15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State

15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State. Halloween is a spooktacular time of year! Ghosts and goblins abound everywhere - and most especially in New York State. Spooky and fun family attractions your entire clan will love abound in this great state, so I have gotten together a list of my favorite 15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in NYS for you to visit and explore. Have a haunting good time.


Halloween is a spooktacular time of year! Ghosts and goblins abound everywhere – and most especially in New York State. Spooky and fun family attractions your entire clan will love abound in this great state, so I have gotten together a list of my favorite 15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in NYS for you to visit and explore. Have a haunting good time.

15 Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State

Halloween season is fast approaching. As summer gives way to cooler temps, leaves abandon their trees and stories of ghouls and goblins patrolling the night are being told over apple cider and hot cocoa. If you are the mood for spooky Halloween sites but do not want to frighten your own little ghouls and goblins too much, here are some suggestions for Family Friendly Spooky Places in New York State!

New York State is one spooky place! Stories abound of ghouls and ghost at Indian burial sights, haunted mansions, and early colonial spirits. Some stories are of mere hauntings, while other specter sightings are much more elaborate. This list includes those places that are spooky but may still be appropriate for children. Please use your best discretion as to what level of fright you believe that your children will be to handle – and not have nightmares.

Whether it is Halloween-themed pumpkin decorations, haunted walks or train rides, New York offers a variety of activities and attractions for families to celebrate a friendly and safe Halloween season. Stay warm and have fun trick or treating!

Beardslee Manor & Castle – 123 Old State Rd, Little Falls, NY
Another beautifully restored home that is now a restaurant, Beardsley Manor hosts weddings and receptions – and maybe a few ghosts as well. During the 1700’s, the home served as the storage depot for munitions. Stories are told of some Native American warriors who broke into the home who set off the munitions with the flames from their torches. Their spirits are now seen wandering through the dining and ballrooms. There also have been numerous reports of rainbow colored and bright lights showing up at various places on the estate where there is no reason for those to occur. More spirits wandering perhaps?

Explore & More’s Not So Scary Halloween Spooktacular – Buffalo area
Dress your little ghosts and goblins in their favorite costumer and head to Buffalo’s Explore & More Children’s Museum for the Not So Scary Spooktacular Oct. 28. The two-hour event (noon-2 p.m.) features indoor trick or treating, games, and activities.
300 Gleed Ave, East Aurora, NY 14052

Ghosts of NYC Walking Tours – New York, New York
There are a multitude of places that are haunted or having spooky connotations in New York City. The best way to see them is on a walking tour. Each tour covers less than a mile of walking and takes about 90 minutes. There are ghost tours, tours celebrating Edgar Allen Poe and even George Washington.

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze – Croton-On-Hudson
You may not see the Headless Horseman, but you’ll encounter lots of carved pumpkin faces at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Located an hour’s drive north of New York City, the Hudson Valley is home to about 7,000 decorated jack-o-lanterns waiting to entertain your family. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze invites your family to tour the pumpkins, including light shows choreographed to music. Pumpkins feature a variety of displays, each designed to entertain visitors. The event runs nightly Oct. 4-31, after opening the weekend of Sept. 28. It also four weekend dates in November. An added bonus – children three and younger get in for free.

Grimsley’s Gorge Haunted Walk – Oswego
Prepare for a chillingly good time for the entire family as Grimsley’s Gorge hosts its annual Haunted Walk Oct. 26-28. While older kids and adults may enjoy a walk in the darkness, unaware of the fear waiting to envelop them, younger children are encouraged to visit during the day, when monster-less paths can be safely followed.
376 SW 8th St, Oswego, New York 13126

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses – Ulster Park, New York
There are all kinds of opportunities for scary family fun here. There is a mile long hay stack ride and six separate haunted houses. There is also a corn maze and a walk through adventure! There is elaborate staging in each house and there is a story to follow for each one as well.

Kingsbury Cemetery Haunted House
Galleria of Shops, 100 Victory Highway, Painted Post, New York – The theme for this haunted house changes from year to year. This Haunted House is not recommended for children under 12, although they will not deny entry to younger children. Special “not so scary” Sunday Kids Matinee event.

Monster Mash and Bash New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
2-4 p.m. 4th Floor Terrace, Free
Join the New York State Museum for the new Halloween Spooktacular filled with tricks and treats for everyone! This event will feature crafts, games, dancing, story-telling, and spooky science. Costumes are encouraged—we will have a children’s costume parade at 3 pm. A special appearance by Pumpkin Head will add fun and excitement to the festivities! Come out for a Spooktacular time!

The Old Bermuda Inn – 301 Veterans Rd West, Staten Island, New York
This is an old house that has been renovated to house a restaurant. The house is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman. She has been seen walking through the dining room and walking up the staircase in the main entry. Those eating have reported feeling cold breezes and pressure on their arms and shoulders.

Old Fort Niagara – Youngstown, NY
Old Fort Niagara is famous for its many ghost stories. Encounter them firsthand as you take our Lanterns and Lore Ghost Tour. Walk the dark rooms and corridors of the French Castle and other buildings illuminated only by lantern light and hear about the headless ghost, the spectral count and the hobgoblin. Discover other more recent unexplained phenomena such as phantom soldiers and ghostly orbs.
Groups leave at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling (716) 745-7611. Group size is limited. Tickets go on sale September 4. There will be no tickets available at the door.

• Spook Hill Newell Road, Middlesex, NY
Starting this list off with a place called “spooky hill” seems fitting. Legend has it that if you put your car in neutral at a certain spot on Newell Road in Middlesex, Native American spirits will push your car back up the hill. Drive to the top of the big hill, sit and be spooked as your car rolls backward up the hill! Here are the exact coordinates.
Note: beware as oncoming traffic will not see you.

Smith-Ely Mansion – 39 W. Genesee St, Clyde, New York – This house has been converted into a bed and breakfast, but it is said to have multiple ghosts. The spirits of many of the former residents have been seen by locals and visitors alike. During renovations, there were so many people who stopped by to tell their stories of hauntings that one worker declined to work on the project any longer.

Trick or Treat Train Rides – Rochester
All aboard! Ride the rails for some Halloween fun with the Rochester & Genessee Valley Railroad Museum’s Trick or Treat Train Rides Oct. 27. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costumes as they participate in trick or treating among the museum’s attractions. Ride tickets can be purchased for trips between and 2-7 p.m. Train tickets also allow time to tour the museum’s displays. Families can enjoy complimentary apple cider and cookies during the event.

USS Sullivans Canalside, Buffalo, New York – Five brothers of the U.S. family, the Sullivans, were stationed on the USS Juneau during WWII. The ship was sunk and all five brothers died. To honor the family’s service, the Navy commissioned the building of the USS Sullivans. It was eventually retired and brought to Buffalo for its permanent home. George Sullivan is said to wander the decks looking for his lost brothers who were below deck when they were all killed.

ZooBoo at Seneca Park Zoo – Rochester
Creatures that go bump in the light of day will haunt Seneca Park Zoo during ZooBoo weekends in October. Young visitors are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and participate in the costume contests Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. Visitors can meet zoo staffers wearing their favorite costumes, as well as participate in Halloween-themed games, crafts, and activities, including face painting. Tour the conservation graveyard during your visit. Participants can also take part in animal enrichment programs. ZooBoo tickets ($6.50) are in addition to the regular zoo admission for people participating in the activities. While children under two get into the zoo for free, they will need a ZooBoo ticket if parents are going to have them participate in the activities.
2222 St. Paul Street Rochester, NY 14621

• Looking for more spooktacular places to go in New York State? Here my list of Top 10 Spooky Places to Visit in New York State. Be warned, they are not for the faint of heart, and most likely not for young children.

• For more spooktacular spots to visit in New York State, check out the haunted history trail!

101 Non Candy Halloween Treat Ideas
Need alternatives to candy this Halloween for school or house parties or to hand out to trick or treaters? This list of 101 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas has something for everyone.


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Jelly Bean Bark Recipe

white chocolate bark with jelly beans on a white board


This is the easiest bark recipe ever! Whether making this jelly bean bark for an Easter basket or with leftover jelly beans, your whole family will love this simple to make jelly bean bark recipe.

Jelly Bean Bark Recipe

If you are looking for more Easter recipes, you may want to try these:

Easy Easter Cupcakes Recipe – Dress up your cupcakes for a sweet little Easter treat, perfect for Easter brunch, dessert or to send one in for a school snack.

Bunny Pancakes Recipe – If you are looking for cute breakfast ideas for your children, this bunny pancakes recipe will make you smile as they fill you up.

If you enjoy bark recipes, you may want to try these:

Eggnog Bark recipe – The delicious combination of pecans, cranberries and spices make for a perfect holiday bark recipe.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe – This refreshing peppermint bark is so good you will want to make a double batch.

Jelly Bean Bark Recipe. This is the easiest bark recipe ever! Whether making this jelly bean bark for an Easter basket or with leftover jelly beans, your whole family will love this simple to make jelly bean bark recipe.


Jelly Bean Bark Ingredients:

• 8 oz White Chocolate Chips
• 1 cup Jelly Beans, assorted flavors

Jelly Bean Bark Mise en Place:

• Non-stick Cooking Spray
• 8″x8″ Metal Baking Dish
• Spatula
• Cooking Pot
• Knife

Jelly Bean Bark Recipe. This is the easiest bark recipe ever! Whether making this jelly bean bark for an Easter basket or with leftover jelly beans, your whole family will love this simple to make jelly bean bark recipe.


Jelly Bean Bark Directions:

• Spray inside of a small pot, as well as the baking dish, with non-stick cooking spray.
• Place the white chocolate chips into the small pot and place it on the stove on low heat.
• Stir chips until smooth and melted.

Jelly Bean Bark Recipe. This is the easiest bark recipe ever! Whether making this jelly bean bark for an Easter basket or with leftover jelly beans, your whole family will love this simple to make jelly bean bark recipe.


• Once the mixture is smooth, pour it into the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to smooth out the white chocolate into an even layer.

Jelly Bean Bark Recipe. This is the easiest bark recipe ever! Whether making this jelly bean bark for an Easter basket or with leftover jelly beans, your whole family will love this simple to make jelly bean bark recipe.


• While the chocolate is still warm, drop the jelly beans over the top. Allow the jelly beans sink into the chocolate. You can add as many or as little as you wish.
• After the jelly beans are added, transfer the baking dish to the refrigerator for one hour. This is how long it will take for the chocolate mixture to solidify.

Jelly Bean Bark Recipe. This is the easiest bark recipe ever! Whether making this jelly bean bark for an Easter basket or with leftover jelly beans, your whole family will love this simple to make jelly bean bark recipe.


• Remove the chocolate mixture from the refrigerator and use your knife to gently pry up the edges. The bark should come out as one giant sheet.
• Break the bark into smaller pieces for serving.

You do not need to keep your Jelly Belly bark refrigerated. You can store it in an air tight container or bag until ready to serve.


Jelly Bean Bark Recipe

This is the easiest bark recipe ever! Whether making this jelly bean bark for an Easter basket or with leftover jelly beans, your whole family will love this simple to make jelly bean bark recipe.

Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

8 oz White Chocolate Chips
1 cup Jelly Beans, assorted flavors

Directions:

• Spray inside of a small pot, as well as the baking dish, with non-stick cooking spray.
• Place the white chocolate chips into the small pot and place it on the stove on low heat.
• Stir chips until smooth and melted.
• Once the mixture is smooth, pour it into the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to smooth out the white chocolate into an even layer.
• While the chocolate is still warm, drop the jelly beans over the top. Allow the jelly beans sink into the chocolate. You can add as many or as little as you wish.
• After the jelly beans are added, transfer the baking dish to the refrigerator for one hour. This is how long it will take for the chocolate mixture to solidify.
• Remove the chocolate mixture from the refrigerator and use your knife to gently pry up the edges. The bark should come out as one giant sheet.
• Break the bark into smaller pieces for serving.

• Makes 8 servings Jelly Bean Bark

white chocolate bark with jelly beans on a white board



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100 Christmas Cookies and Sweets Recipes

100 Christmas Cookies and Sweets Recipes. Here is a great list of 100 Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets recipes which are perfect for a holiday party, Christmas dessert, or even a cookie exchange! There is a delicious dessert recipe on this list just waiting to be served at your holiday function, so be sure to check out this long list of holiday treats.


100 Christmas Cookies and Sweets Recipes

Here is a great list of 100 Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets recipes which are perfect for a holiday party, Christmas dessert, or even a cookie exchange! There is a delicious dessert recipe on this list just waiting to be served at your holiday function, so be sure to check out this long list of holiday treats.


Whatever you are looking for be it Traditional Christmas Cookies Recipes, Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies recipe, No-Bake Christmas Cookies recipes, Easy Christmas Cookies (ok, most of my recipes are pretty easy), Kid-centric Christmas Cookies, Christmas Cake recipes, Christmas Pie recipes, and more, this list has it!! I have also included nice, rich recipes that can be used for any occasion – including a holiday party, Christmas party, New Year’s Eve party and ummm well, parties and gatherings in general.

Stackable Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe. These adorable stackable Christmas tree cookies are easy to make, and a lot of fun to decorate! If you want to make special holiday 3-D cookies this year, give this Stackable Christmas Tree Cookies recipe a try.


Do you like to make homemade cookies during the holidays? Do you gift cookies to people for the holidays? What about leaving a plate out for good old St. Nick? If you need a new Christmas cookie recipe or Christmas sweet recipe, this list has a wide range of dessert and party options: Cake recipes, pudding recipes, candy recipes, fudge recipes (mmmm fudge!), cookie bars (I love easy to make bars!), tarts, and more. Something traditional like a Kris Kringle Cookies, or perhaps newer cookie ideas such as a 3-D Christmas Tree? There’s everything from cherry based cookies to cranberry and pumpkin recipes (yes, pumpkin is also a Christmas go-to for many people!) to no-bake cookies to gluten-free holiday cookies! This list has it all!

If you need a frosting, I highly recommend this Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe which you can make any color (using food coloring or food gel) or any flavor. the base recipe is vanilla, but you could make it peppermint, anise, rum, root beer – truly any flavor you like.

You can also make your own colored sugar easily with this How To Make Colored Sugar tutorial. It is so simple, my mother had me making it at 5 (not kidding!).

Now on to the Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets

100 Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets Recipes

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe
Banana Split Icebox Cake Recipe
Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Bear Claw Cookies Recipe
Black and White Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Blueberry Pie Recipe

Boozy Chocolate Christmas Mice. These Manhattan-inspired (that is the cocktail, not the place) boozy chocolate Christmas mice are fun and tasty. Place a few to nibble along your Christmas cookie platters!


Boozy Chocolate Christmas Mice Recipe
Boozy Chocolate Fudge Recipe
Candy Cane Brownie Recipe
Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
Chantilly Cake Recipe
Cherry Cordial Cookies Recipe
Cherry Meringue Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge Recipe
Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Cashew Clusters
Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
Chocolate Chip Slice and Bake Cookies Recipe

Rudolph's Cherry Red Nose Pudding. A delicious pudding recipe that is great any time of year! Make ahead as pudding shots, or serve as a dessert. This amazing  pudding recipe is best reserved for adults.


Chocolate Christmas Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Bites Recipe
Chocolate Slush Cake Recipe
Chocolate Sundae Cookies Recipe
Chrusciki Recipe: Baked, Not Fried
Coconut Macaroons Recipe
Cranberry Noels Cookie Recipe
Cranberry Orange Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting
Danish Puff Recipe
Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Donut Hole Tree
Double Chocolate Blossom Cookies Recipe
Dutch Almond Bars

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Recipe. These delicious, no bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are simple to make! Your entire family will enjoy these simple candies. Indulge during the holidays, as a special treat, during snack time or anytime! This Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Recipe will satisfy any sweet tooth.


Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Recipe
Easy Rum Cake Recipe
Edible Cereal Ornaments Recipe
Eggnog Bark Recipe
Eggnog Kaleidoscope Jello Recipe
English Trifle
Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe
Gingerbread Coffeecake Recipe
Gluten-Free Almond Holiday Drop Cookies Recipe
Gumdrop Cookie Bar Recipe
Hello Dolly Bars (7 layer cookies)
Holiday Butter Cookie Recipe
Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe
Hot Chocolate Cookies Recipe
How to Make a Christmas Cupcake Tree

How to Make a Toaster Pastry Christmas Train. This eatable Christmas Train made with toaster pastries is a fun alternative to a gingerbread house. Use it as your table decor, and then eat it for dessert. Follow these step-by-step tutorial instructions to learn how to assemble this adorable Christmas train.


How to Make a Toaster Pastry Christmas Train
Hungarian Christmas Cookies Recipe
Irish Cream Fudge Recipe
Jam Filled Cream Cheese Cutout Cookie Recipe
Kris Kringle Cookie and Frosting Recipe
Layered Mint Chocolate Brownies Recipe
Lemon Snowball Cookie Recipe
Maple Pumpkin Delight Pie Recipe
Mini Cranberry Orange Cake Recipe
Mini Raspberry French Vanilla Trifle Recipe
No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
No Bake Coconut Balls Recipe
No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe
No Bake Marshmallow Christmas Squares Recipe

No Bake Pecan Praline Bourbon Balls Recipe. These crowd pleasing, easy to make No Bake Pecan Praline Bourbon Balls are a great cookie to make when you need a lot of cookies for a party or gathering. These delicious cookies are tasty treats that hold up well in the refrigerator.


No Bake Pecan Praline Bourbon Balls Recipe
Original Bacardi Rum Cake Recipe
Peanut Butter Lumps of Coal Recipe
Pecan Pie Bars
Pineapple Squares Recipe
Pizzelle Recipe
Pumpkin Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Pumpkin Icebox Cake Recipe
Pumpkin Nut Roll Recipe
Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe
Reindeer Grahams Cookie Recipe
Rocky Road Cookie Bars Recipe
Rudolph’s Cherry Red Nose Pudding
Rum Balls Recipe
Rum Logs Recipe
Salted Almond Roca Candy Recipe
Shortbread Recipe
Slice and Bake Trees Recipe
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole

White Russian Tiramisu Cake Recipe. This no-egg, no-cooking, tiramisu recipe comes together quickly. It can be served immediately, or made the day before your special event or dinner. The melt-in-your mouth creamy, rich, coffee-cocoa goodness of this white Russian tiramisu will have your friends and family asking for seconds!


Snowman Cookie Balls Recipe
Sour Cream Cheesecake Recipe
Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe
Spiced Molasses Cookies Recipe
Spritz Cookie Recipe
Stackable Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe
Striped Sugar Cookies Recipe
Texas Sheet Cake
Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Traditional Bread Pudding
Turtle Bites
Whiskey Sour Cookies Recipe
White Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti Recipe
White Russian Tiramisu Cake Recipe
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe
White Christmas Pie Recipe

There really is something for everyone on this long list of Christmas Cookie Recipes and Christmas Sweets Recipes!


Cocktail Recipes
Holiday Decor
Recipes


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