Oh, Thank Gourd! Pumpkin Rolling Returns to Saratoga’s Fall Festival!

9 out of 10 Superheroes agree… Every Fall Festival is better when the pumpkins roll! 12866.com file photos

The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association Announces Fall Festival For Oct 22nd, noon – 4 pm

Plus, New This Year, A Halloween Movie Showing From 6-8 pm In The City Center Parking Garage

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Pumpkin Rolling, Face Painting, and Trick-or-Treating – OH MY! The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association is excited to announce Fall Festival will be held in downtown Saratoga on October 22nd from noon-4p.m. this year. 

The annual event will feature trick-or-treating throughout downtown, the Pumpkin Roll down Caroline Street, face painting, balloon twisting, live entertainment, musicians, a scavenger hunt and pop-up “read-alouds” in front of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. 

Plus, new this year, the Saratoga DBA will be showing a classic Halloween movie at the City Center Parking Garage from 6-8p.m. Enter at 38 High Rock Ave., ground floor of the parking garage.

“We are very excited to offer a new evening element this year, by sharing one of my all-time favorite Halloween movies in the City Center Parking garage. It has always been a dream of mine, to invite families downtown to share a movie together,” President of the Saratoga DBA Deann Devitt said.

Starting at noon, participating businesses will be candy-ready, as kids are welcome to dress-up in costumes and start trick-or-treating throughout downtown. At the same time, the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs will start orchestrating the Pumpkin Roll down Caroline Street. 

Sunnyside Gardens donated 100 pumpkins for volunteers to hand out to kids at the top of Caroline Street. The kids will then roll them down the hill, but this year it will be more like a game of Pinball, as hay bales donated from Vincek Farm will be placed throughout the street. 

At the end of the “roll” kids will win either a Free Cone Coupon from Ben and Jerry’s or a Free Game of Bowling from Saratoga Strike Zone.

“Fall is a festive and fun time of year for people of all ages. The DBA is thrilled to bring Fall Festival back to its old format of trick-or-treating and entertainment downtown. Fan favorite, pumpkin rolling, has certainly been missed, and is guaranteed to be a hit with the younger crowd,” Devitt said. 

Live entertainment and Kettle Corn will be located at the Spa City Motor Lodge. Additional entertainment, face painting and balloon twisters will be located on lower Caroline Street by the intersection of Pavillion Place and D’Andreas’s Pizza, and along Maple Avenue near Walt & Whitman Brewing Co. and Cafe. 

Families can expect live performances from Road Soda Pop, Star Radio, Magician Sean The Prankster, On The Spot Photos, Fly 92.3, and B95.5. 

Starting at 3:30 p.m. families will begin lining up at Hamlet and Ghost for the SideWalk Parade. They’ll go up Caroline Street, turn left on Broadway and continue down to Congress Park. 

There will be high-sensory activities paired with low-sensory activities, thanks to the Saratoga DBA’s partnership with The Saratoga Book Fest and Friends of the Saratoga Spring’s Public Library. Pop-up “read-alouds” will happen throughout the day. Children will also get the opportunity to meet storybook characters and participate in workshops. 

As part of the Fall Festival, folks are welcome to join in on the Great Saratoga Pumpkin Hunt and search a variety of downtown shops for pumpkins decorated with scenes of historic Saratoga landmarks, painted by local artist Cathi Anne Cameron. 

If you find all 10 pumpkins (which will be visible from the outdoors) and identify the stores where you find them, you could win a prize! The two-week scavenger hunt will begin Saturday, October 15th and end Monday, October 30th. The winner will be announced on Halloween. 

Participation forms are available in downtown shops and businesses, as well as online at saratogaspringsdowntown.com

Forms must be dropped off by 5pm, October 30th at either Impressions or Menges and Curtis to be entered to win one of two Downtown Saratoga Springs Gift Baskets valued at $200 each. Winners will be notified on November 1st.

Speaking of winners, this year’s costume contest will be on “social media.” While you’re in downtown, take a photo of yourself in costume and share it with the hashtag: #DBAFallFest2022. The winner of the costume contest will also be announced on Halloween. 

These events would not be possible without the support and participation from many Downtown Businesses. For additional information visit: saratogaspringsdowntown.com.

SCHEDULE FOR FALL FESTIVAL – Saturday, Oct 22, 2022

12:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Downtown Saratoga 
  • Trick-or-Treating at participating businesses throughout downtown
  • Social Media Costume Contest. Share a photo of yourself on social media. Use the hashtag #DBAFallFest2022 to enter for a chance to win a special prize.  
  • Traveling Entertainment: Hoola Hoopers, Magician, Balloon Twisters 
  • Face Painting on Maple Avenue near Walt & Whitman Brewing 
  • Kettle Corn at Spa City Motor Lodge
  • Live Entertainment Spa City Motor Lodge
  • Star Radio & Prize Wheel, Finger Paint 
  • Fly 92.3 and B 95.5 
12:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Pumpkin Roll | Caroline Street 

At the top of Caroline Street and Broadway, participants are welcome to grab a pumpkin from one of our volunteers from the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs. At the bottom of Caroline and Maple, participants can pick up their prizes. 

1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. —  Read Aloud | Saratoga Springs Public Library Patio 

On the patio of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Children’s authors will read from their captivating books to provide a break from the higher-energy activities of the weekend. This activity is thanks to the DBA’s partnership with the Saratoga Book Fest and Friends of the Saratoga Public Library. For more information on Book Fest activities also happening on Oct. 22nd go to: https://emamo.com/event/SBF2022

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Graphic Novel Workshop | Northshire Bookstore

Ira Marcks is a cartoonist living in Upstate New York with his wife, two cats, a dog, and lots of books he’s been meaning to read. Shark Summer is his debut graphic novel. Reserve a space on the SBF registration page at https://emamo.com/event/SBF2022.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Side Walk Parade | Hamlet & Ghost 

Come all ghoul and goblin-clad kiddos for this year’s Side Walk Parade. Participants will line up at Hamlet and Ghost. Volunteers will then lead the festive crew up Caroline Street, turn left on Broadway and head to Congress Park.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — Outdoor Movie Showing | City Center Parking Garage

The Saratoga DBA will be showing a classic Halloween movie at the City Center Parking Garage from 6-8 p.m. Enter at 38 High Rock ave, ground floor of the parking garage. Dress warm, bring chairs and blankets. 

For additional information visit saratogaspringsdowntown.com.

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