Tricks and Treats
There are plenty of ways to stay scared silly this Halloween season — here’s a sampling of Halloween events in the area.
You've got your costume, your crowd, and your hit list of candy-filled houses to visit on Halloween night. Looks like you’re set. But what are your plans for that weekend, or all those glorious days around it? Hallow’s Eve is, after all, one of the year’s most anticipated — and horrifyingly fun — holidays, so why not stretch it out a bit? Take a hint from us, and milk it for all its worth.
NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM
The Haunted Museum of Unnatural History Oct. 20-21, 27-28, 31: The museum dresses up seven of its rooms with hordes of horror-filled surprises. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Oct. 31: 4-9 p.m. $6.
Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-474-5877 or www.nysm.nysed.gov
ALBANY AQUA DUCKS AND TROLLEYS
Ghost Hunting in Historic Downtown Oct. 16, 23, 30: Take a trolley tour of all the haunted historic sites in downtown Albany. 7 p.m. $20, $15 under 13.
Corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-462-3825 or www.albanyaquaducks.com
CLERMONT STATE HISTORIC SITE
Legends by Candlelight Spook Tours Oct. 17-18, 24-25: Take a candlelit tour of the museum and grounds and hear about ghosts and spooks from the museum’s past. $10, $4 children.
1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240 or www.friendsofclermont.org
The Drowned Oct. 25: Watch a horror movie filmed in Columbia County and directed by local filmmaker Bruce Hallenbeck. Bring the more mature fright-lovers in your family, though, as the film may be too intense for the kiddies. 8 p.m. $5.
3031 Main St., Valatie. 518-758-1309 or www.valatietheatre.org
Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion Through Nov. 1: Now 31 years old, this attraction offers up its classic haunted house as well as Horrorwood Studios and Castle Nocturne, both new this year. Call for prices and schedule.
Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-2288 or www.thehauntedmansion.com
SPLASHDOWN BEACH WATER PARK
Skull Island Scream Park Through Nov. 1: This new spot features four haunted houses, including the 3-D treat Davey Jones Locker. Fri.-Sat. 7-11:30 p.m., Sun. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $20. Oct. 13 & 26: Kids Days; open 12-5 p.m. $10.
16 Old Rte. 9 West, Fishkill. 845-897-9600 or www.skullislandscreampark.com
Pick Your Own Pumpkins Through Oct. 31: Scour two dozen acres of pumpkins and find the right one for you. Dogs are welcome! Fri.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-dusk.
191 White School House Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-6760 or www.wonderlandfarm.com
Through Oct. 31: This attraction is part creepy theme park, part scary theater. Fri.-Sat. 6-9:30 p.m., Sun. 6-8:30 p.m. $10, $5 under 10.
86 Creamery Rd., Stanfordville. 845-868-7782 or www.haunteddutchess.org
Massacre Mansion Haunted House Through Oct. 31: This spooky scene features a haunted house, dark maze, and wolf trail. Fri.-Sat. 7-11 p.m., Sun. 7-9 p.m. Call for prices.
348 Sunside Rd., East Durham. 518-634-2541 or www.blackthorneresort.com
NEW YORK RENAISSANCE FAIRE
The Forest of Fear Through Oct. 26: Get lost (and scared) in a haunted house and other attractions. Opens at 6 p.m. Call for tickets.
600 Rte. 17A, Tuxedo. 845-351-5171 or www.theforestoffear.com
BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Boo at the Zoo Oct. 25: Learn about owls and vultures, touch animal skulls, and make Halloween cookies for the park’s black bears. 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $1, $.50 children. $6 for parking.
Rte. 9W, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701 or http://nysparks.state.ny.us
TERRORDOME SCREAM PARK
Through Oct. 31: A frightfest featuring four haunted attractions, including the Barn of Terror and Killer Kampground. Through Oct. 26: Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30: Purchase online only. Oct. 31: 7-10 p.m. $20.
84 Lakeside Rd., Newburgh. 845-926-3443 or www.terrordome.com
THUNDER RIDGE SKI AREA
The Haunting on the Hill Oct. 3-Nov. 1: Visit their haunted village and hayride — if you dare. Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 7-10 p.m. $20.
Rte. 22, Patterson. 845-878-4100 or www.thunderridgeski.com
The Haunted Hudson Oct. 26: Author and paranormal investigator Linda Zimmerman tells frighteningly real ghost stories in her trademark theatrical style. Not recommended for children under 10. 3-4:30 p.m. $8, $5 under 15.
1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638 or www.boscobel.org
NYACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Halloween Parade Oct. 25: This spectacle draws thousands of costumed marchers and onlookers every year. 5:30 p.m.
S. Broadway & Main St., Nyack. 845-353-2221 or www.rockland.org
Rocky Horror Picture Show Oct. 25: Come for the classic cult film and stay for the costume party between the screenings. 5:30 p.m. $10.
119 Main St., Nyack. 845-348-0741 or www.riverspace.org
Halloween Pets on Parade Oct. 25: Dress your pet up in a costume and strut him or her around the orchard. 1:30 p.m.
1297 Brookview Station Rd., Castleton. 518-732-7317 or www.goold.com
FROST VALLEY YMCA
Family Farm Day Oct. 19: Come with your family and enjoy hayrides, farm animals, and other activities. 1 p.m.
2000 Frost Valley Rd., Claryville. 845-985-2291, ext. 205 or www.frostvalley.org
Haunted Huguenot Street Oct. 24-25, 31: The historic street comes alive with all sorts of Halloweem treats. 6-10 p.m.
18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. 845-255-1889 or www.huguenotstreet.org
Legend Weekend Evening Event Oct. 18-19, 25-26: Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman rides again! Call ahead for reservations. Legend Weekend Daytime Event Oct. 25-26: Less scary and intense than the evening affair, this event includes storytelling and colonial-era games like lawn bowling. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $12, $6 children, under five free.
381 N. Broadway (Rte. 9), Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org
Legend Weekend Daytime Event Oct. 25-26: This event includes pumpkin painting, a 19th-century magic act, and ghost stories. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $12, $6 children, under five free.
89 W. Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 914-591-8763 or www.hudsonvalley.org
VAN CORTLANDT MANOR
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Oct. 4-5, 10-13, 17-19, 23-31: Gaze upon more than 4,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins, arranged in patterns to resemble Halloween creatures. Order tickets ahead of time to ensure entry to the event. Call for times. $14-$16, $10-$12 children, under five free.
525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org
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