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Safe and Spooky Adventures to Take on Long Island This October

October 4, 2021

It is that most special time of year when spooky jaunts are a must on the weekend to-do list and this year there’s plenty to do while still keeping safe and socially distant outside on Long Island. These spooky and some straight-up scary events will guarantee a ghoulish time this Halloween season. Happy Haunting and be sure to tag #discoverlongisland in your spooky adventures so we can follow along!

Spooky Fest

Head to the Center for Science Teaching and Learning in Rockville Centre for 16-acres of socially distant Halloween fun for all ages. It offers both scary and non-frightening avenues of entertainment. Non-scary attractions include a not-so-spooky walk for young children plus arts and crafts. Take the haunted woods option for the ultimate fright night experience, you won’t regret it! Spooky Fest is ongoing on weekends in October (October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31) from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. tickets must be purchased in advance.

Haunted Tree House at the Riverhead Aquarium

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting October 8th, the Riverhead Aquarium’s new interactive exhibit is getting a fun and frightful makeover! Celebrate the season family-style with the brand-new Haunted Treehouse and its five levels of Halloween and climbing fun. If you want to put an extra spook in your step, head to the Riverhead Aquarium after dark and challenge yourself to climb the 62 steps to the top under the eerie moonlight. Tickets to the Haunted Tree House are $25 per child and include admission for one adult as well. Weather Warning: The Haunted Tree House is covered, but in the event of severe weather, please check the red scrolling news ticker on the home page of The Riverhead Aquarium website for cancellation information.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is back at Old Bethpage Village Restoration! The long-running tradition in the Hudson Valley makes its second Long Island debut with dedicated sculptures symbolizing Long Island such as the Montauk Lighthouse and Grumman’s Apollo Lunar Module. The walk-through experience includes thousands of hand-carved pumpkins light-up in elaborate displays. Tickets are available through November 7 and can be purchased online in advance.

Bats, Barnacles, and Broomsticks Halloween Party

On October 23rd, the Riverhead Aquarium is hosting a super sweet Halloween Party! Kids in costume score half-priced admission (party is included) and can enjoy trick-or-treating next to some of the coolest marine life exhibits. There will also be giveaways, Halloween animals, vendor tables, and so much more.

Ghost Hunting 101

With historic mansions lining our coast, it’s no surprise that a few have some ghostly ties. Join the crew of the Long Island Paranormal Investigators and spend the night exploring the 1843 Rogers Mansion. Participate in experiments to test various paranormal theories, learn about the paranormal, hear great spooky stories, and maybe even leave with one of your own. Tours are available for October 23rd and 30th from 8:45 p.m. – 11 p.m., reserve your tickets in advance.

Bayville Scream Park

The Bayville Scream Park offers multiple horror attractions guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. The Bloodworth Haunted Mansion and Uncle Needles’ Funhouse of Fear are the top two contenders for most horrifying. Don’t miss this Long Island Halloween staple for a truly terrifying experience! Tickets are available in advance and the attractions are open through November 7th. Please note Bayville Scream Park’s After-Hours Haunts are not recommended for children under the age of 12.

New “Hocus Pocus” Themed Pop-up Bar

No Halloween experience wouldn’t be complete without a little “Hocus Pocus” movie magic and this year Long Island is taking it to the next level with a “Hocus Pocus” themed pop-up bar in Farmingdale. This October (on select dates throughout October) Main Street Social will transform into a Sanderson Sister-styled bar decked out in the 1993 Halloween flick “Hocus Pocus,” complete with misty cocktails, seasonal small plates, theatrical performances, and fun props from the movie. Tickets are available online.

Scarecrow Competition

The 31st Annual Scarecrow Competition in Stony Brook Village is a beloved October tradition. Spend the day enjoying Stony Brook Village’s premier shops and restaurants, then cast your vote on your favorite scarecrow created by local families and friends. Voting is open Friday, October 1st thru Monday, October 25th and ballots are available in the Stony Brook Village Center. The winner will be announced virtually on October 29th at the Annual Halloween Festival.

Cold Spring Harbor Witches Night Out

Grab your broomsticks and enjoy a night of sales, spooky spirits, raffles, and more on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor for the 12th Annual Witches Night Out! This free event will be held on October 28th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and it’s a magical way to kick off Hallo-weekend.

Be sure to check out our Spooky Fall Guide, additional trip itinerary planning tools, and FREE Downtown Deals Travel Pass to help plan your next outing.

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