Long Island is home to lots of great Halloween activities. Party like it's 1880, attend a boat burning to commemorate the holiday, as done centuries ago, hear some pirate lore on Fire Island, or sit back and see how far a pumpkin catapults across a field. With a variety of events to choose from, there are ample opportunities to dress the kids in their Halloween costumes all month long. And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, as well as sign up for our weekly newsletter.
This article is in the process of being updated for 2016.
Otto the Ghost - Animated Story
Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury
September 17-November 1, 2016
Take a picture with Otto the Ghost, who is back in 2016 with a new adventure, “Otto’s Green Halloween.” Enjoy a hayride down a decorated trail and visit with the farm animals. Admission to the show is free; non-perishable food donations for Long Island Cares are encouraged. This attraction is handicap accessible.
Haunted Tales & Trails
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016
A spooky journey awaits.
Halloween Bash at CMEE
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton
October 25, 2016, 4pm-6pm
Children will enjoy Halloween games, trick or treating, crafts, a costume contest and more. Advance registration required. Free for members; $13 for non-members.
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
October 25, 2015
Meet wandering ghostly historical figures of Cold Spring Harbor, including wailing widows, missing sailors, and roving pirates. Kids touch things icky and sticky, dissect owl pellets, and make Halloween crafts at tented activity stations.
Halloween Boat Burning
Long Island Maritime Museum
88 West Avenue, West Sayville
October 30, 2015 (rain date is 10/31/15)
Every year someone donates an old boat to the museum, and it's tradition to burn the vessel in the harbor. At this historical reenactment enjoy entertainment, light refreshments, and a raffle drawing.
Long Island Children's Museum - Ghostly Gala
11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
October 29, 2016, 6pm - 9pm
Children come in costume for a fun (and safe) evening of spooky events.
The Great Jack-o'-Lantern Spectacular Sail
Belmont Lake State Park, Exit 38N on Southern State Pkwy, North Babylon
October 29, 2016. 3pm - 6:30pm
The first 50 carved pumpkins to arrive set sail on Belmont Lake. Children can make scary crafts, play games, visit the "Spooky Den," check out the petting zoo and stop at various trick-or-treat stations.
Halloween Family Day
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
October 23, 2016
All ages are welcome for this family show featuring a magic show and a prize for best costume.
Ghost Stories & Legends Of Fire Island
Fire Island Lighthouse
1 Burma Road, Fire Island
October 22, 2016
Listen to tales of eerie happenings along the Barrier Beach. Dress warmly; bring blankets and flashlights. Free. Come early to visit the “Spooky Boat House!”
Adventureland Amusement Park
2245 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale
October 22 & 23, 2016
Guests of all ages are invited to wear costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating at the park.
Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank
October 1 & 2, 2016
Plenty of family-friendly activities and fun.
Elmo's Monster Mash
Once Upon a Treetop
151 Dupont St., Plainview
October 24, 2015, 10am
Your child will create an ELMO or Cookie Monster pumpkin pal using a variety of craft materials.
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
October 24, 2015
Calling all witches, goblins, spiders, and gnomes. Families enjoy a not-too-scary stroll through the Hatchery, along with trick-or-treating, games, crafts, and refreshments.
Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
October 31, 2015
Darlings & Divas
65 E Merrick Road, Amityville 11701
Manicures, ghoulish hair, face painting, costumes, goodie bags, pizza and dessert. There are two sessions: 11am and 1:30pm.
Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks
November 1, 2015
Long Island Aquarium
431 E Main Street, Riverhead
All “buoys” and “ghouls” in costume will get 50% off admission with a paying adult (one child 12 years and under, per adult). Children will gather sweets and treats with their Safe Trick or Treating throughout the Aquarium. The Unearthing Atlantis Dig will be transformed into a spooktacular haunted house by the amazing special effects team at HauntedProps.com. They will have face painting, craft and game stations, hay rides, pumpkins to paint and more!
Originally published on 10/9/12.
Top image: Halloween bowling at CMEE.