Besides a host of haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, Halloween season sparks loads of frightfully fun festivities across Long Island, from prize-winning costume contests to spooky parades and much more spine-tingling sensations to raise the spirits.
Fans of dark comedies will jump at the chance to see big screen resurrections of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Little Shop of Horrors” or a deliciously disturbing ’80s slasher flick marathon. There’s also off-beat events such as a David Bowie-themed horror experience as well as both a zombie wedding and a zombie 5K fun run. But don’t worry, there are plenty of family friendly activities as well.
Here are more than three dozen Halloween-themed events on Long Island:
This imaginative David Bowie-inspired horror experience creates a Halloween-themed tribute to the late great artist who died in January. The interactive, immersive Sci-Fi ghost story is set in the family mansion of the befallen astronaut, Major Tom. Patrons are guests at his funeral where they will meet his eccentric family who are dealing with the loss quite differently, to say the least. As the song says: “There’s a starman waiting in the sky; he’d like to come and meet us, but he’s afraid he’d blow our minds.” Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. IslipArtMuseum.org $45. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 14-16.
Spirit of Halloween Party
Story time, goodie bags, games, line dancing, BBQ and more! Adults are free! 2746 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-875-0433 spiritspromiserescue.org $25. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 16, 23, & 30.
Little Shop of Horrors
Join Seymour and Audrey Jr., the carnivorous R&B-singing hybrid Venus flytrap that gives vegetarians nightmares, in this cult-classic, dark comedy brought to life by SoLuna Studios. 659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge. solunastudiony.com $15-$20. Through Oct. 30.
Rise of The Jack O’ Lanterns
Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’ lanterns creatively displayed on a festive walking path as Halloween-themed music fills the air. The incredible pumpkin carvings will wow you! Definitely a cut above the mediocre. Old Westbury Gardens. 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury. 516-252-3392 therise.org Prices vary. 6:15-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Oct. 30.
The Artist Hanger and Fusion Project
Within the walls of one of Long Island’s scariest haunted houses, this spooky one-night-only Halloween-themed art gallery showing will also feature live performances to compliment the chilling event Matt. Visitors can purchase the art, if they dare! Guiliano’s Play Like A Pro, 1745 Express Drive North, Hauppauge. chamberofhorrorsny.com $25-$45. 8-10 p.m. Oct. 20.
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Come in costume or as yourself–if that’s scarier–to watch an underworld cabaret performance of “Broadway Fright Night” as actors recreate the leading roles in Wicked, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, among other demonic delights. The evening begins with cocktails in the palm court and winter/summer living rooms. Then the bravest guests can venture through two scary floors of the Hempstead House of Horrors. The mansion’s organ will play terrifying tunes, and a DJ has the perfect Halloween mix. Sands Point Preserve, Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $150. 7 p.m. Oct. 21.
rUNDEAD 5k Zombie Run
Runners start off with three belt flags that represent life lines that zombies–both the running and crawling variety–will try to steal. Only runners who cross the finish line with at least one flag “survive” to win the prizes. Of course, getting through it “alive” is a reward in itself. A fall festival with music and BBQ accompanies this unique event. Massapequa PAL Field, 510 Parkside Blvd., Massapequa. therundead.org/longisland Donations. $40-$140. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22.
Halloween Pinup Party
This bar, which actually is haunted (or so they say), hosts a Halloween pinup and dance party featuring twangy, spine-tingling music by The Smoking Rockets. Katie’s of Smithtown, 145 West Main St., Smithtown. katiesofsmithtown.com Oct. 22.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This timeless over-the-top B-movie classic never goes out of style. Everyone’s favorite freaky scientist, Dr. Frank N. Furter, is back just in time for Halloween. And he’s opening the doors of his mansion just in the nick of time. The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CMPAC, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. tix5.centerstageticketing.com $20. Oct. 22, 28, 29, 31 and Nov. 5.
Halloween Fun Festival
Molloy’s Madison Theatre is transformed into the 4th annual Halloween Fun festival with a haunted house, scary characters who meet and greet, custom-mask making, pumpkin painting, and frights that delight. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22. Rain date: Oct. 23.
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Ghost Stories and Legends of Fire Island
Bring blankets and flashlights to the lighthouse terrace and come listen to eerie tales of old haunts as you huddle around the fabled Robert Moses Lighthouse. You’ll never look at Fire Island the same way again. Come early to enjoy the additional “spooky” boat house for craft making in the art studio at a nominal cost. Fire Island Lighthouse, east of Robert Moses State Park, Field 5. fireislandlighthouse.com Free. 7 p.m. Oct. 22.
Go trick-or-treating at one of Long Island’s most popular amusement parks! This boo-tiful attraction offers pumpkin decoration, thrilling rides, loads of family fun and so much more. You know winter is coming, so what better time to come to the park before it closes for the season? Free parking and admission for the weekend, but ride prices remain the same. Adventureland Amusement Park, 2245 Route 110, Farmingdale. adventureland.us 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22, 23.
Knox Halloween Bash Regatta
This spook-tacular event is filled with tricks and treats for the whole family. Rowers are expected to compete in fun Halloween-theme t-shirts and costumes. Halloween decorations will adorn the tents and concession stations. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and picnics. The Knox School, 541 Long Beach Rd., St. James. knoxschool.org Free. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23.
Halloween Boat Burning
This annual Halloween Boat Burning is one of Long Island’s unique events. A large wooden boat is set ablaze, making the occasion LI’s largest aquatic bonfire. Live entertainment, snacks, raffles and a chance to win a new wooden boat! Talk about “fire on the water!” 88 West Avenue, West Sayville. limaritime.org $5. 5 p.m. Oct 28.
Spirits of Sag Harbor
This “haunted” walking tour of this fabled South Fork village makes stops at several locations where tour guides will share ghostly tales of what’s gone on in the not-too-distant past. If you feel a shiver up and down your spine, that’s expected. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration and prepayment is required. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborwhalingmuseum.org $20. 6 p.m. Oct. 28.
It’s A Halloween Party!
Great food, music, dancing and fun! Express yourself! There will be a DJ and Buffet, and prizes for the best costume! The Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Drive, Oakdale. 631-589-0248 thesnapperinn.com $40. 7 p.m. Oct 28.
Halloween Costume Party
New Life Crisis performs while revelers compete in a costume contest and dance the night away. Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. marthaclaravineyards.com $20-25. 7 p.m. Oct. 28.
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Haunted Hangars Family Overnight
You’ve all seen the movie–now actually spend a night in the museum! Bring your own sleeping bag or air mattress. Halloween-themed events include creepy science activities, watching films in the IMAX Dome Theater, taking flashlight tours of the galleries and more. There will be pizza, bedtime snacks and a light breakfast. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $50-$65. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
Halloween Scream with the B-52s
These campy party-out-of-bounds rock-n-rollers throw a Halloween-themed concert that will knock your socks off. Opening the show is Mother Feather. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $55-$85. 8 p.m. Oct. 28.
Bats, Barnacles, & Broomsticks at the LI Aquarium
A penguin parade, face painting, author readings, a puppet show, trick or treating, and a “Pirate’s Nightmare Haunted House.” For children who come in costume the admission is 50% off if they’re accompanied by a paying adult. 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com $23.50- $27.95. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 29.
Long Island’s Largest Pet Costume Contest and Parade! Judging begins at 2:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring pet food donations. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park Field 6, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 29.
Wear your favorite costume, or choose one from a trunk full of freaky vintage apparel. There will be food, treats, crafts, dancing, and more! Way to Grow, 655 Montauk Hwy., Unit 42-51, East Patchogue. 12-3 p.m., 3-6 p.m. Oct. 29.
Day of The Dead
Mexican specialties will be served and cerveza will be flowing on the Dia de los Muertos, the holiday originating south of the border and honoring the dead. Mesita, 212 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre. eventbrite.com $25-50. 12-4 p.m. Oct. 29.
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Great Jack-o’-Lantern Spectacular Sail
The first 50 carved pumpkins will be lit with candles, placed on floats and sent sailing around Belmont Lake around dusk. In addition to the main event, there will be a kid-friendly haunted house, trick or treating, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, and other attractions. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway, Exit 38, North Babylon. nysparks.com $8 parking, free with Empire Pass. 3-6 p.m. Oct. 29.
O El Amor
Wear your best costumes as you go crazy over these popular local phenoms, who don Lucha Libre masks while they croon love songs. Opening the show is Buttered Soul. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10-$20. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Probably the oddest, most off-the-wall cult film ever made, this kinky rock ‘n’ roll science fiction horror satire is everybody’s favorite late-night show. A young couple stumbles into a castle inhabited by weirdos from the planet Transylvania, including Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a cross-dressing mad scientist in rhinestone heels. The screening will feature an accompanying live “shadowcast” by ZEN Productions to enhance the experience. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $15-$27. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29.
Halloween Masquerade Ball
Open Bar, DJ, entertainment, buffet stations and more. Come in your best costumes and masks! Express yourself! What are you waiting for? This is the night to skip the light fantastic and go all out. Sea Star Ballroom, 431 East Main, Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com $65.95. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.
Halloween Costume Ball
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come show off your most creative costumes. There will be a DJ, dancing, Halloween buffet, desserts and prizes for best costumes. Windows on the Lake, 235 Lake Shore Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma. windowsonthelake.com $59.95 8 p.m. Oct 29.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Come for the movie, stay for the Halloween after-party and costume contest. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $20. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.
DJ Dracula will be spinning the spooky tunes while costumed revelers compete for $2,000 in prizes. Talk about a bloody good time! Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $30. 8 p.m. Oct. 29.
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Nightmare on Main Street
DJ Jester will get the ghouls and goulettes dancing while bartenders pour specialty such as caramel apple martinis in the preamble to the annual costume contest. Library Café, 274 Main St., Farmingdale. lessings.com Free. 9 p.m. Oct. 29.
Can you stand it without screaming? It’s a fright-film fest! Four ’80s slasher flicks will unreel in one night, including “Halloween II,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 2,” “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” and “Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.” That’s some bone-chilling celluloid. Admission includes Halloween party and costume contest. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. agileticketing.net $35-$40. 9 p.m. Oct. 29.
Local surf rock band, Strange But Surf, gets the Halloween party started. There’s a costume contest too. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. mrbeerys.com Oct. 29.
Halloween Costume Party
Smooth City & Fosbeats kick out the jams while revelers compete for $2,016 in prizes for the best costumes. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. Oct. 29.
This two-hour round-trip cruise to Bug Lighthouse is adorned is ghoulish decorations, a costume contest, as well as a chance to explore the decorated light house as part of the end of the cruise celebration. Adult version Saturday, family friendly version Sunday. East End Seaport Museum, 103 3rd St., Greenport. eastendseaport.org $45-$50 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29, 30.
March in costume along Lake Avenue to the St. James Gazebo where judges will reward the best creations. Line up in the parking lot of the former Capital One Bank at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Woodlawn and Lake Avenues in St. James. Goody bags for all. You are invited back to the Deepwell’s Haunted Mansion afterward where the spirits never sleep because they’re always restless. stjameschamber.org Free. 1 p.m. Oct. 30.
4th Annual Zombie Ball
Costume contests, plus two rooms of frightful fun. In one room, you can dance until you drop dead, figuratively speaking, while you have a killer good time with an old fashioned monster mash. In the second room, enjoy the scary movie lounge and feast your eyes on some classic horror flicks after you’ve had your fill of partying with fellow ghouls. Rhythmology, 361 Union Ave., Westbury. eventbrite.com $10-15. 6 p.m. Oct 30.
Costumes and Cocktails
One hour of hors d’oeuvres, great music, dancing and dessert! The winner of the best Halloween costume will be awarded two free tickets to the Melville Marriott’s renown New Year’s Eve party. But first things first: Halloween is a celebration in itself. Woodbury Country Club, 884 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury. woodburycc.com $60. 7 p.m. Oct 30.
The Zombie Wedding
This interactive theatrical event is in the spirit of “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.” Except with the walking dead on the guest list. For the first time since the zombie apocalypse, a human bride will be marrying a zombie groom. Not sure about the maid of honor or the best man. Rumors are that they’re kind of peculiar. Once the ceremony ends, the reception will bring humans and zombies together on a wild and crazy dance floor. Can you feel it? The Thriller Dance will be performed as well as several other choreographed numbers that the audience is welcome to join if they’re so inclined. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35-$45. 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
The Amityville Horror
Besides the Halloween party and costume contest, there will be goth bands in the lineup including Baron Misuraca, Night Gallery, Esoterik, Espermachine and Disorder, a Joy Division-tribute band. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
DJs and live acts from NYC play a Halloween mix. There will be a “Creepy Carn-Evil” art show, zombie makeup artists, and a $200 cash prize costume contest. Be prepared to dance the night away with other monsters, ghouls and evil spirits! Avanti, 272 Post Ave., Westbury. lihauntedhouses.com 8:30 p.m. Oct 30.
-Compiled by Natalie Coloprisco and Thomas MacDonald