31 Days of Halloween with
The Kelly Society
The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles above the tip of Manhattan north to Albany, and is a magical place to experience Halloween. The jewel in the Hudson Valley crown is the legacy of Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and father of the Headless Horseman!
Hi everyone! I am Neal, and I want to tell you about the first time Vivien (Lead psychic and paranormal cleanser with The Kelly Society) brought me to upstate NY for Halloween. Vivien was raised in Manhattan and her parents took her to Sleepy Hollow and the surrounding area from ten years old. She wanted to share it with me, since I'd never been north of NYC.
Our first stop was Horseman's Hollow in the town of Sleepy Hollow. This spooky event takes place on the grounds of a historic 1750's mill called Philipsburg Manor, where ghouls from the 18th Century frightened us out of our wits. While waiting in line, a zombie band rocked out from a stage about 20 feet away. People sang along, laughed, and had a hearty time enjoying musicians of the undead.
The costumes of the actors impressed me immensely and appeared Hollywood level. The fun also came from watching Vivien scream and get shocked by human specters hidden in the corners. I asked how she could be startled, since she's psychic and probably knew they were about to pounce on her. But Vivien told me she'd shut down her psychic power so she could walk through Horseman's Hollow like everyone else and get terrified for fun.
After our frights, we picked up two Apple Cider doughnuts from the food table. Those doughnuts were to die for! They had a fine sprinkling of sugar on the outside, while our teeth bit into sweet apple cinnamon harmony.
The following night we oohed and aahhed at the Great Pumpkin Blaze in Croton Harmon. I'd seen this Halloween event on the Travel Channel for years, but it's amazing in person.
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Music, lights, and pumpkins carved by artisans around the world kept a smile on our faces the entire time. At the end of our journey Vivien and I drank cider and again snatched up those apple cider doughuts. Mmmmmmm!
We didn't have time to visit every Halloween seasonal event the Hudson Valley offers, like The Misadventures of Ichabod Crane, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and much more. I included a link below for those who want to explore all the valley has to offer.
Enjoy the season wherever you are, but most of all - Happy Halloween!