by Samantha Beranbom
Check out these fun Halloween 2015 events for kids and families in Rockland County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ.
Frida Al Fresco for Families: Spooky Adventure
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
WHAT: Capture a photo with larger than life skeletons that celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. Walk along the trick-or-treat trail, sit in on a spooky ghost story.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a fun and spooky event in a beautiful setting.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-817-8716. nybg.org.
‘Hansel and Gretel’ for Halloween
WHEN: Oct. 23-24, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 1pm
WHERE: SUNY Purchase Theater, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
WHAT: Hansel and Gretel the opera will be performed for adults and children of all ages. For the Saturday performance at 1pm, children are welcome to wear costumes, take photos with the cast, and enjoy a treat.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a great way to turn your child on to opera.
WANT TO GO? $20; $10 children. 914-251-6200. artscenter.org.
The Great Pumpkin Caper
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm
WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford
WHAT: A couple of plucky kids, a jack-o’-lantern, and the tooth fairy have to save the world from a rapping Powerful Pumpkin that has placed a curse making every day Halloween.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a neat way to turn your child on to live theater.
WANT TO GO? $17 plus tax. 914-372-6491. broadwaytheatre.com.
Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:30am-3pm
WHERE: Trailside Museum and Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Exit 19 or Route 9W, Bear Mountain
WHAT: Make spooky snacks for the black bears and watch the zookeepers let them loose on the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens, make autumn crafts, and learn about bats, not-so-scary owls, and vultures. Rain date Sunday, Oct. 25.
WANT TO GO? $8 parking fee; $1 admission donation suggested. 845-786-2701. palisadesarkconservancy.org.
WHEN: Oct. 24-25, Saturday-Sunday, 4-6:15pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
WHAT: Enjoy guided tours before or after dark to meet the forest folk and learn how animals adapt. Fun crafts and refreshments will be provided around the campfire. Designed to be entertaining and educational, not scary. Registration is recommended.
WANT TO GO? $16 per person; free for children under 2. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.
Halloween Costume Party with Rolie Polie Guacamole
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 26, 11am
WHERE: Palisades Center,
1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT: Kindie music titan Rolie Polie Guacamole is ready to raise the roof and dish out plenty of tasty ear spice at a rocking Halloween Costume Party Show. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Music? Costumes? Halloween? Sounds like a PAR-TAY!
WANT TO GO? FREE. 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.
Pearl River Farmers’ Market Halloween Fun
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Pearl River Farmers’ Market, 253 Ehrhardt Road,
WHAT: Enjoy a Halloween Party with trick-or-treating, scavenger hunt, raffles, music, and much more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A Halloween celebration at the Farmer’s Market? Two birds, one stone!
WANT TO GO? FREE. 914-806-5455. pearlriverfarmersmar.wix.com/pearlriverfarmersmkt.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 12-5pm
WHERE: Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
WHAT: Kids can pick up a map at Guest Services and enjoy trick-or-treating in the mall at participating retailers.
WHY WE LOVE IT: No cars, no weather, no worries. An easy, safe Halloween option.
WANT TO GO? FREE. 845-348-1000. palisadescenter.com.
Horror on Kwienciski Street to Beneift UHR
WHEN: Oct. 29-31, Thursday-Friday, 8-11pm; Saturday, 5:30-11pm
WHERE: Haunted House, 18 Kwienciski St., West Haverstraw
WHAT: Come to the Horror on Kwiecinski Street, a great haunted house. All donations go to the United Hospice of Rockland.
WANT TO GO? Check the website for admission price and updates. 845-429-5172. horroronkwiecinskist.net.
Halloween & Seasonal Ceramics Workshop
WHEN: Oct. 1-31, Monday-Tuesday, 10am-12pm; Fridays, 3pm-5pm
WHERE: Jill’s Ceramics, 180 Germonds Road, West Nyack
WHAT: Have fun painting decorative pumpkins, witches, goblins, ghosts and Thanksgiving-themed plates, mugs, bowls, and cookie jars. Items can be painted and taken home the same day or left for glazing. Registration is recommended.
WANT TO GO? Price varies by piece. 845-623-4975. jillsceramics.com.
I Spy Halloween Trail
WHEN: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive, Cornwall
WHAT: Sharpen those observation skills by searching for objects such as bones and skulls cleverly hidden along the “I Spy” trail to win prizes. Then visit with snakes and spiders, and make a Halloween craft.
WANT TO GO? $7 children ages 2-14; free for children 15 and older. 845-534-5506. hhnaturemuseum.org.
The Legend Behind the ‘Legend’
WHEN: Through Nov. 1, Saturday-Sunday, plus Monday, Oct. 12, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W. Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown
WHAT: During October, Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance and experience one of Irving’s spooky tales on a half-hour walk through the woods.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Your kids will love the spooky tales.
WANT TO GO? Online: $14; $12 seniors; $8 children 3-17; free for children younger than 3. Tickets are $2 extra when purchased at the door. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org/events/legend-behind-legend.
WHEN: Through Nov. 1, Fridays, 6:15pm, 7:30pm, and 8:45pm; Saturday-Sunday, 5pm, 6:15pm, and 7:30pm
WHERE: The Old Dutch Church (parking is at Philipsburg Manor, across the street), 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Jonathan Kruk always gives an exciting performance.
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 children younger than 18. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org/events/irvings-legend.
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
WHEN: Through Nov. 18, see website for dates and times
WHERE: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside,
WHAT: See more than 7,000 individually hand-carved illuminated jack-o’-lanterns and walk through an historic 18th century riverside landscape. Advance tickets required. See hudsonvalley.org for more details or call 914-366-6900.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This event will light up your fall.
WANT TO GO? $20-$25; $16 ages 3-17. 914-366-6900. hudsonvalley.org.
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Samantha Beranbom, a mom of one living in Suffern, NY, is NYMetroParents' calendar editor covering Rockland and Bergen counties. Samantha has more than a decade of experience in the fashion magazine industry. She currently works as a freelance stylist and wardrobe consultant. Visit her website at samanthaberanbom.com.