New date, location for coffin races at Riverhead Halloween Fest

Courtesy: Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce,

With rain in the forecast Sunday, the new coffin races that are part of the Halloween Festival have been moved up a day.

The race now starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Halloween Fest is hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement Management Association.

Participants will race a homemade coffin down Heidi Behr Way in front of the floating docks. It had been originally scheduled for Griffing Avenue.

Registrants are asked to meet at 3 p.m. near the riverfront, just west of McDermott Avenue, before the race starts.

The Halloween Fest begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe’s Garage with a performance from Yoga Pants Band followed by a Dead Dance Ball at the Suffolk Theater at 8 p.m.

Saturday is packed with events from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. including trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, a costume parade and musical performances. Various prizes will be awarded throughout the weekend, including a $500 grand prize, according to BIDMA executive director Diane Tucci.

More information about rules, other events and registration can be found at

Photo credit: Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce

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