9 Incredible Westchester Events to Bookmark This October

Photo by Tom Nycz, courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley

The return of the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, multiple art exhibits, and more make the month unforgettable.

Thru November 21

Jack is Back

Photo by Tom Nycz, courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley
Photo by Tom Nycz, courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley

Ghouls, ghosts, and vampires of all ages are welcome to descend once again upon Croton-on-Hudson’s Van Cortlandt Manor for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. An all-out Halloween extravaganza, this artfully rendered pumpkin landscape features a fully functioning pumpkin carousel, a pumpkin planetarium, a bridge made out of the seasonal produce, and even a Museum of Pumpkin Art decked out with gourds paying tribute to timeless paintings, through November 21.

Oct 3 thru Jan 23

Root Work

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Photo courtesy of Katonah Museum
Photo courtesy of Katonah Museum

Americans’ incredibly varied origin stories are explored in a captivating exhibit on show at the Katonah Museum of Art. Arrivals will feature 50 works spanning the 16th century to the present day, focusing on a series of seminal moments, such as the migration to Ellis Island, the Pilgrims, and the Middle Passage, by noted artists, including Vanessa German, Titus Kaphar, Thuan Vu, and Kara Walker.

Oct 15 thru Jan 16

In the Black

Comprising 43 exuberant paintings and sculptures, this energetic exhibit on show at Yonkers’ Hudson River Museum presents a welcome celebration of Black life in America. African American Art in the 20th Century features works drawn from the permanent collection of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, produced by acclaimed artists, including Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, and Felrath Hines.

Oct 27

Time Warp

Remember the days of crowding into a movie theater to quote along to your favorite cult film? That’s okay. But in the spirit of getting back into the swing of things, why not drop by Stamford’s Avon Theatre this month, where Tim Curry’s inimitable Dr. Frank-N-Furter will introduce a naïve couple to a cast of truly singular characters during this seasonal screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Oct 29 thru Dec 11

On the Hunt

Widely known for his paintings of bunnies, birds, and butterflies, Hunt Slonem will hold his third solo exhibition in Scarsdale at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art beginning this month. The show features a selection of Slonem’s recent paintings ensconced in antique frames, as well as a new grouping of glass-blown “bunny sculptures” produced by the artist at Dale Chihuly’s Seattle studio.

Oct 1

Guitar Hero

Raul Midón by Samuel Prather, october events
Raul Midón by Samuel Prather

Stop by Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts to experience a guitarist famous for shattering misconceptions and defying expectations. Raul Midón, a blind, New Mexican-born singer-songwriter and string king never let anything stand in the way of his rise to prominence, earning a Grammy nomination and releasing 11 studio albums along the way. Catch the musician who has played alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz when he takes the stage this month in Caramoor’s Music Room.

Oct 24

A Day to Remember

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Experience a vibrant Mexican holiday during this family-friendly afternoon event at Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. During Celebrate Día de Muertos, families can enjoy traditional and regional dance performances taking place across the venue’s verdant grounds, as well as snacks, crafts, and copious music. Held in conjunction with Mexico Beyond Mariachi, the event provides a fun introduction to a holiday dedicated to remembering those who have passed, gathering with family, and celebrating life.

Oct 24

Local Legend

Chazz Palminteri has long been a force in film, earning an Academy Award nomination for his gritty role in Bullets Over Broadway and drawing plenty of positive reviews for his appearances in The Usual Suspects and Analyze This. This month, the Bedford resident will perform a one-man show of A Bronx Tale at The Ridgefield Playhouse, a story he wrote about growing up in New York City that would become a famous Broadway play, book, and a feature film starring Robert De Niro.

Oct 824

Broadway’s Boy

Photo courtesy of White Plains Performing Arts Center, october events
Photo courtesy of White Plains Performing Arts Center

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber redefined modern musical theater with iconic works like Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Local audiences can celebrate the British-born genius during the New York premiere of Masquerade, a musical portrait following Webber’s decades-long career onstage this month at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. The lighthearted production follows Webber from his bohemian youth and quirky family life to his days in the spotlight crafting some of Broadway’s most celebrated works.

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

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