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Long Island Halloween Events Guide: Halloween on Long Island is always a special time of celebrating the season with plenty of ways to participate in Halloween fun. Whether you want to visit Long Island haunted houses or go for spooky walks, creepy corn mazes, take a haunted hayride, go pumpkin picking, find trick-or-treating events, fun Halloween events, costume contests or just find a good autumn fall festival, you can certainly find what you are looking for.

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Haunted Hayrides and Creepy Corn Mazes on Long Island
It doesn't have to be nighttime to get the thrill from monsters wandering among corn fields and orchards, popping up at random times hoping to catch any wandering victims. A peaceful hayride is interrupted by a hungry zombie gnashing his teeth, or a half dismembered corpse. To find out the details, call ahead to these venues and if you decide to endure the scare, make sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes.
Safe Trick-or-Treating on Long Island
Despite the potential dangers involved in the classic "trick or treat", many Long Islanders have been able to provide a solution that allows for children to have fun and let their parents relax. Schools, malls and in-town trick or treating events are coordinated to begin at reasonable times and have eliminated many dangers associated with cars, as the traffic in specific sections is shut down, letting young children wander at their leisure. Local businesses participate by adorning their buildings with festive decor and are more than happy to receive little goblins and ghosts.
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Haunted Halloween Walks on Long Island
Haunted woodland walks are wonderful ways to enjoy the beautiful crisp air and high, glowing moon of the autumn season. Many botanical gardens and local nature preserves offer walks that can balance the spook and the pleasure involved in getting a good scare. Check ahead to verify the violence and scare factor of the walk, and if you gauge it to be bearable for your child, by all means go ahead and have some fun!
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Having a Plan A as well as a Plan B is optimal before choosing haunted house. Arm your youngsters with flashlights, ray guns, glow sticks, or a magic wands, anything to protect them from the monsters. Be sure that they can handle the creeps and crawls of even the gentlest of haunted houses, and feel free to take your family out for a few thrills.
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Halloween
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Halloween Traditions
The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money. The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Halloween Superstitions
Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world. Today's Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. This idea has its roots in the Middle Ages, when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. We try not to walk under ladders for the same reason.

This superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that triangles were sacred; it also may have something to do with the fact that walking under a leaning ladder tends to be fairly unsafe. And around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt. But what about the Halloween traditions and beliefs that today's trick-or-treaters have forgotten all about? Many of these obsolete rituals focused on the future instead of the past and the living instead of the dead. In particular, many had to do with helping young women identify their future husbands and reassuring them that they would someday with luck, by next Halloween be married. In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it. In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went, represented the girl's future husband. (In some versions of this legend, confusingly, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that would not last.) Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night she would dream about her future husband. Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands' initials; tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands' faces. Other rituals were more competitive. At some Halloween parties, the first guest to find a burr on a chestnut-hunt would be the first to marry; at others, the first successful apple-bobber would be the first down the aisle.

Of course, whether we're asking for romantic advice or trying to avoid seven years of bad luck, each one of these Halloween superstitions relies on the good will of the very same "spirits" whose presence the early Celts felt so keenly.

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