This week started off with a Historic Haunts of Long Island lecture at the Connetquot Public Library with Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and Joe Giaquinto, and ended with the 10th annual Witches Night Out hosted by Lucky to Live Here Realty in Cold Spring Harbor (which happens to be the most haunted town on Long Island). I think I can officially say that I’m in the Halloween spirit now!
Last night I donned my finest witches look and grabbed a ghoul-friend to head to Lucky to Live Here Realty’s annual shopping crawl on Main Street in the quaint little village of Cold Spring Harbor. Now in its 10th year, the event draws thousands of local Long Island witches for a fun night of shopping, dining, and supporting the many small businesses that line the town. Plenty of businesses participate and keep their doors open for patrons to indulge in complimentary bar treats and spooky beverages, raffles, and store sales. Some of the amazing stores that participated this year were Whimsy at the Beauty Tree, Say La Vie, Heritage Candle and Home, Arum Rose Beauty, Bixby Clothing and Accessories, and many more. It was also great to see the lovely ladies at LocaLI Bred doing a pop-up at the event. If you’re looking for local Long Island gifts for the holidays, I highly suggest you check out their curated boxes.
This year was the first year that I have actually been around to attend Witches Night Out—although it has been on my calendar for many a year’s past. The event begins in front of the Lucky to Live Here office where you can pick up a map with all of the participating merchants and deals, receive a reusable tote bag (yay—I finally got a Lucky to Live Here bag), and take photos at the photo booth. After that, you are on your way and free to roam the town in search of the best steals and deals.
After an initial perusing of the shops, my best witch and I decided to grab an early dinner at Grasso’s, one of the participating restaurants that was offering a happy hour and bar treats. I went with a pumpkin martini and sea scallops with butternut squash, and neither disappointed.
Once we were well fed, we hit the streets for some shopping. We had lots of witches with us and it was so much fun seeing everyone getting into the spirit. I ran into some old and new friends (many of whom follow me on Instagram), so it was nice to be able to put faces to names in real life.
Of course, no shopping excursion would be complete without a purchase and some sweet treats. I’ll be sharing the new bag I scored at Living, a really cute boutique right on Main Street, in the coming days. But sadly, the pumpkin pie fudge from the Gourmet Whaler has already been devoured.
A big thank you to the event hosts, Lucky to Live Here Realty, for putting together such a fun night! I can’t wait to make to make this event an annual tradition and I’m already looking forward to next year.