Celebrate Halloweekend and Día de Muertos at the Hudson River Museum on October 30 & 31

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Yonkers, NY, October 25—Celebrate Halloween at the Hudson River Museum with our perennial favorite, Halloweekend, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities on Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31, 12–5pm! Highlights include costume parades, Gothic Glenview Tours, Spooky Stoytelling with Tom Lee, a special extraterrestrial planetarium show, The Sky Tonight: Is it Aliens Yet?, and of course, candy! Plus, celebrate Día de Muertos all weekend by making a Cempasúchil, or Mexican Marigold, to install on our community altar or take home. Visitors are also invited to place pictures of their departed loved ones on the altar. En español.

Glenview, the Museum’s Gilded Age historic home, will also be decorated with period-accurate mourning displays, including elaborate lace shawls, mourning attire and jewelry, as well as funeral photos and cards. During the Victorian era, mourners followed a strict etiquette for wearing black clothes for mourning, and cherished keepsake crafts, funeral flowers, and funeral ceremonies. Be sure to look up at night to see Glenview’s tower illuminated orange on October 30 and 31 to celebrate Halloween!

Plus, Nybelwyck Hall, Yonkers’ favorite 24-room dollhouse, will be decked with whimsical and spooky decorations by miniaturist Darren Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. The fall- and Halloween-inspired decor includes a curated assortment of hand-crafted objects which align with the historic style and period of Nybelwyck Hall, and help tell the drama-filled story of the Van Nybelwyck family who resides there. Be sure to come and see an assortment of petite pumpkins, skeletons, bats, a tiny cabinet of curiosities, and more!

Vaccination Required for Entry: All visitors 12+ must show proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of visit; those 18+ must also show proof of identity. Visitors under 12 may enter only if accompanied by an adult with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, October 30

Costume Parades (1:30 & 3pm) — Dress up for our socially distanced costume parade through the Museum and the HRM Courtyard.

Photo Booth (12–5pm) — Capture family photos, Halloween costumes, and more in this fun pop-up photo booth, sponsored by the Uplife Foundation Inc. The Uplife Foundation is a charitable organization of Joseph and Son’s Holding Corporation that mentors and advises individuals, groups, and organizations with a focus on serving families and adolescents 13–19.

Decorate Mini Pumpkins (1–4pm) — Decorate mini pumpkins in the HRM Courtyard with a creepy landscape or scene.

Gothic Glenview Tours (1 & 3pm) — Learn about Victorian mourning practices on Gothic Glenview Tours of our 1877 historic home.

Planetarium Shows
Magic Tree House: Space Mission (12:30pm)
The Sky Tonight (2pm)
Birth of Planet Earth (3:30pm)
Capacity is currently limited to 60 seats per Planetarium show (50%). Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

 

Sunday, October 31

Decorate Paper Skull Masks (1–4pm)

Gothic Glenview Tours (1 & 3pm) — Learn about Victorian mourning practices on Gothic Glenview Tours of our 1877 historic home.

Spooky Storytelling with Tom Lee (3pm) — Professional storyteller Tom Lee performs his retelling of an iconic Russian folktale, Vasilisa the Beautiful, about the adventures of a young girl who journeys into a forest late at night seeking advice from the witch Baba Yaga. On Halloween, the forces of good and evil are sometimes hard to tell apart. Recommended for ages 8+.

Planetarium Shows
Magic Tree House: Space Mission (12:30pm)
The Sky Tonight: Is It Aliens Yet? (2pm) — Are there aliens out there? Given recent revelations about secret government investigations, and convincing-looking video from fighter pilots, you might think we’re on the verge of finally meeting up with those spooky Little Green Men and their terrifyingly amazing machines. But do these reports stand up to scrutiny? What do previous investigations suggest about the possibilities of alien life, and alien visitors? Are aliens likely to be a threat? And why would fruit-flavored candy be a great way to make an alien feel welcome? Recommended for ages 8+; 60-minute live and interactive show. Sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.
Birth of Planet Earth (3:30pm)
Capacity is currently limited to 60 seats per Planetarium show (50%). Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

 

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Press contact:
Jeana Wunderlich
jwunderlich@hrm.org
(914) 963-4550 x240

 

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Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The Museum offers engaging experiences for every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.

Hours and Admission: Hudson River Museum is open Thursday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Advanced tickets recommended. We follow NYS and CDC protocols for a safe and enjoyable visit. Learn more about our protocols and precautions and purchase tickets at hrm.org/visit.

General Admission: Adults $8; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+) $5; Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE. Planetarium tickets: Adults $5; Youth (3–18) $3; Seniors (62+) $4; Students (with valid ID) $4; Veterans $4; Children (under 3) Free. Glenview tours: Adults $5; Youth (3–18) $3; Seniors (62+) $4; Students (with valid ID) $4; Veterans $4; Children (under 3) Free. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North (Hudson Line—Yonkers and Glenview stations), by Bee-Line Bus Route #1, by car, and by bike. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and buy a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Learn more about Metro-North Deals & Getaways.