SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (see below)
Irish Ghost Stories
An evening of spooky and entertaining stories from Ireland enhanced by the Golden Footprints Drama Group and a few surprise guests. 8 p.m. New York Irish Center 10-40 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2eoJubw.
Kings from Queens
Popular Broadway personalities perform songs by such borough legends as Louis Armstrong, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, and Fats Waller. $49. 11 a.m. LaGuardia Plaza Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/2ehC88J.
Ensemble 1816 (baritone, forte piano, violin) does songs and sonatas written 200 years ago by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and others. $25. 6:30 p.m. King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2f1zwii.
Come in costume to play games, make not-so-spooky crafts, and pick a pumpkin. Stop by Cockroach Corral to touch and observe live roaches or hunt for wiggly worms at the Exploration Station. $16, pre-registration required. 1 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2eAFQsZ.
The origins of Halloween (Oíche Shamhna in Gaelic) can be traced to ancient Ireland’s Celtic festival of Samhain. Explore the true origins of Oíche Shamhn with age-old games. 4 p.m. New York Irish Center 10-40 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2eoJubw.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
The Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presents a captivating work about the unending relationship between the living and the departed featuring passionate live music, larger-than-life characters, and breathtaking choreography. $25. 8 p.m. (and Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.). Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2f9ToiH.
The Haunted Waters of Hell Gate
Greater Astoria Historical Society board member Richard Melnick leads a murder-and-mayhem tour along the East River waterfront. While strolling, he points out sites of mysterious deaths, tragic fires, devastating natural disasters, mass hysteria, chilling whirlpools, pirates and even electric eels. $15/$5 for those in costume. Noon. Meet under Hell Gate Bridge at Shore and Ditmars boulevards, http://bit.ly/2e4Lzql.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Tour
Prolific architect Bill Gati explores World’s Fair sites, including the Unisphere, NYS Pavilion, Queens Museum, Queens Theater and the newly renovated USTA center. 1 p.m. More info at http://bit.ly/2ehFW9Z.
ST, ND, RD, TH, TH, TH…
Madeline Hollander presents a site-specific performance that draws inspiration from government-mandated public signage for safety protocols and “life-saving” techniques, such as the Heimlich maneuver posters, TSA pat-down, CPR and airplane safety cards. Free. 5 pm. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2eyJkPw.
Photography Workshop with Artist Leah Raintree
In 2015, Raintree began photographing Noguchi’s sculptures. Her resulting exhibition, Another Land: After Noguchi, brings attention to the sculptures’ material and surface quality. Workshop participants join Raintree in investigating ways to frame Noguchi’s sculptures through photography, paying close attention to interactions between light, form, and composition. $20. 2 p.m. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2eoQ0lm.
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with food, dancing, singing, education, and rituals. Free. Noon to 6 p.m. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, http://bit.ly/2eoVD2P.
Trunk or Treat
Safe trick-or-treating event with vehicles where canned goods can be donated to local food pantries. Contest for best decorated trunk. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2eLcSG6.
Watch three ghostly silent films — Buster Keaton’s “The Haunted House,” Charlie Chaplin’s “The Adventurer” and Harold Lloyd’s “Haunted Spooks” – as the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra plays their original orchestra scores and makes sound effects from 1910s and 1920s. 5 p.m. The Church-in-the-Gardens Community House, 15 Borage Pl., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2eAD5YC.
The Jacket From Dachau
Opening for an exhibition that tells the story of Holocaust survival, chance encounters, and how a single artifact can weave a narrative of justice and identity. Cary Lane, the curator-in-residence and an assistant English professor, discusses the show’s research and discovery. Free, but RSVP is mandatory. 1 p.m. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2ezaR4U.
Pick a free pumpkin from the patch and enjoy arts, crafts, tricks, treats, and a costume parade. Noon to 3 p.m. Playground for All Children, 111-01 Corona Ave., Corona, http://on.nyc.gov/2ezboDW.
Hello Taiwan Concert
Performances by Treya, Late Cambrian, and r.O.T.i. (Resilience of the intelligent). Taiwanese food bazaar. Proceeds go to Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti. 5 p.m. Taiwan Center NY, 137-44 Northern Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2dE1xXk.
Celebrate chemistry with the New York Section of the American Chemical Society and demonstrations by local college students and industries. Free with admission. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2eyRM1d.
Halloween at the Garden
Botanical crafts, magic, carnavale mask-making with guest artist Manuel Macarrulla, bouncy house, hula hoops, and spooky story time. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2f9WROl.
“Grease” Sing a long
Dress as your favorite character and sing along to the movie “Grease.” The evening begins with a vocal warm-up and a refresher on the hand-jive. $13. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2dQh1L2.
The 26th Annual Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
Organized by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, Jackson Heights will be hosting its 26th Annual Halloween Parade – the second biggest Halloween parade in New York City. Beginning at 5 p.m., it runs from 37th Avenue 89th street to 77th Street. Free.