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Nyack Sketch Log: Celebrate Halloween Here

by Bill Batson

In 2017,  Nyack was ranked by as the 4th best place in America to celebrate Halloween.  Here is a list of frightfully fun spooky-season events in and around Nyack that crescendo with the 32nd Annual Nyack Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade.

This week’s sketch, the depiction of a home on Midland Avenue, was given to the winner of the first house decoration competition in 2018. Learn more about how to register to win cash and prizes in costume, float and house decoration contests that make Nyack a nationally ranked place to pay homage to All Hallow’s Eve!

Oct. 9 – Rivertown Magazine Halloween Party

Join Rivertown for a Halloween Party at Confetti’s Ristorante in Piermont on October 9th, from 6:30-9:30p. Light appetizers and cash bar. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Rivertown Magazine is one of the sponsors of the 32nd Annual Halloween Parade. In collaboration with the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, Rivertown has launched Foodie Fest – a celebration of the diverse dining scene on the sunset-side of the Hudson. Foodie Fest begins October 27, the day after Nyack’s Halloween Parade and goes through November 16. Come for the costumes, come back for the cuisine! Learn more here.

October 12 – fear: An Exhibition and Costume Party at VºLITION gallery

An exhibition that questions what is the nature of fear and how does it manifest itself in art?  Come dressed to impress in your boldest most creative costume, the wild and imaginative will be rewarded in a contest that is not for the faint of heart.

Admission is free. VºLITION gallery is located at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts 103 S Greenbush Rd, Orangeburg, NY 10962;

Oct. 20 – Oak Hill Cemetery Walking Tour

Walk scenic Oak Hill Cemetery & celebrate the lives of many “permanent residents” of the Nyacks who made their mark on the national, state, and local stages. Actress Helen Hayes, playwrights Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, artist Edward Hopper, author Carson McCullers and some of the earliest settlers of the Nyacks are buried here. A $5 donation to the Historical Society of the Nyacks is suggested.

Meet 2pm at the Cemetery entrance gate, Route 9W, between Sickles Avenue and 5th Avenue. For more information, please visit

Oct. 25 – YACK YACK Halloweenfest and Costume Party

The Nyack Village Theater BOO-tique’s Yack Yack Broadcast Show invites you to a rollicking party featuring Visual Artist Cori Schimko, Stand Up Comedy by Austin Gallo, and live musical performances by Curly (full band performance), Mik3y The Rapper, Rachel Beers, and John from…. Plus a costume contest with a live panel of judges, oh my!

Oct. 26 – 32nd Annual Halloween Nyack Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade

Registration starts for the 32nd Annual Nyack Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade on October 26, 2019 at 3:00pm in Memorial Park. The parade steps off at 5:30pm. Thousands in cash and prizes for best costume and best float.

Candy craving costumed revelers are welcome for follow a Trick-or-Treat trail map through downtown Nyack from 1-4pm. Trick-or-Treat bags, with local swag, provided.

Registration for costumes and floats starts in Memorial Park at 3:00p

The parade steps off from Memorial Park at 5:30 and follows the following route:

  • South on Piermont Avenue
  • West on Cedar Hill
  • North on Broadway
  • West on Main Street
  • South on Franklin Street
  • East on Artopee

Performances and the announcement of best costumes and floats will be held at the gazeboo in Veteran Park at the corner of Main and Cedar.

Our Halloween Parade is sponsored by Guinness/Oak Beverages, Rivertown Magazine’s Foodie Fest, and Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty of Nyack.

Oct. 26 thru Nov. 7 – 2nd Annual House Decoration Competition

Is your house the spookiest, most cleverly decorated candy distribution portal on your block? Why not win a prize in the second annual Better Homes And Gardens Rand Realty of Nyack House and Lawn Decoration Contest.

First Prize:2 nights for 2 at the Time Nyack Hotel:
Second Prize: House portrait commission by Nyack Sketch Log’s Bill Batson
Third Price: Cruise for 2 from Nyack Boat Charter

First place trophy sculpted by Peter Cheney

Register here by October 23.

Ballots will be distributed at the Halloween Parade and at the following polling sites where completed ballots can be dropped off until Wednesday, November 6.

Winners will be announced at Casa del Sol at 7pm on Thursday, November 7!

Polling sites:

  • Casa Del Sol, 104 Main St., YMCA, 35 S. B’way,
  • Rand Realty 46 S. B-way
  • Nyack Library, 59 S. B’way
  • Hartell’s Deli, 326 N. B’way
  • Nyack Farmer’s Market

Winners of the first House Decoration Competition, the Nassisi’s

House Decoration sponsors:

  • Rand Realty/Nyack
  • Lauren Murray Law Offices
  • Greenbush Construction Co.
  • Time Hotel Nyack
  • Nyack Boat Charter
  • Nyack Sketch Log

Oct. 26 – Nyack Center’s Annual Monster Mash

Nyack Center is the place to go for families to enjoy live music, food and revelry after one of the largest Halloween parades outside of New York City.

Monster Mash directly Following the famous Nyack Halloween Parade. No entry fee. $5 for games and $5 for food

Oct. 26- Casa del Sol’s Halloween Parade Afterparty

Join Casa del Sol for their famous annual Halloween Parade Afterparty directly following the Nyack Halloween Parade.

Casa’s afterparty featuring food & drink specials, live music by Frankie Dee and the Boys, and cash prizes for the best costumes!

Call (845) 353-9846 to reserve your tables now, as they fill up fast!

Special thanks to Visit Nyack for their excellent Halloween calendar.

Bill Batson is an activist, artist and writer who lives and sketches in Nyack, NY. “Nyack Sketch Log: Celebrate Halloween Here ” © 2019 Bill Batson.


Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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