Things to Do Around Pace: Holy Halloween

You may think you have a little over a week to get a costume and carve a pumpkin, but if you want to head to any of these events, you’ve got 48 hours. GO!

The Central Park Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail is this weekend! Come decked out in your Halloween finery (or not) and bring your best dressed pumpkin to the northern part of Central Park to participate in the Great Pumpkin Sail! The pumpkin must be carved and gutted, and it cannot be more than 10lbs (no bigger than a soccer ball). Any larger than this and it will sink the flotation device they use! Also, please know that you will not be getting your pumpkin back.

If, on the other hand, you want to be part of the 60,000 costumed folks who march in the 38th annual Village Halloween Parade, you have until October 31 to come up with something more creative than a Lady Gaga-inspired meat dress. I mean, 2 million people will be there looking at you, so it’s gotta be good!

Check out TimeOut‘s Halloween picks for NYC cemeteries, a Labyrinth sing-along and costume party, haunted houses, and much more! You can also read up on Halloween-centric manicures, horrow shows, and some night frights at in New York Magazine‘s guide to Halloween in the City.

But whatever you do, don’t forget to go to the Pumpkin Sail. Come on!

North of NYC? If hay mazes and haunted safaris and fun for the whole fam is for you, then you’re going to want to go Boo at the Zoo.

Word on the street is that Westchester’s Sleepy Hollow is the new Salem, Mass. Who knew? There’s Headless Horsemen, Holloween parades, guided Lantern Tours of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and Horsemen’s Hollow happenings, not to mention pumpkin decorating and 10K costume run kind of fun going on for the faint of heart.

What says Halloween better than some ghost stories and marshmallow-roasting by the campfire?  Halloween-lovers of all ages are invited to bring flashlights and their best scary stories to the Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains on October 23.

Take a hike…on mischief night. Coyotes may howl, owls may hoot, and bats may swoop, but you can handle it, right? RIGHT?

Lasdon Park hosts some hair-raising events this month, including the Hogwarts Express and the Annual Halloween Hair-Raiser Costume Party and Reception on October 29.

Think pumpkin carving is heinous and prefer to stay away from all the creepy clowns and Halloween horrors? Well, all we have to say is boo on you…and cupcakes.

And if you didn’t last week, don’t forget to check out our list of some Haunted Houses in Westchester and NYC.