Halloween, here we go!
Lucky for us – with dreaded Frankenstorm potentially on the Halloween horizon – Halloween really happens here in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow this weekend. Friday and Saturday at least should be dry and pleasant, fingers crossed, and there’s plenty to keep us busy:
Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Hayride and Block Party
In the northern village, you have Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Hayride.
65 masks. Dozens of creators at work all month. DPW trailer drivers going 5 mph into the creepy cemetery darkness to face the Headless Horseman himself.
Get behind the scenes here. And get in line in front of Village Hall on Beekman early! While you wait and enjoy the block party, look for the green Patch tent Friday night where you can enter a free raffle to win an iPod (courtesy of Tarrytown Honda) and get green treats.
In Tarrytown on Saturday night, (Sunday, rain date), you have the “famous” Tarrytown Parade and Block Party.
Think bigger and wilder than ever: drag queen competition, a fleet of VW bugs, a golden pumpkin to the best in show, Where’s Waldo. An arialist. Much much more.
As you enter your holiday festivities and are making those last frantic runs to Good Will for your costuming, please consider the carrot at the end of the effort: Patch is holding a $5,000 contest for the best costume in the country. Enter your photos here now through Nov. 1 (and they don’t even have to be from this year).
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
A behind the scenes tour of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with third generation Board Member Jim Logan. How many people are buried there anyway? How much does that cost? How do they mow that grass? And…is it haunted?
Which brings us to the latest book from the so-called Halloween queen, and lover of all things paranormal and Sleepy Hollow, Donna Davis, who will be at the cemetery herself this weekend signing copies of her new “kid” book. An update of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, of course.
There’s the tour with a twist by day or night at Lyndhurst. But do come by day on Tuesday, Oct. 30 – tour the grounds, see the scarecrows, and give blood. Don’t worry about that Dracula lurking in the dark shadows. He’s just Phelps blood donor recruiter in a costume. A very appropriate costume.
Edgar Allan Poe is here, a Creepy Carnival, a Monster Mash and more this weekend. See the line up here.
Still need pumpkins? Head to Scarborough for a good cause.
Historic Hudson Valley
Historic Hudson Valley with their sites here (Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor) and there (Cortlandt Manor) truly have something for everyone. There's very scary and exciting Horseman’s Hollow (tickets still available for Oct. 28). Irving’s Legend at the Old Dutch Church is sold out, but Legend Celebration at Sunnyside is still open for Oct. 27 and 28. For buying tickets and more information click here.
Want more activities than I mention here? Check our ever-growing event listings (and add your own).