Halloween abounds in Phoenicia with scary activities this weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
Witches and werewolves will be on the prowl all weekend long in Phoenicia, where special events will entice all souls to partake in the fun. On Friday at 7 p.m. in the STS Playhouse on Church Street will be a special showing of the humor/horror classic “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”
Released in 1948, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s “grand unifying monster” film was the first in their “Meet...” series, with the two bungling buddies as baggage handlers saddled with the ghoulish remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange). But once they arrive at their cargo’s destination, a wax museum, the monsters revolt, with plans to purloin and transplant Lou’s brain. Director Charles Barton easily guides this ambitious black and white effort, which is chaotically comic throughout. The result is an unforgettable and unique combination of humor and horror.
STS mixes this classic film with popcorn and candy and a suggested donation of $5 per ticket.
On Saturday the mood shifts from horror to enchantment, when all ages are invited to participate in an unforgettable celebration of Halloween steeped in Celtic lore and Catskill history. From 6 through 10 p.m. will be Cara Cruickshank’s “Halloween Journey” at the Black Bear Hollow Café on Route 28 about two miles west of Phoenicia’s business district.
The evening begins with a bonfire, live folk music, hot apple cider, and baked goods as dusk grows to dark.
Then, children and families are led into the magical realm of the forest where they embark on a quest to discover where light can be found this dark time of year when the realms of humans, spirits, and fairies mingle.
Fanciful characters, magical creatures, and dozens of natural treasures and treats are to be found on this most mysterious night.
Kids can take the journey for $6 and adults for $8. Bring a trick or treat bag and some good walking shoes. For more information call 688-2068.
On Sunday it’s Halloween funday when the 9th annual Halloween parade rumbles through Phoenicia’s Main Street toward the Phoenicia PTA’s Haunted House in the Saint Francis De Sales Parish Hall.
The parade, hosted by the M.F. Whitney Hose Company, starts at 2 p.m. at the Phoenicia Elementary School, heads along Route 214 toward the business district and takes Main Street to the haunted house, which will be loaded with apple juice and donuts courtesy of the Phoenicia Rotary Club.
Those planning to march in the parade should arrive at the school at 1:30 p.m.