Stew Leonard’s (yes, the grocery store) is hosting a Halloween Drive Through at its locations. Find out if you should go in this Stew Leonard’s Spook-tacular Halloween Drive Through Review. This is based on the Yonkers, NY location.
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This year is turning into the year of ballin’ on a budget. We see it everywhere. At the farmers’ market this season, so many people treated the market as a source of free entertainment rather than an actual market. People walked around, enjoyed their time in the sunshine, and went home emptyhanded.
And good for them, I thought. Get your free entertainment. Worry about your wallet and still enjoy your life.
If you’re looking for some free entertainment this holiday season, look no further than Stew Leonard’s. Yes, the grocery store. It’s hosting its free Spook-tacular Drive Through again this year. Find out all about it in our review, which is based on the Yonkers, NY location.
Stew Leonard’s Spook-tacular Halloween Drive Through Review
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Back in 2020, when the world was confusing, everyone was trying to figure out safe ways to celebrate holidays that didn’t involve staying inside and staring at your living room walls and your family members. Drive through events became really popular.
So, Stew Leonard’s decided to begin a Halloween Drive Through. It was so popular that now, even with the world opened, it’s still happening.
And if you’re looking for something to do with your family, this is it.
The free family-friendly Halloween drive through is quick, maybe five minutes — and that’s if you’re driving really slow. But, my friend Michelle went with her family and they were able to drive through three times without any issues.
She said the parking lot was packed when they were there (which it generally is at Stew Leonard’s), but they didn’t wait for anything (except for the heating up of their pizza lunch).
The Halloween Drive Through has over a dozen Halloween-themed scenes using inflatable characters, like Frankenstein, scarecrows, ghosts, and characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas. There are also a ton of decorations and hay bales. There’s an animatronic section that might be scary for really young kids, but you can just direct their attention to the other side of the drive through instead if you think they might be scared.
More inflatables are set up in store as well, guiding you to Stew’s Halloween Shop, where you can buy things like wooden Halloween décor, pumpkins, scarecrows for your lawn, and more. (Don’t forget, Stew Leonard’s is a store after all).
There is a radio station you can tune into (94.1-FM) to listen to Clover the Cow’s spooky Halloween soundtrack while you drive through. Michelle said it didn’t work for her (she said they were there at noon, so maybe it just wasn’t turned on yet).
If that happens to you, use your cell phone data to stream free Halloween music on Amazon Music. You’ll get the same effect. Just make sure to choose family-friendly music if you have kids in the car.
And you will have to stay in your car during the Halloween drive through. Keep those words in mind. This is a drive through, not a walk through, which means other cars will be driving through. Stay safe and stay in your car.
You can get out to go inside the store for some food. Stew Leonard’s has a great variety of items, like sushi, Italian food, fried chicken, barbecue, even lobster rolls. There are benches set up where you can sit and eat (unlike Buc-ee’s, which wants you in and out), so you really can relax and enjoy your time.
And really enjoy your time. If you’ve never been to a Stew Leonard’s before, it’s an experience. Yes, it’s a grocery store that sells things like produce and chips and bread. But there are a ton of cute animatronic displays where you can push buttons and they sign or talk to you. Like, there’s a tree that sits by the water bottles and when you press a button, it tells you that water is good for everyone.
So, sure, the Halloween drive through might be quick, but you really can spend an entire afternoon here.
And, of course, while you there, don’t forget Stew Leonard’s Dairy Fresh ice cream. It’s made in small batches with all natural ingredients. That’s the perfect way to end your lunch.
While you’re there, be sure to head outside to check out Stew’s Little Farm, where kids can see goats and sheep. It’s free to check them out (which is a great perk of Stew Leonard’s). Just be sure to let your kids know that it’s not a petting zoo. There’s a high fence, which makes it pretty hard to get to them (and, although Michelle didn’t actually see a sign saying you can’t pet them, she’s pretty sure you can’t).
The kids will absolutely love the Halloween drive through and the chance to see some animals too.
Stew Leonard’s Spook-tacular Halloween Drive Through (Yonkers, NY): Frequently Asked Questions
1 Stew Leonard Dr; Yonkers, NY 10710
Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, October 31, 2022
11 am to 8 pm, daily (weather permitting)
More Halloween Activities At Stew Leonard’s In Yonkers:
Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers has a ton of Halloween activities planned. So, if you’re in the area, you should definitely check them out.
Fall Farmer’s Market Weekend
Friday, September 30 to Sunday October 2 and Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9
A farmer’s market tent will be set up and a selection of local food and products will be displayed.
Halloween Hay Bale Theater
Friday, October 7 and Friday, October 21
Stew’s Hoedown will turn into a Halloween Hay Bale Theater to show kids movies. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the movie’s start and tickets can be reserved at eventbrite.com. On October 7, the movie will be Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost. On October 21, the movie will be Goosebumps (with Jack Black).
Trick or Treat with Stew Leonard’s Characters
Wednesday, October 26
4 pm to 5:30 pm
Kids ages 8 and under can dress in costume and go trick-or-treating through Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers. Children will be provided clear goodies bags for their candy, which they’ll find at trick-or-treat stations throughout the store. Wow the Cow, Stew Leonard’s mascot, and more characters will be available for photos.
This is open to 400 children and there will be timed entry (so not to distract the actual shoppers in the store). Register on eventbrite.com starting on October 1.
Halloween Brunch with Wow the Cow and Friends
Saturday, October 29
11:30 am to 1 pm
There will be a buffet-style brunch, hosted by Wow the Cow and other Stew Leonard’s characters, a spooky dance floor, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are required and can be reserved on eventbrite.com.
Anyone 12 and older is $18.99 each and anyone 11 and younger is $14.99 each.
Free Ice Cream
Saturday, October 29 to Monday, October 31
Kids ages 11 and younger who show up in costume can get a free ice cream cone at the Ice Cream Parlor at the store.
Other Stew Leonard’s Halloween events and locations:
This information is based on the Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers, NY but there are other locations with other Halloween events. Call your local Stew Leonard’s for information.
More Halloween things to do with kids:
If you’re looking for something else Halloween-themed to do with kids this season, check out Sesame Place’s The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Click that link to read our review of it.
If you’re on the other coast, check out all the 10 Fun Fall Things To Do In Union Gap, WA.
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