westchester.jpgWhere legendary Halloween experiences live! White Plains, N.Y. - Fall into Westchester for Halloween fun and a few creepy, scary encounters! Minutes north of New York City, celebrate All Hallow's Eve with goblins, ghouls, frightening tales, cemetery tours, thousands of carved pumpkins, the Headless Horseman, haunted houses, spooky trails and hundreds of scarecrows all with a backdrop of amazing fall foliage colors. "With so much to see and do, Westchester, gateway to the Hudson Valley, is the perfect Halloween getaway destination for fall family fun," said Kim Sinistore, Director, Westchester County Tourism & Film, "Take advantage of the special hotel offers and coupons on our website, http://www.westchestertourism.com/, to make your visit even more fun." So pack up your garlic, look out for the full moon and head to Westchester for Halloween events sure to thrill the whole family! October 2-3, 8-11, 15-17,  21-24, 28-31, November 5-7 The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze Van Cortlandt Manor, 914 631-8200 (Advance tickets) http://www.hudsonvalley.org/ The Hudson Valley's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 20 nights! See more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o' lanterns in an elaborate walk-through experience.. All admissions require timed tickets. October 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 30-31 Evening Guided Tours, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery 914 631-0081 http://www.sleepyhollowcemetery.com/ Evening lantern tours led by cemetery historian.. Tours are more than a mile on foot over broken ground, so wear walking shoes or sneakers.  7:00-9:00 p.m.   Advanced reservations requiredtours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org October 8-31, weekends Scared by the Sound Haunted House Playland Amusement Park 877 SCARY-FUN(722-7938); 914 906-0818 groups  http://www.scaredbythesound.com/ Dare to confront the creepiness as you enter the 10,000 sq. ft. haunt.. "Hardly Haunted Matinees" for children 8 years of age and younger will be held October 30 and 31, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. October 15-16, 22-24, 28-30 NEW Horseman's Hollow Philipsburg Manor 914 631-8200 (Advance tickets)  http://www.hudsonvalley.org/ Are you ready to be scared out of your mind?? This brand new haunted experience takes the tale of the "The Legend of Sleep Hollow" to its darkest extremes. This event is not suitable for small children, adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures or have other chronic health conditions.  High fear factor - enter at your own discretion. You have been warned! Timed ticket admissions, on the half hour, starting at 7 p.m. October 15-16, 29-30 NEW Jonathan Kruk's Legends A live performance at the Old Dutch Church. 430 North Broadway, Tarrytown - parking across the street at Philipsburg Manor Candlelight performance of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk in an incredible setting.  Admissions for the 45-minute performance are by timed ticket only and must be purchased in advance. Four performances each evening, on the hour, beginning at 6p.m. Tickets at http://www.hudsonvalley.org/; 914 631-8200 October 16-31 (weekends only) Halloween Show Lasdon Park & Arboretum Route 35, Somers The best Halloween show in the county with the main house all decked out for the season.. A special adult costume party on October 29, 7-11p.m.  Show is open to the public 11a.m.- 3:30 p.m. For show information and RSVP to costume party, 914 864-7268 October 23-24, 30-31 Legend Celebration Washington Irving's Sunnyside 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown 914 631-8200 x618 http://www.hudsonvalley.org/ These daytime events are an excellent choice for families with young children. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lyndhurst 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown 914.631.4481 x43230 http://www.lyndhurst.org/ October 9-31 Scarecrow Invasion Visit 500 scarecrows representing famous artists and historical figures created by local elementary and intermediate students. Scavenger Hunt and more! 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. October 29 BOOFEST A great family Halloween event! Interactive evening with barn dancing, a silly 19th century Lyndhurst Mansion tour, fortune telling, story telling witches, trick or treating and a tour of 500 scarecrows. 5:00-9:00 p.m.  Reservations required: Ira Stein, 914.631.4481 x43230; ira_stein@nthp.org October 23 10th Annual Tarrytown Halloween Parade North Broadway/Route 9 Patriots Park to Main Street 914 631-8347 Annual costume parade with community floats for kids of all ages! Participants gather at Patriots Park at 4:30pm. For more information about Halloween and fall events, hotels and travel to Westchester County, visit http://www.westchestertourism.com/  or contact Westchester County Tourism & Film at (914) 995-8500/(800) 833-9282.

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Contact: Lydia A. Ruth / Kim Sinistore 914-995-8503 / larx@westchestergov.com Editor's note:  Digital images are available for several events.  Contact Lydia A. Ruth at larx@westchestergov.com