Once again, the Town of Riverhead and Riverhead BID is paying homage to American writer, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe with a weekend-long celebration that happens to fall on Halloween.
"The Edgar Allan Poe Festival is designed as a family friendly event and is Long Island's largest Halloween Party," noted Sal St. George, Creative Director of The Edgar Allan Poe Festival.
Taking place Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st, the East End event will fill the streets of Riverhead with Poe inspired happenings and tributes that are bound to amuse attendees.
The festivities commence with a Poe Parade on Main Street at 7 p.m. Watch, or join along, as the Headless Horseman and ghoulish characters march down Main Street to macabre music, and you won't want to miss the big finish, a Michael Jackson "Thriller" Flash Mob. A Halloween Masquerade Ball cocktail party at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center will follow at 8 p.m. Also on Friday evening, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, author of "Historic Haunts of Long Island," and Paranormal Ghost Hunter Joe Giaquinto will join forces for a spirited evening of supernatural tales at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall at 8:30 p.m.
The weekend will feature activities for all ages, including Ghost and Giggles children's stories, "live" stage plays, Poe story readings from Long Island authors, the chance to meet acclaimed mystery writers, graveyard tours, visits with street characters, a one act play detailing a fictitious meeting between Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, and much more.
The East End culinary scene will also join in on the Poe merriments. Blue Duck Bakery will offer free witches brew all day and Dark Horse Restaurant, Uncle Joe's, Sonoma Grill, Joe's Garage, The Long Island Aquarium, PeraVell Restaurant will have a special menu during the weekend. "Restaurants throughout town will offer Poe inspired Halloween meals such as Poe's Potions, Monster Mash Potatoes, Poe Boy Sandwiches, and more," shared St. George.
The festival will culminate on Sunday at 5 p.m., with a reenactment of Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" broadcast featuring Cindy Clifford of WALK, Walker Vreeland of WBAZ, David North of WALK, Lisa Dabrowski of WLNG, and Bruce Tria of WRIV.
For more information, visit riverheadbid.com.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com