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Saratoga Fall Festival returns, complete with face painting, sidewalk parade, trick-or-treating


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Downtown Saratoga can expect to see children and families hitting the streets this Saturday as the fall festival makes its long-awaited return.

“We can’t wait to have people back in town – to see people’s faces, to come together, to smile,” said Christine O’Donnell, administrative coordinator for festival organizer the Saratoga Downtown Business Association. .

The day will include activities like face painting, a sidewalk parade and, of course, trick-or-treating at participating businesses. There will also be a read-aloud session at the Saratoga Public Library patio, a graphic novel workshop at the Northshire Bookstore, and a Halloween movie in the downtown parking lot to end the night.

“I think this festival is something where families come here with their kids — or even if they don’t have kids — and they just make memories with their community,” O’Donnell said. “There’s going to be a lot of laughs.”

This will be the first fall festival to be held in Saratoga since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the Saratoga DBA held a scaled-down version called Fall Festivities, but according to Saratoga DBA President Deann Devitt, this Saturday’s event will mark a return to normal.

“We’re really excited to get back to normal and see everyone downtown having fun,” Devitt said. “The Fall Festival has traditionally been a fun day.”

Plus, with the return of the Fall Festival, it’s the return of a favorite family activity: the pumpkin roll.
Beginning at noon, children and their families will walk up Caroline Street and roll a pumpkin to the corner of Maple Avenue and Putnam Street. This year, hay bales will be placed all over the street to make the descent even more exciting. At the bottom of the hill, rollers will be greeted with a coupon for Ben & Jerry’s or Saratoga Strike Zone.

“Seeing the joy on children’s faces as they hunt their pumpkins are moments every parent should try to capture,” said Daniel Klein, a Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs organizer who has run the pumpkin roll since 2018. “We are very excited to once again offer the most fun activity of Fall Fest.

The fall festival will take place on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m. at the City Parking Garage, organizers will screen “Hocus Pocus.” Attendees can enter at 37 High Rock ave, ground level parking lot. They are advised to dress warmly and bring chairs and blankets. For more information, visit saratogaspringsdowntown.com/fallfest2022.

Here is an overview of the organizations participating in the trick-or-treat:

  • Celtic treasures

  • byJonghe

  • BurgerFi

  • Menges and Curtis

  • Salty Pantry

  • Black Horse

  • prints

  • Tailgate and Party

  • Pink Enclosure

  • Saratoga Candy Co.

  • Saratoga Springs Visitor Center

  • Saratoga Arts

  • The local – Pub and tea room

  • Berkshire Hathaway – Blake Estate Agents

  • G. Willikers

  • Green onions

  • The Broadway grind

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