With All Hallows' Eve falling on a Sunday this year, there are plenty of ways in East Hampton for kids and kids at heart to celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all.
Friday night, the frightful festivities begin with a Haunted Mulford Farm: Witches on Trial, part theatrical performance, part haunted tour, at nightfall. The East Hampton Historical Society, which owns the farm, started the annual Halloween celebration four years ago. Admission is nominal at $2 for students, $5 for adults, and $10 for families. Haunted Farm is recommended for those 12 and over, and no one under that will be allowed without a guardian. The spectacle continues until 10 p.m. If you miss it on Friday, it will continue on Saturday.
That's perfect timing for those who don't have curfews, but have costumes. Booga Sugar, a '70-style disco rock band, will take to the stage at the Stephen Talkhouse during its annual Halloween Party at 10 p.m. Admission is just $15.
Your feet might be sore from all that dancing, but the kids will be rested enough for some activity on Saturday. East Hampton Bowl is hosting a family costume party with two hours of cosmic glow-in-the-dark bowling starting at noon. Wear your costumes because there's a contest for the scariest, funniest, and most inventive costumes. There's another round from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kids bowl for $10, adults for $12. A Halloween goody bag and shoes are included.
For those out east in Montauk, the Montauk Point Lighthouse is hosting a Halloween Puppet Show. The Lighthouse Players will direct two shows at 1 and 3 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children under 12. Admission to the museum is included.
There are two big Halloween bashes in Montauk Saturday night. Sole East Resort will serve free bar food and witches' grog at its 2010 Season Closing Party that includes musical guests and a costume contest. We hear the prize is a weekend's stay for free, but you'll have to wait until 2011. The Halloween party at Gurney's Inn, starting at 10 p.m., will have a live band and costume contests, as well. There's no cover charge.
On the official day of goblin's and ghouls, the popular Rag-a-muffin Parade and Pumpkin Trail will take place over in Sag Harbor. The parade starts at 1 p.m., and little witches and fairies and all others will convene in the parking lot behind Bookhampton. After the witches fly down Main Street on their brooms, the Trick-o-Treating begins on the Pumpkin Trail at area business. While you're in the harbor, look for the Whaling Haunted House.
The Montauk School PTA Hallween Parade begins at the Montauk Corner Store at 2 p.m. Anyone lining up to march must be wearing a costume.
To end the weekend festivities, East Hampton, we have Rowdyween, Rowdy Hall's 11th annual Hallween party. The stakes are high for the $500 award for best costume. The $30 cover charge at the door includes live music by Little Head Thinks, a complimentary drink, hors d'oeuvres, and drink specials. The fun starts at 7 p.m.