out weeks ahead of time. Call 516-333-0048 or visit oldwestburygardens.org for more information.
Oct. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27
Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 11 p.m., Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m.
At the Milleridge Inn’s Halloween village, enjoy a haunted house, fortune readers, spooky rides, a pumpkin patch, face painters, a magician, a stilt walker/fire eater and an escape room. Some attractions have a fee, but the event is free and fun for all ages.
The Milleridge Inn is located at 585 North Broadway, Jericho. For more information, call 516-931-2201 or visit milleridgeinn.com.
Oct. 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The 2019 Spooky Fest presented by The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) at the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre returns to celebrate Halloween this season with scary and non-scary attractions which are great for all ages.
Spooky Fest 2019 takes place at Nassau County’s Tanglewood Preserve at 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. The event takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening, rain or shine. Tickets are purchased at the gate for $10 for non-spooky attractions only; $15 for all-inclusive attractions, including both scary and non-scary.
For more details, information and directions, visit www.cstl.org/spooky-fest or call 516-764-0045.
Dreams & Nightmares
Oct. 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 30 and 31, from 7 to 11 p.m.
This Halloween, the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy invites you to Hempstead House with a new immersive horror experience. Far beyond the typical haunted house attraction, a new kind of horror unfolds with you and your companions as a part of the story. Visitors to this primal world will delve into the madness which resides beyond the veil of sleep, as performers transport the audience—sometimes alone—into the bizarre, beautiful and grotesque world of dreams and nightmares.
Individuals sensitive to tight spaces and complete darkness should be cautioned. The mature content of the performance is not appropriate for those under 16.
Admission is $40. Tickets must be purchased in advance at sandspointpreserveconservancy.org. Hempstead House is located at 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point.
Family Halloween Party & Pet Parade
Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Phil Dejana Learning Center features adorable woodland plush animals celebrating Halloween in a charming display complete with fairy cottages and sparkle lights. Children can come in costume—and bring pets in their costumes, too, for a fun pet parade! Guests can also explore the preserve’s grounds on a treasure hunt for wildlife and objects in the environment, and Castle Gould’s Great Hall will feature a multitude of seasonal crafts and projects.
Admission is $10 per car for members and $20 per car for non-members. Sands Point Preserve is located at 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point.
ToNH Spooky Walk
Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
This October, zombies, vampires, ghouls and many of their gruesome friends will inhabit the 12-acre park at Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson. There will be a DJ on Friday and on Saturday the band Kamellot will perform at 6:30 p.m.
The Spooky Walk may not be suitable for young children, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Younger children can enjoy the Not-So-Spooky Walk on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost of admission is $5 per person. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for carnival rides and games. Cash only. For more information, call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.
Halloween Symphony Concert
Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.
The Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Louis Panacciulli, will present its 70th season opening featuring bassoonist Cindy Lauda, along with Halloween-themed selections, including “Danse macabre” and “Hall of the Mountain King.” Immediately following the performance, join the musicians and conductor for a complimentary Halloween meet-and-greet. Children 12 and under in costume accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Admission for adults is $10 at the door.
The concert will take place at James. A Dever School, 585 N. Corona Ave., Valley Stream, and will be wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 516-884-4856.
Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Join the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, for a special night of celebrating Halloween in a fun, safe and spooky way. Kids can show off their costumes, decorate their own goody bag, go gallery trick-or-treating, get their face painted, hear eerie music and make some cool and creepy craft projects. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members.
For an additional fee of $3 to $4, creator and performer David Engle will lead the Scaredy-cat Scarecrow show full of audience participation, magic, bubble play, music and age-appropriate comic antics.
For more information, visit licm.org.