Ever find yourself in the dark, feeling like something is staring at you? Well, if you turn around in the Nassau County Museum of Art’s sculpture garden just as the sun is starting to go down, you’ll be right. The museum’s annual Twilight Pumpkin Spectacular is a one-of-a-kind, fun-filled and slightly spooky experience for the whole family. Every year the museum grounds come alive with more than 3,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns. Visitors can sip hot chocolate and warm cider while creeping through more than a mile of swirling paths filled with haunted faces and spooky sounds in a real life Night at the Museum. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. www.nassaumuseum.org. 516-484-9337.
Trick or Treat Trail and Fun Maze@ Camp Edey
1500 Lakeview Ave. 631-472-1625. www.gssc.us. $10. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Haunted Rides & Attractions @ Bayville Scream Park
8 Bayville Ave. www.bayvillescreampark.com.
Bloodworth Manor, Uncle Needles Fun House of Fear in 3D.
Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse of Horrors @ Gateway Playhouse
215 S. Country Rd. 631-286-1133. 6-10:30 p.m. $15.
The Black Woods Spooky Walk @ Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
Chet Swezey Road. 631-878-1070. 7 p.m.
Trail of Terror @ Tiki Action Park
1878 Middle Country Road. 631-471-1267 www.tikiactionpark.net. $13 7-10:30 p.m.
Long Island’s newest and scariest Halloween attraction. The tropical oasis is now a living nightmare. Horrifying scenes of gore and terrifying actors will petrify brave thrill-seekers, so faint-of-heart be warned.
Remember Goosebumps? No, not the prickly skin you get on your arm when its cold, the Scholastic books series that haunted the dreams of every pre-teen throughout the mid-nineties. The uber-popular books penned by R.L. Stine (the Stephen King of 6th graders) chronicled the eery (and sometimes downright silly) misadventures of strange protagonists like The Abonimable Snowman of Pasadena, a Shrunken Head, evil Lawn Gnomes and Slappy, the evil ventriloquist dummy (our personal favorite).
This Halloween, Smith Haven Mall has brought is Goosebumps into the 21st century with an interactive celebration of all things spooky. Brave kids can take the opportunity to star in and send their own prank video, test their skills at the Goosebumps HorrorLand video game for Wii and take their photo as a Goosebumps Horror. Smith Haven Mall ,Lake Grove. 631-724-9031. www.scholastic.com/goosebumps. Noon-4 p.m.
Halloween Fun @ PJ Art Co.
1950 Middle Country Rd. 631-676-7043. www.pjartco.com. 1-4 p.m.
The party is open for children ages 10 and younger. Children will come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. There will be arts and crafts for the children to do, as well as face painting and Halloween goodies.
The Franklin Square Horror
1148 Norbay St. 516-352-4250.
More than 2300 trick or treaters showed up here last year because it doesn’t get much scarier than this. Each year Joe Allocco converts his house to a Halloween paradise, and all proceeds go to charity.
Annual Costume Parade @ Village Square
School Street & Highland Road. 516-759-6970. www.glencovedowtown.org. 1 p.m.
Spooner & Plitt Streets. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
The Medford Haunted House
41 Balsam Dr.
Kids can trick or treat during the day, but come after sundown for the real scares.
Old Fashioned Halloween @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Rd. 516-572-8400. www.naussaucountyny.gov. Noon.
Scarecrows on Display @ Old Westbury Gardens
10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.oldwestburygardens.org
Haunted Firehouse @ NPFD
33 Davison Ave. 631-475-1788 ext. 501.
Three floors of scares.
Pumpkin Picking and Family Fun Event @ Woodside Nursery
134 E Woodside Ave. 631-758-1491. www.woodsidenurseryandgarden.com. Prices vary. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Halloween Tour & Costume Contest @ The Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St. http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/visiting/overview.htm. 4-7 p.m.
Kids are invited to don their costumes and head over to the Louis Armstrong House Museum for a fun evening. Visitors can count on treats and activities such as face painting, spooky collage-making, and house tours conducted by costumed tour guides. Children who show up in their best Louis Armstrong costume will win a copy of Mary Pope Osborne’s book, A Good Night for Ghosts, a story of young Louis Armstrong and the world of jazz.
Poseidon’s Pumpkin Hay Patch @ Atlantis Marine World
431 E. Main St. 631-208-9200. www.atlantismarineworld.com. 10 a.m. (Also on Sunday.)
Mills Pond House of Horrors @ Smithtown Township Arts Council
660 Route 25A. 631-862-6575. $15. 7-11 p.m.
The Frankenstein’s Estate Walk of Terror @ Sands Point Preserve
127 Middle Neck Rd. 516-884-7133. 7-10 p.m.
23rd Annual Halloween Festival @ Suffolk Community College
533 College Rd. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carnival booths, petting zoo, stilt man, balloon artist, haunted house, Jester Jim, Sword Swallower Roderick Russell, Story Time with Raggedy Ann and a Reptile World show.
Scarecrow Competition Display @ Stony Brook Village Center
111 Main St. 631-751-2244. www.stonybrookvillage.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Haunted Firehouse @ VSFD
Brooklyn Avenue. 516-561-1777. 7-11 p.m. $10, $5.
Haunted Village & Haunted House
Route 25A. 631-369-SCARE. 6 p.m.-midnight.
Movie quality sets and bone-chilling special effects.
Walk Through Animated Story With Otto the Ghost @ Hicks Nurseries
100 Jericho Tpke. 516-334-0066. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
PumpkinFest @ Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
350 Yaphank Ave. 631-852-5300. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin picking and painting.
FOR THE BIG KIDS
By the time Brian Karppinen purchased and renovated Katie’s in 2000, Smithtown natives had already been turning the rumor mill about the building’s “curse” for decades. When psychics were invited for a theme night, Brian was told that a spirit named “Charlie” frequently visited the building. Skeptical at first, Brian invited more psychics to investigate. They took an into the mysterious “Charlie,” a spirit who told the mediums about his love of girls, cigars and fine beers. Brian then invited A&E channel’s famed Ghostbusters from Paranormal State, who found out through their own research and interviews that a bootlegger and bartender named Charlie Klein had lived acro0ss the street from Katie’s during the 1920s prohibition era—and ultimately killed himself before the decade was out. To this day, the phenomena continue and where better to celebrate Halloween than at a haunted bar with beer, wine, spirits, and …spirits. Katie’s of Smithtown, 145 W. Main St. 631-360-8556. www.kateisofsmithtown.com.
Halloweekend @ The Nutty Irishman
Live broadcast with WBLI. Win $5,000 in cash prizes. Come in costume!
Adult Costume Party & Fetish Photography @ Ripe Art Gallery
67A Broadway. www.ripeartgal.com. 8-11 p.m.
Featuring the creepy, sexy, shocking photography of Razor 7 for one night only.
Free Halloween Costume Party @ Edge
621 Rte 25A.
Free admission and drinks till midnight with costume.
Halloween Party @ Nappertandy’s
Main Street. www.nappertandysirishpub.com.
Live music and cash prizes for best costume, scariest costume and sexiest costume.
Costume Contest @ Mulcahy’s
3232 Railroad Ave. www.muls.com.
$1,000 in cash and prizes for best costume.