The spookiest holiday of the year falls on a Sunday in 2021 and for those itching to get away and celebrate the mysterious season, here are three New York escapes to consider on Halloween weekend.
Steeped in history dating back to the early 1800s, Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, N.Y., is one of the best places to spend a spooktacular family break. After settling into the upscale hotel, head for dinner in the Library Room of Chef Dale Talde’s Goosefeather in the King Mansion. It’s said that the daughter-in-law of former estate owner Thomas King died on the second floor in the 1950s, and her footsteps can be heard pacing. Guests will be treated to the culinary brilliance of the Top Chef and Chopped star at the helm of this Cantonese-inspired restaurant. Goosefeather also offers a festive fall day for the whole family, including a costume parade (with prizes for the best kids costume and best family costume), a candy hunt, bouncy house, cotton candy machine and balloons. The event runs from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 and the entry price is free for children however, adults are $10. Food and snacks such as French bread pizza, chicken fingers and fries and burgers will be offered for an additional price along with boozy Halloween punch, beer, and wine. Additionally, the restaurant will be serving hot apple cider for the kids.
While in Westchester, a visit to the iconic Sleepy Hollow is a must. It includes the Old Dutch Church and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, with famous graves including that of Washington Irving. His historic home, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, is also said to hold the spirit of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author.
Another idea is to catch a show at the 136-year-old Tarrytown Music Hall, where unexplained happenings and paranormal activity have been noted, like lights mysteriously turning back on after closing and a voice performing vocal scales in the wings after hours. Anyone making an extended weekend of it should try to catch their Ghost Tour on Thursday, Oct. 28.
Another option is to head further north to stay at The Abbey Inn & Spa in Peekskill, a former nun convent turned boutique hotel last year, which is built on an old Revolutionary War lookout. It’s bound to carry some unique energy. For a break from the occult, consider their Leaf Peepers Package.
For the ultimate Halloween weekend, Whiteface Lodge invites guests to join a trick-or-treating event. Children can explore the resort’s game room with a two-lane bowling alley, private movie theater, mini-golf course, and indoor-outdoor heated pool. Those amenities (plus complimentary daily breakfast) are all part of the room rate.
Families can cozy up by the cast-iron fireplaces in each suite or by the nightly outdoor fire pits with s’mores and share ghost stories.