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Halloween at the Hall of Science


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The New York Hall of Science is putting a spooky and spirited, do-it-yourself twist on Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

From October 26-27, bats, catapults, pumpkin sculpting, piñatas, papel picado, and Halloween-inspired robots are all part of the celebration. The science museum, known for its focus on hands-on learning, will remain open until 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 so revelers can continue the Halloween fun into the evening hours. Most activities are free with NYSCI admission, though some projects and shows require a small materials fee.

Some of the highlights include:

• Pumpkin chucking demonstrations (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) where pumpkins are thrown hundreds of feet in the air by a 10-foot catapult. Free with admission.

• Live bat encounters (Saturday), a special show featuring live bats including a big brown bat, fruit bats, and a gigantic flying fox bat. $5 plus NYSCI admission.

• Pumpkin decorating (Saturday & Sunday) and sculpting (Sunday), where kids can bring a pumpkin from home and create their own masterpiece. Free with admission.

• Papel Picado workshops (Saturday & Sunday) where you can make your own elaborately designed banner. Free with admission.

• Giant piñata decorating (Saturday). Free with admission.

• Pumpkin carving demos with experts from Maniac Pumpkin Carvers (Sunday). Free with admission.

• Dead or Alive Party (Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m.), which includes a virtual costume party, music, live interactive video projections by Glowing Pictures, and food trucks. Free with admission.

• Plus Halloween-themed robots, giant bug sculptures, and spooky fog demonstrations. Free with admission.

The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. General admission costs $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-17. General admission is free to all on Fridays from 2 – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 – 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

Halloween events in Queens


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Here’s your guide to all the Halloween happenings in Queens this October.

Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Thru October 28
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Haunted House at the Poppenhusen

The Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Road College Point
Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27
Wednesday, October 31
5:00-6:00 p.m. (ages 6-8), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up)

Halloween Haunted House

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Children’s Fall Festival
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Sunday, October 28
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dead or Alive
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111 Street, Corona
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28

Thriller at the Battery
Fort Totten Park
Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15 Road
Friday, October 26
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Saturday, October 27-Sunday, October 28
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Halloween Walking Tour
Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria Park (on Shore Boulevard)
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.

Rockaway Canine Festival
Rockaway Freeway Dog Park
Beach Channel Drive at Beach 84 Street, Rockaway Beach
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Family Halloweenfest
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trick or Treat!
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107 Street, Corona
Saturday, October 27
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3rd Annual Halloween Costume Party
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Saturday, October 27
8 p.m.

Bayside Village Halloween Family Festival

Bell Boulevard

between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue

Saturday, October 27

Noon-5 p.m.

Halloween-Remixed

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
12:00 p.m.

Halloween on Ice
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32 Place, Long Island City
Sunday, October 28
12:00 pm.-3:50 p.m.

CenterStage Halloween Concert
Sky View Center
40-24 College Point Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
3:30 p.m.

Haunted Halloween Hike
Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston
Monday, October 29
4:30 p.m. (ages 5-7), 6:30 p.m. (ages 8-12)

Shocktoberfest
Playground For All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Tuesday, October 30
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Queens Zoo Trick & Treating and Halloween Festivities
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Wednesday, October 31
3:00–5:00 p.m.

Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
Line up near P.S. 222  (87th Street and 37th Avenue)
Wednesday, October 31
5 p.m.

Halloween Party! Devil Science Theater 3K
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Wednesday, October 31
8 p.m.

 

 

Call to address gang violence in Flushing housing projects


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Peter Koo.

 

In the wake of the most recent shooting at Flushing’s James A. Bland House, Councilmember Peter Koo held a town hall meeting to discuss new security protocol at the Bland and Latimer housing projects.

According to reports, on Halloween, October 31, Alex Botero, 21, was shot and killed in an elevator in the Bland House, located at 40-21 College Point Boulevard. He was shot once in the head at approximately 5:45 p.m. and was later taken to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, where he was pronounced dead, reports say.

“This was a specific meeting to discuss serious crime issues that we wanted to address,” said James McClelland, chief of staff to Koo.

The meeting — held on Tuesday, November 15 — was planned months ago, after Koo and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn put $400,000 toward new security systems at the Bland and Latimer Houses, McClelland said.

The money is allocated toward security cameras and new “smart doors” that will allow residents to swipe in and enter if they are on the lease. The new doors also prohibit those who are not legally allowed in the building from entering, McClelland said.

The new security systems — aimed at putting a halt to “ongoing gang violence that has been recently reinvigorated” — could be implemented as early as January or as late as April, according to McClelland.

Prior to the shooting in September, according to a police source, two men, both in possession of weapons, were arrested following a shooting at the Bland House on Saturday, September 10.

The source said that a man was shot in the leg. One of the perps, according to the source, was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Snow can’t stop Howard Beach Halloween!


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Howard Beach held a "Post Halloween Festival"

After an unexpected October snowstorm canceled Howard Beach’s traditional Halloween parade down Cross Bay Boulevard, the Howard Beach Kiwanis extended the holiday for an additional weekend to host their “Post Halloween Festival” on Saturday, November 5 at St. Helen School.

“We still had to do something for the kids,” said Howard Beach Kiwanis Club Secretary Dino Bono.

About 100 attendees filled the school’s parking lot for face painting, inflatable rides and a photo booth. A DJ spun tunes all afternoon and 20 kids took home $25 American Express gift cards as prizes for the best costumes.