Historic Halloween Happenings in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is a prime location for some of the spookiest and most terrifying Halloween events due to its plethora of historic homes, grave yards, and towns. The Hudson River Valley provides both adults and children with fun and exciting activities to participate in during the Halloween season. From tours by candlelight, haunted hayrides, and storytelling, there is something that appeals to each person to get them into the Halloween spirit. Listed below are some of the most notable historical Halloween events taking place this upcoming weekend and next week to provide adults and children with fear and fun this Halloween season.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours: Classic Lantern Tour: Enter a vampire crypt, the graves of Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller, as well as revolutionary militia. Being guided by lanterns, the tours provide the perfect balance of fear and intrigue that surrounds these gravesites. People witness the winding roads and huge monuments at dusk giving each the opportunity to explore the past. Purchase tickets at www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org. Tours take place through November.
Horseman’s Hollow: Explore the 300 year old Phillipsburg mansion that transforms into a place full of vampire, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls and ghost, all who are serving the Headless Horseman. A walk through the haunted trails proves to be one of the most terrifying exhibits in the Hudson Valley and it is noted that this event is not appropriate for children or those with any sort of heart condition due to his great fear factor. Tickets can be purchased in advanced for the timed tours through www.hudsonvalley.org and tours run October 25-27 and November 1-2.
Irving’s Legend: The author of the famous story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow provides a perfect story to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. At the Old Dutch Church, there are performances that provide an adaptation of the classic tale from Washington Irving. The Show is 45 minutes in length and there are 4 performances a day, October 25-27 and November 1-2. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hudsonvalley.org. This event is a great way to get to know this classic and popular tale of Sleepy Hollow.
Croton – On – Hudson:
The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze: Located at the Historic Van Cortlandt Manor, guests walk through the 18th-century riverside landscape lined with over 5,000 individually hand-carved pumpkins. There are many different themes that the jacks o’ lanterns take on from the Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love to the Undersea Aquarium. This is the perfect event for people of all ages and is a great way to not only explore the historic site, but get in the Halloween Spirit. Tickets must be purchased in advance by going to www.hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze, and dates are October 24-31, November 1-3, and November 8-11.
Jay’s Ghoul “House of Curiosities”: Located at the Lyndhurst Mansion, the show introduces the crazy family and servants who were original to the home. The tours are guided through the house decorated by the scary servants and visitors will also be able to view the spectacular dining room that will be ready for the Halloween dinner. The event is a timed entry and tickets can be purchased online at http://www.showclix.com/event/jay_ghoul or by phone at 888-71-TICKETS. There are multiple dates from October 18-November 3and this event is good for children and adults of all ages!
“The Legend behind the Legend”: Guided tours through Washington Irving’s Sunnyside home showcase many items from Irving’s famous work The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. There is a walk through the woods and a tour of the home and there is a puppet show for the younger visitors on the weekends. This is recommended for children and adults of all ages and tours typically begin at 10:30am Wednesdays- Sundays in October. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org/events/legend-behind-legend.
The Ghosts of Tarrytown: Visitors get to tour the communities of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Tours go through many sections of the two Historic towns and get to see the historic parks, historic sites, and building and get a look into the “ghostly” pasts of the residents. The tour dates are listed on http://www.thehistoricalsociety.net/events/tours-ghosts-of-tarryhollow/ and advance reservations are required. Tours begin from Patriots Park!
Bear Mountain- “Boo at the Zoo”: Bear Mountain Park had the perfect not-so-spooky Halloween fun for the family with spooky snacks, animal skills, and zoo exhibits decorated for Halloween. This event is especially good for younger kids to have a fun Halloween adventure with animals. More information can be found on their website at http://www.nysparks.com/events or at phone number 845-786-2701 ext. 293.
Clermont: Clermont State Historic Site
Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours: Meet the ghosts of Clermont’s history and see the mansion at its creepiest, as a perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit. Tours view a 1921 Halloween party and get to see all the ghosts from the mansions 250 year history. All the stories are true, though funny and sometimes scary! After the tour, visitors can sit by a campfire with activities as a very unique and fun Halloween event! Tours are recommended for ages 7 and up and take place every half hour from the mansion, starting at 6pm and ending at 9pm. The last event is this Saturday, October 26th! Call 518-537-4240 to buy tickets! They must be purchased in advance.
Lantern Tour of Fort Montgomery: Explore the Fort Montgomery ruins and hear dramatic tales of the battles from October 1777. Re-enactors depict many of the dramatic history scenes and are a great way to not only explore the history, but to also take in the beautiful fall weather. The tour is on Saturday, October 26, one at 6:30pm and 7:30 pm and the tours leave from the Fort Montgomery Visitors Center. Reservations are requires by calling 845-446-2134. http://nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=28-7761.0
Haunted Huguenot Street: One of the oldest and most mysterious streets in the United States provides the perfect place for people to get excited for Halloween. With haunted scavenger hunts for kids and themed crafts, refreshments and prizes, there is something for all ages! The event for kids is Saturday, October 26th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. For more information go to http://www.huguenotstreet.org/about_us/calendar.php!
St. James Episcopal Church: Graveyard Tours: What better way to get scared then to view the historical resting places of many important historical figures. At St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, visitors get to tour the graveyards with six new historical figures this year! There is great history to be uncovered here at the graveyard and tours are led by candlelight to get the perfect spooky feeling! For more information or tickets go to http://www.stjameshistoricgraveyardtours.com/!
The Hudson River Valley is one of the best places for adults and children of all ages to get ready for the Halloween season. With all the historic sites, homes, and parks, there is something for everyone to do. Some are more scary and thrilling then others, but these are just a few of many events that are happening in the areas this weekend and next weekend! Below are some more Halloween and fall themed events happening in the area. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
-Kaitlyn Walsh, Marist ‘14