Spooky Things to do in Philipstown and Beyond
Boo at the Zoo! -- Bear Mountain-- Fri Oct 21 - Third Annual Pumpkin Hunt on Beacon’s Historic Main St. The hunt starts at 3:30 at 134 Main Street. You pick up map and start the hunt looking for the Pumpkins hidden in plain sight along Main Street. The hunt finishes at 5:30 at Augie's Texas lunch for prizes, stories, songs, games. For more details call: 845-765-2410 or 845-401- 4062.
-- Sun Oct 23 – Desmond-Fish Library Pumpkin Glow – 6 to 7pm. rain or shine, since it is really. Last year was the first annual Pumpkin Glow, with about 150 children and parents. Bring a carved pumpkin (with a candle) to add to the glow and take it home with you when you go. Experience the glow of many lit pumpkins gathered together. Enjoy cider, doughnuts, and spooky music with Stacy Labriola. 472 Route 403, Garrison. Info: Carol Donick, Library director, at 424-3020
-- Thu Oct 27 and Fri Oct 28 – Boo-Scobel! Ghosts, hauntings and supernatural tales of strange events go far back into ancient history, so what better place to look for old spirits than a historic house? Get into the spirit of Halloween with an investigative ghost tour at Boscobel...this guided tour in the twilight hours is sure to send a shiver up your spine!
-- Thu Oct 27 - Thrills & Chills Night - Beacon…It’s time for “Thrills & Chills” night once again at Howland Public Library in Beacon from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Boys and ghouls ages 8-12 are invited for an evening of spine-chilling tales told by the glow of the jack-o-lantern. Revolting refreshments will be served to those with strong stomachs. It promises to be a night of creepy surprises! There is no registration required, however, this program is strictly for older children.
-- Sat Oct 29 – Cold Spring Chamber Halloween Parade on Main Street in Cold Spring. Gather at St. Mary's, corner of Main and Chestnut, at 5 p.m. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. March to Bandstand for refreshments and merriment. RAIN DATE: Sunday, October 30 with 4 p.m. gathering and 4:30 p.m. start (note earlier timnes for Sunday)
-- Sat Oct 29 - ‘The Haunted Church’ St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring - ninth edition of “The Haunted Church.” Open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, during Cold Spring’s traditional Halloween Parade and between 4 and 9 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, October 31, visitors will be thrilled by both live and mechanical specters, and treated to light refreshments. Festivities are free, although St. Mary’s welcomes donations. Last year, more than 1,200 guests braved the portals of “The Haunted Church.” St. Mary’s is located at the corner of Chestnut Street (Route 9D) and Main Street (Route 301), at the traffic light in Cold Spring.
-- Sat Oct 29 - Haldane School Foundation's Harvest Moon Fall Fundraiser. 8 to 11 p.m. at Glynwood on Route 301 in Cold Spring. Come support the students of Haldane and celebrate the season with a cocktail party, hors d'oeuvres, and a Trick-or-Treat-themed silent auction. Tickets $50 p/p at www.haldaneschoolfoundation.org or contact Eugenie Milroy at Eugenie@haldaneschoolfoundation.org or (917) 519-9479.
-- Sat Oct 29 (Rain date: Oct. 30) - Boo at the Zoo! Are you looking for a less frightening alternative this Halloween season? Help Trailside Museums and Zoo celebrate the spookiest of seasons with some family- friendly fun during the Boo at the Zoo We’ll make spooky snacks for the black bears at 10:30 and then we’ll watch as the zookeepers let them loose on the tasty Halloween decorations at 11 Throughout the day, you’ll touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museum, learn about our not-so-scary owls and vultures, and we’ll find out about some of the things that make Autumn such a special season. 10:30am – 3pm. Parking at Bear Mountain State Park is $8.00. There is no admission fee to Trailside Museums and Zoo, however we gladly accept donations. For more information: 845-786-2701 extension 293.
-- Sat Oct 29 - ‘I Spy’ Halloween Nature Trails and Creepy Critters
Families and friends looking for a fun but not-so poky Halloween adventure should come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall for the "I Spy" Halloween Nature Trail! The Trail will be open for visitors anytime between 10 a.m. and 2.p.m. Meet the challenge to find objects cleverly hidden along the Halloween Nature Trail and learn some amazing facts from museum educators along the way! Discover which items belong in nature and which ones do not. Search for animal artifacts such as bones and skulls. Find them all and win a prize! Visit the creepy critters pavilion and observe spiders, millipedes and a hissing cockroach. Crafts and games; cider and other refreshments available for purchase. Children 2 and up $5 each / Children of Museum Members are $3 each / Adults 18 and over free. Call 845-534-5506, ext. 204 or visit www.hhnaturemuseum.org .
-- Sat Oct 29 - It Was Dark Back Then at Knox’s Headquarters, New Windsor. Do you remember walking past a creepy looking house at night when you were a kid? Come and see ours from 8 to 8:30 or 8:30 to 9 p.m. and tour the grounds, if you dare. For over 250 years, the Ellison House, Knox’s Headquarters, has silently witnessed some of the most important events in the history of our nation. Over the years, many staff members at Knox’s Headquarters, have claimed to have seen spectral visages. For reservations and more information please call 845-561-1765 ext. 22.
-- Sun Oct 30 - Putnam Valley Education Foundation Trunk-Or-Treat Fundraiser from 2 to 4 p.m. rain or shine, at the Putnam Valley Middle School and High School Parking Lot (142 Peekskill Hollow Road). Formerly held at the Camp Combe YMCA, Trunk or Treat is a safe, fun version of trick or treating the whole family can enjoy together. There are two ways to participate:
1) Enter a car! Think of your truck as your front porch, decorate for visitors and fill up with candy or treats to give away. Fee: $5 per car (includes two free trunk-or-treating wristbands).
2) Trunk or Treat only: Kids come in costume and go trunk-to-trunk collecting goodies. Wristband required, fee: $5. All proceeds will go to the Putnam Valley Education Foundation which provides grants to support innovative programs and projects for our students. Wait, there’s more! Event includes costume parade and lots of prizes. Best decorated car wins a free week of camp at Camp Combe in the summer of 2012. Schedule: 2-2:30 p.m. - Decorate your Trunk; 2:30 – 3 p.m. - Costume Parade and Prizes; 3-4 p.m. - Trunk-or-Treat
-- Sun Oct 23 Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association is sponsoring its second annual Halloween Parade. The HCCA Halloween Parade is for children from pre-school up to fourth grade. Children will be assembled in the parking area behind the Old County Courthouse in the hamlet of Carmel at 1 p.m. and the parade will start at 1:30 p.m. www.carmelcivicassoc.org
-- Oct. 20-23, 27-31, and Nov. 4-6 - The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze is the tri-state area’s biggest all-ages Halloween extravaganza. An ancient Greece scene with mythological creatures, a pasture with ‘roaming’ skeletal sheep, and King Kong perched high on a building are some of the new jack o’lantern installations included in this massive display of Halloween-inspired creativity. Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
-- Oct 21-23, and 27-30 - Horseman’s Hollow, an interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor recommended for ages 12 and up. Stocked with professional actors and state-of-the-art special effects, Horseman’s Hollow has a high fear factor and is not for the faint of heart.
-- Oct. 21-23, and 27-30 - Irving’s ‘Legend,’ recommended for ages 10 and up, brings the master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into the historic, candlelit interior of the circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, where he offers a dramatic re-telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow accompanied by live organ music.
-- Oct 22-23, and 29-30 Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train through the historic railyard in a 1920s passenger coach, pulled by a vintage locomotive — or in a restored 1953 Rail Diesel Car (RDC) — to the special pumpkin patch where each child will receive a free pumpkin. Admission is charged No reservations are required; the event will be held rain or shine. Children encouraged to come in costume. visit www.danbury.org/drm , E-mail to email@example.com , or call the 203-778-8337.
-- Oct. 22-23, and 29-30 - Legend Celebration at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside is a daytime prelude to these evening events. Storytellers and magicians are just some of the colorful characters that perform for all ages, and visitors are encouraged to come in costume.
-- Oct. 21-22, 28-19 - Rails to the Darkside - The Connecticut Trolley Museum on Route 140 in East Windsor, Connecticut is once again holding its most popular Halloween event “Rails to the Darkside.” Last year the event attracted over 3,000 visitors. Information: 860-627-6540, or www.ct-trolley.org .
-- Through Oct 30 – Forest of Fear. Grown up Halloween creepiness at Sterling Forest in Tuxedo. Fridays: Nightfall – 12 a.m.; Saturdays: Nightfall – 1 a.m.; Sundays: Nightfall – 11 p.m. Tickets: www.theforestoffear.com , 845-351-5174