Your Awesome Westchester Weekend: October 21-23
Your awesome Westchester weekend is here with a mix of Halloween fun, outdoor activities, performances, Diwali events, and tons more. Check out the complete list below for some fun activities for kids of all ages.
Thursday, October 20th-October 30th, various times
Bask in the beauty of fall at NYBG! Admire the changing foliage as you watch pumpkins become spooky and spectacular works of art during Pumpkin Carving Face-Offs, set out on nighttime adventures with Spooky Pumpkin Garden Nights, and enjoy sweet treats like pumpkin spice. And don’t miss the Garden’s glorious fall foliage. With tricks and treats aplenty, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10458-5126.
Friday, October 21st from 9:30am-10:30am
Meet fellow parents and caregivers of babies 0-18 months to start the day with a culturally invigorating stroller-friendly tour of the current exhibitions. Registration recommended. Free with museum admission. Katonah Museum, 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536.
Friday, October 21st at 5:00pm
Diwali Special Storytime
Kids ages 2-5 years old are are invited to join Miss Swadesh who will be sharing Diwali stories and traditions. Children and caregivers can dress in traditional costume. Free but attendees should register in advance. Tuckahoe Public Library, 71 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707.
Friday, October 21st, Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd
Watch a gravity-defying performance commemorating the 200-anniversary of the legend of Sleepy Hollow with “The Legend.” Running until October 23rd, the show features performers from Westchester Circus Arts that includes a cirque/theatre noir production with narration by Washington Irving himself. Tickets are $33 per person. 60 Continental Street, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.
Friday, October 21st from 5:00pm-8:30pm
Screenings Under the Stars: “Adams Family 2”
Visit Croton Point Park for an outdoor screening of “The Addams Family 2.” Moviegoers should bring blankets, folding chairs and a picnic. Refreshments will be available for sale. Free admission and parking. Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 10:00am-3:00pm
Outdoor fall celebration for families and visitors of all ages featuring live music, crafts and games, a pumpkin and scarecrow walk, apple cider demonstrations and tastings, vendors selling sustainable items, meadow dedication, and more. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale, NY 10583.
Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Family Art Workshop: Re-Echo Re-Mix
Families can create works of abstract art inspired by Lee Krasner’s Re-Echo, 1957. The museum provides cut-outs from its painted shapes to reconfigure and reshape. This event is free with general admission. Recommended for kids ages 5+. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701.
Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am-3:00pm
Halloween Spooktacular (Yonkers)
Families can enjoy the following Halloween activities: arts & crafts, a DJ dance party, stories & games, bounce slide & games, food trucks and Spooky Selfie Spots throughout the center. Trick or Treating takes place from 12:00pm-1:00pm (candy is for children ONLY; First come, first serve, one trick or treat session only, while supplies last. Line closes at 1:00pm.) The event is free. Cross County Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY
Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00am
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Pleasantville)
Celebrate Halloween with this kid-friendly classic. Come to E.T. in costume and you’ll get to take home some spook-tacular prizes. Ages 5 and older . $16; $11 members; $9 ages 13 and younger. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY.
Saturday, October 22nd from 12:00pm-6:00pm and October 23rd from 12:00pm-4:00pm
First Annual HarvFest
River Garden is inviting the community to celebrate their 1st Annual HarvFest! Check out their pumpkin patch, and have a professional photo taken in your costume. The garden will be decorated for the season, and kids can search the special scavenger hunt for treats. You can also purchase a pumpkin to help support the garden! Local artists Canvas the Future and Ama Akata will be performing original music and spoken word on Saturday at 4pm. This is a free event, but pumpkins, apples, and apple cider will be for sale to help support the garden. There will also be face painting with a suggested donation of $5. River Garden, 1086 East 180th Street ,The Bronx, NY 10460.
Sunday, October 23rd at 8:30am
Walk for Wishes
Participate in Walk for Wishes with your kids. This nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser supports life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Free for all registrants but fundraising is encouraged. FDR State Park, 2957 Crompond Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
Sunday, October 23rd from 12:00pm-2:00pm
Battle of White Plains Annual Commemoration
Join the White Plains Historical Society at the Purdy house for a remembrance of the Battle of White Plains. Families can visit George Washington and Abigail Purdy and hear what life was like during the dramatic time of the American Revolution that came to White Plains in 1776. Experience and see re-enactors up close, such as Black Smith, native American, Spinner, camp followers, cooks, the militia, even the Brits will be there! Limited parking. 60 Park Avenue, White Plains, NY
Sunday, October 23rd from 11:00am-12:00pm
Visit Cranberry Lake Preserve to decorate pumpkins. Registration is required, please call 914-428-1005. Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard Street, North White Plains, NY 10604.
Sunday, October 23rd from 12:00pm-2:00pm
Folk Art: Diwali Celebration
Visit the Pelham Art Center for a free folk art event in celebration of Diwali. The event is held outdoors at the Pelham Art Center’s courtyard. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803.
Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Legend of Sleepy Hollow Family Storytelling Event (Sleepy Hollow)
Listen to actor/storyteller David Neilsen retell Washington Irving’s, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This fun family event also includes Halloween treats and activities. It is slated to take place outdoors but will be moved indoors if needed. The event is limited to 40 seats. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Hudson Valley Writers Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. writerscenter.org/calendar/legend1pm
Sunday, October 23rd from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Diwali Celebration with Bollywood Drag Queen Malai
Visit the Dobbs Ferry Public Library for a very special Diwali event featuring Bollywood drag queen, Malai. Guests will enjoy a spoken word performance, dance lessons, rangoli design, and more! Email [email protected], call 914-693-6615, or stop by the children’s room to register. Dobbs Ferry Public Library, 55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.