Halloween in the Catskills 2017

Event Dates:

October 13-15, 2017 (ooh! Friday the 13th!)
AND
October 20-22, 2017

Blackthorne Resort
348 Sunside Rd, East Durham, New York 12418
(518) 634-2541

Haunted house on the empty field at nightFrom the fellow who brought you The Steampunk World’s Fair, Glimmerdark, and The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire comes an incredible, all-inclusive vacation weekend of horror and enchantment.

Incredible meals! Lovely lodgings! A little Halloween village! All manner of things dark and wonderful! Performers! Vendors! An on-premises haunted house!

Stay overnight at the Blackthorne Resort. Call (518) 634-2541 to get your room and reserve your spot at the event (ask for the Halloween Weekend, October 13th-15th)! You do NOT need to purchase tickets if you are staying overnight. Rooms are first-come, first-served (there are only a hundred rooms total)!

JUST ADDED! You can now come Thursday night, the 12th, if you want! Call the Resort at 518-634-2541 to get your Thursday night room, complete with Catskills Ghost Tour!

This is an INCREDIBLE vacation. You get:

  • FIVE lovely gourmet meals, including a wondrous Halloween ball – Friday buffet, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday brunch!
  • Accommodations for both nights
  • All the entertainment
  • Unlimited Haunted House time
  • Wonderful vendors
  • And all manner of Halloween delights

All for $150 per person for the WHOLE weekend – that’s INCREDIBLE! It’s an all-inclusive vacation weekend!

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Programming Application

spirit of Halloween on the cemetery at nightThe Programming Application for Halloween in the Catskills 2017 is now open.

Please click here to fill out an application.

Applications are handled on a rolling basis.

Questions regarding performing/presenting should be directed to [email protected].

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The Bonfire

“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.”
~Robert Frost

There are a few Halloween traditions as ancient and is powerful as that of the bonfire. We are all aware that the Druids of the Samhaim built great bonfires in the shape of humans and animals, sewn together through animal skins, to peers tonight and we can the veil between the worlds that the dead might walk in the living might know them again.

Now, round outbound fire, we telltales, we see stories, we stand and silently enjoy the warmth, we stare into the flames and see what inspiration or demons might pop out.

It’s one of the simplest get one of the most incredible experiences of the weekend. Join us for it!

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Doctor Gus

Makers, artists, alchemists, mad scientists. We create uniquely inspired art and accessories to outfit adventurers, no matter what time period you may be exploring. Whether you need to arm yourself against dinosaurs, require a show stopping necklace for a grand ball, or desire to award yourself an important medal. Doctor Gus has you covered!

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Everlasting Myst

Everlasting Myst and Deep South Toys have teamed up to bring you a devilish assortment of magical and mystical wares.

We will offer Tarot readings, in addition to the trinkets, jewelry, incense, oils, herbs, floggers, and canes. Oh My!

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The Grand Halloween Ball

What makes a splendid Halloween ball? Well admittedly, being invited there by a group of vampires and witches in order to sample unholy delights would promptly be pretty neat, along with an animated skeleton band playing waltzing tunes from the 1880s.

We don’t quite have all that, but this ball is absolutely unbelievable. Because the resort makes its own food, and because you have access resort necessarily we can get in weeks in advance to begin decorating the ballroom and you can contribute if you want!

You can bring your own decor, your own special items, your own pieces to make that room into its dark, spookmatic best!

The food! The carving stations! The catered meal!

The autumn treats! The candy and the cake! The dancing the conversation, the merriment!

This is the kind of ball which in and of itself can easily cost $75 to $150 New York City. But we bring it to you as just one part of Halloween the Catskills, because we love you.

And of course, let’s NOT forget the Halloween punch, regular and “high test” varieties.

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The Great Steampunk Roadster, Halloween Edition

“This project started in December of 2007 when I decided that I wanted to build a steam powered vehicle and that a kit car from the 1970’s would be the perfect platform on which to build it. I went on eBay and within a short period of time found exactly what I imagined would be the perfect car.

“I also started researching steam engines for automotive use and learning about boilers and control systems. It didn’t take long to come to the realization that the amount of design, experimentation, and fabrication necessary to construct a function steam powerplant was beyond what I could do while I still had a day job.

“Thus, I decide to resurrect the original VW engine and drive train and make a fun and easy to operate and maintain roadster.”

~Jake Von Slatt
Creator of the Roadster


We at JME and Halloween In the Catskills love this car.

We love driving it around, we love having on property, we love all of the people taking pictures with it, and we love the fact that Jake has decided to leave with us as its new home. It’s perfect here at Blackthorne, located near Thomas Williford’s giant robot.

So come see us spook it up!

Come see it in its most haunting and most Halloween disguise. Take all the photographs you want!

The car’s decoration will be changing every year and with each event.

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The Haunt

Haunted house on the empty field at night

What a glorious haunt!

We’ve seen bigger, and we’ve seen fancier, but seldom have we seen a haunted house put together with so much love and creativity, and so great of a desire to bring you both fear and joy.

This mad scientist’s massacre mansion is a steampunk themed haunted house, perhaps the only one still operating in the world.

The haunted house will be open on Saturday night for certain, and if we have all the hunters by then, Friday night as well. As a guest your admission into the house is free.

You can go as often as you want throughout the night!

But we warn you…It becomes scarier and scarier through the night. Our hunters have told us more than once that they have heard a set of unexplained footsteps and every once in a while a hunter will feel a cool breath on their neck only turned around and see nothing there at all.

But you know hunters. There’s probably nothing wrong.

Probably. Probably.


Come take a look at our Kickstarter as we see about finishing off a few very special touches!

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Knightley and Company

Knightley and Company makes one of a kind necklaces, brackets, rings and keepsake boxes.

Handmade Jewelry from Upcycled Materials with some a little bling added here and there!

Find Lego and Minifigure Jewelry, Beautiful Chokers, Steampunk, and Author inspired pieces: Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll.

We have Walking Dead, Comic Book Inspired, Penny Dreadful and Doctor Who!

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Laughing Dakini Tarot

Non-squeamish, longtime tarot reader and therapist who has been electrocuted before (and declared dead more than once).

Uses humane pithy tarot readings to help querents gain insight into what may help produce the best outcome for the issue.

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The Pointed Hat

The Pointed Hat is a supply shop, temple, learning and community center, sanctuary for the soul, and is a place for the awakening of the senses through prayer, magick, and meditation. We offer a variety of supplies mystical and magickal such as candles, incense, artisan jewelry, amulets, clothing, home décor, scented oils, tarot decks, crystals, books, herbs, and more, and we also offer a variety of mystical and spiritual services, including medium readings, tarot/intuitive readings, healings, chakra balancings, house blessings, guided mediations, mystical training, custom magick and more.

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Steampunk Haunted House

Steampunk Haunted House
Halloween Forever!

A Kickstarter brought to you by Jeff Mach and JME.

This Kickstarter is starting soon! Check back for a link when it goes live!


This is not exactly what Jeff of Jeff of Jeff Mach Events looks like, but it’s close.

We’re Making a Steampunk Haunted House!

The world’s largest Steampunk event, the world’s largest dark/alternative social media site, and an incredible, family-owned, hand-built resort in the Catskills are teaming up to create a Steampunk Haunted House which will be available both to those who travel there, and internationally (through special backer-only shows and live walkthroughs!)  That Steampunk Haunted House is actually already 99% completed.  We want your help to push it over the top!

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