NOTE: This event has been canceled due to difficulty in preparation during the storm.

Yea, things dark and scary,

fill the Church of St. Mary,

on Halloween night 

— even ghouls may take fright!

St. Mary’s Haunted Church exterior (Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s)

The Episcopal Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands will open its doors on for its annual “Haunted Church” on Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, giving youngsters and parents a chance to explore spooky wonders while warming up and taking a break from trick-or-treating.

The free event, from 4 – 9 p.m., will occur at the church, at the corner of Chestnut Street (Route 9D) and Main Street (Route 301) in Cold Spring. Once again, resident ghosts and spectres (St. Mary’s parishioners) will provide warm drinks to those venturing across the threshold.

This year marks the ninth time St. Mary’s has presented the Haunted Church, since last year’s was cancelled due to a snowstorm and power outages.

Although now a thoroughly American “secular” holiday, Halloween owes its origins in part to ancient Christian traditions. The name “Halloween” harks back to the Middle Ages as the shortened form of “Hallows Even’” or “All Hallows Eve,” the night before All Hallows Day. Now usually called All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, All Hallows Day is a major feast, honoring all the saints “or hallowed” (holy) ones who’ve spent their time on earth and gone on to heaven.

For more information visit the church’s website at or contact Fr. Shane Scott-Hamblen at 845-265-2539.

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