Little Falls, NY – As the leaves change, the city of Little Falls welcomes everyone to get ready for fantastic fall fun with Oktoberfest! This popular Third Thursday celebration will be held on October 17 with specials offered by shops and eateries, along with events and entertainment for the community. With the partnership of the City, the Tourism Committee, Little Falls YMCA, Think Local, and many supporting businesses and volunteers, this will mark the 7th year for fall-themed festivities in historic downtown. The celebration is proudly sponsored by Copper Moose Ale House, the Mohawk Valley’s home to the largest selection of craft beers and ciders on tap.

Returning this year for kids at the Travelodge include Mad Science, Bio Bubbles, face painting, crafts and more. Also, the Touch-A-Truck event is set for kids to explore some of the City’s emergency vehicles. Classic favorites return as well from 4-6:30 pm, including pumpkin bowling and other outdoor games. Travelodge will offer a “Trick or Treat” buffet from 5-9 pm that is fall themed for adults at $10.95, children 5-10 years at $5 with purchase of an adult buffet, and children under 5 eat for free. You will also find the Happy Haggs Dance Troupe performing from 4-6 pm.

Some newer businesses on East Main Street are getting in on the action this year including Meeples Mug House who will waive their game fee for anyone wearing a costume. FunTech Providers are also offering a game day with a half-hour of play for only $1 (4-8 pm). In addition to games, this area of Main Street is featuring hair specials with Rock City Barber offering hair designs for $5 – $10 from 4-7 pm. Back again this year is hair painting at Kathy’s Professional Hair Designs for $2 from 1-6 pm as well.

The Zombie Run along the canal trail returns with the support of the Little Falls YMCA and the Little Falls High School students. The race is perfectly matched for the season and proceeds will benefit Sitrin Health Care Center’s Military Rehabilitation Program which provides complementary care to post-9/11 veterans. According to event materials, registration for this “3-mile run of blood, sweat, and fears” begins at 5 pm at West Shore Rd (before Canal Trail). Advance registration is $20 and event-day registration $25, with the first 20 to register to receive a free shirt sponsored by the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition. Advance registration available online at runsignup.com/littlefallszombierun.

The 3rd annual 50/50 Poker Run hits downtown 5-9 pm – no running required! Adults can buy a game piece outside any participating bar during the event. Then, draw a card at each of the 7 different bars with any purchase, ultimately picking the best 5 cards on your game piece and turn it in outside Ruggiero’s Tap & Tavern. The best hand of the nights wins 50% of game sales! Participating bars include American Legion, Little Falls Polish Community Club, Ed & Bud’s, Happen Inn, Little Falls Elks Lodge, Copper Moose Ale House, and Ruggiero’s Tap & Tavern.

Many activities will be held on Main Street and at Travelodge, however event-themed food, drinks, and fun are in place throughout the city. According to the event flyer, RD’s Gorge View Lanes will offer 3 games for the price of 2 beginning 5 pm, the Library will host “Paint a Halloween Picture” from 5-6:30pm, Story Hour for Grownups at Art Door Gallery in Canal Place from 5:30-6:30pm, and a free Thousand Island Winery tasting at Ann Street Liquor from 4-6pm. Valley Cinema will also screen “Joker” and “The Addams Family” at 7 pm for only $3.

Events include both family-friendly and adult-oriented. Flyers with additional details are available in many Little Falls businesses. This project is made possible through funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. Additional financial contributions have been generously provided through the Samuel S. Dale Trust Foundation. For more event information, please visit the ‘Think Local Little Falls’ Facebook page or shoplittlefalls.com.