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Coney Island October Events
For Immediate Release:
CONEY ISLAND ANNOUNCES EXCITING LINEUP OF EVENTS IN OCTOBER
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 http://www.coneyisland.com/event/haunted-sideshow-4.
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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1395805183986149/.
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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