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Halloween in Lake George & the Adirondacks: The Area’s Best, Not to Be Missed Halloween Happenings

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Things to Do on Halloween in Lake George & the Adirondacks

Lake George Halloween Events: Zombies, Ghosts, Goblins and the Pumpkin Smackdown

As Halloween approaches, everyone is finishing up their costumes and getting ready for an evening of mischief, or maybe just some silly Halloween fun. Here’s some Halloween events for Ghosts and Zombies young and old that are taking place throughout the Lake George region & the Adirondacks.

1. Boo to You! Trick or Treat in Glens Falls

Starting at 11am on Saturday, October 29th, Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls will be closed off for a costume parade and block party. Downtown business will be giving out candy and other Halloween-y things, and children can trick or treat from 2pm to 4pm. There is also live music and wagon rides scheduled; bands will perform in front of Glens Falls National Bank, and around 5,000 people are expected to attend. The event is free, and although it is geared toward children, I image you wouldn’t be denied candy if you felt moved enough by the Halloween spirit to wear an adult-size costume (although you might get some weird looks). Call 518-761-3864 for more information.

2. Flashlight Nights at Fort Ticonderoga

There are only a few precious nights each year, where you can stumble around corn mazes in the dark— beginning October 21st, Fort Ticonderoga offers you just that chance; for four days the fort’s bloody history will come alive with Flashlight Nights, a two weekend-long event, where nighttime tours of the fort are given by costumed interpreters who impart the various ghostly myths that surround the fort’s history. Visitors will also have access to the 6-acre corn maze (flashlights are required, and Fort Ti is very adamant that you bring your own).

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Flashlight Nights are from 7 to 9 pm; gates open at 6:30. Visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821 for more information. To book tickets, call or visit the museum store.

Zombie Walk3. 3rd Annual Zombie Walk on Plattsburgh

Even though they’re decaying, oozing, and cannibalistic, zombies are still hot property. On October 22nd, Plattsburgh holds its 3rd Annual Zombie Walk and Prom, during which zombies of all varieties will stagger their way from the Farmers Market Pavilion to the Angel College Center on the SUNY campus. The Zombie Prom, featuring several local bands, takes place on campus from 7 to 10 pm; registration for the Zombie Walk begins at 6 pm and the walk starts at 6:30. If you’d like to join, break out the zombie makeup and call 518-335-2295 for more information.

4. Georgian Halloween Bash

Lake George area residents have their pick of hotel-hosted costume parties this year, and if you’re looking for an adult night out, next Saturday, October 29th, Giovanna’s on the Lake at the Georgian Resort will be holding an evening of dinner and dancing (with costumes, naturally). The evening features a live band and prizes for best costumes, along with other Halloween-themed activities. If you’re looking for a fairly early night out, this one may be the perfect pick, as activities begin at 5 pm and end at 11pm. The Georgian Resort is located at 384 Canada Street in Lake George – for reservations and more information, call 518-668-5401

Pumpkin Smashing5. Pumpkin Smackdown at Great Escape

On October 30th, Six Flags’ traditional Fright Fest takes a turn for the messy with the Third Annual Pumpkin Smackdown. Visitors to Lake George/Queensbury’s Great Escape amusement park will receive discounted entry with a used pumpkin, and can participate in some excellent stress relief activities by smashing them. Starting at 1:30pm, park-goers can compete to win prizes in pumpkin-smashing, although it’s probably pretty fun even if you don’t win anything. Visit www.sixflags.com/greatEscape/events/CalendarEvents.aspx for more info.

6. Cambridge Hotel’s Haunted Hallows Eve

The historic Cambridge Hotel hosts a dance party from 7pm to midnight on Saturday, October 29. Along with guided tours of the haunted 2nd floor, there will be a DJ and a lot of ‘80s, ‘90s, and hip hop music — it is, of course, also a costume party, and prizes will given for the scariest costume, strangest costume, worst costume, and more. Cover is $5; guests must be 21 or over. (Kids have their own separate party next door at Hubbard Hall from 7pm to 10pm.)

The Cambridge Hotel is located at 4 West Main Street in Cambridge and Hubbard Hall is right around the corner at 25 East Main Street. Check out www.cambridgehotel.com/events.html for more details.

7. Haunted Barn, Little Theatre on the Farm

If you’re looking for another good haunted house to check out, swing by the Haunted Barn at Little Theatre on the Farm. Among the Halloween themed haunts here are a community of souls and a dark evil forest. Admission is $5, and the haunted house is open Friday and Saturday, October 28 & 29, from 6pm to 9pm. For more info, call 518-747-3421.

8. Adult Halloween Wine Tasting Train

Decorated for Halloween, this train departs from the Lake Placid Station, and even has a costume contest (with prizes given during the layover at Saranac Lake Depot); it also has wine. Passengers will receive a souvenir wine glass and can sample wine from The Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Wineries. Photo ID is required; tickets are $29 apiece and reservations are preferred, although not required. The train departs Lake Placid on October 22 at 5:30 pm. Visit www.adirondackrr.com for more details on this and other special events.

9. Cowboys vs. Zombies Haunted House at the Wild West Ranch

More zombies! Really, how can you ever get your fill, especially in October? And this time there are cowboys, too. For the weekends of October 21st and October 28, the Wild West Ranch & Western Town in Lake George becomes a theme haunted house from 8pm to 10pm, á la the Cowboys vs. Zombies Haunted House. Visit www.wildwestranch.com for more details.

10. Old Forge Pumpkin Festival

If you’re up for a good, old fashioned festival with pumpkin carving, face painting, plenty of food and a spooky Halloween parade this October 29th, then head on out to the George Hiltebrant Recreation Center for the Old Forge Pumpkin Festival. In addition to the pumpkin related activities, there will also be hayrides, crafts and plenty of entertainment. Festivities kick off at 4pm…and it’s free. Call 315-369-6983 for more information

Honorable Mention:

Halloween Faceoff at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid: RPI plays Union and Clarkson plays St. Lawrence in this multi-school Halloween hockey match. Bring a costume along with your enthusiasm for your team— the games take place on October 30th, and prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Sarah Alender 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.

Cowboys vs. Zombies Haunted House at the Wild West Ranch: More zombies! And this time there are cowboys, too. For the weekends of October 21st and October 28, the Wild West Ranch & Western Town in Lake George becomes a theme haunted house from 8 pm to 10 pm. Visit http://wildwestranch.com/ for more details.

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