By Dylan Valic
With the end of October approaching and midterms becoming a painful memory of the past, students are looking to unwind and have a little fun. Luckily, Halloween is right around the corner. The annual celebration is a great way to let off some steam and have a good time. For students who don’t yet have any plans, here’s a list of some Halloween activities going on nearby.
One terrifying attraction students may want to check out is Bayville Scream Park. This Halloween theme park advertises itself as the “largest Halloween attraction in the tri-state area.” It features six frightening haunted houses ranging from an abandoned fun house filled with clowns and an old temple haunted by an evil mummy. The park also features other Halloween activities like a spooky tree top climbing course and zombie pirate mini golf.
Another haunted house is Darkness Rising. Located in Copiague, this haunted house takes you on a terrifying journey through a cursed village, with evil lurking around every corner. A portion of the proceeds from the event are donated to the Yes Community Counseling Center, a non-profit organization that helps people struggling with domestic violence, substance abuse and other issues.
On a lighter note, for students who want to get in the spooky spirit without the chills and thrills of haunted houses, Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns might be just the thing. This garden trail, located at Old Westbury Gardens, features more than 5,000 jack o’lanterns all carved by professional artists. The event also features live carving sessions, allowing onlookers to see how professionals carve pumpkins and ask questions.
It’s no secret that people love to party on Halloween. Luckily, students won’t even need to leave campus for a fun night with their peers. Phi Sigma Kappa is hosting a Halloween masquerade party in the Tilles Center Atrium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a mask, raffle tickets and concessions.
Whether you choose to spend your Halloween being scared senseless, partying the night away, or just hanging out with friends, the night is sure to be a fun time for all.