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Haunted Happenings


Haunted Happenings at Van Cortlandt House
Van Cortlandt Park: Broadway at W. 246th St.; 718-543-3344;
Highlights of this free event include a haunted walk, a haunted basement and a costume contest.
Date: Oct. 29, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Price: Free

Boo at the Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.; 718-367-1010;
Sure, they've got bats. But the zoo's staff has other ways to help you get into the spirit: magic shows, craft making classes, concerts and a costume parade.
Date: Oct. 22-23 and 29-30.
Price: Adults: $12; children 2-12: $9; children in costume: Free

Goblin Fun at the New York Botanical Garden
Everett Children's Adventure Garden: 200th St. and Kazimiroff Blvd.; 718-817-8700
Kids learn all about goblins, ghouls, and creepy crawlies then go on to make ghostly leaf rubbings, design pumpkin faces, and pot up a spider plant to take home.
Date: Oct. 29-30, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Price: Adults: $6; children: $1

Halloween on Haunted Walk
New York Botanical Garden: 200th St. and Kazimiroff Blvd.; 718-817-8700
Spooks and spirits are haunting the Garden for the 13th year in a row. Master Puppeteer Ralph Lee (founder of the Village Halloween parade) has created fanciful demons, goofy giants, and tap-dancing skeletons that creep in the bushes and sway in the trees so you never know who or what might jump out at you if you join the parade of chracters through the Benenson Ornamental Conifer.
Date: Oct. 30, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Adults: $8; children: $3

Staten Island

Pumpkin Picking at the Decker Farm
Historic Richmond Town: 441 Clarke Ave.; 718-351-1611, ext. 280;
After picking pumpkins, hop on a hayride or indulge in refreshments available for purchase.
Date: Oct. 1-30, Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Family of four: $10; individuals: $3

Halloween in Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.; 718-351-1611, ext. 281;
Children can trick-or-treat at historic homes with performers in period dress or show off their bone-chilling style in a costume parade.
Date: Oct. 28, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. for pre-school children; 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. for school-aged children.
Price: Adults: $3; children: $7

Upstate New York

Historic Hudson Valley: A Spooky Sleepy Hollow October
Van Cortland Manor, South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, 914-631-8200;
Take in the spectacle of 3,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins set against 300-years-old Van Cortland Manor. Follow the Jack-O-Lantern Cascade down the manor house steps into the Jack-O-Lantern Garden on the front lawn, and then explore the 700-foot-long Pumpkin Promenade before the amazing, bottom-of-the-sea finale of the Pumpkin Aquarium. Pumpkin cookies and hot cider provided. Advance tickets required.
Date: Oct. 13-16 and Oct. 20-23, Thu. and Sun., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Price: Adults: $12; children 18 and under: $8

Legend Weekend
Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, 914-631-8200;
Listen to a chilling retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as the surrounding area is transformed into a wicked, wicked place with ghosts, witches, pirates and characters from local folklore. Reservations required.
Date: Oct. 28-30, Fri.-Sat., 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Price: Adults: $12; children 18 and under: $8

Daytime Fun: Washington Irving’s Sunnyside
W. Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, 914-631-8200;
On Saturday, there's a 19th century magic show with Charles Dickens; on Sunday, balladeer Linda Russell sings songs of grave betrayals and departed lovers; both days, you'll have Irish ghost stories from Jack McGuire and puppet shows re-enacting The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Date: Oct. 29-30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Daytime Fun: Philipsburg Manor
Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow;
Take a step into yesteryear with old-fashioned rituals like pumpkin carving, corn shelling, open hearth cooking and even colonial amusements such as mancala, 18th century boardgames and stilts.
Date: Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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