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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Coney Island October Events

For Immediate Release:


Celebrate Fall-Time-Fun in Coney Island this October


CONEY ISLAND, October 10, 2013 – America’s Playground welcomes visitors this Fall with an

exciting line up of events and promotions during the month of October.

Pumpkin Season is officially here, and Coney Island is joining in on all the fun. Celebrate the

season with family-friendly events that combines beloved Coney Island rides, attractions, and

concessions with Fall-Time-Fun themed programming.

Kick-off your Columbus Day Weekend at Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest, taking place every

Saturday and Sunday from 12pm onwards, during the month of October. Fall time festivities

include rides and games, picking pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin painting, and

seasonal foods. Additionally, a full program of FREE activities is available, complete with trick or

treating, scavenger hunts, “spooky” character illustrations, balloon artists, meet and greets and

photo ops with costumed characters, and daily entertainment at the Air Race stage. Exciting

contests round off the program, such as the “Giant Pumpkin Guess the Weight Contest” where

participants can win cash prizes and other giveaways if they guess the weight of the giant


After Luna Park, head on over to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium and

take part in African Penguin Awareness Day on October 12 with a weekend full of penguin-
themed activities, Saturday, Oct. 12 through Monday, Oct. 14, 12pm to 4pm. The goal of this

event is to raise awareness about the African black-footed penguin (Spheniscus demersus), an

endangered species native to the southern tip of Africa. Activities include: Touch Station –

where visitors can see and feel penguin bio-fact material including real feathers and eggs;

Games and Crafts – where children can make their own penguin craft and participate in exciting

penguin-themed games; and Penguin Feedings – which offer daily demonstrations that show

visitors how keepers feed the penguins.

Since no visit to Coney Island is complete without a stop at the Sideshow, this October Coney

Island USA presents, the HAUNTED Sideshow. It’s just like the Coney Island Circus Sideshow that

Coney Island visitors have come to know and love since 1985, but just a little bit scarier, offering

a perfect tie-in for Fall-Time-Fun in Coney Island. HAUNTED Sideshow performers include

Serpentina, Princess Pat, Alejandro Dubois, and Leo the Human Gumby. The show features each

Saturday and Sunday in October, including Columbus Day from 1pm to 8pm. For additional

details, visit

In the evening, make sure to stop by Coney Island USA’s Creepshow at the Freakshow – Coney

Island Criminals. A fascinating play by playwright Dick Zigun, Coney Island Criminals, features

the “true story” of teenage Al Capone getting his famous scars while working as a

bartender/bouncer at Coney Island’s Harvard Inn, a saloon owned by Brooklyn gangster, Frankie

Yale. The play features Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s in October at 7pm at the Shooting

Gallery Annex (1214 Surf Avenue). For pricing, and additional information, visit

Over on the Boardwalk, concessionaires Tom’s Coney Island and Brooklyn Beach Shop are

offering Can’t Miss Deals and Promotions.

Tom’s Coney Island has partnered with the Brooklyn Nets in their quest to bring the

championship back to Brooklyn with a free ticket giveaway. Beginning on Columbus Day, diners

spending $40 or more can enter to win FREE game tickets to watch the Brooklyn Nets play at

the Barclays Center. Every two weeks a winner will be selected for 2 seats in the Loge Box

complete with a buffet dinner and non-alcoholic beverages at the 40/40 Club. Tom’s Coney

Island will be open daily from 8am-5pm during the month of October.

Next door, the Brooklyn Beach Shop is offering a door-buster sale throughout the month, with

select items on sale for the entire month. The Brooklyn Beach Shop, along with the Nathan’s

Famous Hotdogs’ Gift Shop and the Coney Island Beach Shop will open daily in October from

10:30am-5:00pm (weather permitting).

For those that want to cover all of Coney Island with a guided tour, Free Coney Island Tours, will

continue to offer free tours by appointment throughout the month, and for the remainder of

the year. For more information, or to schedule a tour, visit

Back at the Aquarium, the Ascarium returns. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York

Aquarium, is bringing back their Halloween event, Ascarium, for the last weekend of the month

on October 26 and 27. Ascarium activities include:

· Water Wizardry – Noted actor and children’s theater performer David Engel will present an

exciting and educational show about the importance of water. Light effects, music and

magic tricks will be used to show kids and their families how they can help protect the

Earth. (Show times at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., both days)

· Wildlife Theater Presents: The Sea Witch Spooky Show – The Aquarium’s Wildlife Theater

will introduce Nettie the Sea Witch, who learns throughout the show that sharks,

jellyfish and corals are amazing animals that help make the ocean a wonderful place.

Audience members will have a chance to touch real ocean artifacts. (Show times at 12,

2, and 4 p.m., both days).

· Pumpkin Patch at the Aquarium – Visitors will explore a pumpkin patch, located on the

Aquarium’s scenic Oceanview Deck. They can pick their own pumpkin to paint at a craft

station overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. (11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., both days)

· Terrific Tunes – Performances by Barry G and Ramblin’ Davey of the children’s band Dream

Jam Band have developed a special show that celebrates sea life and Halloween that will

be both educational and fun. (Show times at 12:30 and 3 p.m., both days)

· Trick-or-Treat – Children are invited to participate in safe trick-or-treating fun throughout

the Aquarium. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days)

To cap off an exciting program of events, the 4th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween

Parade will take place on Saturday, October 26th, beginning at 11am. Hosted by Council Member

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. and the Alliance for Coney Island, and Produced by Coney Island USA,

the parade has increasingly gained in popularity since its inception in 2010. Parade-goers will be

treated to free entertainment at MCU Park, featuring live music and entertainment including

magicians, face painters, and costumed characters. For more information, or to register as a

participant, visit

 To plan a trip to Coney Island and stay up-to-date on all Coney happenings, make sure to visit, sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook,

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Alliance for Coney Island

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated

to continuing the year-round renaissance of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local

businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from Community Board 13, the New

York City Council and the Brooklyn Borough President. More info



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