Ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and Spider-Men, have plenty of places to go in the coming week. With All Hallows’ Eve falling on a Friday this year, there are two entire weekends chock full of frightful gatherings and trick-or-treating.
Groundworks Landscaping @ Hrens in East Hampton will be ground zero for Halloween, featuring the Trail of Terror, an outdoor haunted attraction for adults and kids 12 and older. Visitors can take a spooky walk through the two-acre property tomorrow, Saturday, next Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person.
A family Halloween bash best for kids 6 and under will be held at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be games, trick-or-treating, crafts, and a costume contest. The cost is $10, free for members. Make haste: Tickets often sell out. On Sunday at the museum, there will be a free Halloween story time with Sima from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
At Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater, tomorrow marks the opening night of “Frankenstein Follies,” starring the young actors of Stages, a Children’s Theater Workshop. “Follies” returns to Bay Street for its 20th year with performances tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A benefit performance, including many alumni of the theater group, will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A party will follow. Tickets are $35, $25 for students, and proceeds will help support the workshop’s scholarship program.
Though it doesn’t scream Halloween, Groundworks is also having a fall festival on Saturday and Sunday. Kids and families can enjoy face painting, games, hayrides, caramel apples, pumpkin soup, and much more starting at 9 a.m. each day. A highlight: Sue Wee Flying Pig races at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.
Costumed revelers will parade through Bridgehampton on Saturday morning starting from the Hampton Library. A story time at 10 a.m. kicks off the all-ages fun. That afternoon at 1, kids 12 and up can decorate monster cookies while watching a classic monster flick on the library’s big screen. Reservations have been requested.
The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society has invited children to stop by its headquarters on Main Street on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., if they dare. Costumes have been encouraged at this party, which will include singing, dancing, storytelling, and a scavenger hunt for kids in third grade and under. There will be goodie bags for all.
Out at the Island’s spooky eastern end, the Montauk Library will host an afternoon of gourd and pumpkin painting on Saturday from 2 to 3:30. There will be games for all ages. Sixth through 12th graders can pitch in to help for community service credit.
The Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor will host a walking tour at 5 p.m. Saturday for adults and kids 12 and over. Tony Garro and Annette Hinkle will take the group to the Old Burying Ground, with stops in front of historic buildings and houses, telling ghost stories along the way. The cost is $25.
Then, from 7 to 9 p.m., the museum becomes the Sag Harbor Wailing Museum, with a family-friendly Halloween costume party. The museum promises “creepy vibes, finger food fit for a corpse, and music from the undead.” Tickets are $25.
Adults can take the party over to Long Wharf later, where the Drag Me to Hell party will happen at Harlow restaurant. Music will be played by D.J. Karin Ward from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $25 cash, at the door only.
A Halloween Family Fun Day, sponsored by the East Hampton Kiwanis Club, will be held at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, a “tattoo” parlor, a bounce castle, scavenger hunts, prizes, and more, all included with the $5 admission.
Sag Harbor Village’s annual Ragamuffin parade, a costume extravaganza that whole families can take part in, will be on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. from the Sag Harbor Launderette on Main Street. Participants will stroll down Main Street to the Custom House, where there will be treats for sale.
Later on Sunday, the Great Pumpkin Blaze will light up Mulford Farm in East Hampton. A family pumpkin-carving event, it will be held in the barn rain or shine from 4 to 7:30 p.m. People have been asked to take their own pumpkins. Carved creations will be displayed in front of the barn starting at 6:30.
Get your creative juices flowing and sharpen your knives, the Bridgehampton Lions Club’s annual carving contest is around the corner. The jack-o’-lanterns go on display at the Bridgehampton Community House on Montauk Highway at 5 p.m. Monday. Carved creations can be entered in more than a dozen categories, including new ones like Creepy Clowny and Poultrygeist. Cash prizes between $20 and $250 will be awarded. Liz Joyce from Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre will do a show for kids, and the Milk Pail will offer cider and doughnuts. Rules and more information are online at bridgehamptonlions.org.
On Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., the Montauk library promises “tricks, treats, trivia, and a scavenger hunt” for kids, who can come in costume or not. And there’s an extra treat for those who check out a book with their library card!
Hugh King, the East Hampton Village historian and town crier, will lead an All Hallows’ Eve tour of the South End Burying Ground in the village on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration of $15 is required by calling the East Hampton Historical Society.
Students at the Sag Harbor Elementary School will get another chance to flaunt their getups on Halloween when the PTA-organized parade takes a turn down Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Amagansett’s Ragamuffin parade is slated for 2 p.m. Students will walk from the school down Main Street. Students at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton will also set out from that school for a parade at 2 p.m. Most stores in the village give out candy to trick-or-treaters afterward. Cooper Lane and other streets off Newtown Lane are closed to traffic in the evening, when residents transform the streets into a Halloween spectacular for trick-or-treaters.
The Montauk School’s annual parade, with students from prekindergarten to eighth grade taking part, is set for Halloween as well. Students will meet at Pizza Village at 4 p.m., and the parade of costumes will go down Main Street.
On Halloween night, Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor will host a Halloween costume party from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. D.J. Twilo will be in the booth, and half-price specialty cocktails will be served. There is no cover. Prizes will be given for best costume, best drag, spookiest costume, and more.
The annual Halloween party at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, better known as Rowdyween, is also slated for Halloween night. The $35 admission includes one drink, snacks, and $5 drafts and $6 well drinks. D.J. Noid will spin the tunes. The best costumes will be up for $500 in cash prizes. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Back out in Montauk, Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa will host a Halloween ball including dinner, dancing, and prizes for the best costume. Tickets are $35.
Harbor Grill on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton will be the site of a Halloween costume party starting at 9 p.m. The best costume will take home a prize. The $25 admission includes two drink tickets and appetizers. A D.J. will provide music — “enough to wake the dead,” according to the invitation.
Day of the Dead, Nov. 1
La Fondita in Amagansett will celebrate the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) with kids crafts by the Golden Eagle art store on Nov. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children 5 and up have been invited to decorate skulls and play games. La Fondita will take care of the treats. Admission is $10 per child. The celebration will benefit a local family. Since space is limited, reservations have been suggested with the Golden Eagle in East Hampton. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Nov. 2.
Solé East and the Backyard restaurant on Second House Road in Montauk will close out its season with a Halloween bash at 8 p.m. Free food will be served at the bar, and a D.J. will be on hand. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. Admission is free, and special room rates are available if you want to make a weekend out of it.