2012-10-17 / Features

Halloween Treats In Queens

BY CRISTINA GUARINO

There are many options in Queens for those looking for a Halloween celebration. Every year, as the leaves start to change and New York becomes swamped with people wearing boots, drinking pumpkin spiced lattes and patronizing seasonal costume shops, Queens participates in the seasonal traditions with its fair share of fall fun. Here is a list of activities that Queens residents can enjoy this late October.

October 20 at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.: Halloween Harvest Festival, located in Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park, 31-34 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway. Familyfriendly activity with costume workshops by Socrates artists, Canine Costume Contests, harvest foods from local restaurants, face painting and arts and crafts.

October 26 at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.: Thriller at the Battery, Fort Totten Park. Labeled a “Must See” by the City Department of Parks and Recreation, this spooky event features ghosts and ghouls from a haunted shipwreck in the Battery.

October 26, 27 and 28 at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., ages 4-12 and parents: Haunted House and

Children’ s

Fall Festival at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73- 50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Assorted activities include a haunted house, fall festival, pick-your-own-pumpkin and the Maize Maze.

October 27: Canine Costume Carnival at Rockaway Freeway/Beach 84.

October 27 at 8 p.m. and October 28 at noon: Halloween Remixed at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard. Costume parties for adults (Saturday night) and for all ages in the family (Sunday at noon).

October 30, at 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Shocktoberfest, Flushing Meadows- Corona Park Playground. Fun games, craft activities, a costume dance party and fun for all ages.

October 31: Jackson Heights Halloween Parade, the second largest Halloween parade in New York. Location TBD. Sponsored by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG), www.jhbg.org

Many stores along Steinway Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria and Long Island City hand out candy and other treats to trick or treaters. There are also a number of other events, specials and the like scattered throughout our borough, so be sure to ask your most frequented local destinations about what they have planned for the big day.

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