Halloween serves as economic boost to Tarrytown
Tarrytown is crawling with Halloween lovers drawn to the legend of the headless horseman and all the spooky attractions the town has to offer.
“We came up here to just... enjoy the fall weather and look at the cemetery of Sleepy Hollow,” said Jim Stehlik, who traveled from Ohio with his wife.
Halloween season is a huge economic booster to the area.
“It’s like another Christmas, and then we have another Christmas again afterwards, it's the best thing in retail,” said Colleen Goudie, owner of Shaylula.
Rain usually puts a damper on business, the region has seen seven consecutive weekends of it.
“It actually didn’t because the tourists that are here, they are already here rain or shine, so they actually came out in droves,” said Goudie.
This weekend is expected to bring in more tourists with the annual Tarrytown Halloween parade happening Saturday night.
“We’ve been working on this since April, it grows every year. Last year was over 14,000 people came," said Joanne Murray, co-chair of the Tarrytown Halloween Parade.
The growth has allowed businesses in Tarrytown to stay open and prosper.
“Last year was a real hit and this year the weather is going to be beautiful, so we are super excited for everyone to come down and check us out,“ said Megan Gonzalez, owner of the Cube Inn.
They Tarrytown Halloween Parade is set to kick off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.