Monthly Archives: October 2013

304. Hocus Pocus Experience

Who loves a good movie with Bette Midler?

Oh, did everyone just raise their hands?! Weird…

I do too!

Which is why tonight I’ll be at The Red House watching Hocus Pocus! Show starts at 8pm, and will also be played on November 1st if you miss out on the Halloween showing.

There will be live performances & your admission gets you 1 drink…Tickets are $20 for non-members & $15 for members. Buy your tickets here.

Tip: Audience Participation IS required.

location: Red House Arts Center 201 S West Street, Syracuse

303. Fright Night Series

Guys. Tomorrow is Halloween! Who is excited?!

It’s freezing outside, and I don’t plan on spending a moment outdoors…even if that means handing out candy…or even going door to door…is there an age limit on trick or treating?

I plan on spending Halloween inside….at the Landmark Theater!


Now the Landmark has been the #1 spot for halloween fun…they hosted a ghost tour & a zombie ball.

Now it’s time to settle into one of those old fashioned seats and enjoy some old fashioned movies.

Tonight & Tomorrow night from 7:30-10:30 the Landmark Theater will be showing old horror flicks!

Tonight they’ll be showing:
7:30 – Frankenstein & The Bride of Frankenstein 10:30 – Night of the living dead

and tomorrow they’ll show
7:30 – Invasion of the body snatchers
10:30 – The Shining

It’s $10 to watch both films or $5 if you want to watch just one.

Tip: There will be halloween themed drinks & costumes are welcome!

302. Small Plates

When I heard PJs was closing I must admit, I was a little sad. So many memories from a downtown Syracuse St. Patrick’s day happened there.

However, with that space they converted it into a one of a kind restaurant. Something that we don’t really see around these parts…and I’m glad it’s here!


Small Plates is one of those restaurants where if you go you should go hungry. The menu has so much to offer. From mac & four cheese gratin (!!!) to pan seared scallops it has it all!

They even have amazing drinks! A kiss yo mama, will knock your socks off!

Tip: Reservations are strongly recommended


301. Cafe Kubal

The support local initiative is really gaining speed.  A lot of people are boycotting the traditional Starbucks and going to local places like Freedom of Espresso, Recess, Kind Coffee or Cafe Kubal. …are we hooked on caffeine here??

Cafe Kubal is located in a few spots around the city. Have you seen the stand at the airport?!


They’ve got variety on variety on variety. Serving tons of drinks and tasty treats!

My favorite thing to get at Cafe Kubal is the mystic mint tea. It is delicious!

Now that we’ve basically deemed it winter already, stop over to Cafe Kubal to warm up!

Tip: The hot chocolate is DELICIOUS

locations: Eastwood  Downtown   SU Campus

300. Critz Farms

Did anyone notice there are only 65 days left in 2013? Not like I’m counting or anything…

This weekend has been very bleak. The weather has really reminded us that winter is coming.

BUT…and that’s a big BUT. Now is the time to embrace the non-snowy roads, the still somewhat colorful leaves on the trees and some sunshine…and even though it’s been kind of raining and gloomy you gotta make the best of it.

Which is why Critz farms is where you should go to get your last minute halloween pumpkin. Remember that blueberry jam?


One of my favorite things to snack on is Pumpkin Seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious…and if you go to critz farms, prepare to bring home a pumpkin that’s huge & has lots and lots of seeds in it!

For me, it’s between Tims Pumpkin Patch & Critz Farms for the best place to pick your pumpkin in CNY.

They’re open on the weekends from 10am-5/6pm. There’s a corn maze, a cafe, a gift shop, cider making demonstrations, a cidery (!!!), and live music on the weekends. It’s truly a fun place to go! Gather your friends or your family (or both!) and get your pumpkin before it’s too late!

Tip: This is their final weekend


299. The Last Ride

This is the last stop for spooky halloween haunted houses for 2013… I’m cutting myself off after this one. I can’t handle it anymore!

The Last Ride is one of those places where you honestly think that you might be on your last ride. The haunted hayride is probably one of the most frightening things in Syracuse…

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With the trail of terror 1 & 2, screamers hollow, booville, and frightmare farms, and fright night at the fair, Syracuse is really on top of their trying to really scare you and make it count game.

The last ride is open friday – sunday from 7pm-12am. $9 for the hayride, $8 for the haunted house, $15 combo ticket & $14 for a hearse ride (really?!?)…

Tip:  Bring cash with you

location: 291 Johnson Road, Palermo NY

298. Frightmare Farms

This is the “big” weekend before Halloween…you’re bound to see lots of people wandering the streets dressed as sharknados and miley cyrus. Should be fun!

Which means, this is one of the last weekends to go to a haunted house. As you know I featured some last week to get the ball rolling, the Trail of Terror, Screamers Hollow, Booville, The original trail of terror…and now Frightmare Farms.


This is no joke guys…going to frightmare farms might result in having to sleep with the lights on for a few weeks.

This is the last weekend for Frightmare. At $12 a ticket (or $1 off for student, EMS, police, Fire and military  with a valid ID) you get access to over 5000 ft of scary. Be prepared for the haunted of all haunted houses, the scariest of all scary halloween adventures…

Frightmare Farms is open Friday and Saturday from 7-10pm.

Tip: If you scare easily, ask for a candle!


Anyone going to the Zombie ball tomorrow?

297. Landmark Theater Ghost Hunt

Where has October gone? It’s almost over!

With that being said and last week being fright week there will still be a few haunting activities sprinkled in from now until Halloween.

The Landmark Theater is old…it’s really old… it’s gone through quite a few changes in the past (almost) 100 years…it was built in the 1920s and has seen all the changes throughout Syracuse… which means, it’s got a lot of stories to tell.


The ghost hunt is exactly what it sounds like, through the telling of stories & a spooky tour, you can have a chance to meet some of the oldest ghosts in all of Syracuse.

Remember that MTV show, Fear? Well…I used to think that was the coolest idea…setting up in an abandoned hospital, or jail and experiencing some paranormal activity…until I became terrified of ghosts and I’m now scared of the dark.

BUT, it’s still really cool to think that there’s tons of history alive in Landmark! What a great way to get to know your city, and have a fun night out with friends!


It’s Saturday October 26th from 5:30-8:30. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Landmark Theater Box Office…or check out this deal for 50% off!

Tip: Stick around afterwards for the Zombie Ball starting at 8:30

location: Landmark Theater

296. CNY Wedding World

Ever look at your facebook news feed and think that it’s just one giant ad for marriage?
Because, I do.

A lot of my friends are getting engaged. In fact, we just celebrated a wedding in my family! Weddings are a thing…they’re a spectacular show of love and fun and everything in between. Which is why sometimes, you need for someone to throw a huge wedding event in order to get some knowledge on where to start and what to do.

This one is for you, all you brides-to-be.


The CNY Wedding World is an expo on all things weddings. There will be entertainment by our favorite lady, Letizia! There will be tons of exhibits to help you decide what dress you want, what cake you want, what venue you want, what colors you’re choosing…you name it, they’ll have it!

It is this Saturday, October 27 from 11am-4pm at the Fair Grounds.

And judging from my facebook news feed, it’s going to be very crowded!

Tip: They will have chocolate truffles for the first 500 brides!!

Location: NYS Fairgrounds

295. Snow White at the Spaghetti Warehouse

A few months back, I posted about a dinner mystery theater at the Spaghetti Warehouse.  While this was a huge success, I soon learned that there’s tons of other fun theatrical performances that go on at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Something to consider is the fact that Snow White might just be one of the greatest stories of all time, in my honest opinion.


This is one of those family friendly fun things, where children have the chance to interact with the characters to save Snow White.

Definitely geared towards the younger crowd, but cool at the same time. If i had young children I’d take them to this event without a doubt!

This show runs every Saturday at 12:30pm at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Tip: Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 449-3823 to reserve your table.

location: Spaghetti Warehouse 689 North Clinton Street