By contributing writer Veronica Fassbender
Kingston is a great place to celebrate Halloween events. From haunted history, to music and dancing galore, there will be fun festivities throughout the weekend leading up to the big day. There are plenty of activities for children and families to enjoy, as well as for adults who are looking to dress up and boogie down.
Start your spooky weekend off right by dressing up and visiting the Forsyth Nature Center at 5:30 PM Friday night for “Boo! at the Zoo.” There you can make s’mores over an open campfire, listen to live entertainment and participate in the costumed Halloween parade. At 6:30 PM swing by the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center for a Halloween-themed movie night screening of Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” This activity will be a fun way to learn about the Mexican Holiday, El Día de Muertos.
On Saturday, carve up a pumpkin at the Old Dutch Church from 9 AM to 2 PM for Jack-O+-Lanterns, “a Halloween celebration of the Kingston area’s creativity and commitment to wellness for all.” There will not only be pumpkin carving, but a pumpkin art show and a decorating and carving contest. From 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM journey to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary for “HalloWoodstock 2018.” It will be the last public tour of the season for the Farm Sanctuary. Enjoy cute farm animals, a bounce house, delicious vegan treats, hayrides, and much more family-friendly fun. Animal-themed costumes are encouraged! On Saturday night, history will no longer be buried at the Old Dutch Church Living History Cemetery Tour at 7:00 PM. Experience the histories of those who shaped Kingston from the years 1659 to 1910. Dance the night away at BSP for the “Chronoween 5: Mad Masquerade” event in the historic and haunted back room.
End the weekend on Sunday by hopping aboard the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Pumpkin Express train. From 11:00 AM to 4:15 PM, enjoy Ulster County’s beautiful fall foliage from a vintage coach and select a pumpkin to take a home and decorate. Don’t forget to wear your costume. From 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM get dressed up and go downtown for trick-or-treating fun at participating businesses along the Rondout waterfront for “Haunted Rondout.” Don’t forget to check out the Hudson River Maritime Museum for discounted admission all day and spooky Halloween stories from the spirits of the Hudson River’s past. Visitors who participate in the activities will receive a Halloween-themed prize at the museum store! From 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM check out the “MyKingstonKids Halloween Fest 2018” at Seed Song Farm. This will be a free indoor/outdoor event featuring hayrides, a children’s fashion show, pumpkin picking and decorating, live performances, and much more.
Party on towards the big day on Monday at PAKT with Scaraoke with DJ Ali! From 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM participate in, or just bear witness to grisly karaoke while enjoying delightful Halloween treats contacted by the creative PAKT kitchen. On Wednesday October 31st, for those of you who are do not trick-or-treat, or are looking for fun afterwards, go to BSP to enjoy a Halloween show with The Twilight Sad, Shana Falana, DJ Goth Ali.
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Be kind to your pumpkins!