Halloween Events for Families

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. You can be sure to find something fun near you.

Make this Halloween season one to remember.

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Blaze: Hudson Valley  - Now – November 27

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans. New for 2021, gawk at the always-impressive New York City skyline’s pumpkin treatment and take a stroll under the sea in our immersive river display. Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed! 7pm. Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. (914) 366-6900.

Watt World of Halloween Horrors - October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21, 23-24, 28-31

Drive Thru Trail. Get spooky this October with a drive-thru this fun Halloween trail.. 7:00pm. 310 Scotchtown Rd., Goshen. 845-294-3391.

Brick-or-Treat - Weekends October 2-31

Halloween spectacular that’s built for kids – featuring costume contests, dance parties, and trick-or-treating! 3pm. LEGOLAND New York Resort, One Legoland Blvd., Goshen. (845) 410-0290.

Halloween Lanterns & Decorations - October 14

Create Halloween Lanterns and some other fun decorations just in time to decorate for Halloween. Register by 10/4 so supplies can be prepared. 6:30pm. 11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction. (845) 724-3414.

Peace, Love & PumpkinsOctober 15-31

An enchanting walk thru. During this family-friendly experience, guests will wind through the garden trails of our beautiful grounds, which will highlight unique, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and glowing pumpkin art. Delight in displays featuring Woodstock festival icons, dinosaurs, mermaids, Big Foot, and more! 6:30pm. Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel.

No Scare Halloween!October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

Wear your not-so-scary costumes to our family-friendly, boo-free zone and stroll through our Halloween Village with games, displays, and treats for the kids and enchanting Halloween exhibits for the grown-ups! 11:00am. 1010 Route 17M, Monroe. (845) 782-8247. 

My First Book Club with Ms. CarolynOctober 17

Let's talk about spooky stories and share a couple!! What are you reading? Let's talk about it while making Halloween slime! Ages 7-9. Contact Carolyn at cthorenz@rcls.org cthorenz@rcls.org to register. 2pm. 133 Farmers Tpke., Gardiner. (845) 255-1255.

Halloween Craft Fundraiser - October 21 & 22

Join us for a Halloween mask-making craft. All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. A small HSW goody bag and kid-size Duffy's ice cream are included. Craft materials are provided and each person gets to take home their work. $20/person; $10 deposit to hold space. Space is very limited, please RSVP in person at Duffy's or call 845-769-7608. 6-7pm. Duffy's, 94 Clinton Street, Montgomery. 845-769-7608.

New Deal's Trunk or Treat - October 22

Trunk or Treat is BACK after a one-year hiatus! Join us at the Hyde Park Drive-In for our 4th Trunk or Treat Event! Bring your family to check out car trunks turned into works of art and get in some trick or treating early! Free family event! 5-6:30pm. Hyde Park Drive In, 4114 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. (845) 229-6643.

Trunk or Treat - October 22

Come join us for our Trunk or Treat! A safe place for kids to trick or treat. 6:00pm. Chadwick Lake Park, 1702 NY-300, Newburgh. 845-564-7815.

Halloween Weekend #1October 22-24

Each year, Frost Valley YMCA offers multiple weekends in October dedicated to spooktacular fun! With costume parties, pumpkin painting, and apple cider making, Halloween has never been so eerily exciting. When the sun goes down, we have something for guests of all ages. Win prizes in our silly Halloween games for the little ones or the brave at heart can test their courage walking through our haunted trail…if you dare! Call 845-985-2291 x450 Email: reservations@frostvalley.org. 4:00pm. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville.

Annual Haunted Firehouse - October 22-24

All are welcome as the creatures and spirits of darkness take over our firehouse. This is a scary event, children under 10 are admitted under parents' discretion. The cost is $5 per person. Kids Hour Saturday, 6-7pm.  6:00pm. Salisbury Mills Fire Company, 2128 NY-94, Salisbury Mills.

4th Annual Witchingtonville - October 23

4th Annual Witchingtonville with Trunk or Treat, spooky animal show, games for all ages, Headless Horseman, and performances by New York Performing Arts Center. Pony rides, pumpkin painting, and food are available for a fee. 2-6pm.  L Vern Allen Park, Ahern Blvd., Washingtonville. 

Boo at the Zoo - October 23

Come at 10:30 a.m. to make bear treats, then watch the bears explore their den at 11:00 a.m. Learn about vultures, owls, bears & other animals. Family-friendly activities –pumpkin decorating, face painting, matching games & crafts. Wear your favorite not-so-spooky Halloween costume!. 10:30am. Trailside Museums & Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park, Tomkins Cove. (845) 786-2701.

Town of Wappinger Trunk or Treat & Costume Contest - October 23

Calling all ghouls, princesses, superheroes, monsters, and other costumed creatures to come to our annual Halloween Trunk or Treat and kids’ costume contest. Ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-13. If you would like to register your vehicle to participate in Trunk or Treat and have the coolest decorated car in Town, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department. Best decorated trunk wins a prize. Must register. 1-3pm. Schlathaus Park, 126 All Angels Hill Rd., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-0720

Spooky Cookie Houses! - October 23

Get into the Halloween spirit with spooky cookie house decorating. This event happens at the library in the West wing and includes everything you need to perfect your cookie house and edible graveyard! 12:00pm. Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli. (845) 757-3771.

Trunk or Treat - October 23

The fall season is right around the corner. Let's make this Halloween something to remember. October 23 with a rain date of the 24. Please pre-register by October 20th call or text 845-545-5997. Live entertainment and food vendor. Prizes will be given - most original vehicle, creepiest vehicle, crowd favorite decorated vehicle, crowd favorite costume, and crowd favorite family or group costume. Followed by a night corn maze. Bring a flashlight or use one of ours. Don't be scared, it's dark, it's creepy, and who knows what's around the corner. 3:00pm. Social Island, 939 Pulaski Highway, Goshen. (845) 545-5997.

EGC CORE Competitive Trunk or Treat! - October 23

Come trick or treating this Saturday! Hosted by our Core Competitive Dance Team to help them support their competition season! Cost is a monetary donation to the team. Any amount is greatly appreciated! 12:30-2:30pm. EGC Dance Center, 1 Four Corners Blvd., Hopewell Junction. (845) 210-9172.

Teatown's Enchanted Forest - October 23 & 24, 30 & 31

Something important is lost in Teatown’s woods and must be found! Enter the Enchanted Forest for a guided adventure featuring a cast of whimsical characters and familiar forest friends. For Families. Costumes optional – but encouraged! Maximum 12 people/time slot. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. (914) 762-2912. 

The Pumpkin Express - October 23 & 24, 30 & 31

Take a spectacular journey along the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor and see the natural beauty of the Catskills from our railroad’s unique perspective aboard Ulster County’s only scenic train. Our Pumpkin Express trains have an added bonus – passengers will be able to select their own pumpkin to take home and decorate. Pumpkins will be spread out on the flat cars for passengers to select their favorite to take home. Westbrook Lane Station in the Kingston Plaza, 55 Kingston Plaza Road, Kingston. (845) 332-4854. 10am

Headless Horseman Children's Day - A TINY TASTE OF TERROROctober 9 & 23

On Children's Day, the park tones down its scare level. You will enjoy a hayride and visit friendly characters along the way. In addition, you will experience our Magic Moon Maze, Haunted Gardens, Witch Hazel's Halloween House, Dinosaur Trail, enjoy music, and other surprises making this the perfect outing for families with young children. Please make reservations online and early. Children under one are free! 11:30am. 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park. (845) 339-2666.

Weekend for Girl Scouts. Outdoor Adventure & WildlifeOctober 22-24

Challenge yourself with thrilling ropes elements, outdoor sports, and more. Join us for our Haunted Trail and Halloween Party! ACTIVITIES OFFERED: Outdoor Living Skills, Wildlife Ecology, Night Hike, CSI: Frost Valley, Teambuilding, Rowing/Canoeing, Archery, Hikes, Low Ropes, Flying Fish, Zipline, Haunted Trail, Halloween Party Our Main Camp offers availability for up to 650 guests, easily accommodating large councils yet also providing a personalized experience for individual troops. In addition to the activities planned specifically for scouts, you will have access to our camp favorites like climbing, archery, arts & crafts, and more. $175 per person includes programs, lodging, and meals. Frost Valley YMCA is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Girl Scouts of the USA. 4:00pm. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville.

Drive-Thru Trick or TreatOctober 28

Stop on by for a quick meet and greet with Poop Dude and the Dawes Crew! 4pm. 1993 State Route 32, Modena. (845) 883-5440.

Haunted Funhouse - October 29-31

The Haunt is located at Studio 845 in the Newburgh Mall (next to Office Depot). The Haunt is Open to All Ages but is Not Recommended for the Faint of Heart! To Order VIP Tickets, skip the line and select your exact time of entry, Please Join their app by texting @ifyoudare to 81010. Studio 845, 1401 Route 300, Newburgh. (845) 527-1891. 

2nd Annual Town of Montgomery Trunk or Treat! - October 29

Take your kids out for a safe night of trick-or-treating in Montgomery. 6:00pm. Montgomery Town Court, 110 Bracken Rd, Montgomery. (845) 457-2600.

Eastdale Village’s Second Annual Trunk-or-Treat Event - October 29

Kids can trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk full of goodies. There will be live music, free yoga demonstrations, and a costume contest! All goodies are store-bought and pre-wrapped. Social distancing will be required. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated. It is FREE to participate and attend. 6:00pm. Eastdale Village, 10 Otto Way, Poughkeepsie. 845-275-2913.

Halloween Weekend #2October 29

Each year, we offer multiple weekends in October dedicated to spooktacular fun! With costume parties, pumpkin painting, and apple cider making, Halloween has never been so eerily exciting. When the sun goes down, we have something for guests of all ages. Win prizes in our silly Halloween games for the little ones or the brave at heart can test their courage walking through our haunted trail…if you dare! Call 845-985-2291 x450 Email: reservations@frostvalley.org. 4pm. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville.

Halloween Boo Bash - Shadow Puppet Show & Craft - October 29

Featuring: Harp and Thistle Studio (Please register for each adult & child) Join Ichabod Crane and Mrs. Van Tassel for an evening of classic Halloween themed fun! Sing along, shadow puppets, beautiful fiddle music, and spooky sound effects! Who is the mysterious spectre of the headless horseman? Join us to find out on this - the 201st anniversary of Washington Irving's Classic American Short Story. **Spooky, but not super scary. Some very young children may find some themes intense. This is about the level of Disney's Haunted Mansion in terms of spookiness, use your discretion. 6:30pm. Beekman Public Library, 11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction. (845) 724-3414.

Halloween Boo Bash- Costume Parade - October 29

Show off your Halloween Costume in this fun parade. Bring your carved pumpkin to display. We will provide tea lights. You can bring it home when you leave. *Please register for each adult and child that will attend. 5:30pm.  Beekman Public Library, 11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction. (845) 724-3414.

Night Market at Peace, Love & PumpkinsOctober 29-31

Join us on Halloween weekend for our first-ever Night Market at Peace, Love & Pumpkins! No tricks, just treats! On Friday, October 29 thru Sunday, October 31, shop more than 50 craft and specialty food vendors! 6:30pm. 200 Hurd Road, Bethel.

Town of Chester Trunk or Treat - October 30

This is a walk-through event featuring all your favorite community vehicles and members handing out treats. Open to all – Halloween attire, please. Chester Commons Park, 77 Laroe Road, Chester. 845-469-7000 ext. 102. 11am

Sunflower Valley Farm presents Form and Function Crews Family Friendly Trunk or Treat event. Hayrides/ vendors/ family fun. Bring your decorated car and candy. $5 per person entry fee. Children 12 and under free. Sunflower Valley Farm, 366 County Rte. 12, New Hampton. 845-843-9373. 12pm

2021 Haunted Hamlet - October 30

Featuring seven PG-rated art installations/trick-or-treating stations around Maxon Mills and the Luther Barn field. From 3PM to 7PM, explore an all-encompassing banana invention hut, giant Plinko game, mutant forest, dancing candy spirits, Halloween-themed “Let’s Make a Deal” game, fairytale witches hut, and a fibrous candy monster. Free for all ages, but RSVP so we can get enough candy! 3:00pm. Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic.

2nd Annual Jeep Trunk or Treat - October 30

HVJP & JBG NY Chapter presents their 2nd annual Jeep Trunk or Treat. Come celebrate with the kids dressed to impress for candy and fun. Jeeps and drivers will be decorated as well. 6:00pm. Tractor Supply Co., 1611 Ulster Ave, Lake Katrine.

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat - October 30

Join us along with our friends the Road Knights and Manzer’s Landscaping as we bring you cool cars, plenty of sweets, and some spooky decorations as the kids get to trick or treat in our parking lot. We are excited to also have two food trucks join us this year, Primos Picaduras and Chef Rob. Wear your best Halloween attire!!!! 4:00pm. Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, 414 Washington St, Peekskill. (914) 737-1363.

A Very Fluffy Halloween - Alpacas in Costumes - October 30

This year has more alpacas in Halloween costumes, goats too - who knows maybe Ducky the llama will join in the fun this year. Come dressed up for the event or just let our alpaca Lady Valentina Von Sparkles shine. See goats and alpacas dressed up in costumes. There will plenty of opportunities to take pictures with the alpacas in costumes. Fun Craft will be wet felting soap with real fiber in great fall colors for you to take home. Event is 1.5 hours long. Fun for all ages. Limited space. 10:30am. Lilymoore Farm, 21 Moore Rd, Pleasant Valley.

HalloWoodstock 2021 - October 30

This is a family-friendly, ticketed event, where people of all ages can come meet rescued farmed animals, eat delicious vegan food, and enjoy a compassionate Halloween. Costume contest. Email Jenny (jennifer@woodstocksanctuary.org) to reserve your spot. 11:00am. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, 2 Rescue Rd, High Falls. 

Hounds of Halloween Dog Walk - October 30

Join the Hudson Valley Horror Fiends & The Town of Pawling Recreation Department for the Hounds of Halloween Dog Walk to benefit Happy Life Animal Rescue! In order to participate, a $5 donation must be made at the entrance and dogs must be leashed & friendly! We strongly encourage costumes for pups AND their people! Stay tuned for more details! 12:00pm. Lakeside Park, 2 Lakeside Dr., Pawling. (845) 855-1131.

I SPY Halloween Scavenger Haunt - October 30

Join us for a Monster Mash this Halloween! Ghosts and Ghouls are invited to celebrate Halloween at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum along the I Spy Halloween Trail! Find all of the items hidden along the I SPY trail and a treat will be waiting upon your return! This self-guided activity is a great way for families to celebrate Halloween with COVID-19 precautions in place. Costumes are encouraged! 11:00am. Kenridege Farm, Kenridge Farm Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506.

Kids & Adults Trick or Treat October 30

Meet, Greet & Get a Treat! A fun way to meet Marlborough's local business owners: see their establishments, get to know community civic group representatives and their locations.. 2:00pm. Hamlet of Marlboro, 1 Western Ave., Marlboro.

MyKingstonKids Halloween Fest & Parade October 30

Join us for a spooktacular MyKingstonKids Halloween Festival & Parade for kids and people of all ages with a special Ghostbusters theme. REGISTER AND RECEIVE A FREE GIFT AT THE EVENT! Just show your confirmation email or print-out at the check-in booth on event day. This is a free outdoor event created to promote an exciting, safe, and unique Halloween experience thru stimulating activities. 3:00pm. YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, 507 Broadway, Kingston. (845) 338-3810.

Trick or Treat Trail October 30

Join Pawling Recreation for some Halloween Fun!!! Walk along the TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL to collect goodies, play games, and have fun with various organizations from the community! Registration is required for everyone. Space is limited. Resident registration starts October 1. Non-resident registration starts October 25. (if space is available). Please note: We estimate completing the trail takes about 30-45 minutes. This is not a 2-hour event!! 3:00pm. Lakeside Park, 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling.

Trunk or Treat: Dalmatian Edition - October 30

Join Molly the Museum Dog and some of her closest Dalmatian friends for a unique Trunk or Treat event you will not soon forget. Joining Molly and her friends will be local firefighters with their firetrucks too! Collect treats, play games, make a spooky craft and have a safe, and “spotacular” pre-Halloween celebration at the Museum! FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson. 518-822-1875, ext. 17. 10:30am

Old-fashioned Halloween celebration and a walk through a spooky stable. Participate in creepy crafts, play hauntingly fun games and enjoy sweet treats. Decorate a pumpkin with a headless horseman, spider mummy, spooky horse head or ghostly monster pumpkin to frighten off those Halloween spirits and make a bat-styled candy box filled with sweet treats. Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen. (845) 294-6330. 10:30am

Trunk or Treat October 30

Join us for family-friendly Halloween fun! Safe, fun, and free for all ages. Cars arrive @ 1 pm. Costume parade begins @ 2 pm. Trick or treating @ 215. Prizes to be awarded to coolest, scariest, and funniest (cars & costumes!). Please RSVP @ https://forms.gle/6iQrqfb9vymiCKyQ9 or email children.programmer@esopuslibrary.org. 1:00pm. Town of Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. (845) 338-5580.

UlsterCorps 11th Annual Zombie EscapeOctober 30

Kick off your Halloween at UlsterCorps’ 11th Annual Zombie Escape at Williams Lake in Rosendale. Events include a 5k timed trail run, 2k walk and a free 1k Fun Run for kids. Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage and beautiful trails at Williams Lake, while passing socially distanced zombies and other spooky surprises hiding in the woods, tunnels and caves (no flag belts this year due to COVID). Top finishers will receive awards in gender and age group categories. All kids participating in the 1K Fun Run will receive a prize. Team rate only $17 per person if you sign up a team of 5 or more by Wednesday October 27th. To learn more, or sponsor the event, email zombies@ulstercorps.org or call us at 845-481-0331. 11am. Williams Lake, 424 Williams Lake Rd., Kingston. (845) 481-0331.


$25 a carload for up to 5 people. Over 5 is an additional $5 per person. Pumpkin Painting, Games for all ages, Surprises, and treats. Best costumes for different age categories will be judged. The evening concludes with a screening of Sony Animated's MONSTER HOUSE as soon as the field is dark. 4pm. Fair Oaks Drive-In, 365 Bloomingburg Rd., Middletown. 845-361-5773.

Halloween at the Woods - October 31

Happy Halloween at the Woods! During this day of free family fun, enjoy playing games; creating themed arts & crafts; and participating in our costume contest! Plus, as an added treat, explore the trail of our brand-new Peace, Love, & Pumpkins! Come make frightfully-fun memories you’ll never forget! 11:00am. Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel.

Kiki's Delivery Service  - October 31

The magical adventure of an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying delivery service and begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility. Bring your kids in their Halloween finery to take part in a costume parade and photo booth immediately after the film. $5 for members and those with costume and $8 general admission and without costume. Theatre COVID policy: The Rosendale Theatre requires proof of vaccination for entry for patrons over twelve and ID. Masks must be worn inside unless eating and drinking at your seat. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale. 2pm

Last updated October 19, 2021

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