Westchester Square BID’s Scare at the Square, Oct. 31

Westchester Square BID’s Scare at the Square, Oct. 31
WSBID executive director Lisa Sorin (back, c) and volunteers at last year’s Halloween event.
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Bronxites craving a good scare this Halloween should consider visiting Westchester Square for a frighteningly fun event!

The Westchester Square Business Improvement District and Councilman Mark Gjonaj present ‘Scare at the Square’ on Wednesday, October 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Owen Dolen Park.

This year’s spine-tingling spooktacular will feature a special appearance by the legendary Headless Horseman, a massive haunted house attraction, hayrides around Owen Dolen Park, live music and candy galore.

According to Lisa Sorin, WSBID executive director, she was inspired to rename the fourth annual event formerly known as ‘Halloween at the Square’ because of the recently released direct sequel to John Carpenter’s classic 1978 horror film, ‘Halloween.’

The newest entry in the horror franchise starring scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis has currently earned $77.5 million since its release on Friday, October 19.

“This year we decided to up the ante by making this event a scary, yet safe family-friendly alternative to celebrate the holiday,” expressed Sorin.

For the first time ever, the Headless Horseman and his steed will ride around the Square and those brave enough can get their picture taken with the fabled specter in front of the Huntington Free Library.

A table with be set up in front of the library so the new generation of trick-or-treaters can learn about Washington Irving’s ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and the Headless Horseman.

Sorin said the haunted house located inside Owen Dolen Park now includes two separate sections.

Made possible by Frankie’s Carnival Time, the haunted house has a surprise lurking behind every corner and guests can visit the attraction as many times as their hearts can stand.

The first part of the haunted house is home to many devilish denizens including zombies, clowns, serial killers and monsters while the other half is modeled after a Wicked Witch motif.

Sorin thanks Frank Bee’s and its amazing staff for helping to make her nightmares a terrifying reality.

Approximately 30 Lehman High School Educational Campus volunteers will provide thrills and chills to guests as they wait in line and visit the various attractions.

The free event’s iconic horse-drawn hayride throughout the neighborhood returns this year and will be stationed outside of the park.

Sorin said the hayride, which holds 20 people at a time, will travel on Lane Avenue, passing through Benson Street and returning to Owen Dolen Park.

WSBID will distribute bags of candy to children during this year’s Scare at the Square while supplies last, she added.

“What makes the Bronx so unique is its special sense of community,” shared Gjonaj. “The event is an opportunity for tricksters and treaters to come together to enjoy candy, a scary movie and dress up in their Halloween best.”

Gjonaj and WSBID invite children of all ages to come out and enjoy some good old spooky family fun on All Hallows’ Eve.

For additional information, contact Sorin at (718) 597-4629 or visit www.wsbid.org.

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