These Are the 6 Best Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This October

Halloween frights and fun all over the Valley. Plus, a beautiful flamenco show at the Bardavon, Wanda Sykes in Kingston, and a new symphony season in Newburgh.


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Photo courtesy of Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Fright Night

Lauded by publications from all over the world, the high-tech, high-horror Headless Horseman whisks visitors through ever-evolving haunted houses, escape rooms, and — for the centerpiece — a mile-long hayride whose set changes annually. With all the spirit of a local-theater corn maze but at a thousand times the budget, expect elaborate costumes, special effects, and Gothic atmosphere. Not recommended for children under 13 years old.

Sept 22–Nov 3, Ulster Park, 845.339.2666, www.headlesshorseman.com

 


Photo by Mimi Estes and Charlie Frank

All the Classics

To open their 24th season, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing selections from Debussy, Holst, and Buttersworth, as well as a performance of Bernstein’s “Chichester Palms” with the West Point Glee Chorus. The “Birth to Earth” concert is timed to celebrate a “triple centenary”: the death of Debussy, birth of Bernstein, and the end of World War I, with pieces chosen to reflect the remarkable overlap of these three unconnected events.

Oct 6, Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, 845.913.7157, www.newburghsymphony.org

 

For the Kids

A Children’s America focuses on the art of children’s literature and its relation to American history. Focusing on historic figures ranging from Betsy Ross to Frederick Douglass and beyond, this diverse group of artists aims to showcase the many experiences of America, and their relation to our present.

From Oct 7, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877, www.rocklandartcenter.org

 

Taste of Spain

As authentic an intro as you’re going to get, Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero bring the art of flamenco from their home in Cadiz, Spain, to theaters all over the world. Far more than just dance, this high-energy form of musical theater relies on the excitement of the accompaniment and the virtuosity of the dancers to convey stories both high-brow and proletarian. The closest you’ll come, short of flying to Andalusia.

Oct 5, Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Concert and Cuisine

John Waite, “Missing You” singer and former lead vocatlist/bassist for the Babys, will run through the many hits of his career at Bethel’s Gallery space. So far, so good. But this night is distinguished by a spectacular three-course dinner from the Center’s master chef, including Smoked Beef Brisket, Brooklyn Tortellini, and local fruit with fresh whipped cream, all of it sourced from the surrounding area.

Oct 21, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org

 


Photo courtesy of UPAC

Laugh-A-Lot

The sharp-tongued comedian Wanda Sykes has released numerous specials, and has been a standout presence on shows from Curb Your Enthusiasm to the ignominiously canceled Roseanne reboot. Her recent work has included more social commentary: Herlarious, Sykes’s most recent special, specifically focused on other female comics.

Oct 26, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.upac.org

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