SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association is bringing back its fall festival with trick-or-treating, pumpkin rolls, a sidewalk parade and more.
The popular annual event will be held in downtown Saratoga Springs on Saturday, October 22 from 12pm to 4pm.
“Fall is a festive and fun time of year for people of all ages,” said association president Deann Devitt in a press release. “The DBA is thrilled to be bringing Fall Festival back to its old format of downtown trick-or-treating and entertainment. The fan favorite pumpkin roll was certainly missed and is guaranteed to be a hit with younger audiences.”
Starting at noon, participating stores will be ready for candy as kids dress up in costumes and start trick-or-treating throughout downtown.
At the same time, the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs begins orchestrating the Pumpkin Roll on Caroline Street, just off Broadway. Sunnyside Gardens donated 100 pumpkins for volunteers to distribute to children up Caroline Street. The kids will then roll them down the hill – but this year it will be more like a pinball game as bales of hay donated by Vincek Farm will be scattered all over the street. At the end of the toss, the kids win either a free Ben and Jerry’s skittle coupon or a free bowling game from Saratoga Strike Zone.
New this year, the DBA is showing a classic Halloween movie from 6-8 p.m. in the downtown parking garage at 38 High Rock Ave.
“We’re very excited to offer a new evening element this year by showing one of my all-time favorite Halloween movies in the downtown parking garage,” said Devitt. “It’s always been a dream of mine to invite families downtown to see a movie together.”
Live entertainment and kettle corn take place at Spa City Motor Lodge. Additional entertainment, face painting and balloon spins will be found on Lower Caroline Street at D’Andreas’s Pizza and along Maple Avenue near Walt & Whitman Brewing Co. and Cafe.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., families begin at Hamlet and Ghost for the sidewalk parade that goes up Caroline Street, turns left onto Broadway and continues down to Congress Park.
Thanks to the Saratoga DBA’s partnership with The Saratoga Book Fest and Friends of the Saratoga Spring’s Public Library, the festival features high-sensory activities paired with low-sensory activities. In front of the library there are pop-up readings throughout the day. Children also have the opportunity to meet fairy tale characters and take part in workshops.
As part of the Fall Festival, people are invited to participate in the Great Saratoga Pumpkin Hunt and search a variety of downtown shops for pumpkins adorned with scenes of historic Saratoga landmarks painted by local artist Cathi Anne Cameron became. Those who find all 10 pumpkins (which will be visible from the outside) and identify the shops they are in can win a prize! The two-week scavenger hunt starts on Saturday 15th October and ends on Monday 30th October. Entry forms are available at downtown stores and businesses and online at saratogaspringsdowntown.com. Forms must be returned to either Impressions of Saratoga or Menges and Curtis, both on Broadway, by 5:00 p.m. on October 30 to be eligible for one of two $200 gift baskets from downtown Saratoga Springs. Winners will be notified by November 1st.
This year’s Fall Festival Costume Contest is taking place on social media. Contestants are invited to submit a photo of themselves downtown and in costume by sharing it with the hashtag #DBAFallFest2022. The winner of the costume contest will be announced on Halloween.
For more information about the 2022 Fall Festival, visit saratogaspringsdowntown.com online.