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October 18, 2012

Ghoulish Gathering Festival among Halloween events planned

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Chills and thrills will once again be back this fall as the Friends of Glimmerglass State Park bring back its Ghoulish Gathering.

Festivities will be held at Glimmerglass State Park on Otsego Lake on Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 9 p.m.

“Ghoulish Gatherings is always fun for the family,” Karen Sheckells, president of The Friends of Glimmerglass, said in a media release. “It is a great way to come out and support a cause and create memories with your family that you will cherish for years to come.”

Friday evening will feature wagon rides through Eerie Acres, every half hour leaving from the West Shelter in the park. At the shelter there will be “Hallo-Weenies,” “Crazy Cupcakes,” cookies, popcorn and refreshments. Other activities will include goblin games and spooky tales for the children.

Saturday festivities will include a scavenger hunt for the children. Children can hear stories and songs before going on a scavenger hunt following the Skeleton’s footprints to find the missing Cauldron of Candy.

There is no fee to participate in the scavenger hunt, and Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Visitors are encouraged to park in the West Parking lot and take the wagon ride to Eerie Acres where one might see a headless horseman or two.

The Haunted Hayride will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 2 to 16. Games under the West Shelter are two for $1. Brooks’ barbecue chicken halves will be available for purchase Saturday rom 5 to 9 p.m. or until the chicken is gone.

The Friends of Glimmerglass is a not-for-profit organization that was formed to enhance and support the Park and its mission and goals of creating community awareness of the Park and all it has to offer. 

For more information, visit

Other Halloween happenings:

Pumpkin Glow

The Cooperstown Art Association is challenging the community to help put together the largest “Pumpkin Glow” yet on the front porch and lawn. People are being asked to bring carved or decorated pumpkins to the CAA porch anytime by 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. A candle is needed to light the pumpkin. 

The glow will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 The “Pumpkin Glow” and its goodies are free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted.

The Cooperstown Art Association in the village library building. For more information, call 547-9777 or visit

Train rides

The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad is back on track and will host its Haunted Halloween rides Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27. The train boards at the Milford Depot and leaves at 6:30 p.m. The trip lasts for about 2½ hours and reservations are required. The cost is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $14 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for anyone 3 and younger.

For more information, call 432-2429.

`Things that go Bump in the Night’’ guided, lantern-lit tours

The Farmers’ Museum will host the hour-long tours every half hour starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; Friday, Oct. 26; and Saturday, Oct.27.

Museum interpreters will lead tours around the grounds and recount the mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the museum’s historic village. The tales will be adapted from the Lois C. Jones’ collection of regional folk tales, “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” 

Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 547-1452. Admission is $10 per person, ages 3 and older. 

Celebration at the Hall of Fame

Children in costume and their parents/guardians will receive free admission from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Halloween and can experience a trick-or-treat adventure through the museum.

Trick-or-treat in Cooperstown

Trick-or-treat on Main Street will start at 3 p.m. on Halloween, followed by the parade at 5 p.m. A reception will follow the parade at the Fire Hall.