WHITE PLAINS, NY — County Executive Robert P. Astorino invites everyone to enjoy a display of model trains rumbling through a Jurassic-themed landscape, take the kids on a scavenger hunt or a wagon ride at the 8th Annual Halloween Train Show beginning Saturday, Oct. 3 at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial.
“I encourage everyone to visit Lasdon Park for this fun Halloween tradition in Westchester,” Astorino said. “This year’s imaginative, prehistoric-themed train show and activities promise entertainment for the entire family.”
The program will take place Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3/4, 10/ 11, 17/18, 24/25, 31 and Nov. 1, and Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The principal attraction of the event in the main house will be the huge railroad layout, featuring Lionel trains traveling through haunted scenery and a Jurassic world of dinosaurs, the latter being significantly smaller than the actual behemoths of long ago.
The main house will be transformed to the time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth with exhibits about the creatures, presented along with some special treats and surprises. The library will screen the 3-D children’s movie, “Rexy the Dinosaur.”
Children can experience an outdoor fossil dig, surrounded by a hay maze, presented by Westchester Tool Rental. Young aspiring paleontologists can take part in a scavenger hunt presented by Prospero Nursery.
The Lasdon Memorial Garden will be transformed into a prehistoric topiary garden with many surprises, made possible by SavATree, Inc.
Halloween wagon rides will be “haunted” by reptilian ghouls and will culminate with a special Jurassic treat.
The Garden Shop will offer refreshments, including “dino dogs” and “bronto burgers” along with plants, pumpkins and gifts for sale.
The Westchester Veterans Museum will be open during show dates.
The train display, movie and house admission is $3 per child and $7 per adult. The wagon rides are $5 per person. Combination packages are available at $5 per child and $10 per adult.
The program is presented by the Friends of Lasdon and supported by American Petroleum Equipment & Construction Company, Berger Hardware, Ledley Food Service, M & T Bank, Merrill Lynch, NYSEG, Prospero Nurseries, SavAtree, Inc., Westchester Tool Rentals and Whitehall Auto Service.
Lasdon will host its annual costume party for adults, Friday, Oct. 30, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring food, drink and dancing to music provided by the Gerard Carelli Collective. The party will have a prehistoric theme. There will be prizes for the best costumes. Admission is $60 per person.
Net proceeds from the events will benefit the Lasdon Conservatory project.
Lasdon Park is located at 2610 Amawalk Road (Route 35), in Katonah.