Orlando-based troupe Phantasmagoria's long-running, critically acclaimed, macabre show "Plague Tales" is available to stream this weekend via Bridge Street Theater.
"Halloween is cancelled" read the cultural ticker tape ominously all through September. It's true, Haloween as we know it—elementary schoolers sticking grubby hands in plastic Jack-O-Lanterns to rummage around for their favorite candy, packs of kids prowling the neighborhood, and big, sweaty, close-quarters costume parades—is NOT going to happen this year. But local organizers have gotten creative with how to keep the beloved spooky spirit of Hallow's Eve alive amidst the real life scariest thing of all: a never-ending global pandemic. From theater to the silver screen to a good, old-fashioned, plein-air costume party, here are some alt-Halloween activities to do this year the Hudson Valley.
Haunted Nighttime Walk at Opus 40 | Saugerties
For one night only, on Friday, October 30, sculpture park Opus 40
will open its miles of forest paths for a haunted nighttime walk
, featuring the ghosts of bygone bluestone workers and spooky friends popping out to scare you. On Halloween night, Opus 40 will host Stockade Saturday
, with seasonal cocktails both hot and cold, smores, and scary stories recounted fireside. Though the park will be open for pop-up weekends and special events through December, this is the last weekend of the regular season to visit the iconic bluestone sculpture and surrounding grounds.
"Plague Tales" via Bridge Street Theater | Online
Victorian horror troupe Phantasmagoria is in the business of fright and delight. They bring their critically acclaimed series "Plague Tales" to Hudson Valley audiences via Bridge Street Theater in Catskill for a weekend of virtually streamed shows this October 30 November 1. The Orlando-based troupe pulls in a Steampunk aesthetic to their shows, which blend scary stories, dance, stage combat, puppetry and projections, fire dancing, and aerial arts, to create a dark, chilling show that is part haunted literary salon, parts spooky circus, and part macabre cabaret. Buy your ticket online to stream the show between 7:30pm Friday, October 30 and 11:59pm on November 1.
Double Dare Drive-In at Center for Performing Arts | Rhinebeck
Amid the pandemic, drive-in theaters have been unofficially declared the entertainment MVP of the year. Their socially distance-proof format has led to other pop-up events like this spooky double header at the Center for Performing Arts
in Rhinebeck. On both Friday and Saturday nights, October 30 and 31, the Center will screen two classic black-and-white horror films back-to-back on the side of the 40-foot barn. The night kicks off with Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
at 7pm, followed by Creature from the Black Lagoon
right at 8:30pm. Each car will receive a bag of treats on Halloween. Online ticket purchase required
Abracadabra Trip or Treat Halloween Fest | Kingston
Expect two days of music and Halloweeny shenanigans at the mouth of the Rondout in Kingston. School bus-straddling mobile jam band Abracadabra Trip
has organized this marathon of live shows and entertainment
on the waterfront. DJ sets will open the evening on Friday at 8pm, and at 10:30 the party will transition to a silent disco—the party rages on in your earphones into the early morning while happy neighbors doze peacefully. Saturday, from 11am-3pm there will be a live concert and dance party, a scavenger hunt, a sunset rock show, a drag fashion show, and then another silent disco dance party.
Haunted Parade | Wassaic
Dress up the kiddies in their spookiest costumes (masks incorporated) and head to wee hamlet of Wassaic for a COVID-safe haunted parade on Halloween afternoon. At 5:30pm, marchers will take to the streets accompanied by parade floats and fire trucks. In true Wassaic Project flair, the floats will be creative elaborations made by artists Danni Bellando
, Alexandra Goss
+ Liz Oakley
, Jeila Gueramian
, Jenny Morse
, and Lexy Ho-Tai
. Although Wassaic's annual tradition of the Haunted Mill, an artist-curated spooky experience, will not overtake the seven-story Maxon Mills building this year, the parade offers a way to bring people together for Halloween while showcasing new art. And trick-or-treaters, have no fear. Individually wrapped candy bags will be tossed into the audience.
Trick or Treat at Hancock Shaker Village | Hancock, MA
The historic Hancock Shaker Village
is catering to kids both big and small this Halloween with a mixed docket of events. From 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 31, kids are welcome for a daytime costume contest, scavenger hunt, ghost stories, and more spooky fun. With more than 750 acres of old buildings and grounds to explore, including a Farm & Forest Trail, Hancock is the perfect spooky spot to tour on Halloween. Come nighttime, from 6-8:30pm grown-ups are invited for adult trick-or-treat with tricks and contests at stations throughout the Village. Contest inners receive beer, wine, giveaways, and prizes. There will also be a food truck, fire pit, and live music. Admission is $30, and reservations are required.