Halloween is just around the corner, and whether you’re looking for a pumpkin patch, ghost ship cruise or haunted experience, you’ll find it in the Hudson Valley. Here are a few spooky things to do in Hudson NY this season.
This is the tri-state area’s biggest, most exciting and electrifying Halloween event. You’ll see more than 5,000 individually, hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in the elaborate walk-through experience! Take a walk along the historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover the breathtaking display. There’s a Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love with slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web and shrunken little monsters. The Undersea Aquarium is also a must-see attraction, with its giant sea serpent. New this year is the Museum of Pumpkin Art, which will be the first-ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by pumpkins! Don’t miss the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Last year it was sold out with tens of thousands of visitors.
Ghost Ship on the Hudson
The ghost ship Mystere will be filled with a skeleton crew on October 19 as she cruises the Hudson River and sails into dark and murky waters. You’re encouraged to come in your best pirate and wench garb. In fact, costumes are mandatory! Mystic Julia Drahos will be on the Mystere, ready to connect you with the dead. She has been on the Haunted Collector and My Ghost Story.
3rd Annual Hudson Halloween Parade
This haunted experience features a haunted house, candy, popcorn, cookies and cider. The Hudson Halloween Parade will kick off Saturday, October 27 with tons of tasty treats. It starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by a costume contest.
Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is one of America’s oldest Halloween attractions. It opened in 1977. Taking fear to a whole new level, Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion is the only attraction of its kind in America that has guests participating in ways never before experienced. It produces much more than the scare factor. They were one of the first haunted houses to utilize a story line, allowing guests to become a part of the show. Come back each year for a brand new experience that’s full of surprises!
Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Halloween Trains
Take a Kingston Halloween train ride on Saturday or Sunday from October 19 through October 27. The train departs Kingston/Westbrook at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. The Catskill Mountain Railroad’s specially decorated Halloween trains are operated by ghosts and goblins.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is taken to its darkest extremes during these 13 terrifying evenings. A fearsome landscape is ruled by vampires, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls and ghosts, all serving the Headless Horseman! You’ll start by walking a haunted trail and those who survive must still negotiate the Horseman’s Lair. Hungry Hessians feast on rotting, bloody corpses there!
With so many spooky things to do in Hudson NY for 2013, remember to reserve your room at Mount Merino Manor. We are located just minutes from Hudson, New York, offering a luxurious bed and breakfast experience in a private, country setting. Our Inn is home to seven spacious guest rooms and suites. Click here to learn more.
Photo courtesy of: Historic Hudson Valley