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37 (not-so) Spooky Halloween Events

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Halloween family friendly events list

Jeepers creepers! Halloween can be way too scary for some little ones. Here are some frighteningly fun Halloween events that won't scare the pants off your little ghost or goblin.
Family fun for all on this creepy holiday!

Oct 8: Kids Day at the Haunted Mansion. A toned-down kid-friendly day at the haunted mansion. Pumpkin painting, magic shows, arts and crafts, trick or treating and more. 12-3pm. Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion. 85 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls.

Oct 13: Children’s Day! Presented by Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. "A Tiny Taste of Terror." On Children's Day, the park tones down its scare level, offering a daylight hayride with a friendly storyteller telling scary tales. 11:30am-3pm. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park. 845-339-2666.

Oct 13: No Scare Halloween. Wear your favorite costume, enjoy games, crafts, scavenger hunt, costume parade and goodies. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm. Museum Village. 1010 Rt. 17M, Monroe. 845-782-8248.

Oct 14: 5th Annual Halloween Festival. Parade begins at 12pm followed by farmers market, bounce houses, crafts, costume contest, petting zoo, trick or treating and free pumpkins. 12pm. Mesier Park. E. Main St, Wappingers Falls.

Oct 14: Fall Harvest Festival. Join us for a great day of family fun in the park. Rain Date 10/21. Live bands, art show and sale, children’s show, Halloween costume parade at 3:15pm. 12-4pm. Freedom Park. 212 Skidmore Rd, Lagrange. 845-452-1972.

Oct 14: Halloween Craft Fair and Flea Market. A “Spooktacular” Halloween fair with over 20 vendors including handmade and direct sales. Free trick or treat bags for children to fill with candy and snacks. Raffles. 11am-6pm. Homewood Suites by Hilton at Newburgh-Stewart Airport. 180 Breunig Rd. New Windsor. 845-375-9143.

Oct 17: Frankenreads: Kids movie. Free showing of Frankenweenie (PG) for kids and teens. 1-2:30pm. Newburgh Free Library Story hour Room. 124 Grand St, Newburgh. 845-563-3601.

Oct 19-21: Haunted House and Monster Mash Party. Enjoy classic Halloween games, snacks, face painting, crafts and if you dare, venture into the hidden depths of Area 990, the abandoned research bunker. For all ages. 6pm. Warwick Valley Community Center. 11 Hamilton Ave, Warwick. 845-986-6422.

Oct 19: Tales from the Underground- A Costumed Living History Tour.  The center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck present Theatre appropriate for all audiences. Ticket available. 3pm. Rhinebeck Cemetery. 3 Mill Rd, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

Oct 20: Grace Pumpkin Parade. Benefit to help end bullying and abuse in the community during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Proceeds go to Grace Smith House, Inc. Home shouldn’t be a scary place. 11am-3pm. Pulaski Park. 162 Washington St, Poughkeepsie. 845-452-7155.

Oct 20: Witchingtonville 2018. Fun-filled afternoon for the whole family. Costume parade for all ages, games, trunk or treat, DJ, hayrides, barrel slide, escape room, live music and more! 2-8pm. Vern Allen Park. Rt.94 and Ahern Blvd, Washingtonville.

Oct 21: Halloween on the Farm. Fundraiser to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Come pet and feed the farm animals, face painting, hay rides and a bake sale. Costumes are encouraged. 2pm. Michael’s Farm. 44 Kate Yaeger Rd, Saugerties.

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Oct 26: Flicks: Young Frankenstein (Rated:PG). The American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, and discovers how to reanimate a dead body. $8 Adults, $6 Members, and $5 Children. 6pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 200 Hurd Rd, Walden. 866-781-2922.

Oct 26: Flashlight Fridays. Free Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, kids activities include cow train, pedal cars and pony rides. 3-9pm. Wright Family Farm. 329 Kings Hwy, Warwick. 845-986-1345.

Oct 26: Halloween Haunts and Happenings. Enjoy Halloween fun for all ages in the Victorian Castle resort featuring frightening activities, campfires, costume ball, trick or treating and more. Kids club by age group. Visit website for full schedule. All weekend. Mohonk Mountain House. 100 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz. 888-447-9580.

Oct 26: Halloween Public Sail. Purchase your tickets to sail with the Clearwater. Wear your costume and take part in special activities or simply sit back enjoy the colors of autumn. $50 adults, $15 kids. 5pm. Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston. 845-265-8080.

Oct 26: Halloween Spooktacular. A night of spooky play, costume contest with prizes, Halloween themed activities and trick or treating. 5:30-8pm. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.

Oct 26: Haunted Harvest Fest. Come experience what our camps have to offer. Haunted houses, crafts, archery, BB shooting, monkey bridge, bounce houses and more! 10:30am-4:30pm. Camp Bullowa. 15 franck Rd, Stony Point and Camp Nooteeming. 69 Camp Nooteming Rd, Salt Point. Hudsonvalleyscouting.org

Oct 26: Pumpkins in the Park. Talk a walk through the lighted display throughout the park. Dress for weather and bring a flashlight. 6-8pm. Long Dock Park Rd, Beacon. 845-473-4440.

Oct 26: Peanuts Halloween Party. Wear your costume for pizza and games for all. 5:30-7:30pm. Blodgett Memorial Library. 37 Broad St, Fishkill. 845-896-9215.

Oct 27: Boo at the Zoo. Come to the bear den to make spooky snacks for the black bears and watch them enjoy their treats. Touch real animal skulls, autumn crafts and learn about bats, owls and vultures. Family friendly activities. 10:30am-3pm. Trailside Museum and Zoo. Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701.

Oct 27: Children’s Day! Presented by Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. "A Tiny Taste of Terror." On Children's Day, the park tones down its scare level, offering a daylight hayride with a friendly storyteller telling scary tales. 11:30am-3pm. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park. 845-339-2666.

Oct 27: Halloween Parade. Costume parade down Main St. Line up at 12:45pm. Games and treats at the Youth Center following the parade. 1pm. Main St, Callicoon. 845-887-5634.

Oct 27: HalloWoodstock 2018. Celebrate fall with family-friendly fun, sweet treats, pumpkins and more to benefit rescued farm animals. Dress up like your favorite animal resident, animal hero or other Halloween character. Refreshments available. 10:30am-4pm. Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. 2 Rescue Rd, High Falls. 845-247-5700.

Oct 27: Haunted Library. Ages 4 and up. No registration required. Parents: please use your discretion when bringing younger children to this program. The Haunted Library is fun, but it can be scary. 2-3pm. NorthEast-Millerton Library. 75 Main St, Millerton. 518-789-3340.

Oct 27: “I Spy” Halloween Trail. Families looking for a fun but not-so-spooky Halloween adventure can drop in at any time between 11am-3pm. Brave adventurers will discover which items belong in nature, like skulls and bones, and which ones do not. Find them all and earn a prize. See live animals in the “Creepy Crawly” room, play a game or make a spooky craft. 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall. 845-534-5506 ext. 204.

Oct 27: MyKingstonKids Halloween Fest 2018/Hayride Registration. Free indoor/outdoor event created to promote an exciting, safe and unique Halloween experience thru stimulating activities including but not limited to our Seed Song Halloween Hayride, Children's Fashion Show, Pumpkin Picking and Decorating, performances, haunted house and more. 3-8pm. Seed Song Farm and Center. 160 Esopus Ave, Kingston. 845-282-0182.

Oct 27: Old Fashioned Halloween Open House and Spooky Stable Adventure. Enjoy a fun-filled Halloween celebration with creepy crafts, fun games and sweet treats. Free pumpkins for children, first come- first serve. Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. 240 Main St, Goshen. 845-294-6330.

Oct 27: Pet Photo Halloween Extravaganza. Dress your pet up for a cause and help support the arts in the Hudson Valley. Fall festival includes local artisans and makers booths. 10am. Arts Mid-Hudson. 696 Dutchess Tpk, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-3222.

Oct 27: Pumpkin Carving Contest. We provide the tools, you provide the pumpkin! Carve your pumpkins at the library and enter to win the carving contest! 10:30am. Olive Free Library. 4033 Rt 28A, West Shokan. 845-657-2482.

Oct 27: Trick or Treat Weekend. Dress in costume and enjoy trick or treating all over the farm. 12-4pm. Barton Orchards. 63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag. 845-227-2306.

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Oct 28: Children and Families: Pumpkins and Painted Faces. Have fun sculpting pumpkins and enjoy creative face painting. 1-3pm. Storm King Art Center. 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor. 845-534-3115.

Oct 28: Flicks: Monsters, Inc. (Rated: G). Celebrate Halloween all day and take part in our candy scavenger hunt and monstrous craft. $8 Adults, $6 Members, and $5 Children. 1:30pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel. 866-781-2922.

Oct 28: Halloween Parade. Costume parade down Main Street. Prizes for the best costume and refreshments too. 2pm. Village of Fishkill. 1095 Main St, Fishkill. 845-897-4430

Oct 28: Halloween Party. Put on your best Halloween costume. Prizes for best costumes, refreshments, crafts, games and more. Free. 1pm. Hackett Hill Park. 59 E. Market St, Hyde Park.

Oct 28: Phoenicia Halloween Parade. Spooktacular event! Parade route begins at Phoenicia school through Main St. Enjoy free fall sweet treats. 1 School Ln, Phoenicia.

Oct 28: Pumpkin Painting Day. Free small pumpkins for kids to decorate and take home. Larger ones for purchase. 10am. Rhinebeck Farmers Market. 61 E. Market St, Rhinebeck.

Oct 31: Halloween Story Time Trick or Treat. Come in costume for stories and trick or treats! All ages. No registration. 75 Main St, Millerton.

Oct 31: Trick or Treating and Costume Contest. Trick or treat to participating stores beginning at 5pm. Immideatly following at 6:30 MVP Health Care will host a costume contest at center court with healthy snacks and Halloween music. Must register for contest. Newburgh Mall. 1401 Route 300, Newburgh.

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Updated September 2018