Halloween Happenings in Washingtonville
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Oct. 15 – Carve-a-Pumpkin: Bring your own pumpkin to carve at The Lot in the center of Washingtonville from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stencils and carving tools will be made available for use.
Oct. 21 (daytime) – Witchingtonville Family Festival: Washingtonville Placemaking will host the first annual Halloween party for the Washingtonville community at Vern Allen Park at 3:00 p.m. Events will include a Halloween costume parade through the park; a costume contest; trunk-or-treat; DJ Jeff Blizard’s Monster Mash; performance by 120 NYPAC dancers; two selfie stations with pumpkin and wizard painted backdrops; 12 game stations including bone-collector, don’t-drop-the-head, eyeball race, pass-the-pumpkin, bobbing-for-apple-cider-donuts, brain-eating contest, “bat”ting game, and what’s-in-the-box; hay rides; tarot card reader; make-a-witch contest; pumpkin display; food; and the movie Hocus Pocus at 6:00 p.m. sponsored by the Blooming Grove/Washingtonville Chamber of Commerce. Everybody is welcome.
Oct. 21 (evening) – Kyle Honan Heart-to-Heart Foundation & Memorial Scholarship Halloween Party: Held at the Knights of Columbus at 18 Hallock Drive from 7:00-11:00 p.m., this party benefits the foundation established by Kyle Honan’s mother to provide teens with important heart screenings to prevent cardiac events. Adult and kids’ tickets include food, refreshments, and one raffle ticket per person. First prize is a trip to Cancun, second prize is a trip to Disney, and third prize is a 32” HDTV. For more information, call Liz Honan at 496-0867 or go to the Facebook page Random Acts of Kyleness.
Oct. 27-28 – Salisbury Mills Haunted Firehouse: The Salisbury Mills FD will host its 7th Annual fright fest at the firehouse at 2128 Route 94 in Salisbury Mills from 7:00-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person with 50/50 raffle, t-shirt sales, and candy available. This is a scary event and children under 10 are admitted under parents’ discretion. “Join us as the creatures and spirits of darkness take over our firehouse. Costumes may protect you, but remember…we make house calls.”
Oct. 27 – WYFCL Halloween Costume Party (adult only): This annual adult-only event hosted by the Washingtonville Youth Football and Cheerleading League will take place at St. Anne’s Church Hall this year at 175 Main Street from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Lasser Park concession stand or by contacting Jim Cronin, Lisa Monell, or Sharon Perone. There will be music, beverages, food, and fright.
In addition, regular trick or treating is popular and well-attended in the center of the village of Washingtonville along the roads off Decker and Capital Drives (up from Ahern Blvd.), at the Woodfield townhouse development, and at the condominiums by the supermarket, among other neighborhoods farther from the center of the village. The Washingtonville Police Department asks that the public respect people’s property and safety, and to remember that Halloween falls on a school night this year and to be mindful of noise as laws will be strictly enforced.
CAPTION: This little dancer rides the magical Blue Broomstick in front of the NYPAC dance studio in Washingtonville. While no one has actually seen the broom fly, it has inexplicably traveled and appeared at various locations in the village, which are then said to have been “broomed.” The broom moves where it likes, and especially loves to be ridden by Washingtonville’s tiniest residents, as seen here. (Photo provided)