Almanac Weekly’s compendium of Halloween-themed festivities in the Hudson Valley

(Mookie Forcella |Almanac Weekly)

(Mookie Forcella |Almanac Weekly)

Here’s a list of Halloween-related events, painstakingly compiled by Almanac Weekly’s Keira Eisenbeil, to help plan your macabre October adventures. Since all activities are subject to change, it would be wise to confirm the activity with the sponsoring organization.





October 30

5:30 p.m.: Saugerties Fire Department annual Halloween Parade. The parade winds through the business district and ends at Donlon Auditorium. There is a costume-judging party with refreshments. Meet at Municipal Parking Lot, Saugerties.

5:30-7 p.m.: Boo at the Zoo. Halloween Parade, haunted stories and other kids’ activities. Forsyth Nature Center, 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston; (845) 339-3053,

7 p.m.: Ghost Walk. Hear tales of haunting from the 17th to the 19th century along Main Street and the old cemetery. Reservations recommended; $10/adults, $7/kids 12-16. Hurley; (845) 331-8673,

7 p.m.: Dark Harvest: An Evening of Horror and Speculative Fiction. Get ready for Halloween with a full slate of authors reading from their tales of horror and dark fantasy. Laird Barron, John Langan, Phoebe North, Nicole Quinn, Gabriel Squailia and Nicole Kornher Stace will all be on hand, reading from their latest works of dark fiction. Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 6 Church Street, New Paltz; (845) 255-8300.

8 p.m.: Haunted House and S’mores around a Crackling Campfire. Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; (855) 883-3798.

8 p.m.: Rocky Horror Picture Show. An outrageous assemblage of the most stereotyped science fiction movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock ‘n’ roll of every vintage. Live performances throughout the film, lyrics to songs provided for sing-alongs, $5 bags of audience-participation props. Starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. $10, $8/in costume. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale; (845) 658-8989.

October 31

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hudson Valley Howl-O-Weiner, a free gathering of dachshunds and their friends and includes a costume parade and a talent show. Other breeds are welcome, as long as they are friendly to dachshunds. Held at Skate Time 209, 5164 Route 209 (at intersection with Mettacahonts Road), Accord.

11:30 a.m.: Sixth annual UlsterCorps Zombie Escape 2015. Avoid the zombies and get through the 5K woods run with at least one flag and all your brains intact and you win. Registration opens at 10 a.m., followed by a 1K kids’ run at 11 a.m. All proceeds benefit UlsterCorps. $20/preregistration. Williams Lake, 434 Williams Lake Road, Rosendale;

1-3 p.m.: Trick-or-Treating. Phoenicia Library, 48 Main Street, Phoenicia; (845) 688-7811.

4-6 p.m.: Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street. Families are welcome to walk Historic Huguenot Street on Halloween night, trick-or-treating at the historic houses. 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz; (845) 255-1889.

5:45 p.m. New Paltz Monster Sprint to benefit Family of New Paltz. This one-mile running race is a preamble to the big New Paltz Halloween Parade. The Monster Sprint begins at the New Paltz Fire Department on 25 Plattekill Avenue, runs uphill to the New Paltz Middle School intersection and ends downhill at P&G’s finish line. One-of-a-kind prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. Entry fee is $10 per person, and the race is open to ages 14 and older. Costumes are welcome. Registration forms can be downloaded at Call the Chamber at (845) 255-0243 for further details.

6 p.m.: Halloween Parade. Starts on Main Street and Manheim Boulevard in New Paltz and ends at the Firehouse, where the Lions Club distributes apples and candy. Main Street, New Paltz.

6-8 p.m.: Night of 100 Pumpkins. Pumpkin-carvers of all ages bring their pumpkin creations to the Bakery. Free cocoa, hot cider and pumpkin bread. 13a North Front Street, New Paltz.

6-8 p.m.: Third annual Halloween Journey. After the Halloween Parade on the Green, follow Mary Poppins to the library for a magical journey filled with non-scary stories and surprises. Hearty chili, sandwiches and apple cider are included. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock.

6-8 p.m.: Halloween Performance. Halloween ghoulish entertainment fills the open air at the veranda of the Playhouse, as NYCA performing artists bring their special brand of Halloween entertainment to the community. Halloween treats and refreshments. Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock; (845) 679-6900.

9 p.m.: Pink Floyd Halloween Freak-Out. Local musicians Will Bryant, Lee Falco, Connor Kennedy and Brandon Morrison perform live while a light projection show illuminates the crowd. Guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. $20 suggested donation. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock; (845) 679-4406.

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  1. Theremin Ghosts!
    13th Annual Hudson Valley Tour

    Art Bar Gallery
    764 Broadway
    Kingston, NY

    7pm, Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

    Robert Milby: Ghosts and Gothic poems
    Carl Welden: Moog Theremin
    Christopher Wheeling: Geist Host

    $5 cover
    Bring a Friend…Bring a Fiend!

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