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, all a little closer to our Beacon home. 

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.

The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Blaze 2016
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
2016 dates: Oct. 1-2, 7-10, 13-16, 19-31, Nov. 3-6, 10-13
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of jack-o'-lanterns! 
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Pumpkin Carving Contest
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00am
Location: Pavilion at Beacon Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Kids 15 and younger can compete for Top Carver in two age divisions (13 to 15, and 12 and under). 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. 

3rd Annual Halloween Parade and Festival
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Meiser Park, Wappingers Falls, NY
The third annual festival, 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 16, 2016
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 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. Farm-fresh pumpkins will be for sale, too! 
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Spooky Parent/Child Yoga
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
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:
Saturday, October 22, 2016
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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Kids Hocus Pocus Parade Down Main Street
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Time: At 12:30 pm: Line up at the Visitors Center and Polhill Park (South Avenue and Main Street)
Time: At 1 pm: Parade heads down Main Street
Location: Main Street, ending at Teller Avenue
Costumed kids start lining up at Polhill Park (South Avenue/9D and Main Street) near the Visitors Center at 12:30 for a parade down Main Street at 1 pm. Trick-or-treating at businesses follows the stroll. Kids wear costumes.
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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 and will be open for Kitchen Cuts, a day of kids haircuts and face painting from 10 am to 4 pm. Stop in!
Watch For It: Do check in at the Beacon Flea 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 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: Pfotoshop, located in the old Matteawan Train Station near The Roundhouse, will be handing out candy and will have the photobooth ready for kid costume photos!
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 past The Roundhouse on the left side of the street.

Kitchen Cuts: Kids Hair Cuts & Face Painting
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
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:
Monday, October 24 to Thursday, October 27, 2016, 3 to 6 pm
Lighting Date/Time: Friday, October 28, 2016, 6 to 8 pm
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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Thrills and Chills
Day: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time:4:15 to 5:30 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
Boys and ghouls ages 7 to 10 are invited to listen to strange and eerie tales told by the light of the "fire" jack-o'-lantern. Costumes welcome!
Revolting refreshments will be served!
Not for those prone to nightmares!   
Strictly for older children. No registration needed for this free program.  
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Spooky Poems
Day: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
Join Beacon Poet Laureate Thomas O'Connell as he reads a variety of spooky poetry. This presentation is free and no registration is required. Selected poetry is appropriate for middle school–aged kids to adults.
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Ghost Hunting
Day: Sunday, October 30, 2016
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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Kids Halloween Craft Event
Day: Monday, October 31, 2016
Time: 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: Fishkill Recreation Center, 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Join The Artist's Corner for a special Halloween event! Students will create two Halloween projects while preparing for a night of Tricks and Treats. Students are encouraged to come in costume - we will not be using messy mediums.
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HOWL-O-WEEN DOG COSTUME CONTEST
Not happening in 2016 


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.

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 not available at Beacon Natural Market