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The sky is starting to darken early, the leaves are browning and the wind is starting to howl like it’s trying to tell us something. How does that song go? This is Halloween! The North Fork transforms during the spookiest season and there’s plenty for everyone, young and old, to do throughout the month.

So take this dark, terrifyingly fun journey from Riverhead to Orient with us, and don’t forget to say the magic words — trick or treat!

Saturday, Oct. 15, North Fork Community Theatre, 12700 Sound Ave., Mattituck

Lots of small towns have a community theater group, but how many troupes can say they’re on the same property as a historic — and haunted — graveyard? The merry band of actors at NFCT have seized upon the unique location of their beautiful performance space to create an informative, entertaining, slightly eerie tour of the graveyard, portraying real-life former North Forkers who are buried on the grounds. This tour is a collaboration with the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society to make it historically accurate, from costumes to script.

Halloween Fest 2018 (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)
Saturday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m. Downtown Riverhead

An entire village full of haunted fun awaits in Riverhead. At 3 p.m., get in your one-of-a-kind coffin and race down Griffing Avenue. From 4 to 6 p.m., trick or treat at local businesses along Main Street. At 7 p.m., wear your most scarily fabulous costume and march in the Goblin Parade, followed by awards and an on-stage performance at East End Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 – 5 p.m., Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead

Your little ghouls and goblins will have fun at the historic Hallockville Museum Farm’s annual Trunk or Treat event. This not-so-spooky celebration will feature a silent auction, games on the lawn, a costume parade, and contests and treats (no tricks!) for all.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 29–30, Oysterponds Historical Society, Old Point School House lawn, 1555 Village Lane, Orient

It’s sundown. You walk up to an old, historic schoolhouse to find it filled with haunted pumpkins! Actually, they’re not haunted at all. Pick up a pumpkin at Village House, carve it, and return it to the Old Point Schoolhouse by Oct. 29 at noon, where it will be displayed and lit up at night, set to spooky music. This adorable and fun celebration for the creatively minded benefits the Oysterponds Historical Society.

Friday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. Terra Vite Winery & Vineyard, 250 Manor Lane, Jamesport

Terra Vite will take guests through the world’s most notoriously haunted wineries, complete with wine tastings from each. A costume party follows with musical guest Jake Fowle.

Friday, Oct. 28, 7–11 p.m. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., 42155 Main Road, Peconic

This annual bash is a big fave for the grown-ups! Put the kids to sleep, dress in your best costume — we hear it’s a big Thor and She-Hulk year — and get ready to party! DJ Biggie will be spinning the tunes, food will be available from 7–11 p.m. and there will be various prizes for the best costumes.

Saturday, Oct. 29, noon–3 p.m., Greenport Village

This family-friendly event is a great way to spend the day in Greenport. The whole village will be tricked out (pun intended) for Halloween, shops and businesses will host trick-or-treating (with several allergy-safe stations), and there will be a village-wide scavenger hunt, photo ops and more.

Sunday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. 58775 County Road 48, Greenport

The popular costume party and contest is back this year, with prizes for the best costumes. VIP options are available.

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Sunday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m., Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., 42155 Main Road, Peconic

Why should two-legged folks have all the fun? Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s annual pet parade is the perfect opportunity to show off your furry friends in their coolest costumes. But be warned: Pet parents tend to get really creative! Word has it someone on the northforker staff is dressing their pup up as a baby Demogorgon.

Sun, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Dimon Estate, 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport

This special dining experience includes pairings from Montauk Distilling Company, The Treatery, and Disset Chocolate’s Ursula XVII for a frightfully fun prix fixe. $140 per person includes tax and gratuity.