A Kids-Themed Halloween in Saratoga With Farms, Fun & Area Events
Have a happy, safe, and not-too-scary Halloween season with the whole family in and around Saratoga Springs! Check out farms for pumpkin patches and kid-friendly activities, area events from trunk-or-treats to the classic Saratoga Fall Festival, and we even have a few suggestions for Halloween festivities at home.
Find a Frighteningly Great Time at Regional Farms, Orchards & Garden Centers
Ellms Family Farm
Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa becomes a haven of kid-friendly activities each autumn. In addition to the typical offerings you'd find at a farm for children - pumpkin picking, a corn maze, livestock to visit - there are a ton of other attractions to try.
Your children will love the giant pumpkin jumping pad, a low ropes challenge course, gemstone mining, mini excavators, a moomoochoochoo, and much more. New for this year are tiny tractors that go on a four-minute ride around a track, and a tractor inflatable obstacle course.
You may be familiar with Schuyler Farms' haunted corn maze, but don't discount this Schuylerville gem for the little ones. While they likely will need to skip the scary attraction, they'll be thrilled to embark on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, slide down the 70' super slide, race the pedal carts, feed animals in the petting zoo, and search for real gemstones and fossils.
Sunnyside Gardens in Saratoga Springs is much more than a garden center, especially come fall. Bring the kids to explore their pumpkin patch, take a hayride through spooky woods, and walk through the Hall of Fame with over 300 carved jack-o'-lanterns. Don't forget to grab some cider doughnuts and maybe a mum to take home with you (because moms get to have their treats, too).
Situated in Rexford, Bowman Orchards is always a hot spot for children in the fall. After you've taken the kids here for apple picking in their 98-acre orchard, make sure to return for more fall fun each weekend (they're open through October 23 for 2022). Have the kids go for a pony ride, pet farm animals, get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, ride on the fruit train or Bowman Orchard Express, and they also have apple cannons.
Located right in Saratoga Springs, Vincek Farm has the perfect corn maze for little ones, pick-your-own pumpkins, and farm animals. They've been family-owned and operated for four generations.
Bring Halloween Home With Books, Cookies & Treats
In addition to finding pumpkins for carving at the above farms and agricultural businesses, extend the at-home Halloween activities by stopping by Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga, which always has a plethora of seasonal books for children available. In fact, their entire second floor is just for kids.
If your children have been extra good while you're out and about purchasing books and wandering through pumpkin patches, make a stop at the Saratoga Candy Co., also conveniently located on Broadway. They're sure to have a variety of Halloween treats.
Have you heard of Cookies to Decorate? Their cookie kits are offered by Dolce & Biscotti, one of Saratoga County's favorite bakeries located in Clifton Park. They're not just limited to Christmas treats, though.
Check out their Classic Halloween Deluxe Cookies to Decorate Kit, which includes 15 cookies, four bags of colored cookie frosting, and four containers of brightly colored sprinkles. On their website you can find a variety of other holiday and special occasion cookie kits.
Attend 2022 Area Events Perfectly Fit for Little Goblins & Ghouls
Mark your calendar for the following family-friendly Halloween happenings in the Saratoga area! Get ready to watch your kids trick-or-treat (or trunk-or-treat), participate in a pumpkin roll, and simply enjoy some Halloween songs and silliness.
- John Vincek Memorial Haunted Hayride: October 21 & 22*
- Saratoga Fall Festival (October 22)**
- Saratoga YMCA Trunk or Treat (October 22)
- Trunk or Treat & Family Fun at Moreau Rec Park (October 22)
- Trunk or Treat at Halfmoon Town Park (October 22)
- Halloween Hoot at Clifton Park Library (October 23)
- Clifton Common Trunk or Treat (October 28)
- John Vincek Memorial Haunted Hayride: October 28 & 29
- Halloween Fun-Raiser at Children's Museum of Saratoga (October 30)
*Note, this haunted hayride that takes place over two weekends includes an option for "little screamers" with no actors, and it's for a great cause.
**Note, this festival also includes a Great Saratoga Pumpkin Hunt, a scavenger hunt that takes place October 15 through 30.
Enjoy this special time of year with your children, and stay safe when out trick-or-treating this October 31!
This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or view of Saratoga County Tourism or its members.