Pumpkin Patches and Parades:
Where To Find Pumpkins & Halloween Events Near Beacon in the Hudson Valley

The tree leaves are turning, there's a crisp note in the air, and every now and then, we catch a whiff of wood smoke. All signs point to fall. But our autumn wouldn't be complete without some family-friendly Halloween celebrations!

The Hudson Valley has a wealth of spooky fall fun. (Maybe you've heard of a little place called Sleepy Hollow?) Here are some of our favorite events and pumpkin-picking spots, near to our Beacon home and further afield, but worth the drive. (Just gaze out the window and marvel at the kaleidoscope of leaves! Unless you're driving, of course.)

Need pumpkin decorating ideas after you collect all of these pumpkins? Consider a couple of our favorites - covering a pumpkin in gold leaf, or using a power drill to make beaded designs.

Stony Kill Foundation's Country Fair
2017 Dates: Saturday, September 16, 2017 (rain date Sunday, September 17)
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Kick off fall festivities with Stony Kill Foundation's free Country Fair, just up Route 9D a little ways. Head inside the barn to meet the fuzzy residents, head outside for hay rides (and don't forget the Benadryl just in case the hay is too itchy-scratchy), and see local artisans in the mercantile. Feeling competitive? Enter the apple pie contest or chili cookoff, and see how your skills stack up.
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Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses
2017 Dates: Sept. 16, 23, 29, 30, Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-29, Nov. 4, 2017
Children's Days: Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 28 (rain dates Sundays, Oct. 15 and 29), 2017
Time: Varies by date
Location: 778 Broadway (9W), Ulster Park, NY
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses has received numerous awards and honors:

  • America's Scariest Haunted House in the Northeast by MTV
  • #1 in America two consecutive years by HauntWorld Magazine
  • #1 Hallow-Scream by The Weather Channel
  • World's Best Haunted Hayride by AOL News
  • #1 on the Planet by New York Daily News
  • "One of America's Best Hometown Haunts" by Fangoria Magazine
  • #1 Outdoor Attraction by American Airlines
  • #1 Scream Park and Hayride in America by HauntWorld Magazine
  • #1 by USA Today

In addition, Headless Horseman is consistently named in the Top Ten Haunted Attractions by CNBC and AOL. It has been featured on The Travel Channel, Comedy Central, Emeril Live, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS Evening News, The Today Show's segment "Sara in the City" and several national magazines.

The 250 year-old farm incorporates over 65 acres of naturally landscaped property including foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses is a unique, immersive experience with a theme that changes each Halloween season. 
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The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Blaze 2017
Time: 7 to 9 pm or 10:30 pm (varies by date)
Location: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, NY
2017 dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Oct. 5-9, 12-31, Nov. 2-5, 9-12, 17-18, 24-25
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through a historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of jack-o'-lanterns! 
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4th Annual Halloween Parade and Festival
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Mesier Park, Wappingers Falls, NY
The fourth annual festival, held in the heart of the village just up Route 9D, will feature a parade, festive food, face-painting, music and a pumpkin patch, among other activities for the whole family. 
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Beacon Sloop Club Pumpkin Festival
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Volunteers from the Beacon Sloop Club will serve chili, while pumpkin pie and a host of other treats will be available from vendors. In Pete tradition, there will be music. The club will also host free sails on the Sloop Woody Guthrie, so head out and get a new perspective on the mighty Hudson. Farm-fresh pumpkins will be for sale, too! 
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Ghost Tours
Days: October 25-27, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: Boscobel House & Garden, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
Join us once again for spellbinding ghost stories told by popular paranormal investigator and author, Linda Zimmermann. Linda will be accompanied by her ghost hunting partner Michael Worden, a police detective and author of Ghost Detective, as well as psychic and psychometrist, Barbara Bleitzhofer. Barbara will be using her sixth sense to determine what spirits are present and why they are there. Recommended ages 12+.
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Not-So-Haunted Barn and Hayride
Date:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Way, Wappingers Falls, NY
Peek into the barn's nooks and crannies during a tour and learn about the creatures who live there. Animal Embassy will host a special type of meet-and-greet in the barn classroom at 5 pm. Space for the Spooktacular Animal Adventure is limited, so get there early! Don't miss the hay rides.
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21st Annual Children's Halloween Parade aka The Hocus Pocus Parade,
Day: 
Sunday, October 29, 2017 (new date!)
LineUp Time: 12:30 pm at the Visitors Center
Parade Marching Time: 1 pm
Locations: Costumed kids start lining up at Polhill Park (South Avenue/9D and Main Street) for a parade all the way down Main Street stopping at Teller Avenue.
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Questions: This parade is organized by A Very Beacon Halloween, a committee of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
Read about last year's parade to know what to expect. Kids can dress in costume. Trick-or-treating at businesses is fun for the whole family. For all of the years this parade has been held, it happens on the weekend before Halloween. So mark your internal calendar for years to come.
Watch For It: A Little Beacon Space will be handing out treats from 10 am to 4 pm. Stop in!
Watch For It: Do check in at the Beacon Flea on Henry Street behind the post office, too! They'll have some treats for the little goblins.
Watch For It: The Patio at The Roundhouse will continue with their post-parade tradition of opening the patio to paraders and their families for free cider and treats. They will also have the option of a boozy cider for the adults who might need it!
Watch For It: Style Storehouse, located down the block from Utensil will be handing out candy!
Watch For It: Five Hens Baked Goods is popping up at the Chocolate Studio and is bringing her most amazing donuts. The Chocolate Studio is just around the bend on Main Street, on the left side of the street.

Pumpkins and Painted Faces
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017, rain or shine
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY
Storm King Art Center is world-renowned for the earth art and mega-sculpture installations on its 500 acres. Draw inspiration from the landscape, and make your own art by carving pumpkins and consulting on face-painting at this pre-Halloween shindig across the river from Beacon. Registration is required. Be sure to wear your costume to get a special treat!
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Pumpkin Carving Contest
Date: Check back soon!
Time: 10 am
Location: Pavilion at Beacon Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Kids 15 and younger can compete for Top Carver in two age divisions (12 and under, and 13 to 15). Parents should supervise children at all times! Supplies will be provided, but are limited. Sign up ahead of time at City Hall. Organizers insist: no professionals, please. 

Spooky Parent/Child Yoga
Date: Check back soon!
Time: 9:30 am to 10:15 am
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St., Beacon, NY
Enjoy a Saturday morning of yoga poses with a parent and child in this Halloween-inspired yoga class. How will you and your little one rattle your skeleton bones? Arch into a Spooky Cat Pose, bend into an Eerie Crescent Moon, and take flight in a Flying Bat Pose. Led by children's creative fitness instructor, Dayna Case of Fit Kidz, you will love this 45-minute session. Tickets are $15 per parent and child duo.
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Beacon's Dark Parade for Adults
Date:
Check back soon!
Time: At 6:45 pm: Line up at Teller Avenue and Main Street
Locations: From Teller Avenue and Main Street, continuing to the Elks Club for a dance party
Enjoy this spooky dark party! Costumes and lights are encouraged, including flashlights or other creative lights that may come with your costume, like a light saber or glowing staff! Being that it will be dark and late, this is for adults only. The parade ends at the Elks Club for a dance party. Get dinner ideas here at A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide, and consider making reservations first at any restaurant, as you'll be with several other hungry people.
Questions: This parade is organized by A Very Beacon Halloween, a committee of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
Watch For It: The Psychic Fair from Notions-N-Potions returns to Chill Wine Bar from noon to 6 pm, with 20-minute card readings for $30 (cash only).
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Kitchen Cuts: Kids Hair Cuts & Face Painting
Date: Check back soon!
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St., Beacon, NY
Kids are welcome in for a $16 haircut from the girls from Your Presence Salon. Spooky faces can also be painted for $1, and proceeds from the face painting will be donated to Beacon Elementary Schools. The first time we did this was very fun, so join in this round! A Little Beacon Space will be passing out candy to little goblins during the Kids Hocus Pocus Parade.
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Pumpkins in the Park - Jack-O'-Lantern Lighting
Carving Date/Time:
Check back soon!
Lighting Date/Time: Check back soon!
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon waterfront
On weekday afternoons, visit Long Dock Park to put your carving skills to use on pumpkins provided by Scenic Hudson. Stick around Friday evening, when the jack-o'-lanterns will be set aglow and displayed throughout the park.
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Ghost Hunting
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
It's the time of year when leaves rustle, branches creak, and things go bump in the night! The timely topic is "Ghosts and Ghost Hunting" for this fun, interactive presentation by members of the Paranormal Team, "Ghost Magnets with a Twist" Johnna and Thomas Kelly.                         

  • Q&A about what ghosts may be
  • What do our senses tell us?
  • How to ghost hunt            
  • Demonstration of equipment that is seen on TV

For ages 8 and up along with a parent/adult. Drop-ins are welcome for this free program, but an RSVP would be appreciated by contacting Ginny Figlia at youth@beaconlibrary.org or 845-831-1134, ext. 103.
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HOWL-O-WEEN DOG COSTUME CONTEST
Stay tuned for current dates!


WHERE TO PICK PUMPKINS

Select your perfect pumpkin from patches at these farms. It's always a good idea to call before you go, to confirm hours, prices and availability.

Fishkill Farms has pumpkins in their Pick-Your-Own patch set on the 20-acre farm. Fall Harvest Fest weekends include hayrides, food and music. Open daily, 9 am to 6 pm, rain or shine ($5 per car admission on weekends and holidays).
CROWD ALERT! There are many, many people at Fishkill Farms during this season.

Lawrence Farms in Newburgh has pumpkins in their Pick-Your-Own patch, as well as at their farm stand. You'll also find apples and other seasonal produce, as well as a hay bale maze and a mini-village for kids to play in. Lawrence Farms is on many, many acres of beautiful Hudson Valley land, so you have plenty of space to run and play despite the number of people who are there. Open daily, 9 am to 4 pm.
AFTERNOON CLOSING ALERT! Lawrence Farms closes at 4pm, so get there during the first part of your day.

Overlook Farm Market, also in Newburgh, promises "no razz a ma tazz" at their fourth-generation farm stand and Pick-Your-Own area. Open daily except Tuesdays, 8 am to 6 pm.

DuBois Farms in Highland is a pick-your-own farm, open every day from July 31 through November 5 from 10 am to 5 pm, where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of picking fresh fruit and vegetables on the farm. Enjoy your lunch on one of their beautiful picnic areas, where you can sit, relax and enjoy the tranquility of a beautiful fall day on the farm. And don’t forget to take home a delicious pie, fresh from the oven, and a dozen warm, freshly made apple cider donuts!

WHERE TO PURCHASE PUMPKINS

In a pinch? These markets usually have an easy grab-and-go selection of pumpkins and other colorful winter squash, often locally grown! 

Key Food, 268 Main St., Beacon
Adams Fairacre Farms, 160 Old Post Road (Route 9), Wappingers Falls
Hannaford, 1490 Route 9, Wappingers Falls
Pumpkins have not usually been available at Beacon Natural Market.