We love Halloween: the crisp autumn air, the kids in adorable costumes, and the chocolate for weeks after. Here’s the Westchester County Moms Blog guide to Halloween, including hayrides, carnivals, costume parties, and spooky fun.
Spooktoberfest for Kids, 12pm-4:30pm, Harts Book Park & Preserve , 156 Ridge Road, Hartsdale, NY
What to Expect: a Halloween hayride, children’s entertainment, games, music, and food vendors. Cost is $6 per child.
Creepy Carnival, 1:30pm-3pm, Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
What to Expect: kids can wear their costumes and enjoy games, crafts, refreshments, and more at the library.
Halloween Party for Tiny Ghouls and Ghosts, 11am, Field Library, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY, 10566
What to Expect: come in costume for cookie decorating, snacks, a Halloween craft and a free book.
KidX I-Scream Social, 4pm-5:30pm, Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Boulevard, Yorktown Heights, NY
What to Expect: kids can come in costume, enjoy the free sundae bar, and enter to win prizes.
Spooky Tales: Stories to Tickle Your Spine, 3:30pm, Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY
What to Expect: spooky (but not too scary) folktales and puppet show for the whole family (geared towards kids ages 3-8). Come in costume and receive a prize. Hot cider and cookies to follow. Cost is $9 per child/ $13 per adult.
Forest O ‘Fears Haunted Hayride, Details Coming Soon!
What to Expect: a costume parade, followed by a block party with food, entertainment, and family fun.
Halloween Pumpkin Play with Wolves, 11am, Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, NY
What to Expect: come in costume and watch the wolves go pumpkin hunting. Adult tickets are $16, and children’s tickets are $13. Registration is required.
Howlin’ Halloween at Greenburgh Nature Center, Details Coming Soon!
Boo at the Zoo, 10am-5pm, Weekends in October, Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
What to Expect: dress is costume, and check out the jack o’ lantern creatures, costume parade, hayride, regular exhibits, and more. Total experience tickets are $33.95 for adults and $23.95 for children.
Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND, 10am-7pm (Sunday-Thursday) and 10am-9pm (Friday and Saturday), October, Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY
What to Expect: a MINILAND scavenger hunt, a free Halloween brick, and more. Tickets are $15.95-$27.95 and can be found here.
The Great Jack O Lantern Blaze, evenings, September 30, October 1-2, 7-10, 13-16, 19-31, November 3-6, 10-13, Van Cortlandt Manor, 500 South Riverside Avenue, Croton on Hudson, NY
What to Expect: more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns, food, and gift shop. This event usually sells out, so check here for tickets. Cost ranges from $20-$25 per adult and $16-$20 for children ages 3-17.
Halloween Hay Bale Theater, 6:30pm (Fridays, October 7-October 28), Stew Leonard’s, 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers, NY, 10710
What to Expect: a free kids’ Halloween movie every Friday night, including free refreshments and more.
Halloween Hayride Spooktacular, 3pm-7pm (Monday-Thursday), 3pm-8pm(Friday), 10am-8pm (Saturday and Sunday), October 1-31, Stew Leonard’s, 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers, NY, 10710
What to Expect: a family friendly hayride. There is free face painting for kids on Saturdays and Sundays.
Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor, evenings, October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, and 27-31, Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
What to Expect: a terrifying walking trail, complete with a twisted maze of horrors and some incredible make up and costumes. This event is not recommended for children under 10 or adults with heart or respiratory conditions. The event usually sells out, so buy tickets in advance.
Irving’s Legend, evenings, October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 27-31, Old Dutch Church, Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
What to Expect: storyteller Jonathan Kruk retells the stories of the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Tickets are $25 per adult and $20 per child (performance recommended for children over 10 years old) and are available here.
Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities, 6pm-8pm (October 14,16,20,23,26,27,30,31), 6pm-9pm (October 15), and 6pm-10pm (October 21, 22, 28, 29), Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
What to Expect: fairy tale characters, such as the Mad Hatter, Merlin, the Queen of Hearts, and Rumpelstiltskin, take visitors on a tour through the decorated castle. Live actors and music will be throughout the mansion. Admission is $18-$25, depending on the day, and requires tickets.
Lasdon Park Halloween Train Show, 11am-3:30pm, October 1-2, 8-10, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah, NY
What to Expect: a model Lionel train display, a Hogwarts display, a storyteller, dinosaurs gardens, a hayride, and a Garden shop with souvenirs. Tickets are $5/ adult and $3 /child.
The Legend Behind the Legend, timed tours, October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, NY
What to Expect: a shadow puppet performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and a spooky tale during a walk through the woods. Tickets are required.
The Haunt at Rocky Ledge, 8pm-11pm (Friday nights in October starting the 7th), 7pm-11pm (Saturday nights in October starting the 8th), 7pm-10pm (Sunday nights in October), Rocky Ledge Swimming Association, 1402 Old Orchard Street, North White Plains, NY, 10603
What to Expect: live action frightening entertainment, including two haunted houses, a haunted walk through the woods, and the only haunted corn field in Westchester. Concessions are available. Recommended for children 10 and older. Tickets can only be bought the night of at the box office, but there is a coupon available if you follow on Facebook.
Scarecrows and Pumpkins, 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday, through October 30, New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
What to Expect: more than 30 friendly scarecrows, unique and unusual pumpkins and gourds, fall puppet show, a spooky tea party in the Victorian house, and more. Adult tickets are $20-$25, and child tickets are $8-$10. You can buy tickets here.
What to Expect: more than 300 scarecrows, a wacky cemetery, a skeleton family, and fall foliage. No tickets required, but there is a parking fee on select weekends.
Scared by the Sound, 8pm-11pm (October 14, 21, 28), 7pm-11pm (October 15, 22, 29, 31), and 7pm-10pm (October 16, 23, 30), Playland, Playland Parkway, Rye, NY
What to Expect: more than 10,000 square feet of haunted house and cemetery. Not recommended for children under 10. Tickets are $20, and there is free parking and concessions available for purchase.
Sleepy Hollow Walking Cemetery Tour, 2pm-4pm (every Saturday and Sunday in September, October, and November), 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
What to Expect: a two hour, guided walking tour through the Sleepy Hollow cemetery, just like Washington Irving did in 1849. There are also guided evening tours available. Cost is $19.99.
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