There are many ways to celebrate Halloween for kids of all ages. Maybe you want to trek down Main Street or give the old neighborhood block a break and trick-or-treat with the kids somewhere new. Perhaps celebrate the Day of the Dead with an annual screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Maybe you like going into a haunted house and getting the piss out of you! Or maybe you want to dance the night away with your friends in a spooky trance. The Hudson Valley serves up a little bit of everything this Halloween weekend with fun, engaging kids’ activities, dance parties with DJs, bonfires, scary movies and parades. Here’s our round-up of Halloween 2022 events in the region.
Trick or treating in the park at Art Omi
For a daylight trick-or-treating experience that both kids and parents can enjoy, head to Art Omi on the Saturday of Halloween weekend between 2pm and 4pm. Ghent’s stunning 120-hectare art and architecture park is an epic setting for an afternoon of spooky fun among the outdoor sculptures. The free event is open to the public, so dress the kids in your finest spooky clothes and head to Ghent.
Silk & Scream Halloween party at the Silk Factory
A costumed Newburgh will appear at the Silk Factory Halloween party on Saturday night. The event features two dance floors with two bars and four DJs for an evening of dancing. The entertainers are DJ Twist, DJ Meetchka, DJ H20 and DJ Matkis. Dress to impress because the costume prize money is no joke (ranging from $100 to $500). This event is open to people aged 21 and over.
Halloween party at Angry Orchard [sold out]
October 29, 7-10 p.m
If you want to spend Halloween dancing the night away to late ’90s/early ’00s jams (what’s scarier than feeling old?), head to Angry Orchard’s Walden taproom for a night out with DJ Bryan Junior and his friends. Costumes are optional, but…don’t be a spoilsport. Your $20 ticket includes a can of Angry Orchard cider, plus the full bar is open. Buy tickets for the Halloween party.
Halloween feast at Opus 40
Harvey Fite’s famous bluestone memorial and surrounding estate are given a spooky makeover for a Halloween celebration weekend. The celebrations for Opus 40 begin on Saturday afternoon with a high-energy show at 4pm by the 23-piece Chilean brass band Rim Bam Bum, presented by Honk! New York. Toast s’mores and sip cider by the campfire on Sundays for an evening of spooky stories. Just listen, or bring your own hair-raising story to the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. On both days, the hiking trails on the Opus 40 site will be open after dark for visitors who dare to take a moonlight stroll and encounter the sinister specters and spooky goblins hiding in the forest.
Scary Movie Marathon at Tinker Street Cinema
The film fanatics behind Tinker Street Cinema, lovers of all things horror, fantasy, phantasmagorical and psychotronic, celebrate Halloween with a weekend of spooky screenings. Friday Night presents George A Romero’s 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead in a way you’ve never heard it before, with a new score performed live by Morricone Youth (original dialogue included). On Saturday night, Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer will host Halloween night with a costume contest and a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Sunday wraps up the weekend’s triple hitter with a macabre pairing of barbecue sandwiches and a screening of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Halloween Craft Fair & Haunted Huguenot Street on Historic Huguenot Street
A multi-part Halloween celebration is taking place on Historic Huguenot Street. On Saturday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., families can register for a one-hour time slot to take part in the seasonal celebrations. Dress up in your best costumes for an afternoon of spooky seasonal crafts, a hunt for hidden treasures, and tasty treats. Kiddos leave with their crafts and a bag of candy. On Saturday night, October 29th, Haunted Huguenot Street returns for its second and final run of the year for a haunted enactment of history. Meet spooky characters from New Paltz’s past as you learn about the history of Huguenot Street and its residents on this candlelit evening of theater. On Halloween day, trick-or-treaters take place on Historic Huguenot Street before the famous New Paltz parade from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, followed by the parade after party
New Paltz Parade + Afterparty on Historic Huguenot Street
The New Paltz Parade is a long-standing tradition in the village, in which costumed children, adults, and middle school college students come together to march together. This year, the parade will change course in more ways than one. The procession’s traditional destination, the Fire Station, is replaced by Historic Huguenot Street, which hosts a post-parade afterparty with the classic Night of 100 Pumpkins pumpkin carving contest, traditionally hosted by the bakery and on view throughout the evening.
Woodstock Halloween Parade + Afterparty at Bearsville Theatre
In a city known for its high concentration of performers, it’s no surprise that Woodstock’s annual Halloween parade is a spooky, creative, costumed treat for kids big and small. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., city streets will be closed as people flock to the Village Green to the beat of the Rock Academy drumline. Other performances include music by the Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band and Social Club and Energy Dancers’ “Thriller” flash mob by the Center for Creative Education. There are prizes for the best homemade costumes and free sweets from local shops. (For volunteers willing to help with the logistics of the parade, there will be a workshop on the Utopia Sound Stage on October 30 from 2pm to 5pm.) Don’t want to go home after all the fun on the Village Green? Following the parade, the Bearsville Theater will host a free rock ‘n’ roll afterparty from 7:00pm to 9:00pm featuring live music by The Black Teeth. Don’t take off your costume, because at the end of the evening there will be prizes for the best outfit and the best dancer. Outside, there’s a roaring campfire, a woodland walk with paper lanterns swinging from the trees, and a pop-up photo booth to catch you in your spooky beauty. Treat yourself to smores, hot chocolate, candied apples and a cash bar.
MyKingstonKids Halloween Fest & Parade: Monster Ball
Local non-profit organization MyKingstonKids is preparing for its sixth annual Halloween festival and parade. Costumed participants will gather at Kingston Plaza just before 2:00 p.m. for a fun, noisy, spooky procession to Midtown’s YMCA. From 3pm it’s party time with DJ Frankie Bones spinning tunes for the Monsters Ball and a range of live performances from music to magic to dance. The festival will welcome local caterers and artisans, carnival games, children’s activities and trick-or-treating. Rain date is Sunday 30th October.
Halloween festivities at Twin Star Orchard
The Brooklyn Cider House’s 210-acre Twin Star Orchard is hosting a free Halloween afternoon Saturday with live music from 4pm to 7pm by the Kyle Tigges Trio, a costume contest and free candy giveaways. Tag Brooklyn Cider House in your costumed selfie at the party for a free draft drink and a chance to win a $150 gift card prize. At 6pm, as the sun goes down, the campfire is lit for another hour of music and fun. The orchard is child and dog friendly.
Jessica Lynn’s amazing 80’s Halloween party at Daryl’s house
Bring out the neon spandex, chunky jewelry and windbreakers. Country singer-songwriter and Daryl’s House regular Jessica Lynn switches musical gears for an evening of ’80s hits on Saturday night and sets the tone for this decade-style Halloween party in Pawling. The evening, which begins at 8pm, also includes a costume contest, prizes and games.
The Haunted Mill & Monsters’ Ball at the Wassaic Project
Each year, the Wassaic Project puts an artful twist on Halloween, decking out the Maxon Mills with spooky seasonal decor for a whole day of spooky fun. Halloween-themed art installations are displayed throughout the buildings and grounds for you to experience at your leisure. From 3pm to 7pm, families are welcome for an afternoon of activities including a spooky puppet show; the ethereal Lucid Dream pop-up mini-golf course; Carnival games like an aquarium trick-or-treat station, ring toss and ball toss games, giant nature-inspired inflatable boats, an electric animal petting zoo, casino games on a sunken river boat by Keil Orion Troisi, a giant Plinko game and a spooky one VR speed dating game all created by participating artists. And of course sweets all around. An RSVP is required for the free event. From 7:00 p.m. the Monster’s Ball with a ticket conquers the garden behind The Lantern. The Swingin’ Palms and the Ritz Carlton distribute live music while contestants compete for best costume. You’ll even be turned away with a ticket in hand if you show up uncostumed, so get ready to dress up.