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Exhilarating Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This Fall

Posted by: Tarrytown House Estate
15 Oct
Exhilarating Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This Fall

Autumn Things to Do in the Hudson Valley: Haunts, History & Happenings

Welcome to the iconic autumn landscape of the Hudson Valley, which is known as the "Cradle of the American Supernatural" for its immortal story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But the Headless Horseman's stomping grounds are just the beginning of the fall fun that you'll find in this historic area, which was one of the very first to be settled by Europeans. One of the earliest homes in the Lower Hudson Valley was Van Cortlandt Manor, which is now the site of the biggest Halloween event in New York. You'll also find a brand new film festival in mid-October, the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival. Whether you love the thrill of a good scare or simply want to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage, you'll encounter a huge variety of things to do in the Hudson Valley this autumn.

Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival: Experience a New Legend

Two hundred years ago, Washington Irving's haunting tale of the Headless Horseman in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow captivated the nation with its supernatural wonders and gripping horror. The first annual Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival (SHIFF) will celebrate two centuries of the iconic American ghost story on October 10-13 with four days of spine-tingling screenings, live stage events, panel discussions, and artist Q&As. Festival events will take place in Sleepy Hollow's Warner Library and at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall. Buy tickets to individual events or choose a full-festival pass to experience all of the haunted joys and cinematic artistry.
From cult classics to Disney hits and comedy shows to bone-chilling horror, there's something for everyone on the schedule of the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival:
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (70th anniversary screening of the classic 1949 animated short with guest speakers)
  • Nevermore, An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe (live stage event)
  • Phantom of Winnipeg (U.S. premiere)
  • Phantom of the Paradise (screening and Q&A)
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space with Dana Gould (live stage event)
  • Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (20th anniversary screening)
  • Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film (East Coast premiere and Q&A)
  • A Salute to Dark Shadows (special presentation)
  • The Neverending Story (35th anniversary screening and Q&A)
  • The Crow (25th anniversary screening and Q&A)
  • Midnight Madness: Friday the 13th Part IV - The Final Chapter (35th anniversary screening and Q&A)
  • … plus more events and screenings TBA!

Lyndhurst Mansion's Over-the-Top Autumn Decor & House of Curiosities

Immerse yourself in a lavish scene of Victorian fall splendor at Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, just 1.3 miles from our hotel. This historic 19th-century estate goes all-out for fall, with beautiful decorations throughout the mansion's many rooms, including authentic Gothic Revival furnishings. Explore the opulent dining room, parlor, library, reception room, vestibule, entrance hall, and second-floor picture gallery. See the autumn spectacle through October 31, including "open house" weekends when no guided tour is necessary. Lyndhurst also hosts two Halloween-themed nighttime performances this October for those with a Gothic persuasion:
  • Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities (October 17-31) - Join the spooky Ghoul family for an evening theater performance in the mansion, which comes alive with eerie lighting features and creepy Halloween decor.
  • Ken Salaz: Magician, Mentalist, and Master of Astonishment (October 23-30) - Acclaimed illusionist Ken Salaz will dazzle the crowds with sleight-of-hand tricks, mind-reading, and mysterious supernatural entertainment. Not for children under 12.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze: Epic & Electrifying Halloween Magic

Experience an illuminated autumn wonderland on the 18th-century riverside estate of Van Cortlandt Manor with more than 7,000 glowing, hand-carved jack o'lanterns. The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze is the biggest Halloween event in New York and a must-do on your fall getaway to the Hudson Valley. Each pumpkin and gourd features an intricate, hand-carved design that's created right on-site by more than 1,000 volunteer artisans. Jack o'lanterns are arranged in mind-blowing thematic displays, including a spinning pumpkin carousel, a pumpkin planetarium, and the new Pumpkin Museum of Art with the world's most famous masterpieces - all made out of pumpkins.
It takes about 90 minutes (not counting picture stops) to stroll through the vast attraction, which is spread along the riverbanks at historic Van Cortlandt Manor. Take your time at the festive Halloween celebration, which also features autumn refreshments like pumpkin beer, hot cider, popcorn, candy apples, and pumpkin-spice everything. Grab your tickets to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze as early as possible, as this popular event sells out every year.

Blaze Package at Tarrytown House Estate: Hudson Valley Fall Getaways

Fire up your fall getaway with two VIP tickets to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. Skip the lines and head right to the front when you book a Blaze Package from Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson. Nestled on the banks of the Hudson River in beautiful Tarrytown, our idyllic retreat is just 15 miles away from Van Cortland Manor and 3 miles from Sleepy Hollow. Enjoy the ultimate autumn getaway at our peaceful estate, which features newly renovated rooms, sumptuous spa treatments, and exquisite Cantonese cuisine at our new restaurant, Goosefeather. Experience the most exhilarating things to do in the Hudson Valley this fall near our retreat, along with beautiful autumn foliage, craft brewery excursions, and historic sightseeing. Plan your ultimate fall getaway.
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