Fun Halloween Events For Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks!

Corn Maze Flashlight Nights, Halloween Ghost Tales,
Monster Bashes and Candy Harvests. Oh, my! 
It’s not all about the candy, I tell my kids. Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve 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. 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.  

My kids say, “It’s still about the candy.” So below is a list of great Halloween happenings around Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Wilmington NY, some with candy. ;-) For other area events, here is a complete listing of weekend activities. Enjoy! 

Fright Night is taking place October 24th at the Great Adirondack Corn Maze at Tucker’s Farm in Gabriels. Regular hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to dusk. Enjoy special Flashlight Nights on Friday and Saturday nights (Oct 23, 30 and 31) from dusk until 10 pm with a bonfire and s’more fixings. Halloween weekend is the last weekend for the Great Adirondack Corn Maze. Admission is $10/adults (14 and older), $8/children (13 and younger), FREE/children (under 4 years old). 
Ride the Halloween Train

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is conducting its annual Lake Placid to Saranac Lake Halloween train on Oct 24-25. The train departs at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm from Lake Placid. The costume party and round-trip ride offers a brief layover at the spookily decorated Haunted Saranac Lake Depot with refreshments. Help kids search for friendly witches, ghosts and goblins hidden along the trails. Each child receives a free token to ride the nearby Adirondack Carousel.  

The Halloween Downtown Business Candy Harvest starts Friday, October 30th around the Tri-Lakes thanks to the numerous downtown businesses. Have your children come in costume and frequent any of the downtown Saranac Lake business from 3:30 – 5 pm, Tupper Lake businesses from 3 – 5:30 pm and downtown Lake Placid from 2:30 -5 pm. 

Layer on that Halloween fun or really get the most out of the costume by stopping by Saranac Lake’s Adirondack Carousel between 3-6 pm for free carousel rides, snacks and entertainment.
Pendragon is also hosting a Monster Bash
on Oct 31 for kids (5 and older)
with games and face painting
RailExplorers USA will give a free ride from the SL Train Depot to Lake Colby on the rail bikes to each child who brings in a carved pumpkin (3-8 pm) $5/(12 and under) $10/accompanying adults

The festivities continue at the FREE Saranac Lake Baptist Church Harvest Fest at Harrietstown Town Hall from 4:30 – 6pm. Enjoy a bounce house, pumpkin decorating, food, games and more! 

6-9 pm: Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a FREE Haunted House at the Shipman Youth Center, Lake Placid. (Donations are accepted.) 

Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake is presenting “Ghost Tales: The Dead Sullivan Variety Show” on October 30 at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and recommended for ages 10 and older looking for a fun evening of “terrifying tales, Broadway’s scariest songs, death-defying stunts, eerie audience participation and lots of last laughs.” 

October 31 (Halloween): 
Pendragon Theatre is hosting a Monster Bash from 11 am – noon for children ages 5 to 5th grade with themed games, dancing and face painting. Admission is $5/person. Parents need to accompany any children under the age of six.

In Lake Placid all area pre-K through 5th graders are welcome to attend the Lake Placid Police Department’s Children’s Halloween Celebration at the Lake Placid Conference Center from 3-5 pm. For the past 29 years the LPPD has provided free games, food, and candy (of course) to help entertain children in positive ways.  After the Halloween celebration there is a closed dance for all Lake Placid students. Middle school students (6-8th graders) have to leave at 8 pm while High School students can come at 6 and stay until 10 pm.  Please call the police department at 518-523-3306 with any questions.

Saranac Lake: The Saranac Lake Civic Center is hosting a Halloween Costume Party from 4:30 - 6 pm ($5)

Tupper Lake is hosting a Trick-or-Treat at their new Junction Pass Trail from 4-7 pm. Start at the Tupper Lake Civic Center and brave the new trail by torch light to the Train Depot. Candy will be distributed along the way. Stop at the Train Depot for cider, donuts, games and Halloween themed cartoons. The trick-or-treat trail will wrap up at 7 pm, but the Depot party will be continue until 8:30 pm.

Adirondack Family Time Tri-Lakes
(Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake)
and High Peaks Guidebook: has 33 easy, short
hites, 19 swimming holes, snowshoe trail and
four-season of fun activities, trivia and maps!
The Town of Wilmington is hosting its annual Haunted House/Trick-or-Treating from 4-7 pm at the Whiteface Range Hall and it’s free for visitors!

We certainly appreciate all the community effort it takes to pull off so many family-friendly activities through Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks. Enjoy! 

 © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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