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Thu 24 Oct
Hulda's Night
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

In his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving said that Sleepy Hollow was bewitched by a high German doctor. Some believe Irving was referring to “Hulda the witch”, a healer who had emigrated from Bavaria and who lived in what is today the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

Was Hulda a witch or a misunderstood healer? We may never know, but we do know that she died a hero fighting the for the American revolution and is certainly an intriguing part of the Preserve’s history.

Come pay homage to Hulda in the Rockefeller Preserve’s 1st annual Hulda’s Night. The evening will begin at the home of the Preserve’s Manager. We will hike over to Witch’s Spring Trail where we will hear the tale of Hulda as well as other Preserve lore. All are invited to warm up by a fire with hot drinks and snacks at the end of the hike.

For reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/

Where: Preserve Manager House, 25 Sleepy Hollow Road, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Date: October 24; there will be 2 groups. The 1st group departs at 6pm the 2nd departs at 7pm

More info: 914-631-1470 x108, Rockyrangersu@gmail.com, event page.

Registration: Required
Fri 25 Oct
Fun Facts with Kelly: Fall Foliage Edition
Friday, October 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges)
(716) 754-7766

Autumn shows us just how beautiful change can be. Stroll with an interpreter along the Artpark Gorge Trail and take in the spectacular show of the changing season. Call (716) 282-5154 to register for program.
Registration: Required
Fri 25 Oct
Fall Scavenger Hunt
Friday, October 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Visit the Creekside Classroom between 10a.m. and 12p.m. to pick up a nature scavenger hunt for your chance to win a prize! No registration required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 for more information.
Sat 26 Oct
Trick or Treat Nature Trail
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Discover some of our weird and wonderful forest friends along the jack-o-lantern lit trail. Participate in fun fall activities including face paining and crafts in the welcome center. Be sure to wear a costume! Please call the welcome center to preregister for your family’s time slot (518) 279-1155, ext. 2. Cost for this program is $3/ person or $10 for family of 4 or more.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
SCARY STORYTELLING WITH PAMELA SCHEMBRI
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

At 3pm and 4:30pm.

$15 ADULT, $10 MEMBER, $10 CHILD | VISITOR’S CENTER

Join author and storyteller Pamela Schmebri for a ghost story walk along Olana’s carriage roads inspired by historic gothic and Victorian era literature, folklore, and Halloween traditions.

Sat 26 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 26 Oct
Nature’s Creepy Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.
Sat 26 Oct
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Come at 10:30 a.m. to make bear treats, then watch the bears explore their den at 11:00 a.m. Learn about vultures, owls, bears & other animals. Family friendly activities – pumpkin decorating, face painting, matching games & crafts. Wear your favorite not-so-spooky Halloween costume!

Parking at Bear Mountain State Park $10/vehicle. Admission to Trailside Museums & Zoo $1/ person suggested donation.

Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking lot to bear den.

Rain date: Sunday October 27th.

Sat 26 Oct
Art in the Park: Leaf Art
Saturday, October 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Make fall leaf sun catchers, leaf rubbings, cut leaf art, and more! All ages. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
Art in the Park: Leaf Art
Saturday, October 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Make fall leaf sun catchers, leaf rubbings, cut leaf art, and more! All ages. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Sat 26 Oct
Creepy Creatures Haunted House
Saturday, October 26, 2019 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

For one weekend only, the Nature Center will be taken over by the scariest creatures that call the park home! There will be exhibits and activities for all ages - check out some skulls, see somelive creepy crawlies, visit the "Table of Yuck", or try some edible insects! Visit during the day formild creepiness or come after dark if you dare'

Sat 26 Oct
Haunted History Hike
Saturday, October 26, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Meet ghosts of Clay Pit’s Past in this interpretive history hike. Ages 10+.
Sat 26 Oct
Haunted History Hike
Saturday, October 26, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
(718) 967-1976

Meet ghosts of Clay Pit’s Past in this interpretive history hike. Ages 10+.
Sat 26 Oct
GREAT JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR SAIL
Saturday, October 26, 2019 03:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

The seventh annual Great Jack-O’-Lantern Sail will take place at Belmont Lake State Park. The first 50 carved pumpkins received are placed on flotation devices with candles inserted inside and sailed around the lake behind kayaks. Children’s activities include crafts, games, inflatables, funny photos and trick-or-treat stations. They can also visit the not-so-scary ‘Spooky Den’.

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm; 6:15pm – Pumpkin Sail begins

Sat 26 Oct
Saturday Family Movie: Hocus Pocus
Saturday, October 26, 2019 03:00 PM
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
(914) 965-4027

The fall series of Saturday Family Movie continues with one of the most beloved Halloween Movies of all time, Hocus Pocus! Will the evil witches, the Sanders Sisters, be able to gain immortality before sunrise or will the children of Salem stop them? All Saturday Family Movies are rated PG and free to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments. Each movie will take place at 3pm inside the Gothic Chamber of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.
Sat 26 Oct
Spooky Family Fun Bike Ride
Saturday, October 26, 2019 05:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Red House Area
(716) 354-9121

With Halloween and Fat bike season right around the corner, the Environmental Education and Recreation Department wanted to put a twist on the traditional Halloween party. On Saturday, October 26th, kids of all ages will have the opportunity to dress up their bikes or wear a bike safe costume at this family fun event. Everyone is encouraged to participate in a low-key bike ride around Red House Lake (3 miles). There will be a shorter route available for our littlest riders. Kids activities and a Halloween themed Pot luck picnic will follow the ride. Registration begins at 5:30pm at the Beehunter picnic shelter. The ride begins at 6:00pm with the picnic at 7:30pm. Grab your family and friends, a fun and creative costume (there will be prizes) your favorite bike and don't forget your helmet.

Registration is not required. For more information, visit the Allegany State Park Facebook or contact the Environmental/Recreation Department as 716-354-9101 ext. 232 or AlleganySP@parks.ny.gov

Sun 27 Oct
Fall Seasonal Stroll: Adult Program
Sunday, October 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

On this short stroll (approximately 1.5 miles), one of a series designed to observe seasonal changes, we will savor autumn's colorful, leafy splendor.

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Oct
Fall Festival
Sunday, October 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
East River State Park
(718) 782-2731

Fall is officially here and we would like to invite you to celebrate with us at the annual East River State Park Fall Festival! Come join our festival and enjoy pumpkin decorating, face painting, environmental education, and a live performance from the award winning FunkiJam group!

Sun 27 Oct
Creepy Creatures Haunted House
Sunday, October 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

For one weekend only, the Nature Center will be taken over by the scariest creatures that call the park home! There will be exhibits and activities for all ages - check out some skulls, see somelive creepy crawlies, visit the "Table of Yuck", or try some edible insects! Visit during the day formild creepiness or come after dark if you dare'

Sun 27 Oct
Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 27, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Ghostly flyers? Scary bats? Join us for a short presentation about myths of some of nature's most misunderstood animals. Then, search the park trail for spooky items on our scavenger hunt list. You can wear your Halloween costumes– just make sure you can walk safely. There will be tons of fun to go around!

Sun 27 Oct
Scenic Fall Stroll
Sunday, October 27, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Join us for a leisurely stroll around the Preserve as we take in the beauty of the fall forest. Admire the color changing leaves, take in the crisp, cool autumn air, and look for signs that wildlife is preparing for winter. Dress for the weather!

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Oct
Evening Lantern Walk
Sunday, October 27, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Take a leisurely walk through the dark meandering trails of Caleb as we discuss some spooky Long Island tales. Your stories and tales are welcome

Registration: Required
Sun 27 Oct
Evening Lantern Walk
Sunday, October 27, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
(631) 265-1054

Take a leisurely walk through the dark meandering trails of Caleb as we discuss some spooky Long Island tales. Your stories and tales are welcome

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Nov
Fall Bike Ride
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Bring your bicycle and your binoculars and join us for a morning ride. Together, we will get some exercise while taking in some of the beautiful, autumn sights at the beach. Recommended for children 8 and up. Helmets required.

Program held at the Boat Basin

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Nov
Fall Bike Ride
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bring your bicycle and your binoculars and join us for a morning ride. Together, we will get some exercise while taking in some of the beautiful, autumn sights at the beach. Recommended for children 8 and up. Helmets required.

Program held at the Boat Basin

Registration: Required