Free Halloween Parades and Events for Kids on Long Island

Kids delight in the Long Beach Costume Parade, held about two weeks before Halloween. Photo courtesy of the City of Long Beach
Free Halloween Parades and Events for Kids in Long Island, New York, 2018

Halloween may be the final day of October, but fun and free Halloween events are happening on Long Island all month long.  Go ahead and dress the kids up, these events are a great way to get some mileage out of that spectacularly spooky or glittery glam costume by attending oodles of these free family-friendly outings!

Don't forget to check your local library for the FREE Halloween events it might be hosting. And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, our October GoList, and our compilation of the best fall fairs and festivals on Long Island. 

Saturday, October 13

Fall Festival and Costume Parade — Long Beach
Enjoy fall-themed activities, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a petting zoo, music, and more. The parade begins at the recreation center on Magnolia Boulevard. The festivities continue on Sunday, October 14.

Fall Festival and Zombie Walk Parade — Wading River
Raid your closet for some old clothes and dress up as a zombie. The parade starts at 10am at Wading River Elementary School and makes its way north on Wading River Manor Road. Prizes are given for best costume and best float.

Saturday, October 20

Bellmore Halloween Parade — Bellmore
Dress in your scariest or sweetest costume and join this parade that begins at the Bellmore Fire House. Parade down Bedford Avenue and end with trick-or-treating.

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Arrive early and set your jack-o'-lantern afloat on Belmont Lake. 

Tuesday, October 23

Trick-or-Treat at Stew Leonard’s — East Meadow, Farmingdale
Children can dress in costumes and go trick-or-treating at Stew Leonard’s between 4 and 5pm. Kids can pick up a map from customer service and search for treats throughout the supermarkets.

Saturday, October 27

Riverhead Halloween Parade — Riverhead
The fun begins at noon with a FREE pumpkin carving. Carved pumpkins are displayed in the Jack O’Lantern Walk, and prizes are given to the best jack-o'-lanterns. Children can trick-or-treat along Main Street from 3 to 5pm, and the Halloween parade kicks off at 6:30. Registration is required for the parade. These events are part of the Riverhead Halloween Fest happening all weekend.

The Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail — North Babylon
Bring your carved pumpkin to Belmont Lake State Park, where the first 50 pumpkins will be lit, set on floatation devices, and sailed on Belmont Lake. Children can also take part in games, arts and crafts activities, and trick-or-treat.

Merrick Halloween Parade — Merrick
The Merrick Chamber of Commerce sponsors this annual Halloween parade that begins at 11am. The parade starts at Loines Avenue and ends at Broadcast Plaza.

Pet Costume Contest and Parade — East Meadow
This event is for the fur babies. Show off Fido’s best costume at Nassau Barkfest’s pet costume parade then enter he or she in the costume contest for a chance to win a prize. The event takes place at Eisenhower Park and is fun for the whole family.

Sunday, October 28

Sag Harbor’s Ragamuffin Parade — Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor’s annual Halloween parade begins at 1pm. Children, adults, and even pets are welcome to join the parade, which starts on Nassau Street and continues down Main Street. The parade ends at the Custom House, where there will be games to play and homemade baked goods for sale.

Halloween Family Fun Day — Stony Brook
The Long Island Museum invites everyone to a fun day of activities and entertainment by Steve Petra's Tricky Treat by Petra Puppets. Dress in costume, paint a pumpkin, go trick-or-treating, and enjoy FREE admission to the museum, too. 

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On Halloween day, Stony Brook Village is taken over by a princess, wizards, and others, all looking for fun and treats. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Village

Wednesday, October 31

Stony Brook Village Halloween Festival — Stony Brook
Start off Halloween day at Stony Brook Village Center. Festivities begin at 2pm with games, crafts, a parade, and trick-or-treating at the shops. Vote for your favorite scarecrow in the scarecrow competition.

Sag Harbor’s Pumpkin Trail — Sag Harbor
Kids can gather treats in a not-so-scary environment. Look for pumpkin faces in the windows of participating businesses on Main Street and throughout the village business district. The event runs from 3 to 5pm.

Free Ice Cream at Stew Leonard’s — East Meadow, Farmingdale
No tricks at Stew Leonard’s: Come in your best costume for a free treat at 7pm.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the events/organizers