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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.

girl on swing with pumpkin on left, boy trunk or treats on the right

Find a Frighteningly Great Time at Regional Farms, Orchards & Garden Centers

Ellms Family Farm

Ellms Family Farm sign

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.

Schuyler Farms

people in a pumpkin patch and getting off a hayride

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

pumpkin patch with If You give a mouse a cookie character

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).

Bowman Orchards

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.

Vincek Farm

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

Halloween Books

closeup of Halloween kids books

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.

Halloween Candy

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.

Halloween Cookies

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

lots of people at a trunk or treat event
Trunk or Treat at Moreau Rec Park

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.

*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!

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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.