Sea of howlin’ fun at New York Ascarium

Sea of howlin’ fun at New York Ascarium
Masked merrymakers (from left) Jenin, Miriam and Alinda Muntsser are dressed to thrill as they take in the spooktastic Halloween action at the New York “Ascarium” in Coney Island.
Arthur De Gaeta

Thrill-seekers immersed themselves in a sea of spine-tingling escapades at the New York Aquarium, which morphed into the phant-tastic “A-scarium” over the weekend in anticipation of the year’s most spooktacular day.

Halloween was the magic password for tremulous trick-o-treaters who made a beeline for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s annual haunted habitat — demonically plopped against Coney Island’s Boardwalk and hauntingly landscaped by the ocean — where ghosts, goblins and other ghoulish folk made sure to float the boo-tastic boats of one and all.

The young and the young-at-heart took in such awesome attractions and activities as the Haunted Sea-fari, where they boarded a sunken ship and hobnobbed with the surly “Captain Looter” and his devilish crew — part of the Explore the Shore exhibit, complete with an invitation to walk the plank, face sharks, and “enter” the belly of an octopus.

“Everyone will leave with a better understanding of how to protect marine life, habitats, and our fragile seashore,” promised spokesperson Barbara Russo.

The fearsome frolics continue for the next two weekends, so head on over — if you dare to brrr-ave — and don’t forget to come dressed to thrill.

Be prepared for gourds of fun — from pumpkin-carving and other creepy crafts to spooky storytelling, mesmerizing magic shows, and kooky music supplied by Alastair Moock, and SweetBeatz.

A-scarium at New York Aquarium [Surf Avenue at W. Eighth Street in Coney Island, (718) 265-FISH], Oct. 22-23, and 29-30, 11 am to 5 pm, www.nyaquarium.com.

It’s spooky story time, thanks to boo-tastic raconteur Lu Ann Adams.
Arthur De Gaeta

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