Why is it that every year the final day of October generates so much enthusiasm from families across Long Island?
You’d think we would have plenty to get excited about in the initial 30 days of this spectacular month, when autumn’s colors alight from Manhasset to Montauk.
Yet, Halloween dominates the October calendar, with festivities arriving on our island like a pumpkin-colored tsunami earlier seemingly every year.
Don’t get us wrong: We here at Mommy Poppins love Halloween—what’s not to love? We just recognize there is more to this colorful month than goblins, ghouls, jack-o’-lanterns, and costume parades.
For starters, there’s Columbus Day and all of the fall festivals that accompany it. Long Island’s family-friendly wineries are in full harvest mode, and Oktoberfest celebrations bring a little oom-pah-pah to every step. Did we mention fall foliage and family day trips?
So sweet tooths, put down that Halloween candy for a few minutes and consider all October has to offer. And remember our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.
We also have compiled a list of FREE family activities in October, sure to delight your kids while not denting your wallet. Lastly, sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox.