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Halloween at the Hudson River Museum October 31 ~Yonkers, NY~

Calling all ghosts, ghouls, and goblins!

Get in the Halloween spirit in the Courtyard of the historic home Glenview by decorating mini pumpkins with an imaginary landscape or a creepy scene, gallivanting in a socially-distanced Costume Parade, starting at 12:30, 2, and 3:30pm, and taking your scariest selfies in the shadow of our historic structure.


Location: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY

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Tour the Home of Washington Irving, Author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Weekends thru November 8 ~Irvington, NY~

Take a spooky tour on the grounds of Washington Irving’s estate and go on a literature-themed scavenger hunt. A special exhibit highlights how the Legend has lived in the imagination of popular culture through the centuries since its publication.


Location: Sunnyside, 3 West Sunnydale Lane, Irvington, NY

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Halloween in the Landscape at Lyndhurst thru November 1 ~Tarrytown, NY~

This year, Lyndhurst has installed seven spirited and seasonal Halloween vignettes in the landscape around the mansion. These witch and skeleton-themed stations include Glinda and Elphaba, a brace of skeleton horses, and groves of witches and spooks under our majestic weeping beech tree. These are interspersed in the landscape near the mansion and combine seasonal decorations with an exploration of some of the features of the most interesting parts of the estate, including the children’s playhouse, fountains, and recently-restored benches.


Location: Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY

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Ghouls in the Garden Trick or Treat Event at Greenwich Botanical Center October 31 ~Connecticut~

An afternoon of frightful family fun! Come in costume and trick or treat along a SAFE and spooktacular haunted walk . Take home treats and crafts will be available. Please note that all participants must wear a mask. COVID guidelines will be strictly enforced.

Enjoy a complimentary full family shoot and 8×10 fine art print with the purchase of a family ticket to Ghouls in the Garden provided by Classic Kids Photography.


Location: Greenwich Botanical Garden, Greenwich, CT

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Jack O’Lantern Stroll at the Weston Historical Society October 25 ~Connecticut~

Halloween jack o’lanterns will light up the historic Coley Homestead! Stroll the Coley Homestead as you view hand-carved jack o’lanterns and vote for your favorites! Then, take a chance at winning one of the jack o’lanterns! Learn about harvest time on a farm in the Coley Barn. Perfect for the entire family!


Location: Westton Historical Society, 104 Weston Road, Weston, CT

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FRIGHT HAVEN September 12-October 31 ~Stratford, CT~


Slip out of your mind and into the dark world of PsychO Ward13, an asylum with questionable methods of treating its patients.

Destruction. Violence. Death. This is the creed of the Wasteland. When the apocalypse hit, following a devastating nuclear war, the world as humanity knew it ceased to exist.

The Carnival of Lost Souls is not your normal circus. The carnival barkers beckon you to take a look inside the mind of a mad clown.


Location: 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford, CT

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LEGENDS OF FEAR Haunted Hayride September 26-October 31 ~Shelton, CT~

Tractor pulled hay wagons into our fields and forest of fear for thirty minutes of spine-chilling fun. You may try and huddle together for safety, but in our domain we live to hear you scream! Into the darkness you will descend imprisoned on our sinister ride… deeper and darker the driver will go. No one will hear your curdling screams over the chainsaws and the clowns’ maniacal laughter.

Deep in the woods of this historic family farm, the Legends are ALIVE! Walk these Hallowed Grounds this season for the most Fun and Fright you will ever experience!


Location: 2 Saw Mill City Road, Shelton, CT

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My Favorite Halloween Activities in New York City Metro

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Bane Haunted House Is the best haunted house experience in NYC Tri-State. You will be touched, you will be yelled at, you will slide down slides, be put in a box. You will be scared, you will laugh, you will be ENTERTAINED!! It’s an AMAZING experience!

Location: Bane, Livingston, NJ

Brighton Asylum This haunted house isn’t just Halloween, Brighton hosts Halloween all year round. It’s all live actors, they have interactive zombie shooting in some houses. If you wear a glow necklace they will enhance the haunting experience-scream in your face, touch you, all that fun stuff! My favorite haunted experience was Brighton’s Christmas Haunted House!

Location: Brighton Asylum, Passaic, NJ

Horseman’s Hollow is in the actual Sleepy Hollow, not to far down the road from Irvington, where Mr. Washington Irving himself lived. The event takes place on an actual plantation owned by one of America’s first wealthy families the Philipses. On regular days you can go and learn how the slaves who lived and worked on the plantation lived (well worth the trip for you American History fans). During the month of October experience the fright of the Headless Horseman on his giant black steed riding the grounds along with other 18th Century ghosts including Red Coats and Ichabod Crane! My favorite memory of this event was watching my mother and aunt throw my youngest brother straight into the Devil who resides in the barn. Hilarious!

Address: Plilipsburgh Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

The first time I went to Rye Playland’s Scared by the Sound was about a decade ago. Waiting in the dark at Rye Playland is creepy. Add to that the calm waves of the Long Island Sound as your background music and before you even enter the haunted portion of the amusement park you are freaked out. However once inside you realize you are going to be even more creeped out! People with chainsaws popping out, clowns, and having to walk through a grave yard where anyone can reach out and nearly touch someone (mainly you). My favorite memory of my first visit was a pitch white woman, with flaming red curly hair, walking stiff as a board, swiftly chase my screaming brothers from the grave yard down the boardwalk. Priceless!

Address: Rye Playland, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580

I ventured to Carmel, Putnam Valley, NY to Smalley’s Inn and Restaurant. Yes, it is actually haunted. My family and I have been honing our psychic skills for a couple of year, and before I even walked in the restaurant I felt immediately the spirit it was a woman. Mind you I knew nothing about the place and no one in my family mentioned to me the ghost was actually a woman! She even joined us during our meal (the air around the table became COLD), she was especially present when the owner charismatic and enthusiastic current owner Tony Porto came to our table and showed us picture ghost hunters professional and amateur had captured of the woman who haunts the restaurant. The pictures are downright creepy and confirmed what I felt about the resident spirit. Who according to my impressions of enjoys her celebrity status! Even if you are NOT a believer of spirits you have to visit Smalley’s for the incredible Halloween decor. The best I’ve ever seen! Think of any stereotypical monster, doll, clown, and vampire fright and it is on display. The atmosphere is literally to DIE FOR! Call ahead, I visited in late September when the Halloween crowds were not large. Mr. Porto says in October they bring in actors and the wait to be seated can be long.

Address: Smalley’s Inn and Restaurant, 57 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512

Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park takes place on the weekends in October. This is a cute Halloween activity for kids. I attended several years ago and my nephew had a blast! The main house is decorated for Halloween, inside are a variety of trains (including Thomas). In addition you can purchase plants and seasonal gifts at the Shop at Lasdon.

Address: Lasdon Park, 2610 New York 35, Katonah, NY 10563