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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.

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 various options 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 event for everyone on this list.

Broadway Fright Night

White Plains Performing Arts Center, White Plains
October 30, 8 p.m.

If you’re into music and theater, join these Broadway vocalists as they perform some of theater’s most terrifying characters. Performances will feature selections from Wicked, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show, and more. Ticket prices range by seats.

Downtown White Plains Zombie Walk

Galleria White Plains (outbreak epicenter)
October 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The dead will rise as part of the 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 24, 27, 28

Walk through the doors of the 136-year-old historic theater and uncover the unexplained happenings and paranormal activity, from mysterious lights on 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 Lawn 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 parade, the candy hunt, a bouncy house, and balloons. Choose from a variety of plates and drinks, including options for both the adults and kids. Entry for kids is free, and $10 for adults.

 

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson
September 17-November 21

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, available online or by telephone.

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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 p.m.-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 30-31, 12 noon-5 p.m.

Head down to the Hudson River Museum for multiple Halloween events fun for the whole family. Choose from various activities, such as decorating mini pumpkins, participating in a costume parade, or taking a tour of the Glenview home. As for Day of the Dead activities, you can decorate paper skull masks, make a Mexican Marigold, or place pictures of departed loved ones on the altar. On Halloween, professional storyteller Tom Lee will perform a retelling of the Russian folktale, “Vasilisa the Beautiful,” about a young girl’s adventure through a forest at night seeking advice from the witch Baba Yaga. 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 1-November 1

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. The Ghosts Went Floating by Kim Norman 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 23, 24, 30, 31

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
October 1-November 7

For the kids, this creates a day full of spooktacular activities at Legoland. They can choose from a scavenger hunt, creating 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 about $20.

Lyndhurst After DarkSpirited Mansion Weekend

Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown
October 29-31

All-new from the ground up this Halloween events season, experience Lyndhurst Mansion candlelit at night. 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, also with snacks. Tickets are $16-24. Neither event is recommended for children younger than six.

The Octagon House, Myths & Mysteries Tour

The Armour-Stiner Octagon House, Irvington
Friday through Monday, October 1-31

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 $27-$29.

Ravenhurst Nightmare Clinic – Park Hill Haunt

Park Hill Racquet Club, Yonkers
October 29-31, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Looking for Halloween events that deliver serious scares? Make your way through the Ravenhurst Sleep Clinic, if you dare. This year’s asylum-themed no-contact haunt will be one to remember. If you prefer to skip the frights, go for the night market and food truck. Tickets are $10.


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Riverside Haunts

The Good Witch Coffee Bar, Hastings-on-Hudson
October 28-29, 7 p.m. 

Pair some scary stories with your cup of coffee on these nights filled with spooks. This storytelling experience tells the stories 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.

Stew Leonard’s Halloween Trick or Treat Spooktacular

Stew Leonard’s, Yonkers
October 27, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Dress up the kids in their costumes and take them to Stew Leonard’s for trick-or-treating fun. Wow the Cow, the store’s mascot, will be handing out the candy with his friends. Kids will get to walk around the store stopping by each station to collect their goodies. This event is for kids 11 and younger.

 

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Rocky Horror at The Picture House

The Picture House, Pelham
October 29-31 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 $12 for adults and $10 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.

The Universal Monster Sequels Triple Feature

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville
October 29, 6:30 p.m.-10:50 p.m.

For the classic horror film enthusiasts, this triple feature is for you. This night is about the underrated Universal monster films, beginning with The Invisible Man Returns, followed by Revenge of the Creature, and Bride of Frankenstein to end the night. Tickets are $30 ($25 for non-members) and are limited to ensure social distancing.

Westchester County’s Screening Under the Stars: Hocus Pocus

Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
October 22, 5:30 p.m.

Can it really be a Halloween events list without a mention of Hocus Pocus? Join in as this drive-in spot gets an extension into fall for some Halloween-themed fun. Head to the park for a family-friendly Friday night to catch the Halloween fan favorite Hocus Pocus from the comfort of your car. Tickets are $25 per car.

Yonkers 2nd Annual Pet Parade & Fashion Show

Yonkers Waterfront Amphitheater, Yonkers

October 30, 12-2 p.m.

Looking for Halloween events that loop in Fido? Bring your pet to the Yonkers Waterfront Amphitheater in costume for a parade, fashion show, and costume contest. Contest categories include scariest, cutest, and most original. There will also be a photo booth and free pet gift bags. To participate, register your pets prior to the event for free.

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Yonkers 4th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl

October 30, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

After you take the pups home, put on your own costumes and head out for a night on the town at nine local taverns: Yonkers Brewing Co., Dolphin Restaurant, Francey Brady’s, Guapo Mexican-Cuban Cuisine, La Bella Havana, Zuppa Restaurant, X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, Dos Marias, and Khangri Sushi Restaurant will all be offering $5, $7, and $8 drink specials to anyone who shows up in costume.


Read More: 12 Westchester County Horror Films to Watch This October


 

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