Peekskill-Cortlandt Halloween Guide

Where to get scared in the area.

Pumpkin Design and Hayride

When: Thursday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m.

What: The City of Peekskill supplies the pumpkin, paint, magic markers and glue - You supply the imagination!  Children in grades Pre-K through 6 are invited. The cost per child is $3 and pre-registration at the Recreation Office is required.  Registration is limited so sign up early.

Where: Depew Park Bandstand

Price: $3, pre-registration required

Rain date: Friday, Oct. 21

Contact: Parks and Recreation,734-7275


Haunted School House

When: Oct. 27-29, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

What: Uriah Hill Elementary School will be transformed into a haunted school house from Thursday to Saturday before Halloween (Oct. 27-29). About fifty volunteers, high school students and adults, put on a spooky performance for the visitors, who enter at their own risk.

Parents with small children are strongly advised to use discretion. It is scary. Ages 5 or older and an adult must accompany children under 12.

Where: Uriah Hill Elementary School, Pemart Avenue, Peekskill 

Price: $6


Cortlandt Halloween Parade

When: Oct. 29, 12 p.m.

What: A free Halloween parade for kids age 2 to 14 to enter. Open to everyone in costume. At the end of the parade everyone in costume gets trophies and candy.

Where: The Cortladnt Town Center, starts inside by the movie theater.

Price: free

Contact: Cortlandt Recreation Department, 914-734-4256

Rain or shine event.


Cortlandt Halloween Party

When: Oct. 31, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

What: Halloween Party at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center. Open to all kids through fifth grade, accompanied by an adult. The event will feature games, contests, treats, balloons and a chance to be on cable television.

Where: Westbrook Drive, Cortlandt

Price: Free

Contact: Cortlandt Recreation Department, 914-734-4256


Legend Celebration at Washington Irving's Sunnyside

When/Where:  Saturday, October 22, 23, 29 and 30 at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Why Go:  This daytime festival, at the home of the creator of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” is a great prelude to the Blaze Festival or just to get in the spirit for Halloween. Listen to ghost stories, hear live musicians, and be awed by a bevy of magicians, puppeteers, and a spooky mime scarecrow. Take part in old-fashioned games and hands-on activities like make-your-own scarecrow. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume.

Price:  Adults are $12, children are $6, and under 5 are free.

Contact Info: 914-631-8200 ext. 618


-The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze: 4,000 jack-o-lanterns light up Van Cortlandtville Manor

Where/When:  Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Fri-Sun. all month

Tours from 6:30-9:30pm

Why go: As part of one of the largest, most talked about Halloween events in the entire Hudson Valley, historic Van Cortlandtville Manor becomes home to 4,000 carved jack o’ lanterns. Wander through the grounds and prepare to be amazed, (and maybe even a little bit frightened). Tours go from 6:30-9:30 each evening. This is a rain or shine and admission is by advance timed ticket only. The event runs until early Nov., but tickets sell out fast, so don’t delay!

Pricing: $16, $12 ages 5-7, free ages 4 and under weekdays and Sunday. $20, $16 ages 5-7, free ages 4 and under Saturdays

Contact: 914-271-8981


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