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October 31, 2013

No. 1 Halloween Town: Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Park the skates, sleds and skis for a day. Just one. 

The Olympic Village has earned a new, albeit a bit spooky, designation: No. 1 Best Town for Halloween.

The cachet was bestowed by Travel and Leisure Magazine in its October online edition.

Cited among traits that make this village a Halloween mark are the 5K Zombie Walk, which took place last weekend; the Trek-n-Treat pub crawl; and the annual staging of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

The longtime Main Street trick-or-treat for youngsters, taking place today, also drew the national travel magazine’s eye.

“I’m used to getting winter kinds of inquiries from national media, so it was an interesting inquiry for sure,” said Kim Reilly, spokeswoman for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), who also oversees marketing communications. 

“It’s kind of neat that it is outside our marketing messaging.”

Events such as Ironman, horse shows and lacrosse often draw media inquiries, she said.

“But this is the first time that I can remember fielding an inquiry about Halloween.”


The “boos” that may be heard wafting along Main Street on Halloween are not meant for disapproval. They aren’t the groans of sports fans hoping for a win.

They are sounds of goblins taking over the street in an annual costume parade tradition.

Main Street businesses will open their doors Thursday to schoolchildren dressed in spooky or otherwise wild disguise, wandering down the cobbled sidewalks, looking for treats.

“These Halloween celebrations are a terrific example of the community spirit that makes Lake Placid not just a great place to visit but a wonderful place to live,” Reilly mused.


Matt Sorenson, box-office manager at LPCA, directs the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” revue. He was instrumental in establishing the evening performance, which features local actors delivering live-action scenes as the movie runs on a big screen in the background. 

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