Hudson Valley Halloween Events

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



Trick or treating and parties add to the excitement of Halloween, but here’s another fun idea. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, the Hudson Valley’s biggest all-ages fall extravaganza, takes place during 40 evenings through Thanksgiving weekend.

Invited by friends a few years ago, this is perfect for adults, with or without children along. The walk-through experience lights up the wooded pathways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., where a small team of artists have hand carved more than 7,000 jack o’lanterns and elaborate pumpkin sculptures. This year, visitors will delight in a giant spider web and life-size dinosaurs and be dazzled by more pumpkin power than ever before! New additions include a jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty, a fully functioning, 20-foot-diameter pumpkin carousel, the Pumpkin Possum Posse, and a pint-sized herd of dinosaurs. Last year, over 200,000 guests attended!

Sleepy Hollow

Horseman’s Hollow takes Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its most terrifying extremes. Visitors will walk a haunted trail where creatures lurk in the shadows, ready to strike fear into the hearts of those who dare to wander. Professional actors, award-winning feature-film makeup artists, and state-of-the-art special effects make the Horseman’s Hollow experience all too real. This 15-night, interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Who doesn’t like listening to a riveting story? Irving’s Legend brings master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, where for 15 evenings his spellbinding rendition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, accompanied by live organ music and delivered by candlelight, captivates audiences. Irving’s Legend is recommended for ages 10 and up. New this year, Sunnyside: Home of the Legend is a daytime experience at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside homestead in Tarrytown, N.Y. Learn about the author and see objects related to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and take part in historic games and Headless Horseman art activities. Sunnyside: Home of the Legend is an all-ages event.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.

Ticket and date information These events have limited capacity and sell out. All admissions are by advance purchase timed ticket. Buy tickets online at or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders and for tickets purchased onsite, if available).

Happy Halloween!

October 18, 2017 |

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