Halloween Happenings 2015

October 1-31

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery:  Free maps for a self-guided tour to 8 major gravesites, including Washington Irving’s, are available at the cemetery office or at the south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church.  The cemetery gates are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stone rubbing is not permitted.

Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Tours:  Trace the footsteps of Ichabod Crane and learn more about Mr. Irving every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Reservations required.  E-mail tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org or visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org.   Also Oct. 21-23 & 26-30 at 2 p.m.

Lantern Tours:  Visit the tombs of Washington Irving, a Revolutionary War general, industrialists Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller and others during this popular two-hour tour at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on various evenings throughout the month. Reservations required.  E-mail tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org or visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org.

“The  Good, the Bad and the Unusual” Themed Tours: Oct. 2,3,9, 10 and 16 at 7 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Reservations required.  E-mail tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org or visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org.

“Murder & Mayhem” Themed Tours:  Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Halloween night at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.  Reservations required.  E-mail tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org or visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org.

Old Dutch Church Fest:  October weekends from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m. see the Headless Horseman, visit the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse (1 p.m. & 3 p.m.), tour the Church and Burying Grounds and more at 42 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow.   Call 631-4497 or visit www.reformedchurchtarrytowns.org

October 2-3

Horseman’s Hollow:  Walk the haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman, and then negotiate the Horseman’s Lair where a party is being thrown in his honor and heads will roll at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. Advance tickets required.  Times vary by evening.  Call 631-8200 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org. Also Oct.9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 29-31 & Nov. 1.

Irving’s ‘Legend’:  Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s classic tale, flavored with spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, in the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow on the hour from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m.   Advance tickets required.  Call 631-8200 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org. Also Oct.9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 29-31 & Nov. 1.

October 2-4

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze:  This Halloween event features more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins.  Discover a breathtaking display of gourd-filled Jack-in-the Boxes, shrunken Little Monsters, a giant sea serpent and more at Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on Hudson.  Times vary by evening.  Advanced tickets a must.  Call 631-8200 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org. Also Oct.9-12, 15-18, 21-31; Nov. 1, 5-8, 13-15.

October 2

Spooktacular Sip & Sketch: At 4 p.m. (children) and 7 p.m. (adults) paint a piece of the legend and enjoy refreshments at The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, 42 N. Broadway. Reservations required.  Call 631-4497 or visit www.reformedchurchtarrytowns.org.  Also Oct. 30.

October 3-4

The Legend Behind the ‘Legend’: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. listen to ghost stories, hear live musicians, be awed by a bevy of magicians, puppeteers and a spooky mime scarecrow plus other kid-friendly Halloween activities at Sunnyside in Tarrytown. Call 631-8200 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org. Also Oct. 01-12, 17-18, 24-25, 31 & Nov 1.

October 3

Halloween Painting:  From 12:30 – 4:30 artist Heather Gleason teaches the process of painting a variety of her Spooky Characters at Washington Irving Chapel in Sleepy Hollow.  Reservations required.   Call 631-0081 or e-mail info@sleepyhollowcemetery.org.

October 5 – November 4

Scarecrow Invasion:  From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, walk among some 400 spooky scarecrows created by artists, local businesses and sponsors at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown.  Call 631-4481 or visit www.lyndhurst.org.

October 7

Historical Presentation on Sleepy Hollow Cemetery:  At 7 p.m. Christina Orban-LaSalle, Cemetery Director, provides the fascinating stories behind the stones at the Ossining Public Library.  Call 941-2416 or visit www.ossininglibrary.org.

Virtual Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tour: At 7 p.m. learn about the famous and infamous who rest in peace in the cemetery at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org.

October 10

Scarecrow Making:  10:30 a.m. at Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown.  Just bring old clothes to stuff your scarecrow and string to tie it together; the Recreation Dept. will provide frames and straw.  Call 631-8347 or visit www.tarrytowngov.com.

October 11

Fall Festival:  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy scarecrow building, pumpkin carving or painting, cider making and much more at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale.  Call 723-3470 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Spooky Moves:  At 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. a Halloween performance event for families by Rivertown Artists Workshop at the Sleepy Hollow Fire House Performance Hall, 38 Beekman Ave.  Call 917-544-3974 or visit www.rivertownartistsworkshop.org.

October 12

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe:  At 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Poe, portrayed by David Neilsen, rises from the dead for an evening of mystery and macabre at Washington Irving Memorial Chapel in Sleepy Hollow.  Call 631-0081 or e-mail info@sleepyhollowcemetery.org.

October 14

Window Painting:  From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. children in grades 2 to 5 are invited to paint Halloween windows on Broadway in Tarrytown, starting at the CVS store.  To register call the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce at 631-1705.

October 15

Not-too-Scary Stories:  At 7:15 p.m. Jonathan Kruk brings his storytelling magic to the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org

October 16

Happy Third Friday Halloween: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Halloween spirit is glowing in Tarrytown. Come to Main St. & S. Washington to get Halloween gear and accessories, and get in the groove with the Y Dance Academy.   Call 631-8347 or visit www.tarrytownthirdfriday.com.

“Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities”:  From 6 p.m. visitors will be guided through an eerily lit and decorated Disenchanted Castle by a staff of spooky servants and meet a cast of haunted characters at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown.  Closing hours vary.  Call 631-4481 or visit www.lyndhurst.org.   Also Oct. 18, 22-31 & Nov. 1.

October 17

Rag-a-Muffin Parade: The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Patriot’s Park in Tarrytown, travels south on Broadway and then proceeds to the Main Street Firehouse where the party begins, featuring an exciting DJ as well as refreshments.  Call 631-8347 or visit www.tarrytowngov.com.       

Harvest Hayride/Haunted Hayride:  Starting at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively in Matthiessen Park in Irvington.  Bring the whole family and enjoy music, horse and wagon rides and refreshments.  Last ride at 8:30p.m.  Call 591-7736 or e-mail mdepaoli@irvingtonny.gov .

Y Halloween Masquerade Ball:  7 p.m. at Life the Place to Be in Ardsley.  There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing and fund raising.   Call 418-5562 or visit www.ymcatarrytown.org.

October 18

Spooky Stories from Six Feet Under:  At 5 p.m. David Nielsen presents four spine-tingling tales at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Chapel.  Tickets limited.  Call 631-0081 or visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org. Also Oct. 25.

October 20

Teen Crafts:  Halloween cupcake making at 3:30 p.m. at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org.

Mystery Book Group:  At 3:30 p.m. discussion of “The Halloween Party” by Agatha Christie at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org.

October 22

Beyond the Legend: Irving’s Ghost Stories:  Read by David Nielsen at 7:30 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Chapel.  Tickets limited.  Call 631-0081 or visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org. Also Oct. 29.

October 23-24

Halloween Marathon:  Stay up and watch horror films all night long at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.  Call 747-5555 or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org.

October 24

“The Great Pumpkin Caper”:  Shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford.  Come dressed in your Halloween costume.  Call 592-2222 or visit www.broadwaytheatre.com.

Creepy Carnival:  From 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. children should come in costume and enjoy face painting, games, crafts, refreshments and lots of treats at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org.

Tarrytown Halloween Parade:  Participants will step off from Patriot’s Park at 5:30 p.m. and march to Main Street which will be closed for the traditional Block Party until 10 p.m.    Call 631-8347.

October 25

Scarecrows and Pumpkins Parade: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. young children follow friendly scarecrows along the pumpkin trail, meet storybook characters and enjoy cider, treats and more at Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale.  Call 723-3470 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.

October 26

Hudson Valley Hauntings: At 7 p.m. presentation by Linda Zimmerman, author of “Ghost Investigator”, at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org

October 29

“The Pit & the Pendulum”:   At 7 p.m. voice-over actor Alan Sklar reads this Edgar Allan Poe short story at the Ossining Public Library.  Call 941-2416 or visit www.ossininglibrary.org.

October 31

Warts and All:  At 2 p.m. meet the creepy, crawly and bumpy at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale and make a spooky craft to take home.  Call 723-3470 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.

November 1

Special Day-after-Halloween Treat:  At 2 p.m. the Stevens Puppets bring “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to life at the Warner Library in Tarrytown.  Call 631-7734 or visit www.warnerlibrary.org.

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