Five ways to get spooky scary in downtown Riverhead this Halloween

A frightening silhouette marches behind the fog machine during the Halloween parade last year. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

In the days leading up to Halloween, there will be no better place for a North Fork fright than downtown Riverhead. 

With spooky events planned for three straight days on the weekend leading up to the haunted holiday, the Riverhead Business Improvement District aims to pack downtown with ghouls, goblins and anyone looking for a scary good time.

Here are five ways to make the most of this Halloween in Riverhead.


Yes, you read that right. Folks will be racing homemade coffins down Main Street at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. If you’re interested in participating, check-in is at 1 p.m. Sunday with the event, which includes a parade of coffins, getting underway by 2 p.m. You can also show off your coffin a day ahead of time with a contest at Joe’s Garage. Visit to learn more.


A $500 grand prize for originality will be on the line at the annual costume parade at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. The parade route runs from Griffing Avenue to the Peconic Riverfront this year and additional prizes will be handed out in several categories. Visit to learn more.


East End Arts will host a pumpkin-carving event beginning at noon Saturday, Oct. 28 behind its property on the riverfront. Return that evening to see the bulbs aglow at the Jack O’Lantern Walk. Visit to learn more.


The Long Island Aquarium is hosting a masquerade ball at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 and then offering half-price admission for children in costumes at its Bats, Barnacles and Broomsticks event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Visit for more information or to buy tickets.


The Suffolk Theater is getting into the act with a screening of the 70s classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. Buy tickets here.