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Event Spotlight: Halloween Events

September 18, 2012

Book Now, These Sell Out

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Matt Gillis

If you're considering going to any of these four amazing events, you should reserve your tickets now.  Ask any parent that knows about these popular events, and they know the sell-out is imminent and quick.  Tickets can be reserved at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders).

By popular demand, Historic Hudson Valley’s roster of FOUR major Halloween-themed events kick off on Saturday, Oct. 6 and runs through November 11th.  All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization which owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

Dates: October 6 – November 11th various dates

Times: Various evenings.  Rain or Shine

Price: $16 for adults ($20 on Saturdays), $12 for children 3-17 ($16 on Saturdays), and free for children under 3

Ages: All ages

Place: Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Avenue, just off Route 9 in Croton-on-Hudson.
Description: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, which drew more than 80,000 visitors last year, features more than 5,000 illuminated, individually hand-carved jack o’lanterns — including elaborate abstractions and huge multi-pumpkin constructions — professionally lit throughout the landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor in various conceptual arrangements.

A special “TrailBLAZEr FundRAISEr” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18. Blaze fans can enjoy exclusive access to the event, a “curator’s tour” with Natiello, and a full catered meal.

Horseman’s Hollow

Date: October 6-28th various dates

Times: Various evenings.  Rain or Shine

Price: $20 ($25 on Saturdays)

Ages: teen+, but read description to determine

Place: Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow.

Description: Horseman’s Hollow, a haunted experience in the heart of Sleepy Hollow, takes the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes. Historic Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane, all serving the Headless Horseman himself.

Haunted house professional Lance Hallowell leads a crew of award-winning makeup and costume designers and a 40-member-strong cast of experienced actors to create an immersive, interactive, pleasantly terrifying experience, with state-of-the-spooky-art special effects.

Custom built set pieces and period-correct costumes help orient the experience in Philipsburg Manor’s traditional time period of the mid-1700s. Lighting is by Emmy award-winning designer Deke Hazirjian of New York City Lites.

Irving's ‘Legend’

Date: October 6-28th various days

Times: various through evening; lasts 45 minutes

Seating is very limited.  Rain or Shine

Price: $16 for adults, $12 for children under 18.

Ages: 10+

Place:  The 1685 stone church is across the street from Philipsburg Manor, where visitors will park.

Description: Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic re-telling of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s storytelling will take place in the historic, candlelit setting of the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow.

Legend Celebration

Date: October 6-28th, various days

Time: 10-4PM, Rain or Shine

Ages: All ages

Price: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children 3-17, and free for those under 3

Place: Sunnyside is at89 West Sunnyside Lane, off Route 9 inTarrytown.

Description: This daytime prelude to the area’s evening activities features colorful characters who will delight all ages, including magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, live musicians, and a spooky mime. Children can take part in old-fashioned games and hands-on activities such as scarecrow making. Perennially popular with children, this event takes place at Sunnyside, the Romantic-era homestead of Washington Irving, who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. 

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