With Halloween just a little over a week away, it’s safe to say most of us have already been celebrating spooky season in one way or another. But just in case you haven’t yet or if you’re looking to squeeze in a few more things before it’s over be sure to check out these Halloween hotspots before it’s too late!
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson
More than 10,000 uniquely carved pumpkins are on display at Van Cortlandt Manor. Enjoy
this festive walk-through experience with a pumpkin donut in one hand and a cup of warm cider in the other. This event is truly breathtaking. To read more about this place check out my previous blog post, “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze has Begun!”
Horseman's Hollow at Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow
Looking for something a bit more scary? The Valley’s got you covered there too with a haunted adventure through a town run mad by the headless horseman himself. I’ve visited this location for the first time this year and it was quite the scare!
Irving's Legend, Sleepy Hollow
Join a team of master storytellers at The Old Dutch Church to relive the legend of the headless horseman.
If you don’t have time to catch these Halloween themed events, don’t worry. November is another month just waiting to be filled with fall festivities like apple picking and cider tasting. Check out a few of The Hudson Valley's best below:
Stuarts Farms, Granite Springs
What began as a cattle farm in 1828, has since become one of Westchester County’s best agricultural farms open year round. Autumn is the best time to visit this place as they have most of their produce readily available and offer hayrides around the orchard. *Note: this farm is cash only.
Barton Orchards, Poughquag:
63 Apple Tree Ln
Free during the week and $12 on weekends to enter.
This place is more than just an apple orchard, it’s a premiere Fall destination offering activities such as a petting zoo, corn maze and haunted house!
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction:
9 Fishkill Farm Road
Over 100 years ago this farm was established by the Morgenthau family and has been in operation ever since. Fishkill farms received organic certification in 2016 and sells to farmers markets in the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn.
Angry Orchard, Walden:
2241 Albany Post Rd
$10 tour, food and cash bar on site
The Hudson Valley has been a staple in the cider making industry for decades. Since the 1700s this farm was dedicated to growing apples and by 1963 they dedicated themselves to growing both culinary and cider apples. Parts of this orchard are designated to research in new cider apple plantings as they work in collaboration with other local organizations and growers. 21+ to drink