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Trick-or-treating is only a small slice of the upcoming local fun, which includes Irish horror tales, Korean horror movies, and a cemetery tour as well as various concerts, dance performances, a musical, and pumpkin smashing. Here's the rundown.

Click here for October 30 through November 5 events

Fall Festivals and Street Fairs (many outdoor!)

Celebrate autumn with hot drinks, family activities, shopping, kids games, pumpkin picking, and a good scare at these outdoor festivals and street fairs.

Find a list of fall festivals and street fairs here. Most events are free.  

In the meantime as we say bye to summer, don't forget to check out Queens outdoor markets:

LIC Flea & Food, the largest Queens outdoor market is now open every weekend. 5-25 46th Ave.

Court Square Flea, a new market in the center of LIC this fall. Next market: October 19, 12-6 pm at 22-43 Jackson Ave.

Ridgewood Market, an artisan market where you can shop and enjoy some brunch, too. Next market: October 19, 11 am-5 pm at Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave.

Highlights of the Month

Featured Hotel

Featuring a rooftop bar and free Wi-Fi access, The Parc Hotel is only 10 minutes away from LaGuardia Airport. Each modern room is fully equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, and a refrigerator. Guests can enjoy access to the on-site fitness and business centers.

39-16 College Point Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 358-8897 

Featured Exhibit

Andy Warhol's Photo-Aesthetic and Beyond is a new exhibition that examines the pop artist's "photo-aesthetic," including his use of silkscreens, Polaroid photographs, silver gelatin prints, and black-and-white print media. His pieces appear with work by a famous Malaysian artist whom he greatly influenced. Free.

Ongoing though Nov. 1
Mon.-Thurs. 11am-7pm | Sat. 11am-5pm

Godwin-Ternbach Museum at
Queens College (1405 Klapper Hall)
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
(718) 997-4747  |  See website

October Picks by Michael Gillen

Good Eats:  Mizumi on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck has fantastic sushi and hot Japanese food. It can be a little pricey (especially if you go on a weekend), but it's definitely worth it. And if you bring your appetite and you go during the week for the buffet, you'll practically have a deal! A little deeper into Queens, you definitely can't miss the restaurants on Bell Boulevard in Bayside.Press195, with its wide selection of paninis and fantastic French fries, is definitely a highlight. Bell Boulevard is packed with great restaurants, so my favorite thing to do is go there without a place in mind, and walk up and down it and see what strikes my fancy.

Wander Streets: Oakland Gardens is a quiet, residential neighborhood with a definite suburban feel. My favorite part of the area is its cultural diversity. You can find churches, mosques, and synagogues all nearby. While near Union Turnpike it can be very busy with plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars, if you go further afield it gets a lot more peaceful.

Unique Treats: Sometimes I agree with Greta Garbo, and I just want to be alone. Maybe it's the former Boy Scout in me, but I love nature. Alley Pond Park is a wonderful place to really feel like you're miles away from everyone else. It may not be the biggest park in the borough, but its distance from major thoroughfares means that you'll have the opportunity to wander the trails through the woods in silence. People tend to stay on the grass, so you'll have the woods around the ponds to yourself. If you take a path that meanders enough, you can definitely go an hour or two without seeing another person, which is a great way to spend an afternoon when everything gets to be just too much.

Historic Feats: The Vanderbilt Parkway was constructed by William Vanderbilt II for automobile racing in 1904. It was the first road built exclusively for automobiles. It originally ran deep into Suffolk County, but most of it is gone, except for a Queens segment, where it survives as a walking and bike path. It's definitely a unique treat to walk along it, especially when the trees still have leaves and it's dense enough to feel you're miles away from the city.

Michael Gillen lives in Oakland Gardens, where he enjoys exploring his neighborhood with his fiancĂ© and his beloved bulldog, Dame Agatha ("Aggie" to her friends). Unfortunately, he can't bring his cuddly canine companion with him when he samples the borough's great restaurants, but he understands that you can't always get what you want.  

Read more about these and other monthly picks.