As a yearly ode to ‘things that go bump in the night’, Halloween is just around the corner! Halloween is not just for the young, but for the young at heart, as well.
The Capital Region is never short of activities, but for the Halloween season, there’s plenty to do! Let’s hop right into a list of local events to celebrate the ghosts and goblins in all of us (apart from blasting Monster Mash from your apartment).
Liberty Ridge Farm Harvest Haunt
When is it? Friday – October 9, 2015 through Sunday – October 11, 2015
What time? 7:00 PM
Where is it? Liberty Ridge Farm, located at 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY
How much is it? $21 dollars per person
Like to be scared? Great! Then get spooked at one of the five haunted attractions that The Liberty Ridge Farm Harvest Haunt presents each weekend in October. Boo!
When is it? Saturday – October 31, 2015
What time? 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where is it? Various bars in the Albany, NY area
How much is it? $9.66 dollars per person
Okay, so you’re an adult — but why should that stop you from dressing up in your favorite, most unique Halloween garb and heading out to experience the richness of the area’s best bars? Enjoy the night responsibly and get your weird on!
Halloween Pet Parade
When is it? Sunday – October 18, 2015
What time? 1:00 PM
Where is it? Goold Orchards, located at 1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton
How much is it? N/A
We know you love to dress up, but for those who love to dress their pets as their favorite scary ghost or goblin, this event is for you! Register your pet at 1 PM and parade your pooch or kitty at 2 PM.
Need more info? Call 732-7317.
Monster Mash & Bash
When is it? Saturday – October 24, 2015 through Sunday – October 25, 2015
What time? 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where is it? NYS Museum
How much is it? $5.00 per child who is 2 yrs and up (Note: cash only!)
Have a little one (up to 10 years old) who can’t get enough of the Halloween season? Not just a costume party, but full of spooky crafts and scary storytelling, the Monster Mash & Bash is sure to bring the kid out in all of us!
Have Fun & Be Safe This Halloween!
We’d be remiss if we didn’t supply some quick safety tips for young ones:
If you run into any issues, especially safety issues, know that calling 911 in an emergency is a no-brainer (yes, even Frankenstein is smart enough to know that). If you have any problems on the Stoneledge property that are non-emergencies, you can always alert us by calling 518.362.8949.
Plan your kids’ trick-or-treat route ahead of time and make sure older kids know the route inside and out. When it gets dark, it’s easy to lose your bearings. In today’s age of smartphones, have them check in with you regularly. Be safe and be vigilant — keep an eye on the environment for any dangerous activity or bad weather.
On Homemade Costumes
The beauty of a store-purchased costume is that it is most likely safety-tested. But of course, many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles like to help make homemade costumes. Your creativity is great! Just be sure to use fire retardant materials, make sure eye holes are large enough to accommodate peripheral vision, and ensure that it is generally safe to breathe through and navigate around in.
Vandalism: No Tolerance
You’ll need to explain to kids of all ages the dangers and legality of tricks AND treats. When it comes to tricks and vandalism, have a zero tolerance frame of mind and steer clear of kids making this kind of trouble. Report them and explain to your own kids how what is funny to them can be costly and dangerous to others.
Have fun and Happy Halloween!