Boo! Fall Fun and Halloween in the Adirondacks

halloween in the adirondacks

Spooky season is here! The Lake Placid region offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy fall colors and leaf peeping adventures, as well as spooky delights.  Halloween in the Adirondacks is full of frights and seasonal wonders and isn’t to be missed!

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Premier Properties, our forever agents take pride in knowing the region and sharing its many assets with clients.  Read on for our staff’s inside information on how to join in on Halloween in the Adirondacks festivities.  Whether you plan to decorate your property for fall and Halloween or are looking for some cool local events to enjoy, we have you covered.

Here are some helpful tips to get your fall festivities started:

Fall Adventures – Scenic Drives, Rides, Hikes and Paddles

The beautiful fall foliage of the Adirondacks draws visitors, hikers and artists from all over the world! From mid-September to mid-October, deciduous trees including maple, birch, oak and others, put on their brightest colors.

The mountains and forests explode in red, orange, and yellow hues (and all colors between!) to the awe of locals and visitors alike.  The Adirondacks’ normally gorgeous scenery is amplified during the fall season, and is definitely not to be missed.

Traveling through the Tri-Lakes region provides some of the best colors in the Adirondacks. Here are some of the best drives or rides around the Adirondacks:

  • Lake Placid to Wilmington through the Wilmington Notch
  • Lake Placid to Keene through the Cascade Road
  • Route 3 running throughout the Adirondacks from Watertown to Plattsburgh
  • Route 30 running from Speculator to the Canadian Border

If you are heading out by boat or on foot to look for quintessential fall views like those captured by prolific Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman II, check out his Guide to Leaf Peeping here.


Corn Mazes

Tucker Farms

64 Hobart Road, Gabriels, NY 12939

Tucker Farm in Gabriels offers creative corn mazes every year. This year’s theme is Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. The corn maze begins in the middle of August and runs until the last weekend of October.

Tucker Farms is open every Thursday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm and Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 9pm. Friday and Saturday nights are Flashlight Nights where visitors bring their own flashlights. A spooky Fright Night is held on the last Saturday of the season, right before Halloween.

Flashlight Nights offer bonfires and s’mores to finish off a perfect evening of fall fun.  An essential part of many families’ Halloween in the Adirondacks festivities, Tucker Farms is a must-do!

Country Dreams Farm

260 Pellerin Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Country Dreams Farm is a working farm raising Belgian Draft Horses, pygmy and fainting goats, chickens, cattle, etc. They offer farm tours, winter sleigh rides in Lake Placid, wagon and carriage rides, a fall corn maze and pumpkin patch. During September and October they are open daily.


Find Your Perfect Pumpkin or Pick Apples

From picking apples to searching for the perfect pumpkin to carve into a Jack-O-Lantern, Halloween in the Adirondacks provides lots of opportunity to hit local farms.  Spend a day taking a wagon ride to pick out the perfect carving pumpkin or frolic through the orchard to pick your favorite apples.

Tucker Farms

64 Hobart Road, Gabriels, NY 12939

Tucker Farms grows a variety of vegetables throughout the season with the most notable being their potatoes, used by many local restaurants. They also grow a variety of pumpkins including big Jack-O-Lantern and smaller pumpkins for pie making.

Rulfs Orchard

531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru, NY 12972

Rulfs is a family owned and operated farm in Peru, NY that has been in operation since 1952. They offer a variety of produce, apples and berries that are available as U-pick or already picked.

Visitors are welcome to pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkins and apples.  A wagon ride to the fields to find the perfect pumpkin is a staple for many families celebrating Halloween in the Adirondacks!

Banker Orchards

1037 State Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Established in 1991, Banker Orchards offers wonderful baked goods, petting zoo, apples and pumpkins! They offer U-pick and already picked apples and pumpkins. Additionally, they offer rides through the pumpkin patch throughout the fall.

Country Dreams Farm

260 Pellerin Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Country Dreams Farm offers farm tours, wagon and carriage rides, a fall corn maze and pumpkin patch. During September and October, they are open daily for families to find their perfect Jack-O-Lantern.


Trick-or-Treating and Halloween in the Adirondacks

With putting up Halloween decorations, purchasing candy and putting together the perfect costume, preparing for Halloween can take some time. Locally you can find the resources to pull off all three, but you may want to travel a little further to Plattsburgh for a larger variety of products.

Once your prep for Halloween in the Adirondacks is complete, it’s time to get yourself or your family ready for trick-or-treating.  Whether you are filling candy bags at your door or costuming up to knock on doors with your kids, definitely check out your local town’s trick-or-treating info.  Many Adirondack towns offer trick-or-treating events or parties especially for children, and designate a night for door to door trick-or-treating.

Lake Placid: Lake Placid offers a parade, a Main Street Trick-or-Treat and a Trunk-or-Treat at St. Agnes. With three events, kids have plenty of opportunities to show off their costumes and fill their baskets with treats! The parade begins around noon as local students from the elementary school take a stroll down Main Street to wave to family members and local business owners who line the street.

The Main Street Trick-or-Treat begins as soon as school lets out and runs until about 5pm. Additionally, there is a Trunk-or- Treat at St. Agnes that begins at 2:30pm and runs until 4 pm.

Saranac Lake: There are a few events that occur in Saranac Lake to celebrate Halloween in the Adirondacks.  Downtown Saranac Lake hosts Trick-or-Treat, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise hosts a costume contest, and there is a Halloween Party at the Adirondack Carousel.

The Downtown Saranac Lake Trick-or-Treat begins at 3 pm and runs until 5 pm.  Look for signs in local businesses windows letting tricker-or-treaters know they have treats! While out on Halloween adventures, kids can stop into the Adirondack Daily Enterprise between 9am and 5pm to have their photo taken for the newspaper and costume contest. Finally, be sure to stop by the Adirondack Carousel Halloween Party for free carousel rides and refreshments!

If you are looking to book a fall vacation to the ADK or need help getting your property looking festive to increase curb appeal for potential buyers during Halloween in the Adirondacks, give one of our agents a call today!

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