25 CNY Autumn Treats, No Tricks

Find out about the best local events as Halloween approaches

Thank you for tuning in and referencing our weekly “Inside/Out” newsletter.

This weekend, you’re allowed to venture and cozy up indoors. With Mexico receiving nine inches of snow, anything can happen.

The catch is, don’t stay home.

There are open-air holiday and seasonal events taking place, but the local theaters are packing the weekend with a variety of events to enjoy. With regard to horror films, costume contests, ghost tours, zombie crawls and dances, the Halloween pre-gaming will prepare you mentally for next weekend.

Let’s not forget: The SALT Awards are this weekend, and there are a variety of shows to see across Central New York. We listed a few, but check our website for more listings.


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)

Mexico: Thank you for breaking the ice this year.

Mexico: Thank you for breaking the ice this year.


Temperature:  67 degrees / 40 degrees
Conditions: The balmiest day of the “weekend.”


Temperature: 48 degrees / 32 degrees
Conditions: The chilliest day of the weekend.


Temperature: 58 degrees / 48 degrees
Conditions: Rain will fall at night.


Temperature: 55 degrees / 37 degrees
Conditions: Rain will fall at dawn.


This weekend…

“Good Villain”

In some cases: In order to do something good, you have to be bad. The premiere of the upstate-made movie takes place at The Palace Theatre, kicking off a three-night horror extravaganza.

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Thursday, Oct. 22: 7:30 p.m.

Haunted Theatre Tour

Come take a tour of the 1920s-era theatre. Aside Clarissa, a.k.a. “Lady in White,” there are actually a few friendly ghosts haunting the venue. Follow the link for tickets.

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse

When: Friday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 24: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10

12109894_1201804169836779_8635077878874845128_oLighting of the Vines

The intimate 1920s-themed night out — get dressed up in your best roaring threads — and three-course dinner returns for its second year at the local winery. Chef Robert Potter’s food will be paired with Owera’s wines all the while listening to The DeSantis Swing Band. Call (315) 815-4311 or email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

Where: Owera Vineyards, 5276 E. Lake Road, Cazenovia

When: Saturday, Oct. 24: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 (individual) | $200 (couple)

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Too bad Seymour didn’t have such a green thumb. He would have saved himself all the trouble off having to keep feeding his unique plant, Audrey II blood. Come check out the comedic musical playing at The Central New York Playhouse, which is playing through Halloween.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse

When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8 p.m. | Sundays: 2 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Friday and Saturday shows) | $22 (Thursday and Sunday shows)

“Pericles, Prince of Tyre”

The Shakespearean romance follows the hero and his travels and adventures, his falling in love. For tickets and info: (315)445-4200, visit

Where: W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse

When: Thursday, Oct. 29: 8 p.m. | Fridays, Oct. 23 & 30: 8 p.m. | Saturdays Oct. 24 & 31: 8 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 31: 2 p.m.
Cost: $5 (student) | $10 (senior) | $15 (adult)

Rock and Roll Freak Show

The weekend-long events continue with a fighting good concert. Act include Pale Green Starts, Hobo Graffiti, Amerikan Primitive, Spring Street Family Band, and The Stacey White Suite. There will be vendors, costume contests, prizes and more. Follow the link for tickets.

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse

When: Friday, Oct. 23: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10

SALT Awards

The Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Awards are taking place this weekend, on Sunday. The votes have been tallied, so come and cheer on the winners of the Central New York performance art scene. Ticket purchase instructions are at the bottom of the page.

Where: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

When: Sunday, Oct. 25: 7 p.m.
Cost: $21 – $84

Syracuse University Football

Pittsburgh returns to take on the Orange. The season isn’t over yet. Cheer on our local college team with hopes for another bowl season.

Where: The Carrier Dome, Syracuse University campus, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

When: Saturday, Oct. 24: 12 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $30 (adults) | $10 (12 and younger) | (call (888) DOME-TIX)

1435686981_h_Stage-Web--Banner-underpants-posterThe Underpants

Steve Martin’s comedy takes place in Germany and focuses around a wardrobe malfunction pertaining to said article of clothing. Shows run Thursdays to Sundays.

Where: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

When: Thursday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 8: 7 p.m.
Cost: $18 – $50 | Box office: (315) 443-3275

Wild Adriatic

The Saratoga Springs-based band returns to Syracuse and takes the stage at Funk ‘N Waffles. If you’ve heard these guys before, seen them at The Westcott and other venues, you know it will be nothing short of a fun time.

Where: Funk ‘N Waffles (Downtown), 307 S. Clinton St., Syracuse

When: Friday, Oct. 23: 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors)
Cost: $7 (advance) | $10 (door)

Zombie Ball

The K-Rock-sponsored dance party will be one of the three Halloween-esque events taking place this weekend at The Landmark Theatre. Come dressed in your zombie best. No biting is allowed … maybe … but makeup artists will be on-site to help transform you. Follow the link for tickets.

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse

When: Saturday, Oct. 24: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10

Zombie Crawl

If you are “Team 95X,” the radio station is holding their annual Downtown zombie-themed bar crawl. Don’t worry if you start late; it shouldn’t be too difficult to catch up.

5-7 p.m. — J. Ryan’s
7:30-8:15 p.m. — Clark’s Ale House
8:30-9:15 p.m. — Clinton Street Pub
9:30-10 p.m. — King of Clubs
10-midnight — Syracuse Suds

Where: Begins at J Ryan’s Pub, 253 E. Water St., Syracuse

When: Saturday, Oct. 24: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to participate | Zombified fees: $5 (to die), $10 (get bitten), $20 (to rot)


Looking for a scary good time?

Cayo Industrial Warehouse of Horror

Find out what goes bump in the night, in Utica. If you dare, venture into the Warehouse of Biotech, Warehouse of Archana, Warehouse of Biowar or Warehouse of Revelation.

Where: Cayo Industrial Warehouse, 811 Broad St., Utica

When: Thursday, Oct. 29 | Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October (closed Halloween): 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost:  $30 (buy three, get one free) | $10 (per attraction)

10628016_10152758316721600_9216285556484141564_nFright Nights at the Fair

Throughout October, head to the New York State Fairgrounds to have the living daylights scared out of you. Venture through the house

filled with zombies, animals and other horror movie monsters; dare to tussle with a giant; watch your back for the flying monkeys of Grroz; and maybe barter with Letherface. (If it were me, I’d stay very far away from the clown prison. But the curiosity is still there…)

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

When: Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Sunday, Oct. 25: 7-11 p.m.
Cost: $10 (house ticket) | $20 (combo ticket, all attractions)

Frightmare Farms

Choose your adventure: Professor Whitaker Estate Tour, The Condemned Mine Trail, Professor’s Labyrinth… Or take a three part adventure. The acclaimed Frightmare Farms is sure to please.

Where: Frightmare Farms, 4816 Rt. 49, Palermo

When: Fridays and Saturdays in October (closed Halloween): 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $35 (VIP Pass, skip the lines) | $13 (each), $6 (for each additional)

Halloweekends at Sylvan Beach

There are six attractions that will test your tolerance: Zombie Race, Children of the Maize, Bloodbath Haunted House, Spirit Stone Manor, and the Sylvan Beach Scream Park.

Where: Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, 112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach

When: Fridays and Saturdays in October (closed Halloween): 7-11 p.m.
Cost: $31.99 (Ultimate Mega Pass) | $26.99 / $99 (Haunted House Mega Pass single/family) | $14.99 (Unlimited Ride Band) | $9.99 (Blood Bath) | $6.99 (Scream Land) | $9.99 (Children of the Maize) | $4.99 (Spirit Stone Manor)

Haunted Paddock Arcade

These two weekend-filled fright nights will include great fun for families, including a variety of attactions and personalities.

Where: Downtown Watertown

When: Friday, Oct. 23: 6-9 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 24: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: $5

Howe Caverns Haunted Tours

What’s scarier: Roaming the tight spaces or ghost stories? With both, this a new attraction to the upstate caverns should be enchanting. Reservations are necessary. Call: (518) 296-8900

Where: Howe Caverns, 255 Discovery Dr., Howes Cave

When: Saturday, 24: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 (per person)

“Lizzie Borden Took an Axe”

The Covey Theatre Company’s tale of murder returns to the historic mansion on James St. for six evenings and two Saturday matinees this month. Unfortunately, it’s the last performance the company will put on.

The matinees include a member-only talk with the director and cast. Last year’s performances sold out. This year’s have sold out as well.

As of this afternoon, one more show has been announced for Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. 

Get your tickets now. Yes, this very second.

Where: The Barnes Hiscock Mansion, 930 James St., Syracuse

When: Thursdays Oct. 22, 29: 8 p.m. | Fridays, Oct. 23, 30: 8 p.m. | Saturdays, Oct. 24: 2 p.m.
Cost: $25 (available at website, includes $5 donation to The George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation)

Wicked Woods

The family-friendly outing offers fun for every age. There will be face painting, a trick-or-treat trail, putt-putt on the beach, a haunted trail, and a bonfire to end the evening.

Where: Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville

When: Saturday, Oct. 24: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

Zoo Boo

Stop down for the “kooky, not spooky” daytime Halloween-themed extravaganza. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days this weekend, children dressed up in-costume participate in trick-or-treat and a variety of other activities that include ace painting, animal encounters and demonstrations, raffles and more.

Where: Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, One Conservation Place, Syracuse

When: Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 25
Cost: $8 (per child) plus zoo admission


The festivals continue…

Enchanted Beaver Lake

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
Thursday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Oct. 25
This is a reminder for those with tickets. This is to let everyone else know this has been SOLD OUT.

Fall Harvest Celebration

The annual Critz Farms autumn celebration concludes this weekend. There is an animal care area, pick your own pumpkins and apples, a cow train ride for kids, and plenty more. This year, the local grower has collaborated with Rosamond Gifford Zoo to raise awareness for the efforts of the organization. The eight-acre corn maze this year is “The Giant Zoo-Tastic Octopus’s Garden Corn Maze,” is featured on Critz’s website.

For full details, please click the link above.

Where: Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia
Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 25
$30 (per car — more if non-family members are in the car) | 7.50 (adults, weekends) | $5 (seniors)

11403023_10154032558419616_8540760389046785546_nFriday the 13th Film Festival

It wouldn’t be a autumn or Halloween season without a film festival at The Palace Theatre. Come see the premiere of “Hack-O-Lantern,” and three installments of the American slasher franchise. All films are shown in 35mm print.

5:30 p.m. — Doors open
6 p.m. — One Last Shot (music)
6:30 p.m. — “Hack-O-Lantern”
8:30 p.m. — “Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter”
9:45 p.m. — One Last Shot / Intermission
10 p.m. — “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning”
11:30 p.m. — “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives”

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Friday, Oct. 23: 5:30 p.m. (doors)
$15 (in-store at Modern Pop Culture in Armory Square) | $16.50 (online) | $20 (door)

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Bash

Once again, let’s do “The Time Warp.” Again, let’s enjoy “Rocky Horror” at The Palace. The film festival and costume contest takes place this Saturday in Downtown Syracuse.

6 p.m. — Doors open
6:30 p.m. — “The Last Man on Earth” (35mm print)
8 p.m. — One Last Shot (music)
8:30 p.m. — “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”
10:15 p.m. — Palace Theatre Halloween Dance Party
11:15 p.m. — Halloween Costume Contest
11:30 p.m. — “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives”

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Saturday, Oct. 24: 6 p.m. (doors)
$15 (online) | $20 (door)


This weekend at the Fairgrounds

CNY Reining Horse Association Fall Classic

Where: Toyota Coliseum
When: Thursday, Oct. 22 – Sunday, Oct. 25

Empire Alpaca Extravaganza

Where: Exhibit Center
Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 25

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