The spooky season is officially upon us, which means this is an opportune time to get out and about for some ghostly fun.
Here are 6 Halloween themed events happening around the South Fork and on Shelter Island in the weeks to come — and some of them are pretty darn haunting.
So cling tight to someone you love and scare up a good time on the East End!
Spooktacular Haunted House
Friday, October 21 through Monday, October 31
Southampton Arts Center will scare and delight the community during the last two weeks of October by creating a haunted house inside the historic Job’s Lane building.
Now in its third year, the Spooktacular Haunted House is a bloodcurdling experience. Produced by “haunt master” Oscar Gonzalez, the attraction boasts seven rooms of horror featuring monsters under the bed, scary clowns, an evil butcher, zombies, a forest of skeletons and more.
Recommended for ages 8 and up, the lights will be kept on for the first hour each night.
In addition, the Center’s current exhibition, “Chas Addams: Family and Friends,” includes more than 50 original works from famed cartoonist Charles Addams, several of which relate to The Addams Family cartoons, on which the television series and feature films were based.
DATE: Friday, October 21, 5 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 5 to 10 p.m.
Sunday, October 23, 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 27, 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday, October 28, 5 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 5 to 10 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, 4 to 9 p.m.
Monday, October 31, 4 to 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton.
CONTACT: (631) 283-0967, www.southamptonartscenter.org.
Book Presentation & Signing:
Historic Haunts of Long Island
Sunday, October 23, 3 to 5 p.m.
Long Island’s haunted past comes alive at the Shelter Island Historical Society when award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky talks about her latest book “Historic Haunts of Long Island; Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point.”
Ms. Brosky will discuss fascinating new places she has researched and investigated with medium and paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto. Join them both as they uncover Long Island’s history and ghost tales at places like the Cutchogue Village Green, where several old buildings — and former inhabitants — are preserved.
Sunday, October 23, 3 to 5 pm.
LOCATION: Shelter Island Historical Society Havens Barn, 16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island.
CONTACT: (631) 749-0025 to reserve, www.shelterislandhistorical.org.
2016 Pumpkin Carving Contest
Monday, October 24, 5 p.m.
The Bridgehampton Lions Club 2016 Carving Contest invites all pumpkin and squash carvers to bring their best work for judging. The categories will be posted on the Lions Club website soon and you can bet there will be a few politically inspired categories this year.
Remember, this year’s carving contest is a full week before Halloween so carvers will have to get into the spirit a little earlier. All entries are free and there is no age limit on theme categories. There is a maximum three entries per person, one per category. Judging starts at dusk/dark so don’t be too late. All entries should be taken home after the contest. Please bring a candle for each entry. Carving must be done at home. No carving is permitted at the event.
DATE: Monday, October 24, 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Bridgehampton Community House, 2357 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton
Spirits Of Sag Harbor: A Haunted Walking Tour
Friday, October 28, 6 p.m.
Yes, it’s true, there are lots of ghostly tales of hauntings in Sag Harbor and journalist Annette Hinkle and historian Tony Garro will lead a walking tour through the village to share a few of them. Some of the stops include Murph’s Tavern, the Old Whalers’ Church and the John Jermain Memorial Library. Dress appropriately. The tour lasts approximately two hours and is a fundraiser for the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. All proceeds go directly toward the museum’s Capital Campaign for restoration.
DATE: Friday, October 28, 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour begins at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor.
FEE: $25 per person (space is limited — preregistration and payment required).
CONTACT: (631) 725-0770 to register. Recommended for ages 12 and up. www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.
Mourning the Victorian Way: An 1860s Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Tour
Saturday, October 29, 3 p.m.
In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. The Southampton Historical Museum recreates an 1860s funeral service and discusses the funerary customs of 19th century Southampton. The music room of Rogers Mansion will be draped in black crepe, mirrors and windows will be covered so the deceased’s soul will not be detained and clocks will be stopped at the moment of death.
After the wake, mourners will follow the coffin to nearby North End Cemetery, for the tour of the burying grounds. Participants are encouraged to wear 19th century mourning attire and there will be a $10 discount for those who wear all black.
DATE: Saturday, October 29, 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Rogers Mansion, Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton.
FEE: $25 for adults in advance, $30 at the door
CONTACT: (631) 283-2494 to reserve, www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.
History Unearthed: A Tour Of The Old Burying Ground
Sunday, October 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Sag Harbor’s Old Burying Ground, the village’s original municipal burial site, was opened in 1767 and used for burials until 1871.
Historian Tony Garro will share his knowledge of the burying ground and talk about several Revolutionary and historical figures interred at the site. The tour is a fundraiser for the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. All proceeds go directly toward the museum’s Capital Campaign for restoration.
DATE: Sunday, October 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour begins at the entrance to the Old Burying Ground on Union Street, Sag Harbor.
FEE: $15 per person (space is limited — preregistration and payment required) includes the tour and admission to the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, either before or after the tour.
CONTACT: (631) 725-0770, www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.