FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com OCTOBER 20, 2016 • buzz • The Queens Courier 63 buzz GET INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT WITH THESE FIVE AWESOME AUTUMN EVENTS By Emily Davenport email@example.com/@QNS Photo courtesy of NYC & Company Halloween is coming up, what are you doing to celebrate? Because Halloween falls on a Monday this year, it can be hard to join in the fun on the actual date because it’s on a work/school day. Have no fear (or maybe little bit of fear); we’ve found five fun and spooky events leading up to Halloween that will get you into the spirit of the holiday. The Amazing Maize Maze – Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park Dates: Oct. 22-23, 29-30, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fun for all ages, kids and adults alike will have a blast finding their way out of this 3-acre corn maze. Find clues, solve puzzles and find your way out of the maze. Feel up for the challenge? The maze will be open until 9 p.m. on Oct. 22, so you can navigate the maze under the starry night sky (or by flashlight). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 4 to 11, and free for children under 3 years old. Pumpkin Chucking – New York Hall of Science, Corona Dates: Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 30, 1 p.m. Why did the scientist throw a pumpkin out the window? Wait, that’s not how the joke goes. But the sentiment is the same at New York Hall of Science because they’ll be launching pumpkins out of a catapult, all in the name of science and fun. This event is free with museum admission. Fort Totten Park Haunted Lantern Tour – Fort Totten Park, Bayside Date: Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Leave your fears at home! Led by Urban Park Rangers with lanterns, take a tour through Fort Totten Park’s historic Water Battery as it is transformed into a “haunted house.” The battery was once a former fortress that guarded New York Harbor during the Civil War, so who knows what historical spirits might show up. This event is free to the public. Halloween Harvest Festival – Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City Date: Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come one, come all! It’s time again for the annual Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park. This year there is a circus theme, so visitors can enjoy costume-crafting as well as jugglers, stilt-walkers and a special circus performance by Circus Amok. Be sure to stick around and watch local dogs strut their stuff in the Annual Canine Costume Contest. This event is free to the public. If you want to experience something truly terrifying (or maybe not so much), check out the park’s monuments to Queens native Christopher Walken, on display through next March. Shocktoberfest – Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona Date: Sunday, Oct. 30, noon to 3 p.m. A fun event for the whole family, Shocktoberfest has something for everybody. Head into the pumpkin patch and pick out a nice pumpkin, jump in the inflatable playground, play games, make crafts and more! This event is free to the public. Students are invited to enter a Halloween Essay & Drawing Contest By Suzanne Monteverdi firstname.lastname@example.org/@smont76 Does your little one love to write or draw? Students in grades 2 through 5 within Assembly District 26 — which includes areas of Bayside, Whitestone and Little Neck — are invited to participate in Assemblyman Edward Braunstein’s annual Halloween Essay & Drawing Contest. Young artists should draw inspiration from the holiday and produce their own creative essay or drawing. The work should have a clear Halloween theme. Entries can be of any size or format. Participants should print their full name, grade and school onto their entry and submit it to Braunstein’s office by mail to 213-33 39th Ave., Suite 238, Bayside, NY 11361, by email to braunsteineatassembly.state.ny.us or by fax to 718-357-5947. Drawings should be mailed or dropped off at Braunstein’s office. District-wide prizes will be awarded to the winner in each grade and New York State Certificates of Merit will be awarded to all students who participate. Don’t delay: the contest deadline is Monday, Oct. 31. For more information, contact Braunstein’s office at 718-357-3588.
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