Celebrating ‘The Dead’

Forget Halloween; at the Socrates Sculpture Garden, it’s all about the “Dead.”

On Oct. 17, the Long Island City space takes cues from “Día de los Muertos” — the Mexican Day of the Dead — during its annual Harvest Festival, with performances, music, food and costume-making workshops celebrating the holiday, which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died, It is traditionally held on Nov. 2.

During the day-long festival, there will be face-painting, pumpkin painting and even a canine costume contest for your pets. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their own costumes, too.

The outdoor park is located right on the waterfront, with views of the Manhattan skyline. Best of all, the festival’s free!

Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Garden [3134 Vernon Blvd. at Broadway in Long Island City, (718) 956-1819], Oct. 17 form 11 am-2 pm. Free. For info, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.