Celebrate Halloween in Long Island City with a lineup of spooky events and free treats

Photo via Facebook/Halloween in LIC

Halloween in LIC started as a small event with about a dozen Long Island City families approximately a decade ago and now has grown to include hundreds of families.

The event, which was started by local business leaders like Gianna Carbone-Poli of Manducatis Rustica, will take place on Oct. 29 at a number of neighborhood venues. It begins at 11 a.m. at 50th Avenue and Fifth Street. A number of elected officials will make speeches as local businesses LIC Kids and LIC Dental Associates host events for children.

There will be face painters, balloon artists, a photo booth and goodie bags filled with candy and a toothbrush for each child participating.

“After they polish off that stuff and go through candy trades they can have proper dental care,” said organizer Sheila Lewandowski, who also owns the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. 

At noon, a march will begin from the 108th Precinct and will continue down Vernon Boulevard where businesses will hand out candy and other goodies. Halstead will hand out apples while Modern Spaces will set up a photo booth with a chance to take photos with Wonder Woman. All businesses on Vernon Boulevard will be participating.

The main attraction includes a haunted house set up by Carbone-Poli at a warehouse on 46th Avenue. The Plaxall Gallery at 05-25 46th Ave. will offer up space for pumpkin decorating, a bean toss, a fortune teller, a DJ Monster Mash party and drinks and food donated by Rockaway Brewing Company and TF Cornerstone.

The indoor events will be ticketed but entrance fees will range from $1 to $3 to ensure that every family can participate, Lewandowski said.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the P.S./I.S. 78 Parent Teacher Association.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.



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