KINGSTON, NY – The MyKingstonKids Halloween Fest returns on Saturday, October 29 with a parade down Broadway, followed by an afternoon and evening of free Halloween activities in the YMCA parking lot.
The free celebrations begin with a parade departing from Kingston Plaza at 2:00 p.m., turning left onto Clinton Avenue, then left onto Albany Avenue before continuing down Broadway to the YMCA at 507 Broadway.
According to Frank Waters, co-founder and CEO of MyKingstonKids, about 35 units have signed up for the parade so far, including floats.
This year’s theme for the parade and celebration is “Monster Ball”. Waters said there will also be a preview of the Center for Creative Education’s “Thriller” Flash Mob, which will be a fully choreographed reenactment of Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit song and music video.
Waters said the main performance of “Thriller” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. “There will be lights and effects as a grand finale,” he said.
And the performance is participatory, and viewers are encouraged to join in. “You can find the moves on the MyKingstonKids Facebook page,” he said.
Opening at 4:00 p.m. is the Haunted Monsters Walk on the playground and lawns behind the YMCA. It stays open until 7 p.m
“There’s going to be a variety of features to freak out kids a little bit,” Waters said. “During the day it will be geared towards younger children and after dark it will be a bit spooky. “We have 90 minutes of day and 90 minutes of darkness.”
The event also features an hour-long magic show by illusionist Ryan Dutcher, who has been featured on MTV and other venues.
Then at 6:30 p.m. is the headline show, The Monster Ball, with Frankie Bones, just as it’s getting dark, and “complete with a full light show,” he said.
The show will feature performances by percussionists Ubaka Hill, Katani, Qasim and Alessandra.
Visitors can also watch the glow-in-the-dark Dodgeball as soon as it gets dark, enjoy trick-or-treating and a touch-a-truck event between 6:00pm and 7:00pm.
Waters said he created the event for its second year to bring a community celebration of Halloween to Kingston.
“We know that New Paltz and Woodstock have Halloween parades, but Kingston didn’t have them,” Waters said. “I thought, ‘Let’s make one for Kingston, since there isn’t one, but let’s make it more kid-friendly.'”
The goal is to create something that everyone can participate in, wear costumes and enjoy themselves, he said.
When asked how to strike the right balance between fun and scary, he admits it’s not always easy.
“We wanted to create an atmosphere where people would know there were little kids around and wouldn’t be put off by costumes that were too scary or gory,” Waters said. “We’re marketing it as more kid-friendly and staying away from more grown-up costumes and concepts.”
He said that this year, at a different stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, has allowed him to be a little more creative, to put out more people, and to involve more audiences.
“This Monster Walk might be an annual play that needs to be added since we don’t have any haunted Hayride things,” Waters said.
The Kingston Event is just one of many Halloween events taking place in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
• Theater on Road’s ‘The City Awakens’ living history program at the Old Dutch Church concludes on Saturday. The event features re-enactments of George Clinton, who became the first governor of New York; American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth; John Jay, the first Supreme Court Justice; James Lindsley, the first mayor of Kingston; local pub owner Matthewis Persen; and Mama Nuchwe, a member of the Esopus tribe, who will talk about life in the area before the Dutch arrived in 1658. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students and seniors and free for children under 12 and must be purchased online at www.livinghistoryny.com. Call (845) 475-7973 for more information.
• Kingston City Hall will host Trick or Treating on Monday, October 31 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm, with various departments having decorated doors and handing out sweets to costumed visitors.
• Haunted Huguenot Street Tours on historic Huguenot Street will continue on Friday 28th October and Saturday 29th October from 5pm to 9pm.
• Historic Huguenot Street’s annual Halloween Craft Fair & Scavenger Hunt takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and offers children the opportunity to complete three spooky crafts and participate in a National Historic Landmark District scavenger hunt while enjoying Halloween treats and treats.
• New Paltz is also hosting a series of celebrations on Halloween, October 31st. The celebrations begin with Trick or Treating on Historic Huguenot Street from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the Bakery’s Night of the 100 Pumpkins event throughout the evening. The New Paltz Halloween Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at New Paltz Middle School at 196 Main St. before marching down Main Street to Plattekill Avenue and ending at the old fire station. The parade includes a group of New Paltz High and Middle School students led by Laurie Morris and an old hearse driven by Steve Esposito. Apples and chocolate bars are available for collection at the end of the parade. There will be a post parade party later on Historic Huguenot Street from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information on events at Historic Huguenot Street, visit https://bit.ly/3TVaMa9.
The 12th Annual UlsterCorps Zombie Escape will be held at 424 Williams Lake on Saturday October 29th at 5th Lake Hudson Valley, formerly Williams Lake. Celebrations include a Halloween flash mob by Drew Andrews of the Center for Creative Education at 10:45am, a free 1K for kids at 11am, the timed 5K and zombie escape at 11:20am, a 2km walk at 11:45am and the awards ceremony at 12:30pm. Pre-registration is $20 through Friday, October 28 at 3 p.m. The day of registration for the 5km and 2km run costs $30 per person. Visit https://bit.ly/3Fe0nCk. The rainy date is Sunday October 30th.
The Saugerties Fire Department Halloween Parade will line up in the parking lot behind Mirabella’s at 123 Partition Street on Friday, October 28th at 5:30pm and begin at 6:00pm. There were also prizes and refreshments at the Uptown Firehouse in the Village Hall.
The Woodstock Halloween Parade starts at 5pm from Denning Street and heads up Mill Hill Road to Village Green. Parade participants should arrive by 4:45 p.m. After the parade, stay on Village Green for a costume contest, musical performances and possibly a flash dance. Mill Hill and Tinker Street will be closed for celebration between 4:30pm and 7pm, via Tannery Brook Road and Pine Grove Street.
Clermont State Historic Site
Clermont State Historic in Germantown will conclude its outdoor event “Legends by Candlelight” on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m Tell tales of glory, loss, success and failure surrounded by jack-o’-lanterns hand-carved by museum staff. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. For more information and reservations, call (518) 537-4240.
This year’s Halloween curfews are:
• City of Kingston: 8:00pm for children under 16 years old
• New Paltz: No curfew
• Red Hook: No curfew
• Rhinebeck: No curfew in town
• Saugerties: 8pm for town and village.
• City of Ulster: 20:00 for under 16s.
• Woodstock: No curfew.