Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Opportunities to Celebrate an Adirondack Halloween

Adirondack Halloween PumpkinPersonally, I prefer to celebrate Halloween passing out the candy while wearing a tiara and a pair of wings without getting any quizzical looks from the neighbors. The other members of my family prefer to look to the pagan holiday as a test of bravery. Haunted houses, corn maze Fright Nights or Zombie Runs aren’t the only means to look fear in eye.

For some Halloween-themed ideas around the Adirondacks try An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe stories at Pendragon Theatre on October 30 at 7 pm and November 1 at 9 pm. Costumes are encouraged for readings of selected works of Poe’s short stories including a Tell-Tale Heart.

On October 31st at 7 pm the Adirondack Film Society will have organist Jeff Barker accompany the 1920 silent film classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore and held at the Palace Theatre.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts is hosting a benefit for the Palace Theatre’s Go Digital campaign on November 1. See a Ghostbusters matinee at 4 pm or stick around for the Flashback Party and film showing at 7 pm with light refreshments and 80s retro entertainment.

In Plattsburgh, the Greater Adirondack Ghost Tour Company brings guests on guided lantern-lit tours. If you dare join “Dr. Beaumont’s Tour of Terror, ” an evening spent tracking the ghost of the 19th century physician and his gruesome experiments or walk with “Specters of the Old Roman Catholic Burial Ground” where secrets of the Victorian graveyard will be revealed.

House of Frankenstein Wax Museum in Lake George’s website is frightening enough for me. Dubbed “the journey of terror,” it is modeled after early wax museums and Mary Shelley’s classic story. Be warned. No refunds are given so parents are asked to use their own good judgment when bringing young children.

I prefer the milder options of a scarecrow-building contest in Raquette Lake followed by donuts at the firehouse. A bit of downtown trick-or-treating  thanks to the numerous local businesses around The Adirondack Park is always nice. Boo!

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Volks.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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