New Hope Halloween 2015


Your guide to everything Halloween in New Hope, Lambertville, and surrounding towns!
FF = Family Friendly

New Hope & Surrounding

allONGOING  Ghost Tours of New Hope – Main St. & Ferry St., Fridays and Saturdays in October, tour starts  at 8PM. Follow a lantern-led “walk” along picturesque streets where you’ll learn about the doings of such places as the towpath itself; or see the phantom Hitchhiker who may pass you in the moonlight; or see the historic inn where Aaron Burr appears from time to time and stares with sightless eyes… plus new exciting stories have been added to the Tour. – FF

– Haunted Halloween Rides – (Teen/Adult) -Take a ride on the dark side onboard the Haunted Halloween Train. Do you trust yourself to be at the mercy of your own Nightmares? When this train leaves the safety of the station, you are tossed into the hands of the unknown. Our creatures are sure to frighten the strongest of heart, and test the nerve of all onboard.  New Hope Ivyland Express

ONGOING –  Trick or Treat (Kids) Train Rides -Bring the kids to ride aboard this spooky train. Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes, helping to make the train a scary sight. Afterwards, trick or treat around the New Hope train station for more surprises! Trick or Treat bags and assorted toys and candy will be given out onboard as well as at the station.  – New Hope Ivyland Express – FF

10/17Paper Mask Workshop with Art Teacher Cate Sewall –  12-4PM – Bucks Playhouse Riverview Café – FF

10/23 – Mystickal Tymes “Arabian Nights Ball” – Eagle Fire Company 5-11PM – A Gathering Of Witches, A Samhain Celebration. Ritual, Buffet, DJ, 50/50, Costume Judging and Raffles. $45.00 per person, doors Open at 5pm

10/23, 24, 30, 31The Original New Hope Rocky Horror Show LIVE. Audience participation packages will be on sale at the theatre prior to all shows – New Hope Arts Center

10/25 – New Hope Celebrate’s 12th Annual High Heel Drag Race – FF

10/25John Eddie’s Annual All Ages Halloween Show 2:00-6:30PM – Havana – **PLEASE NOTE: Project/Object show to immediately follow. All tables and seats are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Arrive early if you would like a table or bar stool. Doors / Will Call 1PM, Show 2PM-6:30PM. Tickets: $15.00 Adults  /  $10.00 for Children Under 12 years of age. – FF

10/25 – 10/31 Séance Dinner Week with Mentalist Brandon Becker – Logan Inn – New Hope has been called the most haunted town in America and Logan Inn is no stranger to ghost activity in the past. Every evening we will be hosting a three-course dinner followed by a séance event hosted by mentalist Brandon Becker. Each evening is capped at 15 guests, so get your tickets fast! Sunday-Friday (Oct 25-30) 5:30 dinner, 7:30 séance begins. Saturday (October 31) 7:30 dinner, 9:30 séance begins.

10/26 – “Costumes for Ciarlo” Fundraiser party at Mojito Caribe. $10 Cover

10/27Miss Pumpkin’s Drag Extravaganza – 7:30pm – Bucks Playhouse Riverview Café – hosted by none other than the local icon Miss Pumpkin herself. The show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for presale general admission, $25 general admission at the door, and $50 for cabaret seating, which includes a split of champagne and a Halloween mask.

10/28 – Halloween Vaping Party – Fran’s Pub 5:15-9:15PM – VAPING ME CRAZY hosting A Spooky Evening Of Vaping! Cloud, Trick & Costume Competitions. Prizes & Drink Specials. Cloud & Trick Competition Sign Up 5-6:30. Come have a cloud of fun!

10/29The Raven “Heaven & Hell” Halloween Party & Costume Contest – $1,000 cash prize!

10-30 & 10/31 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (The Movie) 5 Screenings at Bucks County Playhouse

10/31MIXXTAPE Halloween Party & Costume Contest – John and Peter’s – It’s that time of the year again! Halloween falls on a Saturday, so this will indeed be a crazy party!

10/31 – 11/1 – “Spritifest” by The Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment – New Hope Eagle Fire Department – Tune up your body, mind and spirit.  Come dressed up and surprise us and we will surprise you!  Featuring: Guest Speakers Every Hour, Psychics, Energy Healers, Shamanic Practitioners and much more!

Lambertville & Surrounding

– Visit the intricate and spooky houses of Union Street, dubbed “Halloweenville” – FF

10/9-11, 16-18Sweeny Todd at The Open Aire Theater at Washington Crossing State Park – 7pm. When the unjustly imprisoned Benjamin Barker returns to London he becomes Sweeney Todd and vows revenge on those who framed him. Joining forces with Mrs Lovett, he kills and she bakes his customers into her meat pies.

10/10, 11, 17, 18 Great Pumpkin in the Park, 12-3PM, The Open Aire Theater at Washington Crossing State Park. A  spook-tacular, interactive Halloween event for younger kids with games, prizes and more.Kids will trick or treat through the Park and meet their favorite fairy tale and cartoon characters along the way ending with a visit from the Great Pumpkin himself! FF

10/17 – 11th Animal Alliance Annual Pet Masquerade 11:30AM – 2:30PM – Parade begins 12:30pm at Mary Sheridan Park on York. Prizes for multiple categories, plug goodie bags for the first 75 furry families! FF

10/18Lambertville Historical Society’s 33rd Annual Lambertville Autumn House Tour features beautiful homes and historic sites within walking distance of each other in Lambertville. This is a self-guided walking tour throughout homes. Purchase a ticket either in advance or on the day of the tour. With your ticket in hand on the day of the tour, pick up the tour booklet either at Marshall House (60 Bridge St.) or City Hall (18 York St.) and begin your walk to sites in town. Volunteer docents will help guide you through each site. There is a map that suggests a route to the tour sites in town, although tour sites can be visited in any order you’d like. The entire tour takes from 2-3 hours.

10/22 – Annual Pumpkin Carving and Kid’s Contest, 5PM – Inn of the Hawke  Fun for the whole family, there will be a Kid’s contest for best pumpkin! Whether you participate or just come and watch, the Inn of the Hawke will be providing pumpkins, but feel free to bring your own. – FF

10/23 – 11/1 – Roxey Ballet Company presents Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Canal Studio Theater

10/24 – Frenchtown Zombie Crawl! Details at

10/25 – Annual Lambertville Halloween parade, starting at York Street by Mary Sheridan Park at 2:45PM. The parade will proceed north on Union Street to Perry Street, and east on Perry Street to the Little League Field where the judging will be held. – FF

10/23-25, 10-30-11/1 – Halloween Movie Weekend: Tales of Halloween – ACME Screening Room. Eleven directors, renowned for their contribution to the horror movie genre, have joined forces to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. Ten short films have been woven together by a shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Rated R; 1 hours 32 minutes

10-30-11/1 – Halloween Movie Weekend: Let the Right One In – ACME Screening Room. A fragile, anxious boy, 12-year old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boy’s wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli, also 12, who moves in next door to him with her father. A pale, serious young girl, she only comes out at night and doesn’t seem affected by the freezing temperatures. It doesn’t take long before he figures out that Eli is a vampire. In Swedish with English subtitles Rated R; 1 hours 54 minutes

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New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival 2015

New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival and Bucks County Playhouse announce the official date for the 22nd annual New Hope Juried Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival for the weekend of September 26th, featuring over 160 local and national artists and craftspeople.

The festival is set to launch Saturday, September 26, 2015 starting at 10:00 a.m. running to 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday, September 27, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. all in historic New Hope, Pennsylvania. This much-anticipated and prestigious event will feature the work of premier artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, etching, mixed media, black & white and color photography, soft and hard sculpture, wood turning and rustic furniture, pottery and glassware, wearable art including leather and fabric handbags and handspun or felted clothing, jewelry including hand-blown glass beadwork as well as precious and semi-precious metals and stones.

Bucks County Playhouse has stepped up this year to assure the iconic Festival’s continuing existence. First Federal of Bucks County is a supporting Sponsor, which it has done since 2008. All proceeds from this year’s Festival will benefit the nonprofit Playhouse in its operation of the New Hope Visitors Center, located on South Main Street.

“The Arts & Crafts Festival is the one of New Hope’s iconic special events, and we are happy to help continue its tradition of encouraging artists and bringing visitors to our beautiful riverfront town,” said Alexander Fraser, Producing Director of the Bucks County Playhouse. The artists booths will line a park-like setting at the New Hope – Solebury High School located at 180 West Bridge Street, all within walking distance to New Hope’s eclectic shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Additionally, a free shuttle will bring shoppers between Bucks County Playhouse on Main Street and the Festival. Parking is available at the New Hope-Solebury High School, the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, Union Square, on New Street at the municipal parking lot, and three public lots at the north and south end of Main Street. Limited handicapped parking and on-street metered parking will also be available.

The event includes acoustic musical entertainment and food vendors with favorite festival foods, including funnel cake, kettle corn and classic lemonade. A children’s activity booth offers youngsters the opportunity to experience the festival’s creative atmosphere, and visitors of all ages can indulge their inner artists by hand painting silk scarves on site.

“New Hope has long been known for its artistic heritage and has been named by numerous publications, as one of the top small town destinations for arts in the country,” said Sharon Flanagan, Festival Coordinator. “In keeping with this reputation, we maintain a very high standard for exhibitors. A jury of arts and crafts professionals determines the exhibitors, and a different panel of judges select winners in six different categories with nearly $4,000 in prizes.”

Every year, many popular local artists participate in the festival, in addition to visiting talents from all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as New York, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Florida. The two-day event is rain or shine and admission is free. For more information, visit or email

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New Hope Sidewalk Sale

The New Hope Business Alliance, with support of the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce, will be holding its 1st borough wide sidewalk sale this weekend, September 26th & 27th. Please come down and join us, as you also visit the New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival.

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Grease Sing-a-long

Grease Sing-a-Long

September 19, 2015 8pm
$10 Children (Ages 4-12)
$15 Adults

For one night only, Bucks County Playhouse will host a screening and sing-a-long of the beloved movie musical GREASE! Join Sandy, Danny, and the rest of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies as they handjive their way through love and life at Rydell High!

Dress as your favorite character (or come as you are) and croon along with your favorite characters from the audience of the historic Bucks County Playhouse! This event is the perfect way to end one of those epic “summer nights.”

The Grease Sing-a-long is proudly presented as part of the Summer Lovin’ event September 18-21 by the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce! Other fun events include a beach party, lovers treasure hunt, candle light walk on the canal, and much more.

For tickets go to
Grease Sing-a-Long Tickets

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Summer Lovin’ Beach Party

Beach Party
The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
Is having a
Summer Lovin’ Beach Party
Friday evening, September 18th
8:00-11:00 p.m.
On the back courtyard of
Villa Vito Restaurant
26 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA
Come and dance the Summer away with that special person in your life, and with great friends!
Ticket price….$35.00 per person
Tickets include music, food, wine, beer & pig roast

“Horse and Buggy Ride Available”

You may reserve your tickets at
We take Pay Pal payments at
For more information, please call 215-528-9620
“Summer days drifting away, To, ooooooh, those Summer nights…………

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August Networking and Business Exchange

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly networking and business card exchange event will be held at Mojito Cuba Caribe on Thursday evening, August 27th. The time will be from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there. Mojito Cuba Caribe is located at 90 South Main St. Admission is free.

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Summer Lovin’ 2015

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Presents:
Summer Lovin’, September 17 – 21, 2015

‘Summer days drifting away,
To, ooooooh, those summer nights….’
summer lovin

New Hope is a place to love! Make the memories of the summer of 2015 last just a little while longer. Join the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at it’s inaugural Lovin in New Hope event, “Summer Lovin”. Kick off the fall with the Summer Lovin Beach Party, September 18th, at Villa Vito Restaurant. Take a stroll on a candlelit canal, or between the grape vines at Sandcastle winery. Experience “Lovin in Motion” with carriage and train rides, and special treats just for Lovers. Capture that Lovin feeling with commemorative photo’s at Ferry St. Park. Join in a Lovin’ couples Treasure Hunt, and take a Chance on Love with a purchase in local shops.
Please join us for a fun – filled long weekend of events, and see all that our beautiful town has to offer. For more information call 215-528-9620, or visit the following sites:
Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page

“Summer Lovin’” Event Schedule
September 18th-September 21st, 2015

Friday, September 18th: “Summer Lovin’ Beach Party”, Villa Vito Restaurant, 26 W. Bridge St. New Hope, 8-11 p.m., Dance, light food, drinks, pig roast. Horse & Buggy ride available

Saturday, September 19th: “Lovin’ on the Canal”, 8-10 p.m. Bucks Co. Playhouse production of “Grease”, with drinks and light food on the deck to follow, Candlelight walk on the canal between Mechanic St. and Bridge St., violinist on the canal, New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Evening Star Dinner [7-9 p.m.]

Sunday, September 20th: “Love in Motion”, Sandcastle Winery Wine Tasting or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Grapevine Express [5-6 p.m.], horse and carriage ride packages, and “Lovers Treasure Hunt” in all locations all day long.

“Take a Chance on Love” drawing. Spend $50.00 in many of New Hopes Shops, over the five day event, for a chance to win several “Lovers Packages”. Drawing will be Monday evening and winners will be posted on the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. You do not have to be present at drawing to win.

summer lovin

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2015 New Hope Film Festival Announces Awards

The 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival, touted as this “emerging Sundance East” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, is excited to announce the awards presented on Sunday, August 2nd at the New Hope Arts Center in New Hope, PA. The event was hosted by Thom Michael Mulligan, Executive Director of Submissions.

The Festival presented 97 official selections from 16 countries. The awards were presented to these exceptionally talented artists…

Special Award
Lifetime Achievement Award – Susan Seidelman

Film Jury Awards
Danny Award, Best Picture – The David Dance (April Winney, USA)
Best Director – April Winney (The David Dance)
Best Documentary – Omo Child: The River and the Bush (John Rowe, Ethiopia, USA)
Best Student Film – The Loyalist (Minji Kang, South Korea, USA)
Best Alternative Feature – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetchko, USA)
Best Foreign Film – The Break-In (Marcus Ovnell, Sweden)
Best Biography – Red Dot on the Ocean (Amy Flannery, USA)
Best Experimental Short – Enfilade (David Coyle, Australia)
Best Short Film – Aurora (Pascal Fontana, Puerto Rico)
Indie Spirit Award – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetch, USA)
Best Animated Film – Hands of Flame (Steven Markowitz, USA)
Female Eye Filmmaking Award – Effloresce (Kathleen Davison, USA)
Best Sci-Fi Film – Listening (Khalil Sullins, USA)
Best TV Pilot – Todd and Anne: Water in the Pot (Jeffrey Engelson, USA)
Best Comedy – Mail.Man (William Ayedelott, USA)
Student Cultural Spirit – The Fever (Hong Kim, South Korea)
Cultural Spirit Award – The Syndrome (Meryl Goldsmith, USA)
New Hope Award – Inside Peace (Cynthia Fitzpatrick, USA)
Artistic Spirit Award – Hope for Steve (Matt Moore and Sarah Spicer, USA)
LGTB Spirit Award: The David Dance (April Winney, USA)
Best Music Video – Black Sheep (Robin Parker, USA)

Film Audience Choice Awards
Best Webisode – Croissant Man (Tulica Singh, USA)
Best TV Pilot – Todd and Anne: Water in the Pot (Jeffrey Engelson, USA)
Best Music Video – Black Sheep (Robin Parker, USA)
Best Art House Feature – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetchko, USA)
Best Documentary – Inside Peace (Cynthia Fitzpatrick, USA)
Best Short Film – Decisions (Mark Harrison, USA)
Best Student Film – Hands of Flame (Steven Markowitz, USA)
Best Mid-Atlantic Film – All in Time (Marina Donahue and Chris Fetchko, USA)

Script Competition Awards
Best Script – Across the Pond (Andrea Harding)
Best Teleplay – The White Crow (Paula Rogers)
Best Sci-Fi Thriller – Eraser (Kim Godfrey-Hempsall)
Best Action Thriller – Under Pressure (Eric Carlson)
Best Period Script – Homestead (Lindsay Waite)
Best Short Screenplay – Small Rain Down (Joshua Hinkson)

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On Golden Pond and Aladdin Jr at Playhouse

Bucks County Playhouse Theater Presents:

On Golden Pond
July 10, 2015 — August 2, 2015

Tue & Thu Evenings: 7:30pm
Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm
Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun Matinees: 2pm

It’s summer on Golden Pond, the beautiful lake where Ethel and Norman have spent 48 summers. This year, their tranquil plans are turned upside down when their daughter and her new boyfriend arrive to drop his teenage son off for the summer. This acting tour de force is about growing up, growing older and learning to manage the ties that bind.
Starring KEIR DULLEA (Norman Thayer), MIA DILLON (Ethel Thayer), TODD CERVERIS (Charlie Martin), CAMERON CLIFFORD (Billy Ray, Jr.), DON NOBLE (Bill Ray), CHRISTA SCOTT-REED (Chelsea Thayer)
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The BCP Youth Company in:
Aladdin Jr.
July 22, 2015 — August 2, 2015

Matinees: 11:00am
Evenings: 7:30pm
Adults: $16
Children: $11

Unbelievable sights! Indescribable feelings! Jump on a magic carpet ride with the BCP Youth Company’s production of Aladdin Jr, and watch wishes come true!
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6th Annual New Hope Film Festival

Armando and Mia, from MUSICAL CHAIRS (2)The 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 24th through August 2nd. Mark your calendars now!

New Hope Film Festival is excited to announce that tickets are available on our website on June 15th at The 2015 Program Guide has the schedule, venues, a description of each film and more. Watch trailers for some of the films in the News section on our website

Judges selected 97 Official Selections with 80 films from 16 countries with many U.S. and world premieres. Countries represented are USA, Sweden, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Canada, France, Bahrain, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, and the Russian Federation.

The Festival is proud to be honoring Susan Seidelman with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, August 2nd for her outstanding contributions to film. Ms. Seidelman is a writer, producer, director and actor. You may be familiar with Ms. Seidelman’s name, as she directed the film DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, starring Madonna.

There will be a special screening of Ms. Seidelman’s 2011 directorial work, MUSICAL CHAIRS on August 2nd from 12:00 – 2:00 at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope. Further information about the event is in the 2015 Program Guide.

New Hope Film Festival, touted as “this emerging ‘Sundance East’” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, was founded by D. F. Whipple, an author, screenwriter, and long-time resident of the New Hope area.

Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and news!

The Festival thanks our sponsors Comcast, Times Publishing, and Calkins Media, Inc.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!
Seidelman. director photo

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