Want a good scare? Try Tanglewood this Halloween.


Celebrate the Halloween season during the 12th annual Spooky Fest at The Center for Science, Teaching and Learning, every weekend this October.

This special event focuses on providing family-friendly activities and attractions for the community, including decorated wooded paths and festivities with eerie lighting, special effects and popular Halloween characters.

“Long Islanders with children are searching for family-friendly events they can enjoy together with Halloween activities,” Dr. Ray Ann Havasy, executive director of The Center for Science, said in a release. “Spooky Fest offers a one-of-a-kind experience with seasonal attractions and activities families can enjoy together and build lasting memories. We encourage attendees to join in the fun and dress up in their costumes and share their Halloween spirit with us.”

During the event, parents are invited to experience some of the non-scary attractions, including the “Enchanted Halloween Walk.” Visitors are invited to take a walk through the woods and enjoy all of the colorfully lit Halloween decorations. There will also be spooky stories and a chance to meet some friendly Halloween characters along the way including butterflies, friendly ghosts, happy scarecrows, dinosaurs, aliens and Cinderella’s carriage complete with a prince and princess.

Other activities include Halloween arts and crafts, fortune telling, face painting and a DJ playing Halloween and other great music. New to Spooky Fest 2023 is an interactive glow tent.

Also returning is the “Spooky Woods,” a quarter mile walk through the dark woods of the Tanglewood Preserve. This special attraction includes the sights and sounds of animatronic zombie dinosaurs, eerie smoke and lights and other spooky Halloween displays. Unlike any attraction on Long Island, visitors will enjoy a moderately “scary” thrill without jump out scares and is recommended for children ages 7-10.

Spooky Fest 2023 takes place at The Center for Science, Teaching and Learning at the Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road in Rockville Centre from Oct. 6 - Oct. 8, Oct. 13 - Oct. 15, Oct. 20 – Oct. 22, and Oct. 27 - Oct. 29. The event is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine.

For tickets and more information visit CSTL.org. Admission is $22 for non-scary attractions and $27 for the all-inclusive event featuring admission to “The Spooky Woods.” Tickets are available in advance online on a limited first-come, first served basis. Ages 2 and older must have a purchased ticket.