Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 25, 31, and
Nov. 1 at the Poppenhusen Institute from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (see below).
From 8 to 11 p.m. at Astoria’s Bhaktivedanta Yoga Center, celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. During this five-day festival, devotees perform various pujas. On the third day, the holiday’s main day and the Hindu New Year, they honor Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna and offer them light in clay lamps. The program includes discourse on Diwali’s significance and offering of light. Suggested donation $21. For more information, call (888) 474-1218.
Visit the “scariest Haunted House in Queens” at the Poppenhusen Institute.
On Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1, the historic building will be transformed into a spooky mansion. Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., kids will explore the old village dungeons, watch old time scary movies and have a chance to win a door prize. Refreshments and pumpkins will be sold.
Tickets are $10 for those 8 and up. They cost $5 for children 7 or under. Poppenhusen is located at 114-04 14th Road, College Point.
FROM SPAIN TO NEW YORK
This double-bill concert at Flushing Town Hall features some of the powerful voices in the City’s Latin jazz scene: Javier Ruibal, one of Spain’s most distinctive singer/songwriters and Victor Prieto, a virtuoso and innovator, as both an accordionist and a composer. Tickets are $15 for the general audience, $12 for members and $10 for students. The first set starts at 7 p.m. and the second set starts at 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Theatre Time Productions will present its latest suspense thriller on Oct. 24, 25 and 26. “Night Watch” by Lucille Fletcher will start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The in-the-round performance takes place at the Colonial Church of Bayside, located at 54-02 217th St., Bayside. Tickets are $16 for seniors and students and $18 for everyone else. Call (347) 358-8102 to purchase tickets or order them at www.theatretime.org.
Break out your lederhosen and your blue and white and come join Rocky McBride’s in Astoria as we celebrate our third annual Rocktoberfest weekend. The celebration begins 7 p.m. with dynamic duo Jenna and Jamie. Get a pint of autumn beers on tap for $6, pitchers for $20, or grab a German chocolate cake shot for $4. For more information, call (718) 777-2723.
COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED!)
Queens Theatre presents “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged!),” taking place on Oct. 25 and 26. This bawdy adult comedy takes audiences on a rollicking ride through centuries of laughter, from the ancient Greeks and Shakespeare to vaudeville, up to the present with “The Daily Show.” Saturday’s performances start at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday’s show begins at 3 p.m. Call (718) 760-0064 to learn more and buy tickets. Prices range from $25 to $35.
The Queens Pride House hosts “Beyond Diversity,” a conversation among artists, activists and neighbors about the dreams, divisions and direction of Jackson Heights. Admission is free. For more information, call (718) 429-5309.
The Annual K-9 Korral Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest for Dogs will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at 85th Street and Park Lane South. Free refreshments will be served. Judging begins at 2 p.m. and the WRBA’s Ed Wendell will be serving as one of the judges. $5 entry fee for non-members, free for members. Bobbing for Hot Dogs contest 2:45 p.m. for information, call Charlotte at (917) 337-7613.
Rudy’s is celebrating its 80th anniversary. And the Myrtle Avenue Bid is having “Ridgewood’s Seneca Avenue Stroll” as well. Seneca Avenue between Myrtle and Catalpa will be closed…There will be plenty of food and live music. Among the local companies that will be present are Ridgewood Eats, Cream Restaurant and Finback Brewery. The event will start at noon.
Ridgewood Social is teaming up with the Ridgewood Beer Society for a bar crawl. There will be prizes raffled during the car. The event is expected to visit about eight bars in the Ridgewood area including Old Stanley’s Bar, Gottscheer Hall and Queens Tavern. It will begin at 7 p.m. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kupferberg Presents will bring Johnny Mathis to Colden Auditorium at Queens College. One of the last in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the 1960s, Mathis’ romantic jazz and pop standards like “Chances Are” and “Misty” continue to entertain audiences around the world. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $35 and $115. To learn more, visit http://kupferbergcenter.org or call (718) 793-8080.
The Bayside Historical Society is hosting its 13th annual Totten Trot Foot Race and Fun Run. Runners will pass through the historic district, which consists of buildings dating to the late 1800s. The start and the finish are located at the landmark Officers’ Club, home of the Bayside Historical Society. Cash prizes will go to the overall male and female winners of the 5K run. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m. If you have questions, call (718) 352-1548.
NATIONAL CHEMISTRY DAY
Local students and industries will visit the New York Hall of Science in Corona, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to showcase chemistry principals. Free with museum admission. For more information, call (718) 699-0005.
MOMA PS1 OPEN HOUSE
Join MoMA PS1 on for our Fall Open House to celebrate our Fall exhibitions: “Retrospective” by Xavier Le Roy, “Zero Tolerance,” “Francesco Vezzoli: Teatro Romano,” “Samara Golden: The Flat Side of the Knife,” “The Little Things Could Be Dearer” and “Bob and Roberta Smith: Art Amnesty.” The opening celebration features “Art Party” hosted by Bob and Roberta Smith. Runs noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit momaps1.org.
HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN
The Halloween goblins extend an invitation to join them for some merriment at the Voelker Orth Museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The spooky spirits will be on the grounds with their trick or treat pranks. Enjoy crafts, stories, treats and surprises. You may also create your own Venus Fly-Trap terrarium. Admission costs $3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The museum is located at 149-19 38th Ave.
Queens Museum’s senior film series will hold a free screening of “High Noon.” Gary Cooper won an Oscar for this 1952 western, starring as the marshal who tries to enlist the support of the townspeople against gunmen seeking revenge. The screening begins at 2 p.m. Call (718) 592-9700 for more information.