In the spirit of Halloween, the Hamptons plays host to a number of spooky thrills and chills. Family friendly or freakishly fun, Halloween on the East End offers multiple opportunities to scare up some adventures. Below are just a few of the offerings.
Hank’s Pumpkintown, the popular, family-friendly fall spot on Montauk Highway in Water Mill is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Halloween. Enjoy pumpkin picking, a corn maze and a playground with all sorts of large wooden attractions—think tractors, boats and trains. This year, Hank’s biggest addition is Hank’s Pumpkintown Mining Co. Water will flow from a large water tower into a basin, where kids are invited to mine gemstones and fossils. Also on site is a new Spookley the Square Pumpkin Storybook Maze, a new wooden ship, pumpkin hut and metal barrel horses. In the market, Hank’s has added apple cider slushies, and they’re now making their own kettle corn. Hank’s has also added a country store that sells jams, relishes, salsas, local honey, carving tools and other farm-related goods. And to reduce the lines for the apple cider and pumpkin donuts, Hank’s has purchased an additional donut machine. As in the past, the maze park and apple orchard will only be open on weekends and school holiday October 13. Hank’s Pumpkintown is located at 240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. For more information, visit hankspumpkintown.com.
Stages Children’s Theatre Workshop’s Frankenstein Follies returns with its signature Halloween fun for its 20th year. Get a head start on Halloween week and check out the family-friendly show, which is performed by kids ages 8–18, at Bay Street Theater on October 26, 27 and 28. For more information, go to stagesworkshop.org. Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is located on The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor.
What’s more Halloween than a cemetery tour? Join Hugh King, the East Hampton Village Town Crier, as he leads a cemetery tour on October 29. Meet at Home Sweet Home, 14 James Lane, at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 631-324-6850. The tour is $15 per person. Visit easthamptonhistory.org for additional information.
Rouse your inner Halloween spirit on October 30 with the Halloween Coney Island Burlesque show at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. The show, which is intended for those 18–plus, incorporates a blend of old style burlesque, sideshow freaks, strange women and new vaudeville. The show begins at 8 p.m., but the door, bar and restaurant open at 6:30 p.m. The Suffolk Theater is located at 118 East Main Street, Riverhead. For more info, call 631-727-4343 or visit suffolktheater.com.
Just to the west, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse is not for scaredy cats. Combining theater with thrills, Gateway is consistently rated one of the top haunted houses on Long Island. Earlier this year, they invited would-be attendees to submit their weirdest nightmare, and the worst of the worst have been brought to life. The elaborate haunted mansion incorporates all worldly ways of witchcraft—low visibility, strobe lights, fog, special effects—and maybe some otherworldly ones too. For kids who may get a little too creeped out, Gateway’s Not So Scary Adventure, open on select days, invites mini monsters to stroll through the batty maze and enjoy giggles instead of ghouls. The Haunted Playhouse is open Friday–Sunday and select Wednesdays and Thursdays through November 1. Visit pacsc.org/hauntedhouse or call 631-286-0555 for additional information. Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse is located at 215 South Country Road, Bellport.
For those in a festive mood, close out the Old Mill Inn’s season with the annual rockin’ Halloween party on Saturday, November 1. Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks will be there to keep you safely rockin’. But, partygoers beware. The Old Mill Inn, which has sat on the Mattituck Inlet since 1821, is notoriously haunted. The Old Mill Inn is located at 5775 West Mill Road, Mattituck. For more information, visit theoldmillinn.net or call 631-298-8080.
The Southampton Arts Center will also host two events over Halloween weekend. The first, a Spooktacular Haunted House, will be held on October 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31. Oscar Gonzalez, who has organized notoriously creepy haunted houses across Long Island in year’s past, will head this year’s Southampton incarnation. Tickets are $5 at the door. The haunted house is recommended for ages 8-plus. On Saturday, October 25, the Arts Center will host a Halloween Party from 7 p.m.–midnight. The $70 tickets include an open bar, food, music, dancing and a look at the spooktacular haunted houses from 7–7 p.m. There will be a $250 cash prize for best male and female costume; as well as a $500 cash prize for best group costume. To purchase tickets, visit southamptonartscenter.org. The Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. 631-283-0967.