Greene County, N.Y. - This October, prepare to be spooked in the Great Northern Catskills, home of legendary family-friendly adventure, when resorts transform into haunted hotels and streets come alive with the walking dead just in time for All Hallows Eve.
This Halloween, experience the misty mountains of the Great Northern Catskills and book a themed hotel package offering fun spooks for the whole family, or simply join in one of the ghostly events going on throughout Greene County, including:
Zombie Hunter Wars at Hunter Mountain is a macabre must. Experience the theatrical, interactive fun of paintball warfare as humans are pit against zombies. The attack may come from the ground, or from designated Zombie Hunter Vehicles. Recommended for ages 8 and up, experience is $29 per person.
Tannersville Scarecrow Contest and Halloween Parade - Prepare to meet the macabre as ghouls and phantoms rise from the grave and take to the streets during this Main Street celebration for families on October 25 from 1 - 3 pm. Participants are encouraged to create a scarecrow and enter it in the contest. Awards will be presented for the scariest, funniest, craziest and people's choice scarecrow. Enjoy trick-or-treating at Tannersville businesses after the parade.
Children's Halloween Monster Mash Party, slated for October 3 and 10 in Catskills at the Brookside Campground features family-friendly eerie events, including a Haunted House, a fire truck with spooky surprises, a candy hunt and fun Halloween music. Event starts at 7 pm and costs $10 per person.
Catskills lodging properties take Halloween to the next level with themed packages offering an array of events and discounts, including:
Spooktacular Halloween Weekend at Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course will be held October 2 - 4 and feature a masquerade costume party and decorating contest, prizes for the best costumes, as well as fun activities such as rock climbing, a barbecue lunch, haunted hayride and apple picking. Call (518) 634-7642 for rates and reservations.
Halloween & Pumpkin Fest Weekend at Gavin's Irish Country Inn offers two nights' accommodations, three days of all-inclusive activities, including pumpkin painting, craft making, vendors, a kid's costume parade, trick-or-treating all weekend, nightly entertainment and five meals starting at $179 per person, based on double occupancy. Kids stay free. Package available October 22-25. Call (518) 634-2582 for rates.
Andy Cooney Halloween Weekend at Gavin's Irish Country Inn features a night of dancing with the dead, singing with the spirits and traditional Irish music as Andy Cooney leads guests in devilish delight. Package includes two nights' accommodations, three days of all-inclusive activities including a lavish Halloween party with a costume parade and prizes, live music nightly at Gavin's Pub with Andy Cooney and his band. Available October 30 - November 1. Call (518) 634-2582 for rates.
Halloween Bash Weekend at The Blackthorne Resort features a trip through Massacre Mansion, entertainment in a spooky pub, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, and the requisite necessities of spending the weekend at your wits end, namely two meals each day of your stay with breakfast at checkout. Package starts at $155 per adult, based on double occupancy. Available October 30 - November 1.
Learn more about haunted happenings in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County at www.greatnortherncatskills.com/events.
About Greene County:
Greene County is in the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts, outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation's first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on Twitter.com/CatskillTourism