Halloween is one of my favorite holidays in the U.S! I am back to share a few tips on Halloween festivities around the city. Actually, let’s start talking about the very initial roots of Halloween! According to the website library point (librarypoint.org) Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays! “It was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in), marking the end of harvest and the beginning of the new year (November 1st).
When the Romans took over the Celtic lands, they adapted the day to honor their own deities. One of these, Pomona, was the goddess of fruit and trees and was represented by an apple. Eventually, the Roman Catholic Church adopted the day as All Saints’, or All Hallows’, Day, to honor saints who did not have a specific feast day of their own. The name gradually changed to Halloween. The tradition of trick-or-treating dates to All Souls’ Days parades in England. Villagers gave poor people “soul cakes” in return for prayers for their dead relatives.”
5 HALLOWEEN EVENTS WORTH GOING:
1-GREAT JACK O’LATERN BLAZE
It features over 10,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins set against the mysterious backdrop of Van Cortlandt Manor’s 18th-century buildings and riverside landscape. Wander along the main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. Gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and gasp at the sight of a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the plus-sized Pumpkin Planetarium. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters, and don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman. Admission is ONLY by advance timed ticket, entrance times vary by evening. Most nights sell out, so get your tickets early!
Where: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.2017 dates: September 29-October 1, 5-11, 12-31. November 1-5, 8-12, 16-18, 24-25. Times vary by evening.
Cost: Adults $20, children 3-17 $16 (Fridays-Saturdays $25 and $20).
For reservations: buy tickets online, 914-366-6900 ($2/ticket surcharge for phone orders).
2- HEADLESS HORSEMAN
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow returns to the village for 15 evenings of highly entertaining haunted mayhem.
Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow’s unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real.
Those who survive the trail enter the terrifying ruins of Ichabod’s Schoolhouse, where they must endure a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman.
Heads will definitely roll…maybe even your own! This is Sleepy Hollow’s premier haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village. Most nights SELL OUT IN ADVANCE.
WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Enter at your own risk!
Recommended for ages 10+
Tickets: $20 (Saturdays $25)
3- IRVING’S LEGEND
Featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s spellbinding storytelling captivates all audiences. Performances last about 45 minutes.
This Historic Hudson Valley event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor.
Recommended for ages 10+.
Adults, $25; Children under 18, $20
Members receive a $5 discount per ticket