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Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Boat Burning

So you’ve taken the kids to Fourth of July fireworks, and you’re looking for the next act. Or you’re a closet pyromaniac who has always wanted to know what a boat – a full size wooden boat, mind you – would look like fully engulfed in flames.

The Halloween Boat Burning on the beautiful grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum – 14 acres on the historic West Sayville waterfront – is a unique treat, regardless of what you’re looking for.

Every year, somebody donates a boat that is beyond repair, and it becomes Long Island’s most spectacular bonfire. (If you feel bad that a real wooden boat would be sacrificed in this manner, the Museum’s boat shop volunteers build a new one every year– much smaller, of course – and raffles it off for charity.)

Like Fireworks, the event begins at 5 pm, and the pyrotechnics take place after dark with live music and light snacks and refreshments available while you wait. Cost is $5 a head; kids under 5 are free. No pets are allowed. Halloween costumes encouraged. Rain date: Saturday, October 28.

While the museum’s pride and joy, the Priscilla, may not be sailing on Boat Burning day, a public sail on the sloop is a nice way to get a sense of the area’s oyster fishing history earlier in the month (sails at 3 pm on Fridays.) Built in 1888, the Priscilla worked the oyster beds until 1963, and (after being restored by the museum in 2002) takes guests on a 2-hour tour of the Great South Bay. Price is $75 adults; $65 seniors (65+) and $20 children ages 3-12. If you’re interested, call for reservations: 631-447-8679.