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Your guide to Halloween Family Fun

Spooky local events bring screams, laughs and fun!

Halloween Family Fun in the Hudson Valley, NY

As Summer leaves us and Fall swoops in, the atmosphere around us changes. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are several locations that offer fun, scares, candy, and costumes that the whole family can enjoy. Sorted by county, you can be sure to find something fun near you.

Make this Halloween season one to remember.

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Dutchess County

Haunted Mansion, Sept. 30- Oct. 31
Haunted houses and haunted trails that all families and kids can explore for scares and entertainment during the Halloween and Fall season. 38 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. 297-2288. 

Kid's Day at the Haunted Mansion, Oct 10
A special show for the young ones that won't give them nightmares. Activvities include pumpkin painting, magic shows and friendly monsters. 38 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. 297-2288. 

Halloween Parade and Festival, Oct 15
The parade begins at 11am at Elm St. and ends at Mesier Park where vendors will be set up with all your Halloween and fall needs. Costume contest for all ages. 11am-4pm. Meiser Park. East Main St and South Ave, Wappingers Falls. 297-8773, ext 7.

Halloween Party and Haunted House, Oct 21
Games and activities for all of our little ghosts and goblins to enjoy in a non-scary environment. Hosted by Union Vale Parks and Rec. 6pm. Tymor Park. 8 Tymor Park Rd, LaGrangeville. 724-5691.

Halloween Kids Night Out, Oct 22
Leave your kids with a Certified Kids & Teen Yoga Instructor to eat pizza family style, do an age appropriate and Halloween themed craft and then have a yoga class! Don’t forget costumes! 5:30pm. Residence Inn Poughkeepsie. 2525 South Rd, Poughkeepsie. 242-3319

Halloween Ghost Train Night, Oct 24
Listen to ghost stories at the station and other frightful tales. 7pm. The Hyde Park Station. 34 River Rd, Hyde Park.

Safe Halloween, Oct 26
Trick or treat through the halls of the high school as the high school kids fill the rooms with family-friendly Halloween Fun! Come is costume and join the fun. Open to all Arlington District Children. Arlington High School. 1157 NY 55, Lagrangeville. 486-4860.

Halloween Spooktacular, Oct 28
Art activities, costume parade and treats for the little ones. It’s a not-so-scary Halloween party for children and adults! Refreshments and trick-or-treating too! 5:30-7:30pm. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum. 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Music and dancing, prizes and refreshments. Free. 6:30-7:30pm. Red Hook Firehouse. 42 MM Ham Memorial Fire House Ln., Red Hook. 758-3241.

Pumpkins in the Park, Oct. 28
Pumpkins carved all week by friends and neighbors will be lit and displayed throughout the park. 6-8pm. Long Dock Park, Beacon.

Family-Festival: Two Silly Fathers: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Oct 29
Watch the clever antics of Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones as they vie for the attention of Katrina Van Tassel. Sure to delight, amuse and enlighten children of all ages. 11am. James and Betty Hall Theatre - Dutchess Community College. 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 431-8050.

Trick or Treat on the Farm, Oct 29-30
9am-6pm. Check website for details. Barton Orchard. 63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag. 227-2306.

Town of Wappinger Trunk or Treat and Haunted House, Oct 29
Costume contest for kids 0-13 years. Trunk or treat - bring your vehicles and candy so the kids can 'trunk or treat'! Haunted house. Refreshments. 1-3pm. Schlathaus Park. 126 All Angels Hill Rd, Wappingers Falls. 297-0720.

Mall-O-Ween Trick or Treat, Oct. 29
Head to the mall this Halloween for trick or treating followed by a costume parade in center court with Q92! 12pm. Poughkeepsie Galleria. 2001 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 297-7600.

Halloween Parade at Fishkill Farms, Oct 30
Get your costumes ready for the Halloween Parade for kids and pumpkin picking! 9am-6pm. Fishkill Farms. 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction. 897-4377.

Fishkill Halloween Parade, Oct 30
Put on your costumes and march down Main St. to the Fire House for judging, prizes and refreshments too! 2-3:30pm. Village of Fishkill. 1095 Main St, Fishkill

Hyde Park Halloween Party, Oct. 30
Wear your best costume for prizes. Games, pumpkin painting, cider and doughnuts too. 2pm. Hackett Hill Park. E Market St, Hyde Park. 229-8086.

Orange County

Forest of Fear, Oct. 7-30 
Not suggested for kids under 12. 7-12pm. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo. 351-5174.

Trunk or Treat Car Show, Oct. 26
Come in costume, participating cars will be decorated and passing out Halloween candy to the children Car show benefits the Winona Lake Engine Company. 5-9pm. Newburgh Mall Front Parking Lot. 1401 Route 300, Newburgh. 564-1400.

Trunk or Treat at Chadwick Lake Park, Oct. 28
Bring the whole family, decorate your car's trunk and enjoy trick or treating in a safe environment. Trunks must pre-register. 6-8pm. Chadwick Lake Park. 1702 Route 300, Newburgh.

Boo at the Zoo, Oct 29
Make a feed the bears a tasty treat and touch real animal skulls, make an autumn craft and learn about bats and not-so-scary owls and vultures.
10:30am-3pm. Trailside Museums and Zoo. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701.

"I Spy" Halloween Trail, Oct. 29-30
Find all the objects cleverly hidden along the "I Spy" Halloween Trail. Fee. 11am-3pm. Outdoor Discovery Center. Muser Drive, Cornwall. 534-5506 x204.

Haunted Hayrides, Oct 29
Take a hayride through the historic grounds of the Farmers Museum, Brick House Museum and 124th New York State Volunteers.  7-10pm. Orange County Farmers Museum. 850 State Rte 17K, Montgomery. 457-2959.

No Scare Halloween, Oct 29-30
The museum offers a very safe environment where the children can enjoy the festivities. Children under 4 are free. 11am-4pm. Museum Village . 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe. 845-782-8248.

Trick or Treat for Children, Oct. 29
Free trick or treating for children ages 10 and under. 3-4pm. Orange County Farmers Museum. 850 State Rt. 17K, Montgomery. 457-2959.

Halloween Parade in Monroe, Oct 30
Parade starts at the commuter parking lot and proceeds to Smith's Clove Park. String Bands will also perform and candy will be given out to the kids. 12:30pm. Village of Monroe. 7 Stage Rd, Monroe. 782-8341.

Town of Marlboro Trunk or Treat, Oct 30
Open your decorated trunks to children trick or treating for this safe family event. 2-4pm. Marlboro Elementary School. 1380 Rt 9W, Marlboro.

Trick or Treat at the Library, Oct 31
You don't have to wait until dark to get a treat from the library!  Drop in anytime from 4-7pm to do a Halloweeny craft and get a treat from the library! 4-7pm. Goshen Public Library. 203 Main St, Goshen. 294-6606.

Pine Bush Halloween Spooktacular, Oct 31
Town wide Trick-or-Treating from 5-8pm, Hayrides, candy and lots of Halloween fun. 5-8pm. Pine Bush.

Sullivan County

Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade, Oct 1
Children’s Parade, Pumpkin Decorating Contests, Rides and much much more! 9am-5pm. Grahamsville Fairgrounds. Rte. 55, Grahamsville. 985-7233, ext 106

Pumpkin Painting Party, Oct 23
ghoulish games, spooky snacks and a frightening fun time! Wear your costume to enter to win the Spookiest Costume Prize! 1:30-5:30pm. Catskill Recreation Center. 651 County Highway 38, Arkville. 586-6250.

Annual Halloween Extravaganza, Oct 29
Childrens’ costume parade, games, treats and more at the Youth Center. 12:45pm. Downtown Callicoon. Main St, Callicoon. 887-5155.

Halloween Trunk or Treat in the Park, Oct. 31
Line-up begins for the Jeff Lion’s Club Halloween Parade on Main Street ending at the firehouse for costume judging. 6pm. Backyard Park. 876 Swiss Hill Rd., Jeffersonville.


Ulster County

7th Annual UlsterCorps Zombie Escape, Oct 29
Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage and beautiful trails at Williams Lake while dodging zombies and other spooky surprises hiding in the woods, tunnels and caves – a perfect family friendly way to start your Halloween. 10am-1pm. Williams Lake. 434 Williams Lake Road, Rosendale . 481-0331.

Decorate a (Little!) Pumpkin, Oct 29
Children will enjoy the traditional Halloween fun of decorating their own pumpkin! Must Register. 10:30am. Frida's Bakery and Cafe. 26 Main St, Milton. 795-5550.

Halloween Fun Festival at DuBois Farms, Oct 29-30
Lots of apples and pumpkins to pick, and kids in costume get a treat! 10am-5pm. DuBois Farms U-Pick. 209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland. 795-4037.

Haunts and Happenings, Oct. 28-30
Haunted house and s’mores around a crackling campfire, trick or treating and a costume ball. Mohonk Mountain House. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz.

HalloWoodstock, Oct 30
Celebrate the last day of the visiting season with a not-so-spooky family fall festival featuring animal visits, food, hayrides and kid’s activities. 11am-4pm. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. 2 Rescue Rd, High Falls. 247-5700

Halloween Parade, Oct. 31
Starts on Main Street and Manheim Boulevard in New Paltz and ends at the Fire House where the Lion's Club distributes apples and candy. 6pm. Main St., New Paltz.

Night of 100 Pumpkins, Oct. 31
Pumpkin carvers of all ages bring their pumpkin creations to The Bakery. Free cocoa, hot cider and pumpkin bread. 6-10pm. The Bakery. 13a North Front St., New Paltz.

Trick or Treat on Huguenot Street, Oct. 31
Families are welcome to walk the Huguenot Street on Halloween night, trick-or-treating at the historic houses. 4-6pm. Historic Huguenot Street. 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz. 255-1889. 


Other Counties

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester, Oct 1-30
Little ghosts and mummies can experience Halloween every weekend in October with spooktacular activities sure to please the whole family! 10am-9pm. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. 39 Fitzgerald St, Yonkers. 866-243-0770.

Horseman's Hollow, Oct 7-31
A terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Advance purchase is essential. ages 10 and up. 7-10pm. Philipsburg Manor. 381 North Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow. 914-366-6900.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, Sep 30- Nov. 13
See more than 7,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’lanterns in this elaborate walk through experience. Advance tickets required. 6:30pm. Van Cortlandt Manor. 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-366-6900.