Halloween is one of those American holidays that seems to haunt us from summer to Thanksgiving. And why not? We all love a scary good time (though not too scary).
With Sunnyside – the charming Tarrytown home of Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” – as part of its domain, Historic Hudson Valley is Halloween central with the “Legend” reenacted at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, the eerie “Horseman’s Hollow” event at neighboring Philipsburg Manor and “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. But that’s just the beginning of things that go bump in the night.
“American Masters” – the subject of a profile in WAG’s November “Exploring Artistic Spirits” issue – offers viewers “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive,” a tribute to this master of horror, at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 on PBS. (Check local listings.) It will be available to stream the following day, Halloween, via and PBS OTT apps. For more information about the American Masters Podcast, which will include actor Denis O’Hare reading Poe’s “The Raven,” visit the PBS website.
The “Witches, Vampires & Ghosts Tours” at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum highlight the history of witchcraft, from colonial times to the Victorian era, the New England Vampire Panic, the darker Mansion history and real-life ghostly sightings. Join the unearthly goings-on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27 through 29 at 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. General Admission is $20. For reservations (required) or more, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail, or call 203-838-9799.
The annual screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at The Picture House in Pelham takes place at 10 p.m. and midnight Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. Wear your “Rocky Horror Picture Show”- inspired costume and get in free. Otherwise admission is $12; $10 for students and senior citizens. For more, click here or visit the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane.
Gallery-goers won’t want to miss “Dark and Stormy Night: Gothic Influence in Contemporary Art” (Oct. 28 through Feb. 10) at Lehman College Art Gallery. There’s a reception Nov. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. with light refreshments and a live score from “Dracula.” Otherwise, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 718-960-8731, lehmangallery.org.
Have a spooktacular time.
– Georgette Gouveia