Welcome back to our second edition of Fun for Kids Fridays! October is bringing cooler weather and changing leaves, along with tons of fun festivals and family friendly events throughout the region. Since we have so many things to share with you, we organized them by category based on some of the attractions each establishment offers.
Sylvan Beach Amusement Park Halloweekends
112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach, NY
Fridays and Saturdays in October
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Join monsters and zombies at the park for the terrifying Blood Bath at the Beach haunted house or take a ride on Scream Land, one of the nation’s oldest dark rides.
Rome Art and Community Center Halloween House
308 West Bloomfield St., Rome, NY
Eeek-Stravaganza for families with children 8 and under: Sundays, October 13 and 20: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Halloween House Festival: Fridays and Saturdays, October 11-12 and 18-19: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Choose from the scary Haunted Mansion and Curse of the Werewolf attractions if you’re feeling adventurous, or stay safe in Casper’s Not-So-Haunted House, Trick-or-Treat Street, and the kids only Pumpkin Bounce.
Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm
1175 Hillsboro Rd., Camden, NY
September 20 – Halloween
Fridays: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Get your fill of fall treats with cider, fudge, pumpkin bread, and apples and then enjoy a hayride while it’s all digesting.
Utica Zoo Spooktacular
99 Steele Hill Road, Utica, NY
Friday and Saturday, October 25-26: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Family Friendly Harvest Festival:
Sunday, October 27: Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Wear your costumes and enjoy $3 zoo admission, 13 trick-or-treat stations, a haunted hayride, and delicious food.
Remsen Depot Corn Maze
The Remsen Depot, Depot Street in the village of Remsen
September 28 – October 14
Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus Day
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Visit the website for a coupon and try your hand at getting through the 6-acre maze!
Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo Fall Fun Festival
5135 Rome-New London Rd., Rome, NY
Saturdays and Sundays, September 28 – October 27: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dive into fall activities during the Fall Fun Festival with pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze, pony and wagon rides, and delicious hot cider from the concession stand.
Ziyara Shrine Circus at the AUD
400 Oriskany St. W, Utica, NY
Friday, October 11: 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12: 2:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 13: 2:15 p.m.
Visit the AUD and see amazing acrobats, talented tigers, and cackling clowns at the 67th Annual Ziyara Shrine Circus.
Children’s Museum Halloween Boo Bash
311 Main Street, Utica, NY
Saturday, October 26: 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Explore the hands-on exhibits as well as Treat Stations, the Haunted Hall, a dance floor, and costume contests.