You never know what to expect on Halloween in the Highlands — maybe even snow — but you can always count on an abundance of cute children in costumes.

We sent our photographers to capture some of the early festivities in Beacon and preparations in Cold Spring. Anita Peltonen went to the Dark Parade in Beacon on Oct. 22 and reported that the 40 mph winds and dipping temperatures discouraged all but the heartiest residents, who at one point were outnumbered by Beacon police officers. But all ended well in the heated confines of the Beacon Elks Lodge.

Russ Cusick had the easiest assignment — covering the adorables who populated the annual Hocus Pocus kids’ parade in Beacon the next afternoon. (The Cold Spring parade down Main Street begins at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.)

And finally, Peltonen visited Parrott Street in Cold Spring to see how preparations were coming along at the traditional center of Philipstown trick or treating, although residents at the Chestnut Ridge retirement complex have invited preschoolers to make the rounds there on Oct. 31 starting at 4:30 p.m.

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