Thursday, October 27, 2016

Haunted Happenings in Ticonderoga and Crown Point

14650237_1081537441963641_2273879164191171662_nTiconderoga and Crown Point are conjuring up all the ghosts in their cupboards this weekend with a Halloween extravaganza between the likes of Penfield Museum’s Haunted Homestead and nearby Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight.

According to Penfield Homestead Museum’s Vice President Sue Ross, this is the seventh year the museum’s has brought out the ghosts and goblins. With the assistance of Retro Films Studio’s Jim Cawley, the homestead is arranged differently each year, with each room highlighting assorted fright effects. A guide leads participants through the museum in small groups. An outside bonfire and warm beverages at the nearby Snack Shack helps take out any chill left by any zombies and vampires.

“Jim Cawley has many connections in Hollywood through his production company,” says Ross. “He approached us seven years ago to see if we would be interested in holding a haunted house. We thought it was a wonderful idea. It’s gotten bigger and better every year. He and his crew come and decorate the separate rooms, giving people a variety of scare factors. We have had people come from far and near to attend. He is very versatile.”

Ross states that the nonalcoholic event is not for children under ten-years-old or pets. Admission is $8/adults and $5/students with all tours beginning at dusk and ending at 10 pm all weekend, October 28-30.

After or before attending the Penfield Museum’s Haunted Homestead, stop by the town of Ticonderoga for a weekend of Halloween festivities. Each day a range of activities are planned suitable for the very young or for anyone searching for a jump-scare.

Halloween puppet shows and horse drawn wagon rides as well as pumpkin walks are just a few of the listed activities to please all members of the family. Other fun ways to celebrate Halloween are a romping round of Glow Bowling or Monster Mini Golf. North Country Community College is offering two versions of its Haunted Hallway, so people of all ages can choose the non-scary or full-fright versions.

This is the last weekend to attend Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze by Moonlight. Open from 7-10 pm (last admission is at 9 pm), the six-acre maze hides eight stations which participants needs to find to collect stamps necessary to reconstruct an 18th century fort. Flashlights are encouraged.

Whether you are in costume or not, Ticonderoga and Crown Point wants to make Halloween more than just one day, but an exciting weekend of fun with just the right amount of terror in the mix. Happy Halloween!

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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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