Scary-cuse

Aubrey Zych, Staff Writer

 

Whether you’re braving the scariest haunted houses or looking for a pink, frilly costume to wear to the dance, Syracuse has lots to offer for Halloween enthusiasts this year. Zombies will rise from the dead, ghosts will screech and witches will cackle in glee as Syracuse gets a little spookier this month on the road to Halloween.

 

Have a ghoul ol’ time

For the first time this year, Alliance Bank Stadium will host a CarnEvil of Chiefsville Haunted House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Oct. 27. Those brave enough to enter will be treated to a self-guided tour through parts of the stadium that are typically closed to the public to experience first-hand why those areas are off-limits. Refreshments will be available to purchase and Halloween-themed programming will be shown on the 30’ x 55’ video scoreboard for guests to enjoy. Admission is $10. For more information, visit syracusechiefs.com, or find their Facebook event.

Fright Nights at the Fair are back again this year, taking place every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of October. There will be five different attractions this year, taking place at the beef cattle barn at the New York State Fair. Those who attend can look forward to spooky haunted houses, tours and hayrides. The main attractions this year are the Dungeon of Doom and a 3D Pirate House. Admission is $10 for one attraction or $20 for all five. Group party packs can also be bought in advanced online at frightnightsatthefair.com.

Ghosts, zombies, blood and gore not your thing? Would you rather spend the day with animals, “not so scary stories” and pumpkin-carving contests? The Zoo Boo at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is your place. The event encourages animal-lovers of all ages to join in the fun or just visit the zoo for a “kooky, not spooky” time. The event takes place Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door, and costumes are encouraged!

More than 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns will light up Beaver Lake Nature Center the nights just before Halloween for the annual Enchanted Beaver Lake Oct. 25-28. The event will feature walks through the glowing trails, fortune-telling, face-painting and scary stories. Hot dogs, caramel apples, donuts, cider and popcorn will also be sold. Admission is $3, plus an addition $5 for parking. More information can be found at onondagacountyparks.com/beaver-lake-nature-center.com and on their Facebook event.

Le Moyne’s famous Halloween Dance, sponsored by LSPB, will be back again this year for more fun, dancing, costumes and a whole lot of crazy. The party begins at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Recreation Center and will run until 2 a.m. Tickets are $5 for Le Moyne students and $10 for guests. Students are allowed to bring one guest to the event. Ticket sales begin Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. in the Campus Life Office.

 

You are boo-tiful

Students won’t have to search far and wide to find the scariest, funniest or most risque costumes this year. With most costume stores less than a mile away from campus, you can find everything from a zombie to Big Bird to sexy zombie Big Bird.

 

Party City

3179 Erie Blvd East

Dewitt, NY 13214

(315) 445-0583

 

Doughtery’s Mascarade

3011 Erie Blvd East

Syracuse, NY 13224

(315) 445-0076

 

Spirit Halloween Super Store

3150 Erie Blvd East

Syracuse, NY 13214

(315) 445-0159

 

Pick-a-Pick-a-Pumpkin

No matter how old you get, it’s not Halloween until you’ve cut the guts out of a pumpkin and carved in a silly face. Put on your heaviest boots and trudge out to some of Syracuse’s pumpkin farms for the ultimate experience.

 

Golubs’s Our Farm Experience

1590 Peth Road

Manlius, NY 13104

(315) 655-8453

 

Hourigan Family Dairy

3427 Amber Road

Syracuse, NY 13215

(315) 673-3508

 

The Hollow Pumpkin patch

3735 W. Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY 13219

(315) 382-4779

 

The Pumpkin Patch

7169 Island Rd.

Cicero, NY 13039

(315) 699-2200