The Halloween Journey

Get To Know Us

For seven years, hundreds of families throughout the Catskill region and beyond have attended the Halloween Journey.  Back by popular demand, The Halloween Journey relaunched its 8th season in 2017 with an audience of over 300 people. Presented by Café de la Culture, in partnership with The pine hill community center, Catskill Center and 100,000 poets for change in Big Indian, NY. We are assembling a qualified team of artists and  educators to create a meaningful 2018 season to be remembered!



How It All Started

The Halloween Journey was created by Cara Cruickshank, along with a group of area moms who wanted a fun, safe, affordable way to celebrate Halloween outdoors in the Catskills. They wanted an event that promotes wonder, not fright. The solution was The Halloween Journey, a mysterious and magical celebration of Catskill history and folklore, because they felt that..

  • Community events that appeal to all generations are hard to find.

  • Safety is an important concern for parents and their children on Halloween.

  • Price is an important concern for locals who want to attend a quality event that celebrates the season.

  • Our first year, 130 community members of all ages attended. Attendance grew exponentially over 7 years with 400 children and adults attending by its 7th year. We have been away for several years and are bringing it back by high demand.


Our History

Our first year, 130 community members of all ages attended. Attendance grew exponentially over 7 years with 400 children and adults attending by its 7th year. We have been away for several years and are bringing it back by high demand! The event was previously sponsored for 5 years by Kids in the Kaatskills, a nonprofit based in Margaretville, NY and dedicated to providing educational and artistic enrichment to youth in Delaware and Ulster Counties. After the founder of the org. passed away in 2010, Kids in the Kaatskills and its programming were discontinued. Cruickshank moved out of the Catskills and continued to produce public events internationally.


cast of performers 2017

Thank you to our wonderful cast of performers 2017!

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birdie feehan

Our favorite Fairie Queen!

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aidan Ferris

Aidan Ferris is a ‘Solutionary’ from Phoenicia, New York. She graduated from SUNY Ulster County Community College as an Environmental Science major where she revived the school’s Environmental Club. While club president, she worked with the school to adopt environmentally sustainable practices through forest conservation projects, as well as campus initiatives. she was also highly involved in her community’s fight against water privatization when they successfully stopped the Niagara Bottling Company from building a bottling facility and using water from a local lake in 2015. For the last 2 years, Aidan has worked with Earth Guardians as the Global Crew Director and  Project Coordinator, collaborating with youth globally to create impactful solution based projects. Aidan is also a former member of the Earth Guardians National RYSE youth council and has led several workshops locally and internationally that focus on climate justice solutions youth can bring into their communities. She is currently leading workshops on how to build healthy soil as a major tool to mitigate climate change as well as working on a local farm to bring soil building into action. With the better part of a decade’s experience working with young people, Aidan is enthusiastic in her mission to teach the future generations how to be the caretakers of the earth,

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nancy o graham

Nancy Oarneire Graham is a local actor, writer, and educator. This summer she appeared in Voice Theatre's production of The Skin of Our Teeth in Woodstock. You can see her in Peter Ferland's Pirate Birthday Party on Vimeo. She has been on many Halloween Journeys with her children and was delighted to be one of the performers this year. She lives in Kingston with her kids, Ray and Ada, and their cat, Pat Lavender Will.

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richard jordan

Richard has been in the business since he was 9. He started out doing professional theater in Dallas, was the entertainment director at Club Med in Ixtapa Mexico and then continued to develop his career in New York as an actor doing film, theater, and commercial work. With a focus on mostly comedy acting he's been seen on Comedy Central, MTV, ABC, NBC and online with College Humor. His latest network television role was "Barry" in HBO's VINYL. He splits his time acting and casting with his company Richard Jordan Casting. He cast on both coasts independant films, Columbia University MFA films, music videos, commercials, voice over and print. Music video wise he's worked with artists like All American Rejects, Norah Jones, and DRAM. His casting and producing of Bombe Estero's "Soy yo" picked up an award at Cannes lions this year. He also recruits directors & produces shoots for branded content agency MOFILM,  teaches the business of acting, and has been a judge or guest speaker for New Orleans Film Fest, Santa Fe Independent Film Fest, Buskwick Film Fest, and several others.

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Kymara lacrimosa

Kymara is a designer, curator , musician and performance artist. She has produced and created several Happenings featuring underground cultural icons in NYC at The Chelsea Hotel and The Leslie Lohman Museum. Kymara has designed museum installations at The Walters, Baltimore, Victoria Mansion, Portland, Maine and The Hudson River Museum and set design for the BBC's Andy Warhol Modern Masters. She is currently producing, curating and designing the set and music for Prairie Prince's "Heal, Magic Music" opening in The Hudson Valley, NY in the Fall of 2018.

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moe lemire

Moe Lemire is the Executive Director of the Pine Hill Community Center located in Pine Hill, NY. A native of Massachusetts who moved to the Catskills full time in 2016. He is an avid lover of the outdoors. He is a New York State licensed guide for camping and hiking. In the Spring/Summer of 2016 he successfully thru hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He has a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Meteorology from Lyndon State College. He volunteers with many outdoor organizations including the New York New Jersey Trail Conference, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the 3500 Club. He spends as much time as possible outside hiking these beautiful Catskill Mountains.

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phillip levine

Phillip X Levine's favorite stage roles include Teach in American Buffalo, JB in JB, Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, Austin in True West, Edgar in King Lear, Ebeneezer Scrooge, and "himself'" in his one-person show approx. poet falls in love & can't get up. Phillip is also a poet, a math teacher/tutor, a computer consultant, poetry editor for Chronogram Magazine, and more than anything else, a dad.

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john michelotti

John Michelotti is the owner of Catskill Fungi whose mission is to empower people through Fungi via outdoor guided mushroom classes, cultivation courses, educational talks, private consultations, mushroom art, and mushroom health supplements which he makes from mushrooms he grows on his family farm in Big Indian NY. His goal is to educate and inspire people to pair with fungi to improve health, environment and communities. 

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susan o'doherty

Susan O'Doherty is an actor, improviser,storyteller, clinicalpsychologist, and hypnotherapist. You can see her in numerous films and videos, most recently in comedy shorts for The Huffington Post, Hyperbolic Media, and Upright Citizens Brigade; music videos for the singers Giselle and Roxiny and the rapper King J, and various films and videos. She is a founding member of Redshirts, the only all-women, Star Trek inspired musical improv team in the known universe. Sue is the author of Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity (Perseus/Seal Press).

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michael resnick

Michael is a poet who, like John Burroughs, often writes about the beauty and wonder of the Catskills. he is also a New York attorney who specializes in residential and commercial real estate, bankruptcy, foreclosure, estate planning and administration, corporate transactions and contract drafting, civil and commercial litigation, and nonprofit law. Michael has advised nonprofit organizations operating in the US, Africa and the Middle East furthering access to civil rights, food security, education, and health care. He can be contacted at

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dennis yerry

Dennis Yerry is a musician, composer, arranger and musical director whose career has encompassed a myriad of musical genres. He composed and musical directed the theatrical production of "Black Elk Speaks" in Denver, CO and L.A., in which he also performed. His film and TV credits include performances for the Ken Burn's documentaries, "Lewis and Clark" and "The West". He is currently the musical director and composer for "Unto These Hills", the outdoor drama in Cherokee, NC. As a pianist he has played such well-known venues in NYC as the Knickerbocker, the Waldorf-Astoria, Tavern on the Green and Sign of the Dove. He is proud to have collaborated and worked with some of the finest musicians, actors and choreographers in the world today, including Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Jason Marsalis, Pete Seeger, David Amram, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, R. Carlos Nakai, James Earl Jones, Joseph Fire Crow, Valerie Naranjo, Sloan Wainwright, Dorothy Papadakos, Dan Brubeck, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, Ann Osmond, Michael Greyeyes, Joan Henry, Laura Dean and Marla Bingham to name a few.

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jim davis, harp

2 poems: I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. ~ Rumi let us live among the white clouds and scarlet woodlands / singing together / songs of the great peace ~ ancient Chinese contact: (518) 943-6559


Musically, Davida has performed for over 22 yrs nationally and abroad in recording studios and on stages; known for doing her own original material, vocal and song arrangements, custom vocals, and shamanic vocalese. She has recorded and performed with and for numerous globally renowned and diversified songwriters and musicians, for example from Winston Grennon (reggae) to Karl Berger (jazz, Creative Music Studios), to Bhagavan Das (kirtan). One of her own bands was named 'Davida and the Eclectics', a group of jazz musicians playing Art Rock; later called Worldbeat.

Locally these days she also is part of the Red Feather Singers with the Thundercloud Drum, and the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) Monastery Choir, both for spiritual ceremonies.


pamela martin, set design, props, costume design

In addition to set design for film and theatre events such as the Halloween Journey, Pamela Martin is also a certified yoga teacher based in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Integral Yoga in Laguna Bacalar, Mexico in 2009. In addition to teaching traditional yoga classes at her beautiful restored church studio in the hamlet of Pine Hill, she also teaches power yoga, gentle yoga, strength training and water aerobics at the nearby Pine Hill Community Center and the Catskill Recreation Center. As a teacher as well as in her own practice, Pamela's goal is to continue to strengthen the practice of yoga with ease, grace and compassion. Pine Hill Studio is available for events, retreats, photo shoots and happenings of all kinds.


claudia flores, set design, props, costume design

Claudia is a freelance set designer and prop stylist based in NYC and Ulster County NY. She was born in Mexico City and raised in NY, spending her formative years in two very colorful and energetic cities. While attending Fashion Institute of Technology and studying Fine Art, she decided that creativity and its expression would be an essential part of her journey. Some of her other artistic endeavors include painting, drawing and photography. 


geneva turner, assistant producer

Geneva Turner is an actor, director, producer and writer living in ther Hudson Valley. She graduated SUNY Ulster with an A.A. in Theatre Arts, and later SUNY New Paltz with one B.A. in Theatre and another in Anthropology. During her New Paltz years she assistant directed mainstage shows, wrote and directed for student showcases, and traveled in the U.K. while studying Shakespeare in London. She taught and directed for three years with New Genesis Productions' Shakespeare intensives, and most recently helped produce the re-launch of The Halloween Journey. This December she will perform and sing in the Phoenicia Playhouse's production of "World War II Radio Christmas."

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 Partners and Sponsors

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Additional Sponsorship

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And Special Thanks to 

Tremper Hill Farm, Baked & Loaded in Pine Hill, Vinny's Farm market, Story Farm, Bob Townley, Toby Cruickshank, Joyce Greenberg and all our anonymous sponsors and donors!