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.

Things to Do Around Pace: Haunt It Edition

Halloween may be a few weeks away, but the haunted houses are already open…waiting to scare the bejeezus out of you.

Sleepy Hollow is definitely awake this time of year! The Hudson Valley’s most electrifying Halloween event has tickets available for October 21, 28, 31, and November 5-7, so you better act fast before tickets to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze (featuring more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns) sell out. The scary part? Head to Horseman’s Hollow, which takes the tale of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, on October 15-16, 22-24, and 29-30.

Also, be sure to check out Playland Amusement Park’s Scared by the Sound in Rye.  

Looking for a fun haunted house in NYC? Look no further than this list of reviewed haunts brought to you by Time Out New York.

And how could we forget surreal insane asylum Nightmare: Superstitions, NYC’s most horrifying haunted house and AOL Cityguide’s number one rated haunted attraction in NYC!? $15 student rush tickets are available one-hour prior to showtime and $20 tickets are available on October 17. Make sure to check out Couples Night discounts and New York College Night on October 26.

Also in NYC, Blood Manor Haunted House, which includes werewolves, vampires, zombies, clowns (the scariest if you ask us), offers up $20 tickets on students nights (October 17, 21, and 24). Who says education doesn’t pay?

Things to Do Around Pace: On Wheels

Your handy dandy Things to Do Around Pace column is here! There’s been so much happening on campus, there was just no room to include fun things happening around it. But fret not, TDAP is back, and it’s a wheely good one.

Our friends over at the Office for Student Success sent us this little gem and we’re excited to share it. On September 25, Prospect Park in Brooklyn will host the oldest skate marathon in the United States: the world famous NYC Skate Marathon & NY 100K. That’s right, we said 100K. Grab your rollerblades, helmets, and wrist guards and sign up for this incredibly unique race, which offers events for beginner skaters to world class professionals with races running 5K, 21K, 24K, and 100K. All ages are welcome (there’s even a 5K youth skate for those 12 and under); prizes will be awarded.

So what’s going on in Westchester? Their  first all-female, flat-track roller derby league Suburbia Roller Derby is re-inventing the wheel with Derby in the Burbs, the 2010 Women’s Flat Track Derby Eastern Regional Tournament at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on September 24-26. 

This three-day, fifteen-bout tournament features exciting roller derby athleticism, entertainment, vendors, and a weekend of family-friendly fun, as the top 10 roller derby teams on the east coast battle it out for the regional title and spots in the championship tournament. 

Know of an event that the Pace community would have a blast at? Email us or head to the comments below!