Why limit letting your little one proudly display their haunting Halloween attire to just one day? These local festivities let them prolong the seasonal fun for over a week.
The spooky East End celebrations begin with the Children’s Museum’s Annual Halloween Bash on Friday, October 21st from 4 to 6 p.m. Taking place at the Children’s Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, www.cmee.org), the family-friendly festivity will feature an evening of ghoulish games, trick or treating, creepy crafts, a costume parade and more. Advanced registration is recommended, as the bash does typically sell out.
Explore seven rooms of horror during a Spooktacular Haunted House at Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, southamptonartscenter.org). Produced by Oscar Gonzalez, watch out for monsters that may or may not be hiding under beds, terrifying clowns, a devilish butcher, zombies, a forest of skeletons and more. The Spooktacular Haunted House will be open Friday, October 21st through Monday, October 31st from 5 to 10 p.m., and the lights will remain on for the first hour for little ones who want to limit the spook factor.
For a musical experience, head to Bay Street Theater (1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, www.baystreet.org) for Stages’ annual Frankenstein Follies production. Taking place Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd, the Halloween-themed musical review is directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard and stars local young performers who will take on the roles of beloved monsters and ghouls.
Kiwanis Club of East Hampton is hosting its 18th Annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 23rd. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come on down to The American Legion Post (Montauk Highway at Abraham’s Path, Amagansett, www.kiwanisclubofeasthampton.org) for Halloween-themed happenings.
Forever Bungalows (765 Route 114, Sag Harbor, foreverbungalows.com) is giving tours of its “Haunted Bungalows” on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th from 12 to 6 p.m. The spooky celebration will also include treats for kids and a raffle for adults, who have the chance to win a complimentray two night stay.
Children’s Museum of the East End will also host a Halloween Design-A-Bag Workshop on Saturday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (while supplies last). Before the big day arrives, kids can coordinate their trusty candy bag to make sure that it matches this year’s impressive attire.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County is presenting its annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, ccesuffolk.org) on Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will watch as the traditional Halloween decoration flies with ease through the sky during a pumpkin catapult contest, and even have the opportunity to design, create and maneuver sophisticated mechanical devices as they launch their own entry.
Long Island Aquarium (431 East Main Street, Riverhead, www.longislandaquarium.com) is hosting Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks – its annual Halloween Party – on Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Buoys” and “ghouls” can trick or treat throughout the Aquarium and children who come in costume will receive 50 percent off admission with a paying adult (one child 12 years and under, per adult). During the spooky spectacle, the Unearthing Atlantis Dig will be transformed into a “Pirate’s Nightmare Haunted House” with a little help from HauntedProps.com. But, it’s not all about the haunted happenings here, as an adorable Penguin Costume Parade will certainly take down the scare factor quite a bit. Additional activities include face painting, author readings and more.
Join Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (91 Daniels Hole Road, East Hampton, www.arfhamptons.org) for a Halloween Pawty for kids and dogs on Saturday, October 29th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can trek through the haunted trail, trick or treat, enter the costume contest and meet some of the shelter’s adoptees.
Creatively embellish the trunk or hatch of your vehicle and bring it to Southampton Youth Services (1370A Majors Path, Southampton, www.sysinc.org) for a Halloween Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 29th. Attendees will visit each “trunk” for sweets and prizes will be given out for Best Adult Costume, Best Child Costume and for “Best Trunk.” Cars or trucks must be set up inbetween 12 and 1 p.m.
Stop by Montauk Library (871 Montauk Highway, Montauk, www.montauklibrary.org) on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. to design and decorate a pumpkin, which you can take home after it’s spectacularly prettified. Registration is required for this event.
Ladies’ Village Improvement Society will host a Halloween Open House Spooktacular (95 Main Street, East Hampton, lvis.org) on Saturday, October 29th from 2 to 4 p.m. Come in costume and prepare to mingle with scary ghosts, goblins, and witches as you boogie to Ghost Busters, enjoy games, trade terrifying tales and create comical jack-o-lanterns, and all trick-or-treaters will leave with a goodie bag.
Southold Historical Society Museum (55200 Main Road, Southold, www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org) is hosting its Second Annual Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, October 30th and Monday, October 31st. Bring your best Jack-O-Lantern to the Museum so it can be part of an impressive illuminated patch of pumpkins that will include hundreds of community entries.
Does your little one adore animals? Bring them to South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center (377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, sofo.org) for an all-day trick or treat event with Center animals on Sunday, October 30th. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., attendees can join expert Eleni who will use her unusual powers to lead a Halloween game where little ones can learn and try to understand what the animals at South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center want. Participants who guess right or come up with a good answer will win some special treats. Advanced reservations are required.
Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce (sagharborchamber.com) will host a Pumpkin Trail throughout the Village on Monday, October 31st from 3 to 5 p.m. Attendees can search for pumpkin faces in the windows of participating businesses and when they find one, they can visit to trick or treat.