Thursday, 01 October 2020 13:41

Festivals, Corn Mazes, Spooky Tours and More: Your Guide to October Mischief

Photo courtesy of Ellms Family Farm. Photo courtesy of Ellms Family Farm.

ZOMBIE EXTRAS WANTED
All ages needed. Zombie Extras $30 production fee includes: Makeup and Costume Class (zoom). October 1 at 5-6 p.m. Movement class (zoom) October 2 at 5-6 p.m. filming in person, October 3 and Professional Zombie photo taken on location. The show will be pre-recorded and streamed. No live audience performance. The streaming link available to purchase for $10. Register at saratogachildrenstheatre.org/shop/#!/Zombie-Extra-Night-of-the-Living-Dead/p/233503032/category=0

HOLLOWED HARVEST
The Hollowed Harvest will be held at the Altamont Fairgrounds, located at 129A Grand St., Altamont. It features 7,000 incredible Jack O’Lanterns creating stunning landscapes and larger-than-life displays, some towering as tall as 3 stories, and spanning more than 60 feet in length! From dinosaurs to zombies, sea creatures to medieval castles, all made from Jack-O’-Lanterns. Thursday through Sunday of each week through the beginning of November with additional dates added the week of Halloween. Show dates, times and ticket information are available 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. Please join us on the farm to be immersed in the magic from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. From single pumpkin carvings to larger than life dazzling light displays, our master carvers are bringing all the Halloween spirit to life. In addition to marveling at the masterpieces created by our talented artists, you will also be able to select and pre-pay for tasty fall themed treats, food & beverages to be enjoyed from your vehicle. Providing everyone with fall fun while maintaining social distance protocols and CDC guidelines. Pumpkin Glow & Light Show Drive-Thru is a great event for families, couples, and young adults alike. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this truly magnificent fall spectacular – perfect for all ages! To purchase tickets, visit.ellmsfarms.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. If you have been to those silly Disney-esque kiddy haunted hayrides and found them even remotely scary then we caution you – Mountain Ridge Adventure’s ZOMBIE ZIPS will stop your heart. For more information visit our Facebook page. 

NIGHTMARES AT LIBERTY RIDGE FARM
At Nightmares at Liberty Ridge Farm, you will find a variety of haunted attractions, 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 October 3, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30. Get your tickets at the gate. Liberty Ridge Farm is located at 29 Bevis Rd., Schaghticoke. 

FIELD OF HORRORS
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, Death Trap, Insanity, Condemed Manor and Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House. Every Friday and Saturday through October 31 and two Sundays, October 11 and 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 $28. For times, and more information and frequently asked questions  visit fieldofhorrors.com.

DEAD END ROAD DRIVE-THRU EXPERIENCE
Double M’s Dead-End Road is a contactless haunted theatrical experience. Remaining in your vehicle in our controlled environment allows for social distancing while still enjoying the laughs, thrills and chills of the Halloween season and snacking on cider and donuts! Open Thursday through Sunday nights in October at 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online in advance; we will not be selling tickets at the gate. Limited space available each night. We will be taking all necessary precautions to keep our customers and staff safe. We will be following specific guidelines set forth by New York State. Double M is located at 678 Route 67 in Ballston Spa. 

GHOST TOURS OF CANFIELD CASINO
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.  Tours are scheduled for October 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31. Tours last about 1 hour and will be led by actual eyewitnesses to paranormal events that have been recorded in the last few years at the Historic Canfield Casino. Come learn the stories, the legends, and the lore of this great building in a small, intimate group. Tickets are $20. Time slots begin at 6 p.m. and tours run every 20 minutes with the last tour stepping off at 7:40 p.m. each evening. Reservations are required as each tour is limited to 6 people. Reservations can be made online at saratogahistory.org. Face masks and social distancing are required.

VIRTUAL GREAT PUMPKIN CHALLENGE
Due to the limited number of people who can congregate, we decided to sadly have our 20th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge virtually. This popular community event features 5K and 10K with proceeds benefitting Saratoga Bridges’ essential programs and services. By being virtual, the 5K and 10K you can run or walk at your convenience between October 17-31.  As we will not have an official course this year, choose your own or stay on ours in the Saratoga State Park.  Mile markers will be posted in the Park during our 2-week event.  Otherwise, we recommend www.mapmyride.com to locate an option in your area and encourage you to drive the route first to check on a safe course with good shoulders and sight lines. During your run/walk, please continue to follow social distancing policies and requirements. Once you have finished your race, please report your time.  These need to be submitted by October 31.  Our $25 registration fee garners you a long-sleeve moisture wicking shirt. Register at zippyreg.com/online_reg/?e=1448

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