Some people are nuts about Christmas or go all out for St. Patrick’s Day, but my favorite holiday hands down is Halloween. I just can’t get enough of the costumes, candy and general creepy vibes that surround the holiday. Even though Halloween is technically next week, most of Southampton will start the celebrations early with events ranging from parades for preternatural pups, to spooky haunted houses and parties for every ghoul and goblin in the family!Southampton Youth Services will kick off the fun with its supervised Haunted Path and Rec Night for kids in sixth grade and up on Friday, October 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. at SYS in Southampton. Admission to the event is $5, with optional round-trip transportation for kids available for $2. Call to make a reservation for a ride at (631) 702-2425.
On Saturday, October 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and families can Trunk-or-Treat out of decorated car trunks and hatchbacks, participate in costume contests and walk through the daytime version of the Haunted Path. Admission to Trunk-or-Treat is free.
Also at 1 p.m., bring your costumed pooch to strut its stuff at the Little Lucy’s Pet Parade starting at Little Lucy’s on Jobs Lane. The parade, which usually takes place the same time as the Rag-A-Muffin parade will have the chance to shine on its own this year with live music by Beau Hulse, raffles, treats, prizes and more. Entry is $10 per pooch and owner. Proceeds will benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. What’s better than that! Call (631)287-2352 for details.
The Rogers Memorial Library will hold its Halloween Cocktail Party for adults on Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Southampton Club. The gentile evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more. Costumes are highly encouraged. Tickets to the fête are $55 per person or $100 per couple. The library will also hold a Costume Party and Contest for the younger set on Thursday, October 31, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library.
Over at The Southampton Center a Halloween Costume Party will be held on Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. From what I’ve heard volunteers have been working tirelessly to make it a particularly macabre event. There will be food, an open bar, music by DJ Tony Kerr and DJ Dory Seymour and more. Cash prizes will be awarded for best individual male and female costume and best group costume. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door. This is a party for adults, so leave the kiddies at home.
The decorations will stay up after the party is over at The Southampton Center as the Village gets its own Spooktacular Haunted House! Kids age 8 and up along with their families can visit on Sunday, October 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. A scarier lights-out production will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. for older kids and adults. On Thursday, October 31, a family-friendly show will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. and a lights-out production from 6 to 9 p.m. And if that wasn’t enough, an all-ages costume contest will be held starting at 6 p.m. on the 31st during haunted house hours. Tickets are $5 at the door, if you dare.
The Southampton Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual and much attended Rag-A-Muffin Parade and Pumpkin Trail on Sunday, October 27, starting at 1 p.m. in Agawam Park in Southampton Village. In case of rain, don’t despair, the parade will be held in The Southampton Inn Ballroom.
Afterwards, kids can make their way down the Pumpkin Trail and collect candy from select village businesses, designated by a paper pumpkin in their shop window. The whole business district gets into the holiday spirit with many shop owners and officials regaling their visitors in full costume as they clamor for the tasty treats. In particular, I can’t wait to see what Mayor Epley and his family will dress up as this year as they dole out candy from the steps of Village Hall. They never disappoint.
On Halloween, Southampton Village will stage its own “Nightmare On Elm Street,” by closing off Elm Street and several surrounding streets for safe trick-or-treating starting at 3 p.m. For more information call (631) 283-0247.
Later that evening, The Southampton Publick House will hold their annual Halloween Costume Contest and Party for grown-ups hosted by WEHM and DJ Anthony starting at 9 p.m. There will be drink specials, $3 pumpkin ales and more. Dress to impress in your frightening finest and compete for cash prizes ranging from $150 to $500 for best costume. Admission is $10. In years past I have seen groups dress as different types of Publick House Beer, a pack of runners, whole casts of TV shows and movies, and some racier get-ups a little too scandalous to mention. Hopefully, people will come up with something clever and there won’t be too many Mileys, Walter Whites or Carlos Dangers running around the tap room this year.
The Rogers Memorial Library and the League of Women Voters will hold a Candidates’ Debate on Thursday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. Questions for the candidates may be submitted at the door.
A haiku writing workshop will take place on Saturday, October 26, at 10:30 a.m. Walter E. Harris III will discuss haiku and there will be time to write. There is a $10 fee for this class.
Craig Ferrantino will discuss hot investment trends at the Library on Monday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m. He will talk about cutting-edge technologies still in their infancy that have the potential to change the world and may offer great promise for investors.
Justin Kramon, author of “Finny,” will be at the Library on Wednesday, October 30, at noon, to talk about his new release, “The Preservationist.”
Carol O’Connor will lead a workshop making beaded eyeglass lariats at the Library on Saturday, November 2, at 3 p.m. There is a $10 fee for this class.
To register for any program, contact (631) 283-0774, ext. 523, or visit www.myrml.org.