Looking for a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience this Halloween? Several Long Island villages provide trick-or-treating right in town, offering plenty of fun for kids while allowing parents to feel at ease. The events usually begin early, so young children can go in the afternoon and not worry about feeling intimidated by bigger kids. Many villages also shut down traffic in a section of town, so little ones can wander without worrying about cars. Enjoy a pleasant stroll through town, visiting local businesses while the kids collect treats. Some local malls also provide indoor trick-or-treating, which can be especially alluring on a particularly cold or wet Halloween. And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, as well as sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Children of all ages can join the Annual Halloween Costume Parade. Participants should meet in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street at 1pm. Village merchants will pass out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters.
Families can then head over to the Hecksher Museum, where children in costume will enjoy a festive hands-on art activity, spooky props in the selfie station, and a special "treat." Free Admission for children in costume and their families.
Stony Brook Village
Stony Brook's annual Halloween Festival includes trick-or-treating, a costume parade and free mini pumpkins for the kids. The festival takes place from 3pm-5pm in the Village Center.
358 B Broadway Mall
Hicksville, NY 11801
This event will be filled with pumpkin painting, crafts, a costume contest and much more, so come anytime between 11am-1pm dressed in your best costume if you dare.
200 Tanger Mall Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
From 9am-9pm on Halloween, start at Tanger Shopper Services to receive a trick-or-treat bag, then visit participating stores to collect special treats. Look for the Halloween decals on the front doors of shops. The Deer Park location is also hosting the same event.
Smith Haven Mall
313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
Join in for a spooktacular, safe trick-or-treating environment for all of your little ghouls and goblins on Halloween from 1pm-3pm at participating retailers. Participating stores will have an orange pumpkin displayed in their window.
Its March of the Goblins takes place on Main Street October 30th from 4:30pm-6pm. Free candy given to elementary school aged children and younger accompanied with an adult.
Note: Please call ahead to verify details before heading out on Halloween.
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Originally posted on October 23, 2012; updated on 10/22/2015