The sensationally spooky month of Halloween is finally upon us—which means it’s time to start seeking thrills of the screaming, jump-scare variety and track down the spots where grim grinning ghosts go out to socialize.
Whether you’re looking for something to scare you so much you can’t sleep, or something a bit more sedate for the whole family, this list of Hudson Valley Halloween destinations and attractions—from haunted houses and hayrides to harvest festivals and sing-a-longs—has you covered.
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The Scariest Haunted Houses and AttractionsHeadless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, Ulster Park
A 250 year old farm turned horror park, Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses is a terrifying attraction for the Halloween season. The park has a one-mile Deal with the Devil themed hayride and nine individual haunted attractions. The six haunted houses feature the unique themes including: Lunar Motel, Nightshade Nursery and Greenhouse, Glutton’s Diner and Slaughterhouse, Horseman’s Tomb, The Feeding, and Two Raven Manor. The Evil Reaping corn maze, Mama Rose’s Swamp Shack walkthrough, and Dr. Dark’s Circus A sideshow walkthrough makes up the rest of the park’s screaming scares.
Voted one of the “Top 10 Haunted Houses in America” by Yahoo! Travel, this is a definite must-see for spooky thrill-seekers this October.
Open weekends September 21-November 2
Horseman’s Hollow, Sleepy Hollow
Horseman’s Hollow is the haunted trail of your nightmares. Take a 35 minute walk through 18th century Sleepy Hollow, where the villagers have gone mad and the whole village is cursed with the undead and evil. Beware of the central figure of terror, who stalks the village in search of his head.
Visit the landmarks of cemetery, tavern, and Old Dutch Church. Horseman’s Hollow is a perfect Halloween attraction for those who love historical horror.
Open weekends October 4-November 3
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The Barn of Terror, Lake Katrine
Haunted by a shadowy figure called the Corn Master and his family, The Barn of Terror features a barn, silo, root cellar, mineshaft, cemetery, corn maze, field house, and shantytown. The barn, silo, root cellar, and field house are haunted houses, and the mineshaft, cemetery, corn maze, and shantytown are haunted trails.
While all attractions share an overarching theme, each has its own individual terrifying aspects to keep you scared as you move through the park. The Barn of Terror has perfected its horror experience over 16 seasons, and is ready to continue make visitors fear for their lives.
Open weekends October 4-27
The Haunt at Rocky Ledge, North White Plains
The Haunt at Rocky Ledge is a haunted house experience with a little extra umph to it. Two haunted houses connected by a fear inducing trail through the woods, here visitors are trapped in a 25 minute adventure of terror. Also featuring Westchester’s only haunted cornfield, this eight-acre property has a great cast who put on their best scary faces to absolutely freak out visitors, plus a dedicated team who run the attraction with unbridled enthusiasm.
Open weekends October 4-November 2
More Family-Friendly Halloween Attractions
Broadway Fright Night, Mamaroneck
Prepare for a spooky night of song: the first-ever Broadway Fright Night is coming to Emelin Theatre this Halloween season. The show features numbers from on-and-off Broadway musicals such as “Wicked”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Jekyll and Hyde”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, and “Sweeney Todd.”Stars of the stage Jackie Burns, Richard Todd Adams, Jenny Lee Stern, and Joey Taranto will be performing songs from these and more musicals.
Friday, October 25 at 8pm
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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson
The famously epic Halloween light show, visit the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for over 7,000 decorative jack o’lanterns. Each hand-carved and illuminated, the jack o’lanterns at this attraction are built into sculptures and displays styled after U.S. landmarks such as a 25 foot tall Statue of Liberty, 18th century architecture, a planetarium, and other creative ideas such as dinosaurs and sea serpents. An original soundtrack and synchronized light show will amaze you as you travel through this pumpkin wonderland.
Open weekends September 20-29, daily October 3-31, weekends November 1-30
Halloween Weekend Celebration at Opus 40, Saugerties
Opus 40 is hosting a kid-friendly Halloween party this season. Listen to spooky stories and watch puppet shows while eating homemade apple and cider products from local Hudson Valley farms. Kids can also carve pumpkins and play at the tiny carnival by Lucky Chocolates. Parents can explore the sculpture park while kids enjoy the celebrations, making it a great day for the whole family.
Saturday, October 26 at 1pm
Tarrytown Halloween Parade, Tarrytown
An attraction that brings visitors numbering into the thousands, the 18th annual Tarrytown Halloween Parade is fast approaching. The parade is both spooky and fun, with over 20 floats included in the line up this year. Once the march has ended, stop by the block party for food and merch vendors, a DJ, and live performances from groups such as Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders. Costumes are encouraged, and you can enjoy a free food and drink voucher with admission.
Saturday, October 26 at 5:30pm