Long Island offers many Halloween attractions for children of all ages. Some of these Halloween events on Long Island are free and others will charge a fee.
1. Hicks Nurseries, located in Westbury, NY on Jericho Turnpike, is my all time favorite place to take the children has a spooky walk that’s less like a haunted house and more like a cartoon episode of Casper the Ghost…oh wait, make that “Otto” the friendly ghost. Walk through this black light adventure with a child once and you will be sure to be doing it at least once more before you leave Hicks Nursery. Of course Hicks Nurseries also sells a great selection of Halloween decorations including an “Otto” ghost so you may not be going home empty handed after all. Did I say this event was free yet? Well it is free, that is if you can get out of the Nursery without buying something but I find it next to impossible not to shop while I’m there. They really do have something for everyone. This place is one you will not want to miss if you are looking for a Halloween event to take a toddler or any child under 13. This event runs from Sept. 13, 2010 to October 31, 2010.
2. White Post FarmsGarden Center, located in Melville, NY offers hayrides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, playground and picnic tables. There is a general admission charge for all and additional charges for some attractions such as pony rides.
3. Garden City Hotel, located in Garden City, NY, is hosting a Halloween Costume Breakfast on October 30th. Children will dress-up and be fed spooky Halloween themed breakfast foods and treats. Call ahead for reservations. October 31st, the Rein restaurant will host a Halloween Monster Brunch with a fall themed menu and servers dressed in costume and available for portraits. Reservations are also recommended for this event.
4. Long Island Childrens Museum (LICM), located in Garden City, NY, will be hosting its 9th annual Ghostly Gala with creepy music and trick or treating. Costumes are encouraged. Entrance fee is $9 for non-members, $7 for members.
5. Joe Alloco’s Haunted House, located in Franklin Square, NY. This a real home that is decorated and open to the public only one day a year, October 31st. I don’t recommend taking any small children to this house because it may just give them nightmares for the rest of their lives but teenagers will love this scary Halloween event. Joe Alloco’s house was actually featured on Fear Net!
6. Bayville Scream Park located in Bayville, NY. Thankfully this park offers children’s hours from 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday which does not have actors and spooky music. After dark this scream park turns into a scary nightmare of zombies and the like so beware! Call ahead if you have questions because this park is completely different, like night and day.