Halloween events near rockland county ny

Best Halloween Events Near Rockland County NY

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Don’t look now, but Halloween is creeping up on us and will be here before we know it. Pumpkins? (check.) Costumes? (check.) Leaves on the ground? (check, check, check!) Your little Jack-o-Lanterns are just standing by, ready to dive in and enjoy the fun. Where to start? We’ve rounded up the 17 best Halloween events in Rockland County NY and beyond, from corn mazes to kids crafts to hayrides, haunted houses, and other happenings. It’s all here!

 

NOT SO SCARY

 

Nyack Halloween Parade (Nyack NY)

This local favorite event has been a hit among the young and older for Halloween events in Rockland County NY for as long as we can remember. If you think the Greenwich Village parade is worth traveling for, you’ll love this just as fun version close to home.  Hit up the delicious new Maura’s Kitchen for post parade chow. (Parade: 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Rain date: Oct. 29. Downtown Nyack)

 

Mummies, American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)

Kick off October with a visit to the American Museum of Natural History for their special exhibit, Mummies. Get up close and personal and learn when, how and why people were mummified. Then stick around for a sleepover at the Museum or, on Halloween night spooky stories of frightening objects in space at Astronomy Live: Spooky Astronomy.

 

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Van Cortlandt Manor (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is guaranteed to sell out, so grab your tickets soon. Walk along Pumpkin Promenade on Van Cortlandt Manor and the surrounding historic 18th century landscape and marvel at the jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty, dinosaurs, the Pumpkin Zee Bridge and the all new jack-in-the-box jack o’lanterns. Then stop by the Café Blaze for donuts and cider before heading home with visions of pumpkins dancing in your head. (September 29 – November 25/Online tickets start at $20 for adults/$16 for kids. Fridays and Saturdays $25 for adults/$20 for kids)

 

Zoo Boo, Bergen County Zoo, Van Saun Park (Paramus, NJ)

At Zoo Boo, hop on the Eerie Express train ride for a spine-tingling loop around the zoo. Then gather for ghost stories, have fun trick-or-treating and watch a magic show during this two-day event. (October 27 – 28/Tickets go on sale at the zoo on October 2nd. $6/per person. 2 and under are free. Train rides are $5/per person)

 

Scarecrows & Pumpkins, New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY)

Scarecrows & Pumpkins and so much more await at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. During Giant Pumpkin Weekend (October 21 – 22) you can marvel at pumpkins that weigh over a ton and speak with the folks who grew them. Plus, wear your costume, decorate a bag and collect healthy treats on the Whole Foods Trick-or-Treat Trail then meet some Creepy Creatures during a live animal presentation and discussion of habitat and adaptations on Saturdays and Sundays through October. (September 23 – October 31/ Prices start at $23 for adults/$10 for children 2- 12. Under 2 are free)

 

Mall O Ween (Palisades Center, West Nyack NY)

The Palisades Center will be hosting their annual Halloween trick or treat at participating stores, so make sure to get the kiddos dressed up and ready to hit the mall for yummy treats!

 

Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, Governors Island (New York, NY)

Begin your Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns with a short ferry ride from South Street to the Jack O’Lantern trail on Governors Island where you’ll see dozens of 100+ lb. carved pumpkins, sculpted pumpkins, 1,000 fresh pumpkins and carving demonstrations, all with the city as your backdrop. (October 26 – 29/ $24 for adults/$22 for children 3-12/Under 2 are free)

 

Boo at the Zoo, Bronx Zoo (Bronx, NY)

You’ve come to love Boo at the Zoo for the magic shows, interactive presentations with zoo keepers and animals, expert pumpkin carving, candy trail and costume parade. But wait, there’s more! New this year for guests 12 and up is the Haunted Forest – you never know what’s lurking, crawling or flying overhead. Plus, there’s Bootoberfest, a chance to try seasonal food and new brews, a harvest hayride, fairy and gnome homes at Nature Trek and The Very Hungry Caterpillar show. (Weekends September 30 – October 29 plus Monday, October 9th/ $36.95 for adults/$26.95 for children 3-12. 2 and under are free)

 

KINDA SCARY

 

Cemetery Walk, Valleau Cemetery (Ridgewood, NJ)

Join the Ridgewood Historical Society for a Cemetery Walk . Start at the Schoolhouse Museum then stroll by lantern light through Valleau Cemetery where you will meet soldiers and civilians come back to life to tell their stories. The festivities continue back at the museum with stories, cider and doughnuts. (Friday, October 20 6:00 pm– 8:00 pm/$10 per adult/$5 per child/$20 per family)

 

Spooky Sleepover, Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)

Your family is in for a night of spooky activities and experiments when you visit Liberty Science Center for their Spooky Sleepover. You’ll attend exhibits like, “The Better to Smell You With, My Dear” and the Spider Maze, watch a 3-D movie, have an evening snack and then, after a good night’s sleep, a light breakfast. And, for the 13 and up crowd, get good and scared at the Doom Zoo, LSC’s horrifying walkthrough haunted house. Or, on October 19th, head over for the adults only Zombtoberfest, a night where adults mix zombies and beer and anything can happen. (Spooky Sleepover – Friday, October 20th. Price is $60/per person and is recommended for ages 5 and up.)

 

Irving’s ‘Legend’, Old Dutch Church (Sleepy Hollow, NY)

Join master storyteller Jonathan Kruk as he offers a 45-minute dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Organ music enhances this tale of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman and all the other characters in this unforgettable tale. (Weekends in October/ $25 for adults/ $20 for children under 18)

 

REALLY SCARY

 

Field of Screamz (Pamona, NY)

Everyones favorite Rockland County ballpark turns into a fright fest during Halloween season. Expect this attraction, voted #3 top Halloween attraction by the Journal News, to play on your fears (clowns included obviously) in their various themed areas. After grab a round of mini golf at BoulderBirdies, their 9-hole mini-golf course, to calm your nerves. (tickets start at $12 and can be purchased by clicking here, open weekends from October 13th through October 29th, Palisades Credit Union Park, Pamona, NY)

 

Forest of Fear (Tuxedo, NY)

The summertime home of the NY Renaissance Fair turns frightening in October with their award winning Forest of Fear. This hub of Halloween fear carries a specific warning that it is “not intended for kids 12 and under!” so if you have teenagers who really want to be petrified this is your spot. The forest boasts 7 super-scary attractions like “Uncle Jimmys” and “Mourningwood Cemetary” and tons of other live action horror. (tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by clicking here, open weekends through October 29th, 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, New York)

 

Pure Terror Scream Park (Monroe, NY)

Pure Terror Scream Park is really six terrifying experiences in one. Enter Necropolis, the home of the evil dead, then get Quarantined and hope you make it out alive. Walk through the clown’s mouth and into Twisted Terror Under the Big Top then match wits with flesh-eating witches in Coven. Plunge into total darkness in Terror in the Dark and run from horrifying killers in Legends of Horror. (September 29 – November 4/ Prices start at $45)

 

The Red Mill Haunted Village (Clinton, NJ)

Set in a historical wool mill, the Haunted Village is three stories based on the theme Infection.

Twists and turns abound with ghouls and zombies lurking around every corner. But if you don’t relish the idea of terrified kids with nightmares, let your little ones enjoy the Happy Haunts instead. (October 14, 21, 28/Admission starts at $30)

 

The Horseman’s Hollow, Phillipsburg Manor (Sleepy Hollow NY)

What’s more scary than a headless horseman? How about Horseman’s Hollow, a trail haunted by the Horseman, with creatures lurking in the shadows and special effects in full force. At the end, enter Ichabod’s Schoolhouse maze then end up in the lair of the horseman (Weekends through October, Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31/ Tickets start at $22 and must be bought in advance)

 

Fright Fest, Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)

Beware! There is no place to hide as the ghouls are set free for their daily hunting excursions at Fright Fest. Terror is around every corner, or seek it out at the haunted attractions, seven haunted mazes and five scare zones. New for 2017 – Unleashed, a steampunk world filled with cirque variety and Lady of the Lake Cemetery. Your skin will crawl for days. (Weekends September 16 – October 31)