There's Halloween activities for families in Westchester all month! Kids are sure to have ghoulishly good time with this list of Halloween parties, haunted houses, pumpkin picking, spooky storytelling, and much more in Westchester!
The Legend Behind the ‘Legend’
WHEN: Oct. 2-Nov. 1, Saturdays-Sundays, plus Monday, Oct. 12, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W. Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown
WHAT: 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.
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.
Gone Batty! Bat Encounter
WHEN: Oct. 10-12, Saturday-Sunday, 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
WHAT: Back by popular demand, the family-friendly wild life demonstration brings you up close with bats. Learn about the role they play in pollination.
WANT TO GO?$25; $10 for ages 2-12; children younger than 2 are free. 718-817-8716. nybg.org.
Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, see website for special events and times
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronz
WHAT: A medley of special events from a Jack O'Lantern Illumination to a magic show and a Hay Maze. There are crafts at the Dancing Crane Plaza from 11am-4pm and a music show at the Grizzly Bears at 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm.
WANT TO GO? $30.55 online, $33.95 at gate; $21.55 online, $23.95 at gate for children ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-367-1010. bronxzoo.org.
The Tale of Rip Van Winkle
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2-3pm
WHERE: Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT
WHAT: Enjoy this classic tale and design your own Rip Van Winkle face mask. Limited space. Tickets available at 1:30pm.
WANT TO GO? $15; free for children younger than 1. 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org.
Frida Al Fresco for Families: Spooky Adventure
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30pm-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, spooky event in a beautiful setting.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-817-8716. nybg.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 an easy way to turn your child on to live theater.
WANT TO GO? $17 plus tax. 914-372-6491. broadwaytheatre.com.
‘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: It makes opera kid-friendly.
WANT TO GO? $20; $10 children. 914-251-6200. artscenter.org.
Dia De Los Muertos
WHEN: Oct. 24-Nov. 1, Saturdays-Sundays, 10:30am-4pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
WHAT: Celebrate Mexican traditions known for bringing together family and friends to remember loved ones. Join the festivities with larger than life skeletons, butterflies, and La Catrina, the grande dame of this colorful holiday.
WANT TO GO? $25; $10 for ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 718-817-8716. nybg.org.
Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 25, 1-3pm
WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT
WHAT: Wear a costume and trick or treat with your favorite farm friends. Follow clues to find the five trick or treat stations.
WANT TO GO? $10; $6 students (18 and older with valid ID); $5 Children ages 4-17; free for children younger than 4. 203-322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.
Spooky Tales to Tickle Your Spine
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30, 3:30pm
WHERE: Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
WHAT: Come with your little ones for a riveting performance in the Music Room with storyteller LuAnn Adams to kick off your Halloween weekend. This multi-cultural performance includes spooky folktales from around the world. Audience participation and ghostly treats.
WANT TO GO? $12.50; $9 for children of all ages. 914-232-1252. caramoor.org.
Warts and All!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2pm
WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale
WHAT: It’s Halloween! Meet the creepy, crawly, and bumpy at the Nature Center, and make a spooky craft to take home.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This event always has a nice turn out with lots of spooky objects to see.
WANT TO GO? $8; children younger than 2 are free. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.
Halloween at the Museum
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-6pm
WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
WHAT: Enjoy a full afternoon of art and science projects, dance workshops, Halloween stories, and a planetarium show.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It makes Halloween educational, and not all about candy. Temporarily, anyhow.
WANT TO GO? $6; $3 children ages 3-18. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.
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 plus. 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.
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