Get an early start on celebrating Halloween, take a haunted tour, enjoy a laugh with friends and do more at these events around Queens.
Saturday, October 24
Come on down to Socrates Sculpture Park for the annual Halloween Harvest Festival! Make your own costume, enjoy live music, take part in an art workshop, get your face painted, and try harvest foods from local restaurants. Bring your dog in costume for a chance to win the Annual Juried Canine Costume Contest! Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. https://socratessculpturepark.org/program/halloween/.
Audiovisual masters Herman Kolgen and Nicolas Bernier will perform live at the Knockdown Center. Kolgen performs his acclaimed masterpiece, “Dust,” creating a spectacular world from mere dust particles. Bernier will present “Frequencies,” a symphony of synthetic sound synchronized with light inside small acyclic structures—a digital work visually translated into physical elements. Free admission. The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth. 347-915-5615, https://knockdown.center/event/herman-kolgen-and-nicolas-bernier/.
Brave the darkened interior of Fort Totten’s Haunted Castle, where you will be sure to encounter the spirits and other creatures who inhabit the Bayside Historical Society’s landmark building! Halloween treats and goodies will be available for purchase in the second floor reception hall…if you survive! Please note: Not for the faint-hearted. Live actors, loud noises, fog and strobe lights in use. Oct. 24, 7 to 10 p.m. $5 per person. Bayside Historical Society at Fort Totten, Bell Boulevard and 212th Street. 718-352-1548, https://www.baysidehistorical.org/events.html.
Kids and adults be spooked and thrilled at the Queens County Farm’s haunted house! Hayrides, Halloween treats, mulled cider and other fall goodies will be sold as well. October 24 to 25, 4 to 7 p.m. $4 per person. Queens County Farm, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. 718-347-3276, https://www.queensfarm.org/events.html.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Kids of all ages are sure to have a blast at the Queens County Farm’s Children’s Fall Festival! Come in costume and enjoy free games, races, pony rides, live music, and the Farm’s Haunted House and Amazing Maize Maze! Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per person, farm members free. Queens County Farm, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. 718-347-3276, https://www.queensfarm.org/events.html.
Rudolph Valentino was the first “Latin Lover” of the silent movies in the 1920s. He filmed many iconic pictures of the time, including “Monsieur Beaucaire,” which was filmed in Astoria. His untimely death came as a huge shock to fans, many of whom claimed to see his ghost. Join tour guide, writer and Astoria resident Marie Carter for “The Life and Afterlife of Rudolph Valentino,” an illustrated lecture all about this fascinating film star. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $10 per person. Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria. https://qedastoria.com/.
Monday, Oct. 26
Every great joke, character, or song starts somewhere. Join Christian Finnegan at QED Astoria for this month’s New Release Day as he invites professional entertainers to test out new material before they unleash it to audiences around the world. This month will feature three-time Emmy winner David Feldman, Keith Alberstadt of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and more! 8:30 to 10 p.m. $6 per person. Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria. https://qedastoria.com/.
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Join John Fugelsang (“America’s Funniest Videos”) Frank Conniff (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”) and Myka Fox (senior editor of Distractify) for a night of political satire and comedy. They will be screening the Republican debate while comedians and political commentators add commentary in the style of “Mystery Science Theater 3000. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. $8 per person. Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria. https://qedastoria.com/.
Young children are sure to have an evening of spooky fun at the Voelker Orth Museum’s Halloween party! Come in costume and enjoy crafts, not-too-scary stories, treats and surprises. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 5 to 7 p.m. $3 per person. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing. 718-359-6227, https://www.vomuseum.org/fampgm.html.