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Halloween in Tarrytown?

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Halloween in Tarrytown?

Our day began at the Phillipsburgh Manor, being shaken down for contributions by the Sleepy Hallow Fire Department's blocked lane on US 9 - they made us miss the turn into the property, requiring a possibly dangerous U turn. It ended with being blocked getting into downtown for dinner, an impediment that we were not warned about - not by the restaurant (they said no one told the the event was in the evening); not by our hotel; and not by any of the usual highway warnings seen elsewhere, to warn that S. Broadway, their Main Street, was going to be closed. Unless you enjoy lame parades and tacky Halloween decorations, you might want to avoid Tarrytown now.

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1. Re: Halloween in Tarrytown?

this is the reason i take public transportation aka Metro North to the area, cab and walking. our group ended up going to Sleepy Hollow cemetery and saw the headless horseman, went to Washington Irving's house and saw the parade at the end alongside a route from a restaurant. The parade is small but do not take one bad experience to sour the experience that other people had. The Halloween parade is not necessarily on Halloween but earlier.

You might have had a better time at the Great Jack O Lantern Blaze or the Village Halloween party.

Sorry you had a bad experience.

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2. Re: Halloween in Tarrytown?

These small river towns and villages can feel like a bit of a throw-back.

Feeling slightly frustrated by the Fire Department's donation drive is understandable if it blocked traffic and made you miss your turn so you had to adjust and double back, but that seems like a minor inconvenience. Many people would shake that off rather than bitterly complaining about being "shaken down". Fire departments are entirely volunteer in these river towns. It's pretty remarkable if you think about it.

These small towns and villages aren't set up to provide commercial-grade tourist attractions with Disney-like efficiency, and they don't refuse to schedule hometown events just because they disrupt traffic.

You might complain that the the staff at your particular hotel weren't aware of the scheduled parade, or that the person answering the phone at your restaurant wasn't aware, but blaming all of Tarrytown because they had a small-town-style parade, asked for donations for their volunteer fire department and had the gall to interfere with your dinner plans and made you have to take a slight detour to get to your tourist attraction seems excessive.

Hopefully you had a nice time despite the frustrations.

Edited: 26 October 2014, 22:30
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3. Re: Halloween in Tarrytown?

There were signs flashing on local highways about route 9 being closed this past week, so I find it hard to believe business owners were not aware.

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4. Re: Halloween in Tarrytown?

I would hardly describe a fire department "coin drop" or "boot drive" as a "shake down." They are a fairly common activity in the country. Volunteer fire companies do need money to do their important work. And I don't understand how that event could have made you miss your turn!

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