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Halloween in Saratoga: Saratoga’s Best, Not to Be Missed Halloween Happenings

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Things to Do on Halloween in Saratoga

Halloween Events in Saratoga 2011: The Wild, the Wacky and the Wicked

You may recall a time when October stood out as more than that month when you turn on your heater. Harvest festivals, haunted hayrides and Halloween parties all kept you busy, tiding your insatiable need for candy and costumes until October 31st.

Do yourself a favor – indulge the child in you this October. Just because you’re too old for Trick or’ Treating, doesn’t mean that you can ignore the hundreds of October events occurring in the Saratoga area this fall. Here’s a list of just a few of the Halloween haunts we’re excited about.

1. Harvest Haunt – Liberty Ridge Farm; Schaghticoke

This month-long event offers a variety of attractions, including the Farmer’s Haunted House, Forest of Fear, the Field of Screams, and Fort Hunt. Admission is $17 and also includes admission to Brad’s Barnyard Adventure. Open on the weekends, the Harvest Haunt begins at 6pm and is recommended for children ten and older. Activities are also available during the day. For more information, visit

The Double M Haunted Hayride2. Double M Haunted Hayride – Ballston Spa

Only one of the biggest haunted attractions in the Capital Region, the haunted hayride is open every Thursday to Sunday in October. Attractions include the Haunted Hayride, Clown CarnEvil, Nightmare Manor and Caged. Visitors are required to book a reservation in advance. Admission is $21 per person, while children under 4 are free. Children under 14 are required to be accompanied by an adult. For further information, visit; or call 518-884-9122 to make a reservation.

3. Moreau Community Center Haunted Asylum – South Glens Falls

You may have heard the stories, but now you can experience the horror of the Old Moreau Asylum for yourself. The doors will be reopened Friday October 28th and Saturday, October 29th from 6pm to 9pm (10pm on Saturday). For those who are less inclined to bridge the gap between terror and reality, the Community Center offers a “family oriented tricks-n-treats,” found above the asylum in Halloween Hall. Admission is $5 per person.

4. Halloween Masquerade Gala – Saratoga National Golf Club

The Masquerade, held Friday, October 28th, will benefit the New York branch of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Adults are encouraged to come in costume, as awards will be given for Best Couple Costumes, Funniest Costume, Most Original Costume, and Scariest Costume. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 6:30pm, followed by the program, dinner and live auction at 8pm. Music will be provided by live by regional high school bands, and DJ Chas. Tickets are $175. Call 518-587-7771 to RSVP.

5. The Ballston Spa Witch Walk – Ballston Spa

There’s nothing meanspirited about these witches. Taking place Friday, October 28th, this will be the 6th year that Ballston Spa has featured the Witch Walk. Proceeds benefit the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. Witches (and the occasional warlock) travel from bar to bar, collecting donations. Registration is $20, and participants are required to wear at least a witch’s hat. The walk will begin at the Ballston Spa Elk Club on Church Avenue at 6:30pm. To register, call Carol Lang at 518-884-9352.

6. 3rd Annual Children’s Guide Halloween Bash – Afrims Sports; Colonie

If you have kids, you know how hard it is to get them to keep their Halloween costumes off until Halloween. That’s why parents and children will love this kid-friendly Halloween Bash. On Saturday, October 29th, over 25 vendors will be participating in Trick or Treating, with games, a scavenger hunt, bounce zone and plenty more. The event will run from 11am to 2pm, and is open to children under 8. Admission is $4 per child. For more information, call 518-281-4722.

Thriller7. Thrill the World at the National Museum of Dance

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is one of the most popular songs of all time. Immortalized in the song’s now iconic video is a choreographed dance routine, that has been emulated throughout the world. Thrill the World is a International attempt to break the World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance as thousands of people gather in cities world wide to perform the Thriller dance at the same time. For participants, there will be a free dance class workshop from 11am – 1pm at the Saratoga Springs Senior Center, culminating with Michael Jackson impersonator, Miguel G. Jackson, leading the dancers at 10pm on Sunday, October 29 at the National Museum of Dance. Be sure to register beforehand and don’t forget to wear a costume. Call 518-339-0636 for more information.

8. Cambridge Hotel’s Haunted Hallows Eve Dance Party – Cambridge

For the 21+ crowd, there’s no better place to be than the Cambridge Hotel. From 7pm to midnight on Saturday, October 29th, adults will howl at the ghoulish drinks and dinner specials. And if the food and entertainment (provided by DJ Carrine) isn’t enough to draw you in, the hotel will also feature Guided Haunted Tours of their 2nd floor (rumored to be haunted); cover charge is $5. Unable to find a babysitter? Parents can leave their children at Hubbard Hall next door, for the Halloween Kids Costume Party, running from 7pm to 10pm.

9. 3rd Annual Monster Ball – Vapor Night Club; Saratoga Casino and Raceway

This one offers free admission, a chance to win $1,000 for your costume or a free VIP lounge package on your next visit, and the party’s hosted by J. Will and VDJ Reel. The Monster Ball begins at 8pm on Saturday, October 29th, and is open to those 21 or older. For more information, call 518-581-5772.

10. 6th Annual Canine Howl-O-Ween Costume Parade – Downtown Saratoga Springs

So you’re more of a pet person. Well there’s something for you, too, this Halloween. On Saturday, October 29th from 10:30am to noon, downtown Saratoga Springs will offer an event geared for dogs and their owners; including a Canine Costume Parade, Costume Contests and Costume Party. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Most Original Costume, Cutest Costume, and Best Human /Canine Duo. Dogs must be registered prior to the event at Sloppy Kisses. The fee is $5, and proceeds will benefit The Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society. For more information, visit

Amanda Taylor is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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