October 31 is fast approaching, which means it’s time to unleash your inner ghoul and fall into the Halloween spirit. While Halloween gives people the chance to embrace their otherwise vicarious fantasies, this magical holiday can be stressful as it requires a considerable amount of creative brainpower and imagination. From procuring a costume to decorating the house, Halloween preparation and planning can be scarier than the ghosts and goblins that come out to play! Not to fear— we have your first Halloween ‘treat.’ We’ve rounded up some of the most spooktacular Halloween festivities in the Hudson Valley, so you don’t have to– giving you more time to channel your inner artisan.
Starting on September 29, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze returns to the Hudson Valley to captivate audiences with its seven-thousand hand-carved Jack O’Lanterns display illuminating along the riverside near Van Cortlandt Manor. This walk-through theatrical experience features intricately designed Jack O’Lanterns arranged into life-size dinosaurs, a replica of a famous New York bridge, a circus train, a headless horseman amongst others. Take a stroll through the “Pumpkin Planetarium” to see the event’s overarching ceiling display of elaborate Jack O’Lanterns. Being one of the tri-state’s most popular Halloween celebrations, tickets ($16-25) must be bought in advance— they sell out faster than you can say ‘hocus pocus.’
For the past eight years, the Horseman’s Hollow in the Hudson Valley takes the iconic tale of Legend of Sleepy Hollow and makes it into a terrifying reality for guests who dare to enter the famous haunted house. For a half-mile along a candlelit path, guests encounter a series of dark scenarios that drag them into a corrupted world of disturbia and terror lead by the Headless Horseman himself! Located in the birthplace of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this haunted house possesses an element of authenticity that heightens its overall fear-factor and gives you nightmares for days.
On Saturday, October 28, The Nyack Chamber of Commerce will host its 30th annual Halloween Parade featuring marching bands, decorated fire trucks, floats as well as an array of costumed revelers! The Nyack Halloween Parade is the one of the largest parades sweeping the tristate area, as an estimated 15,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Main and Broadway in downtown Nyack. All are welcome to march and register for prizes. This family-oriented parade attracts people of all ages as well as unites the community for some festive Halloween fun!
Critically acclaimed master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk offers a compelling 45-minute performance of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, Hudson Valley. Kruk uses elaborate costumes, life-like props and spooky organ music to set the mood and enhance guest experience. At $25 for adults, and $20 for children, tickets for Kruk’s dramatized rendition of the Halloween favorite must be bought in advance due to its high popularity.
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