Halloween is all about being scared so here are five ideas from mildly scary to an Adirondack fright night for all ages to enjoy! Enjoy these ghoulish ideas!
Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve is one of my favorite events. I love seeing all the costumes and creativity that goes into dressing up for a holiday that holds its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Some sources state the name Samhain originating from two Gaelic words, “sam” and “fain” meaning “end of summer.”
The harvest festival was to bring an end to the harvest and gesture in the beginning of the cold of winter. With superstition and religious undertones, Halloween was also a time that people thought the divide between worlds thinned and the dead could return to cause mischief such as crop failure and famine. All Hallows’ Eve also precedes the Christian festival honoring its saints. Now we celebrate with candy, costumes and a bit of the harvest with numerous activities, some for the brave of heart, but all rooted in fun.
1) Railroad Halloween Party: Mildly scary and appropriate for young children. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is conducting its annual Halloween train this weekend Oct 25-26. The train departs at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm from Lake Placid as well as from Holland Patent to Remsen Help kids search for witches, ghosts and goblins hidden along the trails.
2) Corn Mazes: Country Dream Farm in Plattsburgh and Ellms Family Farm offer a gentler Moonlight Maze. (slightly scary) Bring your flashlights! For a bolder group take them to Tuckers Great Adirondack Corn Maze and Schuyler Farms Haunted Corn Mazes.
3) Haunted Houses: Saranac Lake’s Haunted High School opens this Friday, Oct 24 from 6:30-9 pm. The halls are lined with ghouls and ghosts. (there are two version. Take the one that best fits your fright level) or check out Dr Morbid's Haunted House (scary with live actors: no refunds) or Frankenstein's Wax Museum in Lake George (based on classic literature, some violence, scary).
4) Ghoulish Plays: Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake is presenting “Ghost Tales: Dead, White and Blue.” Join in for a spooky evening of ghoulish stories written by American writers on Oct 30th at 7 pm and Our Town Theatre Group in Newcomb is presenting "Dracula." (mildly scary)
5) Cemetery tours are happening in various Adirondack locations such as Lake Pleasant. (mildly scary) as well as the Great Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company in Plattsburgh.
I may not be brave enough to attend a haunted high school or corn maze, but my children tell me it’s all good fun. I’ll be the one at home eating all the Halloween candy. Enjoy!
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™ has easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.