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Halloween Events in Westchester to Shock, Scare, and Startle

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Scary stories, historic haunts, and spooky movie nights will keep you entertained all month with the best Halloween events in Westchester.

With additional reporting by Anisa Williams

As October rolls around each year, it’s time to embrace the chills brought on by the weather and all the spooky activities. There are a variety of Halloween events for every member of the family to enjoy. Whether you love scary movies and ghost tales from the past or you’re not a fan of all the scares, there’s an option for everyone on this list.

Downtown White Plains Zombie Walk

Galleria White Plains (outbreak epicenter)
October 22, 10 a.m.

The dead will rise as part of the fifth annual Downtown White Plains Zombie Walk. Guests can dress up in their favorite undead attire (and receive free gruesome makeup!) before shambling through downtown, enjoying special offers, photo ops, a few contests, and maybe a light nibble on a passing pedestrian. Participation is free.

Ghost Tour of Tarrytown Music Hall

Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown
October 7, 8, 13, 15, 21, 22, 23

Walk through the doors of the 136-year-old historic theater and uncover the unexplained happenings and paranormal activity, from mysterious lights to the sound of vocal scales after hours. This 45-minute ghost tour will take you from “balcony to backstage” as you discover the theater’s past, secrets, and lingering guests. Tickets are $25.

Goosefeather Halloween Party

Goosefeather at the Tarrytown House, Tarrytown
October 30, 12-3 p.m.

Bring the family along for a day of fall festivities. Enjoy the costume contest, the candy hunt, a bouncy house, and lawn games. Choose from a variety of plates and drinks, including popcorn, cotton candy, and apple cider. Tickets are $10, and children ages 10 and under are free.

 

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson
September 16 – November 20

With thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, this one-of-a-kind display leads you through a pumpkin tunnel made completely out of jack-o’-lanterns, past ghoulish fiends, and through a gourd-tastic fine arts museum. This unbelievable experience returns for another year of Halloween fun! The Blaze routinely sells out, so don’t be shy and buy your tickets now.

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Read More: Everything You Need to Know About Croton’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

HallowGlow Nights

Boundless Adventures, Purchase
Saturdays in October, 6-11 p.m.

Put on your best costume and get ready to face the fall weather and enjoy the beautiful views. Get spooky at Boundless Adventures as you climb, swing, and zip line through the forest with scary themed music playing. There will also be candy available for trick-or-treaters. Tickets are $50 for two-hour climbs.

Halloweekend and the Day of the Dead

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
October 29-30, 12 -5 p.m.

Head down to the Hudson River Museum for multiple Halloween events that offer fun for the whole family. Choose from various activities, such as decorating your own mason jar to create a mini jar-o’-lantern, enjoying a live show with the wizards of lizards, or taking a tour of the Glenview home. As for Day of the Dead activities, you can decorate paper hearts and puppets or place pictures of departed loved ones on the altar. This activity is recommended for ages eight and older. All events are free with general admission.

Halloween StoryWalk

Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library, Port Chester
October 3-31

First up is a perfect one for parents and caregivers. Bring the kids down to the library and enjoy this month’s StoryWalk in the cool autumn air. We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Goldie Hawk is this October’s read. Around the outside of the library, you will find 18 numbered signs on the lawn, which follow the story.

Hulda: The Other Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Join Carla Lynne Hall at the Old Dutch Church to uncover this local story. This one-woman show tells the tale of Hulda of Bohemia, who lived in Sleepy Hollow during the American Revolution. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children.

 

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Irving’s ‘Legend’

Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow
Fridays-Sundays in October

See the story unfold with this dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s classic, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Let the live, spooky organ music by Jim Keyes send chills up your spine as storyteller Jonathan Kruk brings the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, and more to life in this 45-minute performance. Tickets are available online or by phone, and must be purchased in advance.

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LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester at Ridge Hill Mall, Yonkers
September 23 – November 1

For the kids, there’s nothing like a day full of spooktacular activities at Legoland. They can choose from a scavenger hunt, the chance to create their own Lego pumpkin, meet-and-greets with characters, and more. The Brick-or-Treat activity allows kids to collect bricks throughout the attraction, so they get to build their own witch at home. Entry comes with general admission of $27.99.

Lyndhurst After DarkSpirited Mansion Weekend

Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown
Lyndhurst After Dark: October 21-23, 27-30
Spirited Mansion Weekend: October 22-23, 29-30

All-new from the ground up this Halloween events season, Lyndhurst Mansion invites visitors to a unique nighttime experience. This semi-guided tour will cover the slightly darker side of Lyndhurst’s history. There will also be orange and black cookies, cider donuts, coffee, and cider available for purchase from Geordane’s of Irvington. Tickets are $20-26. Meanwhile, the Spirited Mansion weekend will offer an “explore at your own pace” experience of the Gilded Age estate house, with snacks available when hunger strikes. Tickets are $16-24. Neither event is recommended for children younger than six. In addition, Lyndhurst has a mask-wearing police in all indoor spaces and will provide masks for those who need them.

The Octagon House, Myths & Mysteries Tour

The Armour-Stiner Octagon House, Irvington
Friday through Monday, October 6-31

Discover the magic and architecture of this 1860 historic home, known as the pride of the Village of Irvington. Gather around to hear stories of the house’s history and otherworldly experiences of the current owners. The tours last about an hour, and tickets are $29. Masks are required.

Read More: Where to Go Pumpkin Picking in Westchester County

Riverside Haunts

The Good Witch Coffee Bar, Hastings-on-Hudson
October 21-23, 7:30 p.m. 

Pair scary stories with your cup of coffee on these nights filled with spooks. This storytelling experience tells the tales of five Hudson River ghosts blending fact and fiction for maximum scares. The event will be held outdoors, and tickets are $25. This is recommended for mature audiences only.

Rocky Horror at The Picture House

The Picture House, Pelham
October 28-29 at 10 p.m.

It’s just a jump to the left…depending on where you’re standing in relation to Pelham, that is. Drop by The Picture House for screenings of cult phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, but you can snag one FOR FREE if you come in costume! Singing and dancing in the aisles are, as always, highly encouraged.

Westchester County’s Screening Under the Stars: The Addams Family 2

Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
October 21, 5:30 p.m.

Can it really be a Halloween events list without a mention of The Addams Family? Join in as this drive-in spot gets an extension into fall for Halloween-themed fun. Head to the park for a family-friendly Friday night to catch the Halloween fan favorite The Addams Family from the comfort of your car. Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will be available for sale.

Spooktoberfest 

Hart’s Brook Park & Reserve, Hartsdale
October 15, 12-4:30 p.m.

Ghostly greetings! Join the Town of Greenburgh Department of Parks and Recreation for the annual Spooktoberfest. Families will get to go on Halloween hay ride, enjoy the petting zoo, and make Halloween crafts. There will also be various food vendors for a bootiful day. Admission is $7, and children under the age of two are free.

Tarrytown Halloween Parade

Patriots Park, Sleepy Hollow
October 29, 5:30 p.m.

Off we go a-haunting for the 20th annual Village of Tarrytown Halloween Parade March down Tarrytown’s Main Street. After that, head to the block party that follows with a DJ, outdoor dining, performers, and a chance to win prizes if you march with a theme as a group or float. Registration is required to be eligible for prizes.

 

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Stew Leonard’s Halloween Drive-Through

Stew Leonard’s, Yonkers
September 21 – October 31, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Stew Leonard’s is offering a fun family Halloween drive-through event featuring more than a dozen Halloween-themed scenes. While driving through, families can also tune into their car’s radio to a special radio station where Clover the Cow’s spooky Halloween soundtrack will delight kids of all ages.

 

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New Rochelle Downtown Main Street Children’s Costume Parade 

Monroe College Main Hall, New Rochelle
October 29, 9 a.m.

The annual children’s costume parade begins on Main Street and ends with a treat! Parade participants can enjoy treats, games, dancing with a DJ, and Halloween photo ops. Afterwards, families can take advantage of special Halloween meal deals offered by downtown New Rochelle restaurants. 

Downtown Yonkers Pet Parade & Fashion Show 

Yonkers Waterfront Amphitheatre, Yonkers
October 29, 12 p.m.- 2 p.m.

Celebrate the Halloween season with the 4th annual Pet Parade and Fashion show! Bring your pet in costume for a chance to win the scariest, cutest, or most creative/original costume. In addition, there will be a free video booth and gift bags for you and your pet.

Tarrytown Halloween Parade

Tarrytown Halloween Parade

Patriot’s Park, Tarrytown
October 29, 5:30 p.m.

Get dressed up in your spookiest costume and head over to the Village of Tarrytown’s 20th annual Halloween Parade. The parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m. from Patriot’s Park and will travel along Broadway to Tarrytown’s Main Street. Stick around for a Halloween block party featuring DJs, live music, outdoor dining, and much more.

Great Pumpkin Road Rally

The Happiness Is Back Country Market, Greenwich
October 30, 8 a.m.

This is a cars and coffee event honoring Emma Grace Atkinson, who was born two months premature. Emma spent three weeks in the NICU at Northern Westchester Hospital. All proceeds will go to the NWH NICU. The rally starts at the Happiness Is Back Country Market and they will drive an hour-long to end at John Jay Homestead in Katonah. This event will showcase some of the area’s finest vintage rare collectable cars.

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