HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS – With Halloween fast approaching, here are a few events going on around the Capital Region to get you into the spirit of the season.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Hollowed Harvest at Altamont Fairgrounds
The Hollowed Harvest, a lit-up showcase of jack-o’-lantern displays, returns for its third year to the Altamont Fairgrounds. Attendees will have the chance to look at scenes made with over 7,000 jack-o’-lanterns and even walk through a jack-o’-lantern tunnel. The show is scheduled to remain open every Thursday to Sunday evening through October 30. Tickets must be bought in advance and are $20 for adults, $16 for children and free for kids under three years old.
Throughout the month of October, Six Flags Great Escape will be hosting its annual Fright Fest, a month-long celebration of things spooky and scary. The fest will begin at noon with family-friendly activities being held until 5 p.m., after which the haunted attractions begin, including scare zones, thrill rides and spooky shows. No costumes are allowed for those over the age of 12. Tickets start at $24.99.
Friday, Oct. 7
Double M Haunted Hayrides
Those looking for a fright: look no further than the Double M Haunted Hayrides in Ballston Spa. These tractor-drawn wagons will take riders through dark woods, guided by a narrator on board. After the ride, guests will journey on foot to even more attractions, including a post-apocalyptic compound, a mysterious inn and a haunted swamp. The hayrides will be held every Friday to Sunday night through October 30. Those interested can call 518-884-9122 or visit the website to make reservations starting at $39.95.
Field of Horrors
Troy’s Field of Horrors will be offering several spooky attractions every weekend until October 30. Attendees will find thrills in the Condemned Manor, The Crypt, and even the new Walking Trail of Terror. Tickets, which start at $30, will only be available the week prior to the event date.
Haunted Corn Maze
Schuyler Farms in Schuylerville will open up its Field of Screams every Friday and Saturday night in October. Attendees will be able to navigate their way through a corn maze with just a flashlight as demons, ghouls and masked men with chainsaws hide behind every corner. Haunting will go from dusk until 10 p.m. with tickets starting at $20.
Zombie Zipline Adventure
Mountain Ridge Adventure in Schenectady is hosting a Zombie Zipline every Friday and Saturday in October from 7-10 p.m. The course is not for the faint of heart, featuring zombies, corpses and other scary characters. It’s intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $59. For more information visit mountainridgeadventure.com.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Nightmares at Liberty Ridge Farm
Liberty Ridge Farm will be hosting a variety of attractions every weekend in October, including the Forest of Fear, the Farmer’s Haunted House and the 3D McCobb Manor. The event will be open on Oct. 8, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $32.95.
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Sunday, Oct. 9
Yaddo Gardens Ghost Tours
Yaddo in Saratoga Springs will be leading ghost tours every Friday and Sunday in October from 4 to 5 p.m. starting this Sunday. Tours are $10 per person, cash or check only. Visitors should meet at the parking lot entrance to the garden at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15
22nd Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge
The 22nd Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge will make its return to the Saratoga Spa State Park on Saturday, Oct. 15. The event will include a 5K (walk or run) and a 10K run. There will also be a 1 Mile Fun Run for kids 12 and under. The 5 and 10K races will start and finish at the Columbia Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. Those interested are encouraged to register early and there will be no day-of registration available. The fee for the 5K and 10K races will be $30, and the 1 Mile Fun Run will be $10.
Great Saratoga Pumpkin Hunt
The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association will be kicking off the Great Saratoga Pumpkin Hunt on Oct. 15. It is a two-week scavenger hunt in which participants will solve riddles and search for pumpkins hidden inside participating businesses in downtown Saratoga. The hunt will run until Oct. 30 and the winner of the hunt will be announced on Halloween and receive a prize. Those interested can learn more at https://www.saratogaspringsdowntown.com/single-post/fall-fest-the-great-saratoga-pumpkin-hunt.
Downtown Schenectady Fall Spooktacular
The Downtown Schenectady Fall Spooktacular will be returning on Oct. 15 starting at noon. Art, music, merchandise, and food and drink vendors will be stationed in the area around City Hall and Jay Street. A jack-o’-lantern bounce house and hayrides will also be available for more fun.
Monday, Oct. 17
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Palace Theatre in Albany will be showing the classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $21.85.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Twilight Cemetery Tour in Greenridge Cemetery
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will be hosting a Twilight Cemetery Tour at the Greenridge Cemetery on Oct. 19 beginning at 5 p.m. The tour will be led by Gloria May and will explore not only the cemetery but also the stories of Saratoga’s most notable residents and the American rural cemetery movement. The event is scheduled to last approximately 1.5 hours. Tickets start at $25 and attendees should meet at the Sackett Gates entrance on Lincoln Avenue.
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Saturday, Oct. 22
2022 Saratoga Fall Festival
The Saratoga Downtown Business Association will be hosting the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, in downtown Saratoga Springs. The event will run from 12 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and will include a costume contest, a sidewalk parade, and more. Children and their parents are encouraged to come dressed up in costume and trick or treat at participating businesses from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Saratoga YMCA Trunk or Treat
The Saratoga Regional YMCA will be hosting its 4th annual Trunk or Treat family event on Oct. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Members of the community, businesses and even the local police and fire departments will decorate their cars for families to trunk or treat at. Those interested in decorating their trunk for the event must register in advance online or by calling (518) 583-9622. Admission is free.
Wally’s CJDR Trunk or Treat
Wally’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Amsterdam will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on Oct. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28
The Original Saratoga V.I.P. Halloween Ghost Tour
The Saratoga Springs History Museum will be hosting a one-hour indoor tour of Canfield Casino on Oct. 28. The building was featured on the TV series “Ghost Hunters” and “The Most Terrifying Places in America.” The tours will be held every 20 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. with the last starting at 6:40 p.m., all of which are led by guides who will share their personal paranormal experiences in the casino. Tickets cost $25.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Halloween Party at Dolce Vita Stables LLC
The Dolce Vita Stables LLC in Amsterdam will be hosting a Halloween Party on Oct. 29 starting at 3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring food as the event will be potluck style. There will also be a horse & human costume contest, and the winner will win a prize.
Royal Witches Ball of the Capital Region
The Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna will be hosting the Royal Witches Ball of the Capital Region on Oct. 29 starting at 7 p.m. The venue will bring guests back to the time of the Kings and Queens with chandeliers, stone wall fireplaces, and vaulted wooden ceilings. Costumes are required and the best-dressed male and female will be awarded prizes by the Queen and her court. Dinner will also be served. This is a 21 and up event with tickets at $105.59.
Habitat for Humanity Annual Halloween Fundraiser
The Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity will be hosting its annual Halloween Fundraiser on Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The organization will be at Julians Banquet Hall and will feature beer and wine tastings, raffle tables, and even a costume contest with cash prizes. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door or via a board member and are $50 per person.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Spooky Soiree Halloween Costume Party
Boca Bistro in Saratoga Springs will be hosting a Spooky Soiree Halloween Costume Party on Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to “dress to impress” and prizes will be awarded for best individual costume, best couples costume, and best group costume. The event will also include Halloween-inspired food and drinks. Admission is $55 plus tax and gratuity.