Don’t miss these fall happenings

Scarecrows, pumpkins, and costumes

Nicole Fuentes
Posted 9/29/22

The villages of Patchogue and Bellport are gearing up for a monthlong celebration of fall, starting with scarecrow-building contests this weekend. If you seek crisp air, pumpkins and decorating, look …

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Don’t miss these fall happenings

Scarecrows, pumpkins, and costumes


The villages of Patchogue and Bellport are gearing up for a monthlong celebration of fall. If you seek crisp air, pumpkins and decorating, look no further:


The Patchogue Village Recreation Department’s Scarecrow Contest WAS CANCELLED for Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at 380 Bay Avenue. First, a scavenger hunt was supposed to take place at 380 Bay Avenue starting.

Last weekend, preregistered residents picked up supplies to create their own unique scarecrow to display on Main Street in Bellport Village at the annual Scarecrow Contest. About 40 scarecrows will be displayed from the second week in October through Halloween. People will have an opportunity to vote on which is their favorite. Voting will end on Oct. 29 and the winners will be announced during the Halloween parade on Oct. 29. There will be prizes for first, second, and third place.


The Patchogue Recreation Department will also be hosting a senior fall luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. Call 631-475-4302 to register.


The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Fall Fest on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be face and pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and music, as well as a self-led costume parade down Main Street at 1 p.m.

The event will again feature its famous chili and chowder contest. About 20 entries are expected. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event for $20 per group. Chowder tasting will start at noon to 3 p.m. and chili from 3 to 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at a later date.

New this year, there will expanded live music, including the country band and now the local blue grass band, Mother Pluckers. The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts will also be selling tickets to dueling piano players outside the theater, and Birdies will be hosting a cornhole tournament. Fees will apply to teams that sign up at the Patchogue Chamber’s website. The train station farmer’s market will also be hosting vendors on South Ocean Avenue as part of the day.

“We are really excited to add these new features. The Fall Fest has grown to become one of our most popular annual events,” chamber executive director David Kennedy, said also noting there are currently sponsorship opportunities available.


The Bellport Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Halloween parade down Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m., with a costume parade followed by trick-or-treating and local shopping. Patchogue Village’s businesses will also accommodate a safe Main Street trick-or-treating.


Caitlyn’s Vision and the Mastic Fire Department will be hosting a trunk-or-treat event on Oct. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of William Floyd High School.  This is a great family-friendly event that is free of charge.  They are also looking for community groups and businesses who would be willing to participate by decorating a car and handing out treats.  Those who are interested in participating can email

The Village of Patchogue Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a trunk-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m. Participating cars will be able to win first, second, or third prizes for their decorations. To register call 631-475-4302. Children are asked to come in costume.


On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Angels of Long Island will be presenting a free admission fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bay Shore Mall in the JC Penny parking lot. There will be food, music, games, and a trunk-decorating contest from noon to 2 p.m. They are currently seeking volunteers to participating in the trunk-or-treating and candy donations. To volunteer or donate call 631-803-6775.


There will be a fall festival in Mastic Beach at the Legion Field on Washington Avenue on Oct. 23 with a Oct. 30 rain date. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. with games, pumpkins, raffles, vendors, bounce house and food. Tickets are $5. Visit Tri Hamlet Sports Club. For more information call 631-478-7883. n


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