you’re into vampires and vodka while taking a boat cruise around the Big
Apple or have a taste for tricks and treats of the neighborhood kind,
there’s no shortage of things to do in Queens this Halloween.
following is a quick Tribune look at a sampling of things to do in
the city’s spookiest borough during the season of All Hallows Eve.
part in the city’s second largest line-up of ghouls and goblins at the 13th
Annual Jackson Heights Halloween Parade on Oct. 31.
The parade begins at 5 p.m. at 89th Street and will continue along 37th Avenue to 75th Street.
marshals of this year’s parade will include leaders from local houses of
worship and feature appearances from several of the area’s elected
officials, said Darryl Hoss, director of the Jackson Heights Beautification
Group which organizes the parade.
said the Beautification Group is preparing for the parade by gathering
goodies like candy, crayons and gift certificates to be distributed to the
march’s younger participants.
goodie bags will be prepared at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights on Oct. 30.
volunteer or learn more about the parade, call Hoss at (917) 450-3346.
Queensites searching for that perfect Halloween costume might want to give Rubie’s Costume Shop a try.
is the largest manufacturer and distributor of Halloween costumes in the
world and specializes in the design and production of masks, boxed costume
sets, make-up, wigs, hats, prosthetics, theatrical costumes and accessories.
worldwide headquarters is based in Richmond Hill and they maintain a local
shop in Jamaica, at other locations throughout the United States and in
places as far away as Germany and Japan.
This year’s most popular costumes are “Sponge Bob, Superman, Batman and Barbie,” said Terry Goldkranz, Secretary to the CEO and President of Rubie’s.
that’s not too gory (is popular),” said Goldkranz who explained that
sales at Rubie’s shops are about the same as last year.
mood” has remained about the same as last year, when the events of Sept.
11 put a damper on Halloween spirits, she said.
“Police and firemen and the Statue of Liberty,” remain popular costume
choices, Gordkranz added.
headquarters is located at 120-08 Jamaica Ave, in Richmond Hill and can be
reached by calling 846-1008.
Queens costume shop location is in Jamaica at 110 Van Wyck Expwy. and can be
reached by calling 739-4602.
Queensites interested in the world of vampires don’t have to look far — Elmhurst is home to the one-of-a-kind Vampire Research Center, according to the website http://www.angelfire.com/ok/martianfromcydonia/research.html .
to several internet sources, the research center is run by Roxanne Kaplan
— the widow of the late Stephen Kaplan who founded the Center in 1972
— and is devoted to the study of vampires and conducting a vampire
to 1997 estimates, there at least 1,000 vampires worldwide.
Kaplan, who authored several books on the subject, believed that vampires
are not the “undead” as commonly thought of.
once claimed that he discovered vampires are like normal living people –
with the exception that they feel an urgent need to drink blood each day.
borough residents shouldn’t break out the garlic necklaces just yet.
to vampire statistics from the 1990s, there are only two known vampires
living in Queens.
The Vampire Research Center can be contacted by writing to P.O. Box 252, Elmhurst, NY 11373.
World’s Fair Marina in Flushing will be the starting point for a Halloween
voyage some participants may have a hard time trying to remember.
Oct. 26, DJ Sandman whose alter-ego is Sandy Levine of Flushing, will be
hosting a five -hour Halloween Booze Cruise to the Statue of Liberty.
of dancing, food, and a costume contest with a $150 first prize will be part
of the festivities for the evening sail.
said he expects over 100 people to attend the event, with revelers coming
from several other states to be part of the East River boat ride aboard the
are $65 in advance and $75 the night of the cruise.
more information, call Good To Go Disc Jockeys at 380-TUNE or log on to www.good2godjsent.com.
be harvesting a hauntingly fun time at the Queens County Farm Museum where a
century farmhouse will be transformed into a haunted house on Saturday, Oct.
26, Sunday, Oct. 27 and Thursday, Oct. 31.
that an 18th
Century farmhouse can be an ideal setting for the spooky, Queens County Farm
Museum Executive Director Amy Fischetti said this year’s theme at the
haunted house will be “Frankenstein’s Wedding” with some scary
surprises for adults and children.
Halloween Fall festival is scheduled for Oct. 27 complete with pumpkins,
hayrides and live Country and Western music.
Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Little
Haunted House will be open from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Thursday.
Fall festival begins at 1 p.m.
more information, call 347-FARM.
believe when legendary escape artist Harry Houdini died of appendicitis on
Oct. 31, 1926, he left behind a set of “code” words that he would use to
contact friends on a future Halloween night if he found a way to communicate
from beyond his grave at Machpelah Cemetery in Ridgewood.
all, who better to make an escape from the afterlife than the greatest
escape artist of all time?
might have a tough time being around to see any form of “communication”
from Houdini since the cemetery where he is buried will be closed on
Halloween, according to staff there.
lieu of other worldly contact, you can always send flowers, according to
Connecticut resident Bob King who is soliciting donations for flowers on his
website at http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/3487/flowersforhoudini.html.
will use all of the proceeds to purchase Flowers For Houdini,” King wrote
on his site. “The flowers will be placed on his gravesite in time for
Halloween, the anniversary of his death. I live about an hour-and-a-half
from Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, NY, and I will personally deliver the
annual Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Halloween Festival will take place from
in its 20th
this year’s festival will be held at the park’s Passerelle Building, and
feature “Scary Fairy Tales”.
the trick-or-treat bag of events will be a scavenger hunt, hayride, face
painting, costume contests, a haunted house and giveaways.
is the biggest Halloween event in Queens,” said Andrea Kominski, a Parks
year, children’s costumes ranged from pumpkins to masks inspired by the
This time around, we’re going to have an arts and crafts section,
so kids can make their own costumes,” Kominski said.
October 25th, Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Little Egypt will perform.
festival is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Parks
times are 4 p.m.-9 p.m. on Oct. 25, 3 p.m.-9p.m. on Oct. 26 and 12 p.m.-5
p.m. on Oct. 27.
more information, call 520-5918 or 699-4236.
Jonathan Kivell contributed to this story