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Something to do for Halloween — drive-in movies

The pandemic has led communities to cancel downtown trick-or-treating, but it has also conjured up a new kind of Halloween entertainment in the Tri-Lakes area — drive-in movies.

Tupper Lake will have three — one rated PG and two R-rated horror films — thanks to the Wild Center nature museum’s Haunted Drive-in series. Saranac Lake and Lake Placid will each screen one family-friendly Halloween-themed movie, but theirs will have free admission.

Here’s the lineup:

¯ Saturday, Oct. 24, Family Friendly Night: “Casper” (1995, rated PG), Wild Center parking lot, 45 Museum Drive. Tupper Lake, 7 p.m., $15 per carload for Wild Center members, $20 for non-members,

¯ Friday, Oct. 30: “Hotel Transylvania” (2012, rated PG), Saranac Lake Shopping Center parking lot, Lake Flower Avenue, Saranac Lake, 6:30 p.m., free

¯ Friday, Oct. 30: “Friday the 13th” (1980, rated R), Wild Center parking lot, 45 Museum Drive. Tupper Lake, 7 p.m., $20 per carload for Wild Center members, $25 for non-members

¯ Saturday, Oct. 31: “Hocus Pocus” (1993, PG). North Elba Show Grounds, Cascade Road, Lake Placid, 7 p.m., free

¯ Saturday, Oct. 31: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999, rated R), Wild Center parking lot, 45 Museum Drive. Tupper Lake, 7 p.m., $20 per carload for Wild Center members, $25 for non-members

Parking for the Tupper Lake movies begins at 6 p.m., and movies will begin at 7 p.m. All spots must be reserved in advance online at www.wildcenter.org/haunteddrivein. For “Casper,” each carload will cost $20 for non-members of the Wild Center and $15 for members. For the movies on Halloween weekend, admission costs $25 per carload for non-members and $20 per carload for members.

Composting toilets will be available for attendee use at both ends of the Wild Center’s parking lot. Per New York state regulations, masks and physical distancing are required for all guests when outside of their vehicle.

In addition to protective face coverings, Wild Center staff will be wearing theatrical masks.

“This isn’t a normal drive-in movie,” said Nick Gunn, marketing manager at The Wild Center. “The real-life scares that surround you while you’re in your car will add an immersive feel to the experience. For a friendlier experience, we recommend our family-friendly night on Oct. 24.”

“With limited family offerings for Halloween this season, we are pleased to see this fun event come together for the entire family to enjoy,” said Patrick Murphy, director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, which is supporting the Saranac Lake movie along with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

ROOST and the Lake Placid Police Department are sponsoring the Lake Placid movie.

“We are thrilled to be able to support this event, especially this year,” said Mary Jane Lawrence, chief operating officer with ROOST. “Kids, kids at heart, and horror movie enthusiasts will find something they enjoy on the big screen at one of the communities in the Tri-Lakes. While a traditional party and door-to-door Halloween may be limited, this is a fantastic way for everyone to get out and do something fun.”

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