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Haunted house Halloween party

October 11, 2012

HASBROUCK, NY — A community Halloween party will be thrown October 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the temporarily renamed Old Stone “Haunted” House of Hasbrouck at 282 Hasbrouck Rd.

Kids and their families are welcomed under the rain-or-shine pavilion and on walking (or perhaps crawling) tours through the historic building itself. There, visitors will come face to face with witches, goblins, ghouls and zombies. It’s even possible that a genuine ghost haunts the structure, since this was the site of a mysterious murder back in 1840, after which unexplained events continued to occur for decades.

Outdoors, there will be creepy games for all ages, and storytelling with an eerie emphasis on spirits, spiders, snakes and frightful bumps-in-the-night.

A costume-judging contest will begin mid-evening, with awards for the scariest and the most original. Pumpkins will be provided for decorating.

A campfire will be kept ablaze for roasting s’mores and hot dogs. Those, plus baked goods and beverages, will be available for purchase on the spot, although bring-your-own is also okay.