Thursday, 07 October 2021 14:06

A Guide to October Mischief

HOLLOWED HARVEST

Experience the spooky family-fun of Halloween at the Hollowed Harvest! The Hollowed Harvest brings to life more than 7,000 incredible Jack-O’-Lanterns creating stunning landscapes and larger-than-life displays designed to amaze audiences of all ages! Alternatively, the Hollowed Harvest: Wicked Labyrinth features 1,000 intricately carved Jack-O’-Lanterns celebrating the attention to small details that make Jack-O’-Lanterns the beloved fall art tradition they’ve come to be! Thursday through Sunday of each week through October, with additional dates added the week of Halloween. Show dates, times and ticket information are available at www.HollowedHarvest.com 

PUMPKIN GLOW & LIGHT SHOW DRIVE THRU

An enchanting Halloween experience at Ellms Family Farm, located at 448 Charlton Rd., Ballston Spa that features a pumpkin wonderland with thousands of hand-carved illuminated Jack O’Lanterns. Drive the 1.25 miles while enjoying the thousands of pumpkins and lights from the safety and comfort of your vehicle. You will also be able to select and pre-pay for tasty fall themed treats, food and beverages. October 1-31. To purchase tickets, visit www.ellmsfarms.com 

HAUNTED CORN MAZE

Every twist and turn in the haunted corn maze will hold a new surprise for you. As you navigate your way through with just a flashlight to guide your way anticipation and fear will build inside of you. There are demons and ghouls around every bend, masked men with chainsaws following behind you, and haunted buildings within the maze to pass through. Pro tip: The maze can be slippery, so dress accordingly. This is a unique experience that will have you coming back year after year! The Haunted Corn Maze is open every Friday and Saturday night in October. aunting is from Dusk until 10pm (last ticket sold 9:15pm, no exceptions). For more info visit us on Facebook or on our website www.schuylerfarms.com 

ZOMBIE ZIPS

Mountain Ridge Adventure, 300 Weatherwax Rd., Schenectady This tour is not for the faint of heart. Your nightmare begins with a corpse-guided tour along a serial killer-infested forest to then be hauled into the trees among complete, utter horror. Once in the trees you will be launched in complete darkness... alone, afraid, and vulnerable... along a screaming steel cable hundreds of feet along Mountain Ridge Adventure’s awesome Zip Line Park. The terror occurs every Friday and Saturday night in the month of October from 7-10 p.m. WARNING: This is not for kids or the faint of heart. For more information, visit www.mountainridgeadventure.com or Facebook. 

NIGHTMARES AT LIBERTY RIDGE

The Capital Region’s most terrifying haunted houses and mazes. At Nightmares at Liberty Ridge Farm, you will find 5 haunted attractions at one location, all full of the scariest monsters and creepiest creatures you can dream up. Each attraction is scarier than the one before, and they’re sure to leave everyone who enters trembling with fear. Featuring: Farmers’ Haunted House, Field of Screams, Underground Tunnel, 3D McCobb Manor, and the Forest of Fear. Nightmares is open 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 9, and 16, then Saturday and Sunday October 22-23 and October 29-30. Get your tickets at the gate or online at libertyridgefarmny.com/things-to-do/nightmares. Liberty Ridge Farm is located at 29 Bevis Rd., Schaghticoke. 

FIELD OF HORROS

Field of Horrors, located at 100 Farrell Rd., Troy, offers several different attractions for the price of one! Check out Return of the Mummy’s Curse, The Crypt, Insanity, Condemned Manor and Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House. Every Friday and Saturday through October 31 and Sunday, October 25. Not recommended for children under 10. Strobe lights are in use throughout the premises. All fog machine liquid is water based. This is not a handicap accessible facility. General admission is $30. For times, and more information and frequently asked questions, visit www.fieldofhorrors.com 

HAUNTED HAYRIDE

Double M’s Haunted Hayrides has been creating fear for over 30 years in Upstate New York! Scary Harry, the iconic ghost cowboy of Double M, has a horrifying experience awaiting you yet again this year. Your journey will begin with a true Haunted Hayride on a tractor-drawn wagon, winding through the dark woods that are rumored to be filled with spirits and creatures of unimaginable beings. At the conclusion of the hayride, your journey will continue on foot into Brutality, a post-apocalyptic compound. Next up is The Last Inn, a residence that is known for a disappearing guest or two and a vicious staff. Then enter the twisted Jingle Hell where everyone is on the naughty list. Your final destination is Slaughter Swamp, a dangerous environment straight out of the bayou. The screams continue in the midway area with our interactive Feartainment. Or call 518-884-9122 to make reservations or purchase your ticket at www.mmhayrides.fearticket.com/event/orderticket/eventid/832. Double M is located at 678 Route 67 in Ballston Spa. 

FRIGHT FEST

Fright Fest is back and spookier than ever! Dare to enter the Halloween event of the season, featuring family-friendly attractions during the day...and thrills once the sun goes down. Beginning October 2 through 31. For days, times and ticket information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatescape/events/fright-fest 

HOWE SCARY - HAUNTED CAVE TOUR

This award-winning family fun haunt is something so different, it is definitely one of a kind. Go 156 feet underground and walk through our majestic but haunted cave where you will be immersed in several scary stories and interactive scenes that are sure to entertain, amuse, fascinate, and scare. So if you are tired of the same old hay ride, zombies, and clowns with chainsaws, this is the year to go for a haunted cave tour and underground haunted boat ride! Join the Keepers of the Cave (if you dare) this Halloween Season for the first totally immersive haunted tour. Venture 16 stories down to a world of creatures you were never meant to see and experience the haunted boat ride. For tickets and more information visit HoweScary.com. Tours begin on October 9. 

VIRTUAL GREAT PUMPKIN CHALLENGE

Out of abundance of caution, Saratoga Bridges will be hosting our 21st Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge virtually again this year from October 16 – October 23. This popular community event features a 5K and 10K with proceeds benefiting our essential programs and services. As our current restrictions are not as limited as 2020, we encourage you to get your friends, family, work teams and groups to start training to not only improve your mental and physical well-being but also raise funds for the individuals we support! Our $25 registration fee garners you a long-sleeve moisture wicking shirt by registering at www.tinyurl.com/SBGPC21 

TWILIGHT CEMETERY TOUR

Join Gloria May for “Madness, Murder, Untimely Deaths, and Strange Coincidences” to get in the spooky Halloween spirit with by exploring Greenridge Cemetery at dusk while unearthing tales of Saratoga’s most notable residents and learning about the American rural cemetery movement. Tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and will be limited to 40 people. All tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend one of our special events, please consider your ticket purchase as a tax-deductible donation to the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. Greenridge Cemetery, 17 Green Ridge Place, Saratoga Springs, 5 p.m. Meet at: Sackett Gates entrance on Lincoln Avenue.

2ND ANNUAL FALL FESTIVITIES

The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association will once again present Fall Festivities in downtown Saratoga. However, for 2021, the event will be held over two weekends, October 23-24 and October 30-31. Highlights will include a costume-friendly Festive Fun Run with iRun Local, the Great Saratoga Pumpkin Hunt, fall festive downtown window decorations, Virtual Ghostly Stories of Saratoga’s Past, street performers, and more!

VIP GHOST TOURS OF THE CANFIELD CASINO

The Saratoga Springs History Museum is hosting ghost tours of the Canfield Casino, Saturday, October 23 and Saturday October 30 at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tours will also be held Sunday, October 31 beginning at 5pm with the last tour at 6:20 p.m. The Canfield Casino is one of Saratoga Springs’ most historic and haunted buildings. The Casino was featured on the SYFY Network’s television show Ghost Hunters in 2010, and in 2019 was named number 4 in the top 10 of America’s Most Terrifying Places on the Travel Channel. To purchase a ticket, visit sshm.simpletix.com/. Cost is $25. 

TRUNK OR TREAT

Join us on Clifton Common on October 29 from 4-6 p.m. for a hauntingly fun time! Dress up in your favorite costume and spirit your way from trunk to trunk! Starpoint Church is sponsoring this event with free hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will also be pony rides and a petting zoo. No rain date. All participating Trunk or Treat cars must be parked by 3:30 p.m. Free admission. 

TRUNK OR TREAT AT SIMPSON UMC

Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls (.4 mi south of Rte 29) is hosting a Trunk or Treat in their parking lot on Saturday, October 30, from 1 - 3 p.m. (rain or shine). Come join us for some Halloween fun!

4-H HALLOWEEEN EXTRAVAGANZA

The Saratoga County 4-H will be hosting an Open House Halloween Extravaganza on Halloween. The event is free and open to the public. Activities will begin at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center on Middleline Rd. in Ballston Spa and conclude at 3 p.m. Trick-or-treating, hayrides, games, arts & crafts, farm animal meet and greet and more. Costumes are highly recommended. No need to sign up.  Watch the horses as their riders take them around barrels, over jumps, and in costume at the Fall Fun Horse Show. Visit club booths in the main classroom and see what your youth can get involved in. 

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