1) One of this weekend’s best bets is the second annual Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor, an hour-long, one-mile spooky walk through some of Sackets Harbor’s best historical and scary sites. Tours will leave every 15 minutes, starting at 6 p.m. and running through 9 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday from the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site. All of the storytellers are adults, and will relay creepy tales based on historic Sackets Harbor events and characters. Sunday night is designated for young children and will include trick-or-treating at the tour stops. Stops on the tour include the Commandant’s House at the battlefield, Pickering-Beach Museum at 501 W. Main St., the former Union Hotel at 401 W. Main St., the Sackets Harbor Bank building, the George Sacket House, the Augustus Sackett Mansion and a “mystery stop.” Cost for adults is $5 and $3 for students. The event is a fundraiser for the Sackets school’s performing and visual arts programs. The school’s Glee Club will also collect donations of food items for the Backpack Club, which provides food for needy families in the district. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information.
2) On a similar Halloween note, the Black River Valley Club will host a Halloween Bash on Saturday at the club, 131 Washington St., starting at 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a ghost tour revealing the spooky details of the club’s recent paranormal investigation, a costume contest and live music by the acoustic-jam trio Annie in the Water. The event is only open to patrons 21 years of age and older and costs $15. In August, a group of investigators from Paranormal Investigations of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Uini Research conducted an investigation that found that the club is indeed rife with shadowy spirits. Call the club at 788-2300 for more information.
3) If you’re looking for a more family-friendly Halloween option, check out Boo at the Zoo at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo will have Halloween-themed areas for children to collect candy and goodies, as well as crafts, games, music and animal encounters. For zoo members the event is free for adults and $2 for children; for non-members, $8 for adults and $6 for children; and for military $7 for adults and $5 for children. The event also includes a free screening of the new movie Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest presented by WPBS Digital TV on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Thompson Park Zoo community classroom.
4) Don’t miss a spectacular opportunity to stock up on books for the impending winter hibernation period at Flower Memorial Library‘s annual book sale Saturday and Sunday. The sale kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the library, 229 Washington St., but there will also be a Book Sale Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight during which Friends members can each purchase up to 50 books or other materials (if you’re not a member, you can sign up during the event for $15 for patrons and $10 for seniors). Books a the sale, which is the Friends of the Library’s annual community fundraiser and is used to fund the library’s fiction collection, cost $1 for hardcovers and 50 cents for paperbacks, with some premium, coffee table varieties a bit more. Volunteers have also noted that the sale includes some high-quality paperbacks in a huge variety of genres from self-help to science fiction, so be sure to arrive early for the best pickings. The sale will run during regular library hours.
5) Check out Lowville Middle School’s production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Lowville Academy and Central High School auditorium, 7668 N. State St. Choreography of the kid-friendly, upbeat musical was arranged by Katherine Jay, a third-grade teacher at Lowville Academy and three high-school students will serve as student directors. Admission is just $5.
Also going on: The Potsdam Farmers’ Market in cooperation with the community organization GardenShare will host Pumpkin Fest on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind the municipal lot near Ives Park, Potsdam. The event will feature a pumpkin stem ring toss, pumpkin crafts, games, candy, healthy Halloween tips and more than 30 local vendors selling fruits, vegetables, meats and other goods. There will also be a 5K fun run starting and ending at the market location at 9 a.m. Registration is just $6 the day of the race.