Halloween Roundup

The end of October brings what may be kids second favorite holliday: Halloween. A number of events and activities will be going on in Philipstown. The climax, perhaps, is the annual trick-or-treating taking place on Halloween eve on Parrott Street in Cold Spring. Starting in the afternoon for the little ones, and as the sky grows dark, the older ones, Parrott Street is transformed into an other-worldly place.

Cold Spring Halloween Parade Saturday, Oct.29 at 5:30 p.m. Gather on the lawn of St. Mary’s Church (Main and Chestnut)

Haunted House Philipstown Community Center Weekends, Oct. 21-30 Fri & Sat from 7-10 p.m.; Sun from 5-8 p.m. Young childrens’ fun house: Sat, from 5-6:30 p.m.; Sun, from 3-4:30 p.m.

A Halloween Haunting St. Mary’s Church Saturday, Oct. 29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 31 from 4-9 p.m.

Boo-Scobel! Boscobel Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28, at twilight

‘I Spy’ Halloween Nature Trails and Creepy Critters Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo! Bear Mountain Zoo Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Sheriff’s office reminds residents to be especially careful during the evening hours of Oct. 31, when many of our young people will be out and about celebrating. Parents are urged to follow the following safety tips:

Costume Tips ■Face Paint is safer than a mask and it’s more fun! ■If your child does wear a mask, make sure it has adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. ■Wear some sort of reflective clothing

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult ■Either a parent or older child should stay within close range and never let the children go down a street by themselves. Walk with the children to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.

Older children should always travel in pairs or groups ■Never venture down dark, empty streets. ■Let parents know their route. ■Always walk together to the front door of each house. ■Never run across yards or streets.

Avoid dark, unlighted houses ■Never go to the door of a house that seems unoccupied or has no outside lights on.

Children should save all candy until they get home ■Parents should closely inspect all candy and throw away all unwrapped or opened candy or suspicious looking goodies. ■If your child becomes ill, call your doctor or emergency room IMMEDIATELY! ■Try to determine what the child has eaten and where it came from. Save all wrappers.

Avoid fire hazards ■Remember your jack-o-lantern and any other electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small children and away from flammable materials.

Never leave your house unattended ■An empty house on Halloween is an invitation to trouble. If you have to leave your house, make sure all the doors are locked.

The Sheriff’s Office, the State Police, and the Carmel, Kent, and Cold Spring Police Departments all have an increased number of patrols on duty during the evening of Oc. 31. Community organizations like REACT (Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams) will also have volunteer members out to act as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement


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