Updated Halloween: Trains, Trunk Shows, Parades and Costume Parties

Halloween is still nearly two weeks away but businesses, nonprofit agencies, libraries and museums have booked several spooky opportunities ahead of the holiday for kids and adults to enjoy.

A costume parade for kids, a 5k run, arts and crafts opportunities, storytelling and a lot more are planned.

Here are just a few of the events around town, some of which require advance registration. Let us know if you have a public celebration and we’ll add you to this list. Check the links for further details.                                   

Note that the Vanderbilt Museum Halloween-themed program this month featuring storytelling and stargazing in the Planetarium, scheduled for Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, is sold out.

 Oct. 19

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Northport Museum for its Halloween Costume Party.  For those 21 and over. Drinks and food, Halloween-themed music performed by DJ Frankie Parise IV, Costume prizes and raffles. Curator turned medium Terry Reid will perform tarot readings throughout the evening. Register.

                                              Oct. 20

Explore the Whaling Museum’s  ghostly side with tales of mishaps and historic hauntings on Main Street. Recommended for Adults and Kids ages 8+. Light rain or shine. Admission $15 participant, $10 Museum Members. Register online.  Friday tour at 5:30 p.m. Other dates: Oct. 21 at 5, 6, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 28, 4:30, 5, 6, 6:30 p.m.

                                            Oct. 22 

  • It’s a family-friendly fun day at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, 1-3 p.m., with a Halloween magic show with Mike Militello. There’s also trick or treating for books, a prize for the best costume and tours of the Walt Whitman Birthplace. No charge for adult chaperones.
  • Terry Reid takes the curious on a guided tour of Northport Rural Cemetery to learn about gravestone symbology, and the history behind some of Northport’s most notable citizens who are buried there. Due to the terrain, this is not a handicap accessible event. Adults Recommended. Limited Space.  at 1 p.m. Register.

                                               Oct. 26

  • Cold Spring Harbor’s 14th Annual Witches Night Out— enjoy an evening of sales, spirits, raffles and more spooky fun along Main Street.
  • Halloween-themed trivia for teens, scheduled for 7-8 p.m., at the South Huntington Public Library. Registration opens Friday.
  • Halloween Craft Night at the Station branch of the Huntington Public Library. For  families of kids 3 and up.           
  • The South Huntington Public Library will have a party from for kids ages 5-10. Games, crafts and a bit of trick or treating. From 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration opens Friday.
  • Heckscher Museum will host a party wih a chance to create an art activity, make a haunted Digital Action painting, and take home a festive treat. Free admission for kids in costume and their families.  12-5 p.m. Also on Oct. 28. Register.
  • Families are invited to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at this special event at the Heckscher Museum in collaboration with the Town of Huntington Hispanic Advisory Committee. Learn more about this holiday and how it is celebrated. Create colorful paper flowers, sugar skulls, frames, and more. Bring something special to leave at our altar, to honor and remember loved ones. Free. 7-9 p.m. Register.

                        UPDATED     Oct. 28

  • The Greenlawn Centerport Historical Association will run “Spooky Train Rides and More!” at the John Gardiner Farmhouse, from 3-6pm. The child will ride the Lollipop Train and Hay Ride, in the spooky barn the will be a craft, pies, hot chocolate, cider and popcorn for purchase. Come dressed in your costumes! No tickets will be sold at the door: Advance purchase is required. $10 member child, and $13 non-member child. Tickets at www.greenlawncenterporthistorical.org
  • Town of Huntington Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m. at the senior center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington.
  • The Greenlawn Fire Department hosts its Halloween 5k run.  You can sign up for the eighth annual in-person race, in which many adults and children alike run in Halloween costumes.
  • The Last Word, a craft cocktail lounge  in Huntington Village, will host a spooky Halloween party on Oct. 28. DJ Lopz will be spinning tunes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Anyone in costume will enjoy happy hour prices ($10) cocktails.

                                            Oct. 29

  • The Whaling Museum is hosting its Haunted BOO-seum Festival, featuring such presentations as “What’s Gross on a Whaleship,” Haunted Sea Stories, and Ghost Ships, and an outdoor lineup of vendors selling fall and Halloween themed goods. Ticket information.
  • Trunk or Treat, at St. Luke Lutheran Church of Dix Hills. Games, popcorn, and prizes. Costumes welcome. 2-4 p.m.

                                              Oct. 30

    • The Vanderbilt Museum will host a program for preschool children on Oct. 30, from 10-11 a.m. Halloween Boo at the Museum is for children ages 2-4, accompanied by an adult. Tickets.
    • Sticker Scene at the Cold Spring Harbor Library. children ages 2-5 with adult, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Register.

                                      Updated:   Oct. 31

Correction: The Tri-CYA party was Friday.

  • The Town of Huntington’s Halloween costume parade, at 4 p.m. Kids and their parents will line up outside the Gerard Street Post Office, then head to Main Street to collect candy from downtown merchants. No registration required.
  • Halloween storytime at the Northport-East Northport Public Library on Oct. 31 features spooky tales, silly songs and dances. The event runs for 45 minutes, starting at 10 a.m., and will be followed by a parade and a holiday souvenir. For children ages 0-5. Don’t forget to wear a costume. Details.
  • Walt Whitman Shops is hosting Malloween, for trick or treating at several retailers, from 1-4 p.m. Participating are:, Brighton Collectibles , Build-A-Bear Workshop, Coach, Fogo de Chao, P.F. Chang’s, Rowan, Sephora,Showcase, Starbucks, sweetgreen, Tommy Bahama and Urban Outfitters.



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