The Mamatoga Calendar {october}

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1 Children in grades K-5 are welcome to participate in the Lego Club today from 6:30-8pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Parents and caregivers are also welcome to attend as kids use their imaginations to create buildings, creatures, and other objects. Lego Club will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month.

2 Start thinking costumes, do you make them yourselves or head to the store?

3 Just Say No to this when it comes to costumes this year...

4 Come support The Wesley Community at the 1st Annual Balloon Walk on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at The Wesley Community campus in Saratoga Springs. Participants will walk a 1-mile or a .25 mile course, collecting colorful balloons along the route to create a parade of color.  In addition, a hot-air balloon will be on The Wesley Community campus near the Community Garden area (weather permitting).  All registered participants will receive a 1st Annual Balloon Walk t-shirt.  Fun family activities and food will also be available for registered participants.  Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for children, and is available online at http://www.theballoonwalk.com. 

5 Discover the best local evening family Halloween Hayrides! Ellms Family Farm offers a fun experience for all ages, with Halloween hayrides throughout the month of October on Friday and Saturday evenings. Their hayride is designed for all ages – especially for those up to age 9 (not haunted!). The leisurely hayride will go past Halloween scenes in the woods with a midway stop for some cider and a fresh apple cider donut. This provides a wonderful outdoor family activity for all! Halloween Hayrides:  Fri./Sat. evenings Oct. 4 – Oct. 26. Click here for more info.

6 Want to make a costume for your toddler this year? There are TONS of adorable ideas here.

7 The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club is pleased to offer their popular (and FREE!) soccer clinics again this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7pm and Saturdays at 11am-12:30pm through October 30 at Gavin Park, Wilton (on the back soccer fields). The clinics are designed for players looking for advanced-skills training beyond what is provided by recreational soccer. For more information, please email  swscsoccer@gmail.com.

8 Boot socks, the coziest fall accesory

9 Mummy hot dogs, so cute...

10 Do this: BOO Your Neighbors! {love this!}

11 From Scratch Club is having a Food Swap at Healthy Living Market and Cafe today from 4-6pm. This food swap group, FSC Swappers, is a place where home cooks, gardeners, foragers, food preservationists, DIY enthusiasts and bakers come to swap their homemade food & drink products and garden bounty. Participants come from all over the Capital Region, Hudson Valley and North County to sample items, get inspired, make new friends and of course, swap loot! This Food Swap is FREE; pre-registration is required. Register and find out more information here.

12 The Saratoga Rugby Incorporated Annual 5K Race “Run 4 a Reason” 5k Run and Walk will be held at the Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, October 12th, and the race will start at 10 am. This event will raise money for To Life, a local non‐profit that provides free breast cancer education and support services in a 10‐ county region, as well as for SRI’s Youth Scholarship Fund and SRI Member Clubs. This year they will also be adding a 1⁄4‐mile and a 1‐mile “Fun Run” for kids. Awards will be given for top qualifiers of the 5k and all kids Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Click here for more info. Please bring a canned good on race day for the Franklin Community Center.

13 Columbus Day

Nature Scavenger Hunt and Leaf Mobiles is today from 11am – 12:30pm with the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park and they will be partnering with the Saratoga Springs Public Library for this fun program! The program includes a walk from the Library to Congress Park for a nature scavenger hunt.  With the items found, kids will return to the library to assemble a nature mobile.  Preregistration is required through the library. Please contact Laura Clark at (518) 584-7860, opt. 3.

The Pinewood Derby is today from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm at The Children's Museum at Saratoga, $15 non – members, $13 for members. Pre - registration is required, 30 maximum/class. Ages 6+. They will be offering design classes followed by a race. Each child will get a car, a design class, and winners will claim a trophy! Runners up will get goody bags! Is your child under 6? Don’t worry, they will have fun car activities for them included in regular Museum admission!

14 Tuesday for Tots is at The Children's Museum at Saratoga on October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 am - 12 pm, or 1 pm – 3 pm. Free with Museum admission, this is a special time for the littlest visitors. Join anytime between 10am - 12pm, or 1pm - 3pm. for play dough, crafts, games and friends! Please remember that kids will use paint, glue, scissors and other art materials that can be messy and require supervision!

15 How cute is this Halloween Hot Cocoa? Love it!

16 Epic Halloween Costume Fails!

17 Here are some easy tips on how to have an Allergy Safe Halloween this year.

18 MVP Health Care presents The Great Pumpkin Challenge at Saratoga Spa State Park today. This event features a 5K (walk or run) and a 10K (run) through the beautiful and historic Saratoga Spa State Park. The day also includes a Fun Run for kids 12 and under. Please note there is no day of registration, click here for more info.

Also on the 18th is the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Autumn Festival and Open House from 11am-3pm featuring sheep shearing, black smithing, cider pressing, butter making, face painting, pumpkin carving, storytelling and puppet shows, live music and more, click here for more info.

19 Head to the Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater for a performance of The Addams Family! The weird, wonderful Addams family comes to life in this bright, comically macabre new musical. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester and the whole gang are brought to “life” thanks to the authors of Jersey Boys. Morticia and Gomez want to continue living amongst death, pain and suffering, but there’s a change in plans when Wednesday falls in love with Lucas, a boy from a “normal” family. Many strange things happen on the night Lucas and his family come to visit. Frightful fun for all ages! Performance Dates & Times: October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 – 8pm and October 19 & 26 – 2pm.

20 Forget the berry and wine colors for fall nails, this is the one I really love...

21 Need some ideas for a healthy Halloween? Click right here!

22 27 Incredibly Easy Ways To Upgrade Any Halloween Party

23 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this fab little elephant bracelet through October benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for women's cancer research and creating awareness of the importance of early detection.

24 Double double, toil and trouble! It’s time to bust out your broom sticks and magic wands! The annual Witch Walk is making its way to the streets of Ballston Spa for its spookiest year yet! Cost is $25 Per Person Donation. Register for the Ballston Spa Witch Walk today! Call or email Carol Lang 518-884-9352 or langbro2@gmail.com  by October 24, 2014 to reserve your spot.

25 The 2014 Saratoga DBA Fall Festival in Saratoga Springs is today from 10am to 5pm in downtown Saratoga Springs. Bring the whole family to celebrate the fall season in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs with fun and games. Young and old alike will find themselves rediscovering all there is to love about the fall season at this fun-filled FREE event. Plus, with all of the fun activities planned, this is one event you and your family will not want to miss! Fall Festival activities include Face painting, the Children's costume parade, Pumpkin races, Trick or treating, pony rides, bouncy house, cupcake decorating and more! For further information, contact the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association at (518) 587-8635.

26 OMG these are so goooooood

27 Halloween Nature Craft at Camp Saratoga with Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park is today at 4pm. Are bats and owls really that spooky? Join them to learn about “spooky” animals and create some nature-inspired Halloween decorations to hang up around your home! Come show us your creative side at the pavilion by Delegan Pond. Preregistration is suggested.

28 Pumpkin pie smoothies. Enough said.

29 Check out these simple tips for having a safe Halloween.

30 We love to watch this every year, such a classic...

31 HALLOWEEN! Have a safe and happy day everyone! Need to put a dent in all that candy? Try out the Switch Witch!

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